Archive | SFEMS Concert Series

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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Imaginary Theater—House of Time

Instrumental music by Handel, Rameau, and Bach For our January concerts, SFEMS welcomes back one of the newer American early music ensembles, one that deservedly has earned praise both here in its home town (New York City), and which we expect will soon will have a much wider audience. House of Time (Gonzalo X. Ruiz, […]

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Españoleta

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory resumes on Sunday, January 15, with the return of Flauti Diversi, who will perform an unusual program entitled “Españoleta.” The concert features early music from the Mediterranean: lively 14th-c. Italian medieval dance, Aragonese Renaissance ostinato bass improvisations, tantalizing Arabic tunes, and a complete Galician song […]

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Delicate as a Flute with the Power of Brass

Joining Archetti Baroque Strings for their SFEMS performances the weekend of December 9–11 are two distinguished soloists, soprano Clara Rottsalk and baroque trumpeter Kathryn Adduci. Ms. Rottsalk already is familiar to Bay Area audiences and admired for her appearances with ABS, Magnificat, and with Musica Pacifica on their December 2012 SFEMS concert. Trumpeter Adduci is […]

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Chiesa o Camera?

Burghers & Friars to Mix It Up at SFEMS Season Opener The growth of the San Francisco Early Music Society has been both an expression of and a contributor to America’s growing interest in early music. For the past four decades SFEMS has presented Bay Area audiences the finest examples of what medieval, Renaissance, and […]

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À Basso Solo

The 2015–2016 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory concludes this Sunday, April 17, with a performance by the Laudami Ensemble (Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin; Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cello; Ben Kazez, baritone; Michael Peterson, harpsichord). Entitled L“À Basso Solo,” Laudami’s program will spotlight music for the bass voice, both vocal and instrumental. Laudami promises an exciting […]

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Ávila: Musicians & Mystics of Sixteenth Century Spain

The 2015–2016 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues this Sunday, March 20, with the Euphora Project (Amy Michele White, voice;
 Dominic Schaner, lute/guitar/vihuela) return with a reprise of their program “Ávila: Musicians & Mystics of Sixteenth Century Spain.” Amy White & Dominic Schaner Through both new and ancient music, this program explores […]

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Scandals of the Baroque

Infusion Baroque Digs the Dirt Admit it. Everybody loves a good scandal, and one of celebrity’s perks is having your life held up not just for scrutiny, but often for gossip, ridicule, and the schadenfreude of lesser mortals. But why settle for the backbiting, wretched excesses, or even the violent deaths of today’s rock and […]

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Rebels and Rivalries

by Sallynee Amawat (Infusion Baroque) When we reflect on composers of the distant past, our first thought is usually of their music: the glorious strains of a Bach suite, the virtuosity of a Leclair sonata, or the brilliance of Telemann’s concertos. In contrast to the general gossip we hear about popular music and film artists […]

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