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Archive | SFEMS Concert Series

Joyne Hands

Elizabethan entertainments for mixed consort To make the month of May merrier, SFEMS is delighted to present Antic Faces, a new ensemble featuring well-known Bay Area artists Shira Kammen, violin and viol; Mindy Rosenfeld, flute; David Morris, viol; John Lenti, lute and viol; Julie Jeffrey, viol and cittern; and Peter Hallifax, viol and bandora. Their […]

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I Heard a Voice

New College Choir to Perform in Rare Bay Area Appearance SFEMS is delighted to welcome the Choir of New College Oxford in a special, joint presentation with San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. The choir, under the direction of Robert Quinney, will perform a program of Renaissance and baroque works by Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina, Tomás Luis […]

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iLove baroque

Ensemble Caprice Returns with Musical Love Stories Montreal’s Ensemble Caprice has appeared frequently on the SFEMS concert series over the past 20 years, each time looking at historical music with fresh eyes and performing it with a different twist, from Telemann and the Gypsies to the Latin American Baroque, always delighting our audience with their […]

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The Multifaceted Brahms

The 2018 Berkeley Festival was a milestone—the first time a major early music festival made a strong case for applying the principles and practices of historical performance to music of the 19th century, up to and including Debussy, as demonstrated in a program by Alexei Lubimov co-presented by the Westfield Center. In an early piano […]

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To Love Another

Rodin Brings Renaissance Songs of Love Just in time for Valentine’s Day—our annual tribute to the heart this year reaches back to the 15th century, as SFEMS welcomes Cut Circle, directed by Jesse Rodin. Concerts take place the weekend of February 8–10 in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Palo Alto. Founded in 2003 by Rodin, Associate […]

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I Virtuosi di Modena

This season’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory continues on February 17 with Ensemble Bizarria (Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin; and Alexa Haynes-Pilon, cello) performing music from the Court of Modena. While most tourists and foodies today think of Modena in Northern Italy as the home of balsamic vinegar and Lamborghinis, 17th-century Italians knew […]

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Women’s Voices Uplifted

This season’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory resumes on January 20 with Vajra Voices (Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist , Allison Zelles Lloyd, Amy Stuart Hunn, Celeste Winant, and Karen R. Clark, Director) with Shira Kammen, medieval harp & vielle, performing Women’s Voices Uplifted: Explorations in Medieval & Renaissance Song, from Hildegard von […]

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Semper Phantasticus!

The SFEMS series resumes the weekend of January 11–13 with a program of middle baroque music performed by the Ars Lyrica Houston Chamber Players. Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Mary Springfels, viola da gamba; and Matthew Dirst, harpsichord will explore the Stylus phantasticus, that most avant-garde mode of music-making among German composers of the 17th and early […]

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Neither from Heaven nor from Earth

The SFEMS concert series continues the weekend of November 30, with the series debut of Cappella SF. The 16-voice choir will perform a program of sacred Renaissance polyphony, featuring works of Josquin des Préz, Gregorio Allegri, François Couperin, and Heinrich Schütz. Cappella SF is a professional chamber choir founded in 2014 by Ragnar Bohlin, Director […]

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Boccherini Meets Zappa at the Jazz Conservatory

This season’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory continues on November 18 with Trio Ignacio (Katherine Heater, harpsichord: Anthony Martin, violin & viola; David Morris, violoncello) performing “Boccherini Meets Zappa.” Listen to solos, duos, and trios composed by a pair of 18th-century Italian cellist-composers, Luigi Boccherini and Francesco Zappa. Though born in […]

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