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The Floating City: Music of Renaissance Venice

by Greg Ingles Rising majestically out of a northern Mediterranean lagoon, the Italian city of Venice, with its many bridge-covered labyrinthine canals traversed by gondolieri, seems almost mystical. The city itself was at the height of its power in medieval times and continued as an influential economic state through the late Renaissance. One byproduct of […]

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SFEMS Annual Membership Meeting

The San Francisco Early Music Society held its annual membership meeting at Berkeley’s Musical Offering café and record store this past Wednesday evening, November 4. Following some pleasant socializing, lubricated with excellent wines and other refreshments donated by Board members, the meeting got underway with president Robert Cole’s State of the Society report. Robert began […]

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Dr. Philippa Kelly to Lecture in Berkeley and San Francisco

Pre-concert Talk at Baltimore Concert Performances SFEMS is delighted to announce that dramaturg and Shakespeare scholar Dr. Philippa Kelly will give a pre-concert talk at the Berkeley and San Francisco performances by the Baltimore Consort on November 21 and 22. Dr. Kelly’s Berkeley talk will begin at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, […]

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The Exquisite Consort’s Food of Love

This is a season of anniversaries. The 40th of our San Francisco Early Music Society has just passed. This coming year, 2016, marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. How appropriate that the next concert in our 2015–16 season features the acclaimed Baltimore Consort—itself celebrating its 35th anniversary this year—for a program of music […]

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There and Bach

This year’s collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues the afternoon of Sunday, November 8, with a recital by harpsichordist Katherine Heater, who will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, exploring the fantasy and the fugue, two of the compositional forms most closely linked to the great keyboard master’s renowned gifts of improvisation. […]

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Music in Shakespeare’s Plays

The Baltimore Consort provides these notes about the music they will perform on their SFEMS concerts, taking place the weekend of November 20–22. Purchase Tickets> A note about our instruments The Fairy Queen and her maides daunced about the garden, singing a Song of six parts, with the musick of an exquisite consort; wherein was […]

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SFEMS Annual Members’ Meeting Scheduled For November 4

SFEMS will hold its Annual Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, November 4, from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m., at The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. All SFEMS members are cordially invited to attend. Our 40th anniversary was October 15. Please come, celebrate this milestone in our history, and help shape our future. This is your […]

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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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