Calendar: January 16–22, 2017

Wednesday, January 18

San Francisco Recorder Society
Monthly playing session with conductor Judith Linsenberg. New members and guests welcome.

7:30 PM–9:30 PM
Christ Church Lutheran
1090 Quintara St. (at 20th Ave.), San Francisco.
Non-members $10 fee applied to membership.
For more information contact Florence Kress: 415-731-9709, fkress@aol.com
arssanfrancisco.org/


Thursday, January 19

Voices of Music
“The Three Cellos” The Bach cello suites are among the finest solo works of the baroque. Voices of Music will perform— and then film—all six Bach cello suites with six of the world’s best cellists as part of the Great Works project. Join us for the first set of three of these important works! Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, William Skeen and Tanya Tomkins, soloists.

8 PM
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverly St., Palo Alto
$5–$40
Tickets online or 415-260-4687


Friday, January 20

SFEMS presents House of Time
“Imaginary Theatre—Instrumental Music of Handel, Rameau, and Bach” Some of the most exciting and vivid music of the baroque era was written for the opera, and its dramatic qualities had repercussions far beyond the stage. House of Time (Tatiana Daubek, violin; Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe and recorders; Avi Stein, harpsichord and organ, and Beiliang Zhu, cello and gamba) will perform dramatic works by three giants of the baroque, including instrumental selections from their operas as well as other music whose character shows the influence of baroque operatic forms and ideas.

Handel and Rameau were the greatest composers of Italian and French opera, respectively. House of Time will play instrumental selections from their operas in new arrangements, including Gonzalo X. Ruiz’s arrangement of Rameau’s rarely heard Zaïs. The daring, impressionistic overture depicts the creation of the world, proceeding from chaos to order, while the dances that follow present the kaleidoscopic world of 18th-century ballet music through the lens of Rameau’s colorful wit.

In Il Pastor Fido (The Faithful Shepherd), Handel summons a vision of the Arcadian ideal. From the stately overture to the thrilling concerto-like movements and pastoral dances, this sublime music carries us from court to countryside and back.

Finally, the concert will feature two substantial pieces by Bach that are imbued with musical theatricality and drama—the second suite for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1008; and the Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue for organ, BWV 564. Read more . . .

8 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
600 Colorado, Palo Alto
Tickets: General $40, Seniors $36, SFEMS Members $34, Students $12
Buy tickets online or phone 510-528-1725


Saturday, January 21

SFEMS presents House of Time
“Imaginary Theatre—Instrumental Music of Handel, Rameau, and Bach” Some of the most exciting and vivid music of the baroque era was written for the opera, and its dramatic qualities had repercussions far beyond the stage. House of Time (Tatiana Daubek, violin; Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe and recorders; Avi Stein, harpsichord and organ, and Beiliang Zhu, cello and gamba) will perform dramatic works by three giants of the baroque, including instrumental selections from their operas as well as other music whose character shows the influence of baroque operatic forms and ideas.

Handel and Rameau were the greatest composers of Italian and French opera, respectively. House of Time will play instrumental selections from their operas in new arrangements, including Gonzalo X. Ruiz’s arrangement of Rameau’s rarely heard Zaïs. The daring, impressionistic overture depicts the creation of the world, proceeding from chaos to order, while the dances that follow present the kaleidoscopic world of 18th-century ballet music through the lens of Rameau’s colorful wit.

In Il Pastor Fido (The Faithful Shepherd), Handel summons a vision of the Arcadian ideal. From the stately overture to the thrilling concerto-like movements and pastoral dances, this sublime music carries us from court to countryside and back.

Finally, the concert will feature two substantial pieces by Bach that are imbued with musical theatricality and drama—the second suite for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1008; and the Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue for organ, BWV 564. Read more . . .

7:30 PM
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue (at Garber), Berkeley
Tickets: General $40, Seniors $36, SFEMS Members $34, Students $12
Buy tickets online or phone 510-528-1725

Sonoma Bach
“Electric Baroque” Midwinter concert featuring Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, directed by Elizabeth Blumenstock; Aaron Westman, associate director. If the violin was the electric guitar of the 17th-century, then Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber was surely the century’s Jimi Hendrix. Biber wrote stunning, innovoative music, blending the church style with the fiddle-playing he heard in his native Bohemia. Live Oak Baroque Orchestra presents a program of virtuosic works by Biber from Fidicinium sacro-profanum (1682), a melding of sacred and profane, and from his last collection, Harmonia artificioso-arisosa (1696), in which the violins play in scordatura (alternate tunings). Some pieces will be played from the organ loft, using the Brombaugh organ for continuo, much as Biber’s band performed this music in Salzburg.

