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Big, Beautiful and French

The SFEMS 2016–17 concert season concludes the weekend of April 7–9 with a big, beautiful, baroque bouquet of music for large viol consort and continuo. This is a rarely performed corner of the gamba literature, and if you are a fan of these instruments’ lush sounds en masse, you won’t want to miss this concert. […]

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1517, Music from a Watershed Year

The SFEMS Medieval Renaissance Summer Workshop presents its 2017 Collegium on the quincentenary of one of more significant years in western cultural history. This special collegium, which supports the Summer Workshop, and in particular its scholarship programs, will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church […]

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Telemann and Friends

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues on Sunday, April 9, with Musica Pacifica (Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Farley Pearce, viola da gamba; Katherine Heater, harpischord) offering a tribute to Georg Philipp Telemann on this, the 250th anniversary of his death.  The program features works by Telemann and his […]

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Crossing Monteverdi’s Bridge of Sighs

Magical Radical Madrigals SFEMS’ second concert of 2017, coming up the weekend of February 17–19, celebrates the return of ARTEK, another great New York-based ensemble, and one we also have had the pleasure of seeing and hearing at the Berkeley Festival, back in 2010. Founded and directed by harpsichordist Gwendolyn Toth, ARTEK was an early […]

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Make a Joyful Noise!

Concerted Vocal Works from Italy & Germany at the Baroque Collegium Musicum The SFEMS Summer Baroque Worshop holds its winter collegium musicum next month, on Saturday, Feburary 25, at the Eden United Church of Christ, 21455 Birch Street in Hayward. Linda Pearse leads the collegium, which will explore the stylistic changes and compositional developments that […]

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Bach to Italy

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues on Sunday, February 19, with the return of Laudami, in a program of Italian and Italianate baroque music. Experience the wildly dazzling improvisational displays of baroque Italy, and see how they influenced the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Violinist Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo and harpsichordist Michael […]

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Game of Thrones

Music for Queens & Kings The San Francisco chapter of the ARS (SFRS) announces its (lucky) thirteenth annual workshop day for recorders of all sizes, “Game of Thrones—Music for Queens & Kings. The workshop, directed by Louise Carslake and Hanneke van Proosdij, will take place Saturday, February 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at […]

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Another Night at the Opera

New Esterházy Expounds 18th-c. Home Entertainment You have just seen a magnificent opera on the big stage, and can’t wait to hear that one aria again, or share it with your friend who couldn’t go. In this day and age, YouTube and Spotify are never far away, or you could play an MP3 or CD, […]

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