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Forty Steps to Parnassus

Early Days of Early Music by the Bay In a perceptive, two-part article in San Francisco Classical Voice (April 2, April 23, 2002) Michelle Dulak discussed what she called the Bay Area’s early music “ecology,” noting that our region had achieved a critical mass which not only made possible performances of a wide range of […]

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Sonoma Bach’s Silver Anniversary Season

Sonoma Bach is a nonprofit arts organization based in Sonoma County. Founded in 1991 at Sonoma State University, the organization became a separate nonprofit entity in 2008. Sonoma Bach sponsors several musical ensembles, presents a year-round concert series, and offers music classes and workshops. Through these activities, Sonoma Bach works to build a community of […]

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A Glorious Quartet

Archetti & Nagy, Bach & Handel Open SFEMS Season SFEMS begins our 40th-anniversary season the weekend of October 23–25 with a celebration of joyous, powerful, serene, and ebullient music—Bach and Handel concerti performed by Archetti Baroque Strings with guest artist Debra Nagy, baroque oboe. We’ve titled this season “Masters of Early Music,” and presenting works […]

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Notes on the Concerti of Bach and Handel

Archetti’s co-director John Dornenburg discusses the music on their upcoming SFEMS concert, the weekend of October 23–25. Handel’s Concerti Grossi Opus 3 were published by John Walsh in 1734, a date that rather pointedly corresponds to the expiration of Handel’s 1720 royal privilege for music printing. This was a time of widespread piracy in the […]

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A Bohemian Masterpiece

California Bach Society to Perform Zelenka’s Missa Votiva Artistic Director Paul Flight and 30-voice California Bach Society present Missa Votiva by Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka, with a baroque orchestra and vocal soloists Rita Lilly and Elizabeth Kimble, soprano; Gabriela Estephanie Solis, alto; Chris McCrum, tenor; and Sepp Hammer, baritone. Performances are October 16–18 in San […]

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Prelude to a Recording

The collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory resumes on Sunday, October 11, with the return of Musica Pacifica (Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumentstock, violin; Josh Lee, viola da gamba; John Lenti, theorbo; and Charles Sherman, harpsichord), who will take this series—which up to now has focused mainly on the improvisatory link between early […]

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Katie Hagen to Step Down. New SFEMS Administrator Sought

SFEMS Administrator Katie Hagen, who has served the Society with distinction for the past two years, will step down at the end of October. Katie has done exemplary work on an enormous range of tasks, everything from helping coordinate the 2014 Berkeley Festival and our summer workshops, to helping maintain our website and member database, […]

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Magnificat Season Opens with Tancredi e Clorinda

by Warren Stewart On the weekend of September 25–27, Magnificat will perform a program of music by Claudio Monteverdi and contemporaries. Grammy Award-winning tenor Aaron Sheehan returns to interpret the Testo role in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, and renowned soprano Christine Brandes makes her Magnificat debut in the role of Clorinda. Brandes will also sing Monteverdi’s ‘love letter,’ Se i […]

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California Bach Society’s 45th Season

The California Bach Society announces our 45th-anniversary season, full of varied and glorious works you won’t want to miss! We open our season on October 16–18 with “A Bohemian Masterpiece,” featuring Missa Votiva (1739) by Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745). Originally a violone player in the Dresden court orchestra, Zelenka began composing sacred music […]

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Thomas Smithberger (1931–2015)

We were saddened to learn about the death, on August 21, of Tom Smithberger. Tom was a familiar face at SFEMS concerts, as he was at many early music events in the Bay Area. An affable and thoughtful man, he enjoyed talking with the performers and other audience members at performances. We will miss his […]

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