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Dance In the New Year

Whether you feel more inclined to balance on your toes or kick up your heels, the first two weekends of 2018 promise not one, but two, intriguing workshops on historical dance. On Sunday, January 7, Catherine Turocy, the nation’s foremost baroque dance expert and founder of New York Baroque Dance Company, will take participants “Bach […]

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The Baillot Quartet

This season, the New Esterházy Quartet (Lisa Weiss and Kati Kyme, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) have been treating Bay Area audiences to delightful snapshots of string quartet performance history. So far, the programs they brought to life—the 1766 “Tuscan Quartet” in September and the 1784 “Party at Storace” in November—have been […]

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Master and Student

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a workshop entitled “Master and Student.” The workshop, directed by Rotem Gilbert, will explore the music of Franco-Flemish composers, illustrating the relationship between famous teachers and their equally famous students.  Music by Isaac, Senfl, Josquin, Gombert. Willaert and Gabrieli will be featured. Rotem Gilbert […]

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WAVE Appoints New Directors

BERKELEY—The Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE), a well-known member of the Bay Area early music scene, appointed new leaders this fall. Shira Kammen and Phoebe Jevtović Rosquist, who have often collaborated on early music ventures, now share the post of director. WAVE was founded by Cindy Beitmen in 1999. The 18-member women’s choir maintains a […]

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Sun of Justice

Early Music from Across the Mediterranean The world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana returns to Sacramento on Tuesday, December 19, with “A Byzantine Christmas,” a program featuring Byzantine Chants in Greek, Arabic, and English. The concert will be held in the superb acoustics of the city’s Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th Street. Cappella Romana […]

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Vienna, 1784: Quartet Party at Storace’s Place

  The weekend of November 17, New Esterházy Quartet (Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) will recreate a lively party in Vienna in 1784, when Mozart and Haydn played chamber music together with violin virtuoso Karl Ditters and composer Johann Vanhal at the house of their friend Stephen […]

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Mobley Featured in Second Cantata Collective Concert

On Sunday following Thanksgiving the Cantata Collective invite you to their second free concert of Bach cantatas at St Mary Magdalen Church in Berkeley. Featured will be countertenor Reginald Mobley singing Cantatas 54, Widerstehe doch der Sünde, and 170 Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust. Praised for his “crystalline diction and pure, evenly produced tone” by the […]

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Christmas in Poland and the Baltics, December 1–3

by Patricia Jennerjohn California Bach Society presents music of the season from Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia. All of these countries have powerful national identities, which have been reinforced by their history of foreign occupation and Soviet domination. Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia have strong traditions of music for the Christmas/winter […]

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Superb Portativ Organ Available for Rent at St. Mark’s

by Jonathan Dimmock Organist and musical director Jonathan Dimmock has decided to move his Robert Byrd portativ organ from Davies Symphony Hall to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and to make it available for rental to early music groups needing a continuo organ while performing in that space. Here’s the story and a description of this […]

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