8 PM BachGrounder lecture/demonstration 35 minutes before each concert
Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park
$25/$15
Tickets online
www.sonomabach.org or 877-914-2224

Voices of Music
“The Three Cellos” The Bach cello suites are among the finest solo works of the baroque. Voices of Music will perform— and then film—all six Bach cello suites with six of the world’s best cellists as part of the Great Works project. Join us for the first set of three of these important works! Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, William Skeen and Tanya Tomkins, soloists.

8 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell (at Gough), San Francisco
$5–$40
Tickets online or 415-260-4687


Sunday, January 22

Tish Berlin, Shira Kammen, and Peter Maund
smorgasbord“A Musical Smorgasbord” a workshop for instrumentalists and singers with Shira Kammen, vielle; Tish Berlin, recorder; and Peter Maund, percussion. Choose from many tasty musical styles & favors. Singers and instrumentalists (including percussion!) welcome. Workshop pitch is A=440.

1:30–5:30 PM
Arlington Community Church
52 Arlington Ave., Kensington
Workshop tuition: $55
Download and mail form with your check to Tish Berlin at 806 Washington Ave., Albany CA 94706
Information at 510-882-1169 or tishberlin@sbcglobal.net

Old First Concerts presents MUSA
MUSA (Addi Liu, violin; Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin; Gretchen Claassen, viola da gamba; Derek Tam, harpsichord) performs Marin Marais, Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris; Jacquet de la Guerre, selections from Pièces de clavecin, Livre 1; Jean-Féry Rebel, Le Tombeau pour Monsieur de Lully; Jacques Morel, Chaconne en trio; François Couperin, L’Apothéose de Corelli; and Jean-Philippe Rameau, Concert III from Pièces de clavecin en concerts. MUSA is a chamber ensemble dedicated to historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire, as well as new music for period instruments. From trio sonatas to orchestral works, MUSA has presented programs on numerous concert series across the Bay Area.

4 PM
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco
Tickets online $18/$15/$5 or 415-474-1608
http://oldfirstconcerts.org/

SFEMS presents House of Time
“Imaginary Theatre—Instrumental Music of Handel, Rameau, and Bach” Some of the most exciting and vivid music of the baroque era was written for the opera, and its dramatic qualities had repercussions far beyond the stage. House of Time (Tatiana Daubek, violin; Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe and recorders; Avi Stein, harpsichord and organ, and Beiliang Zhu, cello and gamba) will perform dramatic works by three giants of the baroque, including instrumental selections from their operas as well as other music whose character shows the influence of baroque operatic forms and ideas.

Handel and Rameau were the greatest composers of Italian and French opera, respectively. House of Time will play instrumental selections from their operas in new arrangements, including Gonzalo X. Ruiz’s arrangement of Rameau’s rarely heard Zaïs. The daring, impressionistic overture depicts the creation of the world, proceeding from chaos to order, while the dances that follow present the kaleidoscopic world of 18th-century ballet music through the lens of Rameau’s colorful wit.

In Il Pastor Fido (The Faithful Shepherd), Handel summons a vision of the Arcadian ideal. From the stately overture to the thrilling concerto-like movements and pastoral dances, this sublime music carries us from court to countryside and back.

Finally, the concert will feature two substantial pieces by Bach that are imbued with musical theatricality and drama—the second suite for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1008; and the Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue for organ, BWV 564. Read more . . .

4 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell (at Gough), San Francisco
Tickets: General $40, Seniors $36, SFEMS Members $34, Students $12
Buy tickets online or phone 510-528-1725

Voices of Music
“The Three Cellos” The Bach cello suites are among the finest solo works of the baroque. Voices of Music will perform— and then film—all six Bach cello suites with six of the world’s best cellists as part of the Great Works project. Join us for the first set of three of these important works! Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, William Skeen and Tanya Tomkins, soloists.

7:30 PM
St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley
$5–$40
Tickets online or 415-260-4687

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