Calendar: March 13–19, 2017

Wednesday, March 15

San Francisco Recorder Society
Monthly playing session with conductor Glen Shannon. 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/

UC Davis Music Department
UC Davis Music Department Early Music Ensemble: “Miserere,” Matilda Hofman, Music director. With a focus on vocal repertoire from the early baroque, Renaissance, and modern eras, the versatile Early Music Ensemble strives for cogent performance excellence in vocal music across this vast temporal span. The group frequently collaborates with composition faculty and department ensembles, from the Percussion Studio to the Baroque Ensemble.

7 PM
Mondavi Center
University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis
$10–$20
Tickets online or 530-754-2787


Friday, March 17

Barefoot Chamber Concerts
“Andrew & Anthony play the 3 Bs” Anthony Martin, violin & Andrew Canepa, piano, perform Bach, Gavotte, arr. Kreisler: Beethoven, C Minor Sonata; and Brahms, G Major Sonata. Two of our favorite players, Anthony Martin, violin, and Andrew Canepa, piano, play legendary sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms, and an additional snack by Bach arranged by Fritz Kreisler. Kreisler has provided a late-Viennese piano accompaniment to Bach’s Gavotte in E from the Third Violin Partita. No mean pianist, and a skillful composer, Kreisler was also perhaps the most beloved violinist of the early 20th century. The turbulent Sonata in C Minor of Beethoven follows, then calm is restored with the first movement of Brahms’ beloved Sonata in G. All in the fabulous wooden acoustic of the Hillside Urban Sanctuary (aka Swedenborgian Church). There will, of course, be snax.

6.30 PM
Hillside Urban Sanctuary (Swedenborgian Church)
1422 Navellier, El Cerrito
All tickets $15 18 and under admitted free and welcome.
Tickets at the door or reserve in advance online
For more details, visit www.barefootchamberconcerts.com.

Junior Bach Festival
JBFestival2012_02_sm64th annual Junior Bach Festival opens. The Junior Bach Festival is dedicated to touching young lives by promoting the study and performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Presented annually about the time of Bach’s birthday, March 21, the Festival features in concert some of the finest young musical talent in California (ages 6 to 18), chosen by audition. Tickets are $17 general admission, $12 Seniors, $5 for students 12 and under, except where noted. We offer FAMILY PACKAGE, where ALL family members (parents, siblings and grandparents) may attend a single concert for $50. Tickets are available onsite at concerts. More concert details at www.juniorbach.org. Performances are scheduled the weekends of March 17–19 and March 24–26. Ten concerts (all different) at venues around the Bay Area feature young people performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

7:30 PM
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
2560 Sand Hill Rd., Palo Alto
925-837-1683, JuniorBach@earthlink.net, or www.juniorbach.org.

Lacuna Arts Chorale, Sven Edward Olbash, Conductor
“A Birthday Bachanalia” Celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday with music by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Herzogenberg, and Brahms.The highlight of the program will be Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude, one of his most beloved a cappella compositions. Other works on the program show Bach’s profound influence on music of the 19th century: English canticles by Felix Mendelssohn; the composer-conductor credited with the modern Bach revival; contrapuntal motets by Johannes Brahms; and a setting of Psalm 116 by Heinrich Herzogenberg.

8 PM
St Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
Tickets online $20

Voices of Music—10th-Anniversary Celebration
“Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Motets by Scarlatti and Vivaldi” Join SFEMS and the Bay Area’s early music community in celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of our region’s most distinguished ensembles, just honored with the 2017 Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in early music outreach. For their tenth anniversary celebration, Voices of Music, Hanneke van Proosdij and David Tayler, Directors, presents a dazzling display of sacred vocal music, including motets by Vivaldi and Alessandro Scarlatti, and featuring Pergolesi’s signature work, the Stabat Mater. From the Netherlands, soprano Stefanie True makes her Voices of Music debut; Stefanie is joined by the fabulous Meg Bragle for these performances of Pergolesi’s masterpiece. Violinist Cynthia Miller Freivogel also returns from Amsterdam. Other performers include Kati Kyme, Carla Moore, Maxine Nemerovski and Gabrielle Wunsch, violins; Lisa Grodin, viola; Bill Skeen, cello; Farley Pearce, violone; David Tayler, archlute; and Hanneke van Proosdij, organ. A co-presentation of SFEMS and Voices of Music.

