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Calendar: May 28–June 3, 2018

Friday, June 1 Berkeley Baroque Strings “The Bach Family” Kati Kyme directs the 40-piece Berkeley Baroque Strings in a program of J.S. Bach and his sons.  Featured are an overture by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, a sinfonia by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, a concerto by Johann Christian Bach (J. Phillips, soloist) and an orchestral suite by […]

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Singing into the Future

Voices of Youth at BFX 2018 My introduction to early music came through singing in a children’s choir. This was in 1960, a time when the voice of classical music — live, broadcast, and recorded — was stronger in our national culture than it is today, but our appreciation of early music was only beginning. […]

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Beyond the Baroque

Redefining, Reimagining, Reinventing Early Music Over the last two generations, the historical performance movement has given the world both a vast and growing body of rediscovered masterworks and whole new ways of understanding and hearing the music of past eras. We have reinvented early music in our reconstructions of lost technologies and performance practices. We […]

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Unsung Voices

In 1991, Concerto Amabile with soprano Nancy Zylstra gave a concert on the SFEMS series titled “Unsung Heroines,” a program of music by women: Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonarda, Maddalena Lombardini, Ana Bon, and Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. At that time, almost 30 years ago, these composers were, if not exactly “unsung,” at least not […]

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Garden in the Hills Party

You are cordially invited to the SFEMS Garden in the Hills House Concert taking place on Sunday, May 19, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., at the home of Dr. Carol Baird and Alan Harper. This special party and concert will benefit the 2018 Berkeley Festival and Exhibition. Music, The event features wine, hors d’oeuvres, and […]

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Calendar: May 26–June 1, 2014

Saturday, May 31 Albany Consort Season Gala featuring celebratory music of Purcell and Bach. Following the success of last year’s informal fundraiser gala concert on the Immanuel series, the Albany Consort brings you a preview of its Berkeley Festival offerings. Repertoire draws on the Purcell program, and also includes works by Bach, featuring virtuoso cellist […]

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SFEMS Brings Bezuidenhout to Berkeley

Bezuidenhout’s Debuts Expound Mozart’s Piano, Bach’s Harpsichord “The finest living exponent of the fortepiano” —The Herald   “Bezuidenhout is a prince of the fortepiano, making it sing in melodic phrases as no other practitioner of this intractable instrument has done in my experience.”  —The London Times This year’s Berkeley Festival Main Stage will be rich […]

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Two SFEMS Workshop Directors Honored By EMA

Early Music America has just announced the recipients of its annual awards for 2014. Winners of this year’s Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding achievements in scholarship and performance are Rotem and Adam Gilbert. The Gilberts have enriched the Bay Area’s early music community in countless ways. Both have been beloved members of our faculty for […]

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