Archive | SFEMS Concert Series

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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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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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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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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Los Reinos de Castilla

Spanish, Italian, and Latin American Music of the 17th–18th Centuries Open Concert Series The 2018–19 SFEMS concert season opens the weekend of October 12 with the return of El Mundo, who will be performing works from their Grammy-nominated album Kingdoms of Castile. Directed by world-renowned guitarist and lutenist Richard Savino, El Mundo will take audiences […]

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Damning With Feints and Praise

Musical paeans rarely damn with faint praise. And on September 30, Coro Ciconia, directed by Asher Davison, will open the 2018–19 SFEMS-CJC series with a praiseworthy program of works by Machaut, Ciconia, and others. Performers in this a cappella vocal program will be Cheryl Koehler, Dorothy Manly, Jean McAneny, Ralph Prince, Scott Robinson, and Helen […]

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SFEMS Announces 2018–19 CJC Series

As most of our readers and members 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 series of Sunday afternoon concerts at the California Jazz Conservatory (CJC), in downtown Berkeley. […]

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