8 PM
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverly St., Palo Alto
$5–$40
Tickets online or 510-528-1725


Saturday, March 18

Junior Bach Festival
JBFestival2012_02_sm64th annual Junior Bach Festival continues. The Junior Bach Festival is dedicated to touching young lives by promoting the study and performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Presented annually about the time of Bach’s birthday, March 21, the Festival features in concert some of the finest young musical talent in California (ages 6 to 18), chosen by audition. Tickets are $17 general admission, $12 Seniors, $5 for students 12 and under, except where noted. We offer FAMILY PACKAGE, where ALL family members (parents, siblings and grandparents) may attend a single concert for $50. Tickets are available onsite at concerts. More concert details at www.juniorbach.org. Performances are scheduled the weekends of March 17–19 and March 24–26. Ten concerts (all different) at venues around the Bay Area feature young people performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

2 PM and 7:30 PM concerts (different)
Christ Episcopal Church
815 Portola Road, Portola Valley
925-837-1683, JuniorBach@earthlink.net, or www.juniorbach.org.

Junior Bach Festival
JBFestival2012_02_sm64th annual Junior Bach Festival continues. The Junior Bach Festival is dedicated to touching young lives by promoting the study and performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Presented annually about the time of Bach’s birthday, March 21, the Festival features in concert some of the finest young musical talent in California (ages 6 to 18), chosen by audition. Tickets are $17 general admission, $12 Seniors, $5 for students 12 and under, except where noted. We offer FAMILY PACKAGE, where ALL family members (parents, siblings and grandparents) may attend a single concert for $50. Tickets are available onsite at concerts. More concert details at www.juniorbach.org. Performances are scheduled the weekends of March 17–19 and March 24–26. Ten concerts (all different) at venues around the Bay Area feature young people performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

2 PM
St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church
2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley
925-837-1683, JuniorBach@earthlink.net, or www.juniorbach.org.

Lacuna Arts Chorale, Sven Edward Olbash, Conductor
“A Birthday Bachanalia” Celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday with music by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Herzogenberg, and Brahms.The highlight of the program will be Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude, one of his most beloved a cappella compositions. Other works on the program show Bach’s profound influence on music of the 19th century: English canticles by Felix Mendelssohn; the composer-conductor credited with the modern Bach revival; contrapuntal motets by Johannes Brahms; and a setting of Psalm 116 by Heinrich Herzogenberg.

8 PM
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist
1661 15th Street, San Francisco
Tickets online $20

Singers’ Retreat
mahrt_conductsWeekend workshop for singers, studying and performing works of Renaissance polyphony, directed by Dr. William Mahrt. We  have often sung the ordinary of the mass in the Renaissance Singers’ Retreat, that is the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Angnus Dei.  With this retreat, however, Prpfessor Mahrt has chosen to sing the propers of the mass which include those scriptural texts of the mass that change daily with the liturgical calendar and include the Introit, Gradual, Alleluia or Tract, Sequence, Offertory and Communion.  We will sing works by many of the great composers of this era including Dufay, Isaac, Josquin, Byrd, Victoria, Morales and Lassus. Continuous snack table included.

9 AM Saturday through 5:30 PM Sunday
Braun Music Center
Stanford University, Palo Alto
$115 (includes music)
PRE-REGISTRATION Ralph Prince (reprince@hotmail.com, 510-778-3253) or visit the Singers’ Retreat website:  www.renaissancesingersretreat.org where you find all the information and the registration form for download.

South Bay Recorder Society
“Music of Chapel, Court, and Stage” Spring Workshop directed by David Morris. An exploration of three distinct traditions of music from 16th- and 17th century Europe: instrumental and vocal music from the Protestant and Catholic churches; the expressive, chromatic madrigals of northern Italy and the Low Countries; Purcell’s music for the Restoration theater. Workshop participants may choose between all-day (9:30 AM – 4:00 PM) or half-day sessions, 9:30 AM–12:15 or 1:15–4:00 PM. In addition to recorders, all soft instruments (viols, soft reeds) are welcome. Please bring your instruments, music stand, and your lunch. Hot and cold beverages and snacks will be provided during breaks.

