Archive | SFEMS Concert Series

Handel and His World

The SFEMS 2017–18 concert season gets underway the weekend of October 20–22, with performances by one of the first American “original instrument” ensembles. Formed in 1973 by five Juilliard graduates, the Aulos Ensemble was on the cutting edge of the early music movement at a time when historical performance was starting to capture the imagination […]

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CJC Series Opens with Sprezzatura

The SFEMS-CJC series opens on Sunday, October 15, with “Sprezzatura.” Judith Linsenberg, recorders; William Skeen, cello; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord perform virtuosic Italian sonatas from 17th and 18th centuries, including works by Castello, Frescobaldi, Corelli, Vivaldi, and Sieber. Called “the Jascha Heifetz of the recorder,” Judith Linsenberg is one of the leading exponents of the […]

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Call for Concert Proposals

SFEMS has issued a request for proposals for individuals and ensembles interested in appearing on the 2018–19 concert series. SFEMS welcomes all proposals that could be of interest to our audiences by both local and non-local ensembles. We are seeking a diversity of instruments, periods, as well as size of performance group. Proposals should be […]

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Early Music Sundays

CJC and SFEMS Announce 2017–18 Series As you probably know, SFEMS curates not one but three separate concert series: our regular weekend season, showcasing major national and international artists of the early music world; the biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition; and our informal, monthly series of Sunday afternoon concerts at the California Jazz Conservatory (CJC), […]

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The Music of Transformation

SFEMS 2017–18 Series: Notes for Changing Times The SFEMS 2017–18 concert series now is posted at our website, and when you check it out we think you will be delighted as we are at the variety and depth of the coming season’s offerings. It is hard to recall a recent SFEMS series broader or better […]

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Remembered Migrations: Medieval to Modern Song

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory concludes on Sunday, May 14, with a concert by Vajra Voices with medieval string specialist Shira Kammen and composer-cellist-vocalist, Theresa Wong. Their program, “Remembered Migrations: Medieval to Modern Song” features 12th-c. women composers, including Hildegard von Bingen and Marie de France, with related modern stories […]

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Big, Beautiful and French

The SFEMS 2016–17 concert season concludes the weekend of April 7–9 with a big, beautiful, baroque bouquet of music for large viol consort and continuo. This is a rarely performed corner of the gamba literature, and if you are a fan of these instruments’ lush sounds en masse, you won’t want to miss this concert. […]

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Telemann and Friends

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues on Sunday, April 9, with Musica Pacifica (Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Farley Pearce, viola da gamba; Katherine Heater, harpischord) offering a tribute to Georg Philipp Telemann on this, the 250th anniversary of his death.  The program features works by Telemann and his […]

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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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Bach to Italy

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues on Sunday, February 19, with the return of Laudami, in a program of Italian and Italianate baroque music. Experience the wildly dazzling improvisational displays of baroque Italy, and see how they influenced the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Violinist Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo and harpsichordist Michael […]

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