Archive | Early Music News

Paolo Pandolfo and Ensemble—a Rare Bay Area Sighting

Barefoot Chamber Concerts and MusicSources are combining to present a very special event: the legendary Paolo Pandolfo (the Yo-Yo Ma of the viola da gamba) with 3 of his closest collaborators playing a concert of music for Louis XIV, entitled “Paris 1689: A Revolution for the Sun King.” The program is based on music by […]

Continue Reading

The Vulnerable Wolfgang Amadeus

The SFEMS-CJC series continues on Sunday, February 18, with Ensemble Bizarria looking at the complexities and vulnerabilities of one of our greatest and most beloved musical icons. Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin; Evan Hesketh, viola; and Alexa Haynes-Pilon, cello; with Eric J. Wang, reader, offer a different portrait of Mozart through his own words and music. Mozart’s […]

Continue Reading

Age of Indulgence

by Debra Nagy The SFEMS concert season continues the weekend of March 2 with three performances by Ohio-based Les Délices (Debra Nagy, baroque oboe; Julie Andrijeski and Adriane Post, violins; Emily Walhout, viola da gamba; and Mark Edwards, harpsichord), whose program will present some of the daring, experimental works from the French Rococo, works full […]

Continue Reading

From Madrigal to Opera: Music and Poetry in 16th-century Italy

The madrigal was to Monteverdi what the symphony was to Haydn and the string quartet was to Beethoven: a form of endless inventiveness and a crucible of experimentation. Inexorably bound to the vital tradition of Petrarchan lyric poetry, the madrigal was where Italian composers developed their craft and pushed the boundaries of music as an […]

Continue Reading

Kathy Cochran

Kathy Cochran, friend of the Bay Area early music community for more than three decades, passed away last Saturday, January 20, following a struggle with an aggressive cancer. Kathy was a generous supporter of SFEMS and attended many of our workshops over the years, as well as those of our affiliates. She was a dedicated […]

Continue Reading

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

  What does early music mean to you? How do these artifacts of wood and brass channeling ancient voices speak to you in the here and now? Perhaps you had an epiphany hearing a familiar piece with a new clarity or transparency revealed through the instruments and performance practices of its composer’s time. Maybe you […]

Continue Reading

Peace in Our Time

The aftermath of war has complex and widely varied cultural reverberations, as people reckon with physical destruction and emotional loss, shock and exhaustion, as well as relief and the fervent hope for peace. The art which emerges in the ashes of war may express grief, joy, hope, or cynicism; a renewal or loss of faith; […]

Continue Reading

ABC at CJC

An English Country Garden of Music The SFEMS-CJC series resumes on Sunday, January 21, with the Alphabet Baroque Club, who will perform a charming concert of (mostly) British composers, with some commentary on British music and composers and their relation to the English country house of the 16th–18th centuries. Club members Judiyaba, treble viol and […]

Continue Reading

Annus Novus in Gaudio

by Karen R. Clark The SFEMS concert series resumes the weekend of January 5–7 with a warm welcome to the New Year. The “elegant, full-blooded” singing of Vajra Voices and zesty, vibrant harp and vielle playing of Shira Kammen join together with the recorder, psaltery, and magic of Kit Higginson to illuminate the mystery and […]

Continue Reading