9 AM to 4 PM
First Congregational Church
1980 Hamilton Avenue (corner of Leigh), San Jose (use Leigh parking lot)
Advance $45 full day, $30 half-day; Door $50 full day, $35 half day
Download registration form or contact Co-Presidents Anne Mahler at aemahler@hotmail.com or 408-638-0161; or Ken Newton at krnewton@gmail.com.

Schola Cantorum, Gregory Wait, Director
Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Schola Cantorum celebrates the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi with a one-time performance of Vespers of 1610 at the iconic Mission Santa Clara. The seventy-member choir will be accompanied by The Whole Noyse.

7 PM
Mission Santa Clara de Asis
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara.
$30 general admission.
www.ScholaCantorum.org or 650-254-1700

Voices of Music—10th-Anniversary Celebration
“Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Motets by Scarlatti and Vivaldi” Join SFEMS and the Bay Area’s early music community in celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of our region’s most distinguished ensembles, just honored with the 2017 Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in early music outreach. For their tenth anniversary celebration, Voices of Music, Hanneke van Proosdij and David Tayler, Directors, presents a dazzling display of sacred vocal music, including motets by Vivaldi and Alessandro Scarlatti, and featuring Pergolesi’s signature work, the Stabat Mater. From the Netherlands, soprano Stefanie True makes her Voices of Music debut; Stefanie is joined by the fabulous Meg Bragle for these performances of Pergolesi’s masterpiece. Violinist Cynthia Miller Freivogel also returns from Amsterdam. Other performers include Kati Kyme, Carla Moore, Maxine Nemerovski and Gabrielle Wunsch, violins; Lisa Grodin, viola; Bill Skeen, cello; Farley Pearce, violone; David Tayler, archlute; and Hanneke van Proosdij, organ. A co-presentation of SFEMS and Voices of Music.

8 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St, San Francisco
$5–$40
Tickets online or 510-528-1725


Sunday, March 19

Junior Bach Festival
JBFestival2012_02_sm64th annual Junior Bach Festival continues. The Junior Bach Festival is dedicated to touching young lives by promoting the study and performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Presented annually about the time of Bach’s birthday, March 21, the Festival features in concert some of the finest young musical talent in California (ages 6 to 18), chosen by audition. Tickets are $17 general admission, $12 Seniors, $5 for students 12 and under, except where noted. We offer FAMILY PACKAGE, where ALL family members (parents, siblings and grandparents) may attend a single concert for $50. Tickets are available onsite at concerts. More concert details at www.juniorbach.org. Performances are scheduled the weekends of March 17–19 and March 24–26. Ten concerts (all different) at venues around the Bay Area feature young people performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

2 PM and 7:30 PM concerts (different)
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco
925-837-1683, JuniorBach@earthlink.net, or www.juniorbach.org.

Singers’ Retreat
mahrt_conductsWilliam Mahrt directs members of the Singers’ Retreat in a selection of Mass propers by great composers of the Renaissance including Dufay, Isaac, Josquin, Byrd, Victoria, Morales and Lassus.

4 PM
St. Ann Chapel
541 Melville Ave, Palo Alto
Free. Donation requested to benefit the San Francisco Early Music Society.

Voices of Music—10th-Anniversary Celebration
“Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Motets by Scarlatti and Vivaldi” Join SFEMS and the Bay Area’s early music community in celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of our region’s most distinguished ensembles, just honored with the 2017 Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in early music outreach. For their tenth anniversary celebration, Voices of Music, Hanneke van Proosdij and David Tayler, Directors, presents a dazzling display of sacred vocal music, including motets by Vivaldi and Alessandro Scarlatti, and featuring Pergolesi’s signature work, the Stabat Mater. From the Netherlands, soprano Stefanie True makes her Voices of Music debut; Stefanie is joined by the fabulous Meg Bragle for these performances of Pergolesi’s masterpiece. Violinist Cynthia Miller Freivogel also returns from Amsterdam. Other performers include Kati Kyme, Carla Moore, Maxine Nemerovski and Gabrielle Wunsch, violins; Lisa Grodin, viola; Bill Skeen, cello; Farley Pearce, violone; David Tayler, archlute; and Hanneke van Proosdij, organ. A co-presentation of SFEMS and Voices of Music.

7:30 PM
St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman (at Henry St.), Berkeley
$5–$40
Tickets online or 510-528-1725

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