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Salsa Baroque: Music of Latin America and Spain

A unique and infectious musical style developed in colonial Latin America, blending Spanish polyphony and popular music with the colonies’ distinctive, African and Native American rhythms and languages. New musical forms also developed in this cultural melting pot, such as the chacona and pasacalle, which spread first to Spain and Italy, then across Europe, affecting […]

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Flauti Diversi’s Funny Valentine

The new year’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory continues on February 14 with a musical valentine from Flauti Diversi. Flauti Diversi has been presenting early/contemporary chamber music programs for over twenty years. Musical Director Frances Feldon and the group present their third program at the CJC, and the second in which […]

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The Lyra Trios of William Lawes and Other Delights in Eights

SFEMS’ collaboration with California Jazz Conservatory resumes on Sunday, January 10, with a concert by gambists Peter Hallifax, Julie Jeffrey, and Lynn Tetenbaum. Their program will showcase some of the most unusual and beautful music composed by three of England’s greatest viol composers of the 17th century. King Charles loved the viol, and paid many […]

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A Night in Old Vienna — NOT

Whatever storms El Niño may bring this January, the month is guaranteed to end with with a musical blast as the second half of SFEMS’ regular concert series opens with Quicksilver, led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski. Quicksilver—whose members include Mealy and Andrijeski on violin; Greg Ingles, trombone; Dominic Teresi, dulcian; David Morris, viola […]

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The (Very) First Viennese School

by Julie Andrijeski and Robert Mealy When the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II moved his court to Vienna in 1619, this great Hapsburg city became a thriving international musical scene. Emissaries sought out the best players and composers from all over Italy in an effort to make Ferdinand’s court as cosmopolitan and sophisticated as possible. […]

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Make a Joyful Noise!

Your Part in Magnificat’s Program A great part of early music’s largesse as an art is its accessibility to participants. Many of its strongest enthusiasts and advocates, be they the performers on stage or the audience listening, began their association with early music as amateur musicians, often as singers in a school or church choir. […]

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Advent Music in Leipzig—The Director’s Cut

Recreated Leipzig Liturgy Follows Old Bach’s Handwritten Notes For twenty years, Warren Stewart and Magnificat have been pioneers in performing the great sacred works of the 17th century in their full musical-liturgical context. Whether they are doing Charpentier’s Midnight Mass or Monteverdi’s Vespers, situating these great works in a more complex setting brings their color […]

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The Return of Stile Antico!

No, this isn’t another Steely Dan reunion. This is the real resurrection of a very special SFEMS concert promised in our Season Brochure—an event that once had foundered but once again has been found! Buy Tickets If that introduction seems a bit irreverent, just wait for what Stile Antico—the British vocal ensemble who’ve quickly established […]

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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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