Calendar: March 20–26, 2017

Tuesday, March 21

Noontime Concerts
MUSA celebrates the 332nd birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach with a performance of the composer’s Coffee Cantata, BWV 211 and cantata Non sa che sia dolore, BWV 209. With Rita Lilly, soprano; Daniel Pickens-Jones, baritone; Stephen Schultz, flute; Holly Piccoli and Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violins; Addi Liu, viola; Gretchen Claassen, cello; and Derek Tam, harpsichord

12:30 PM
Old St. Mary’s Cathedral
660 California St., San Francisco
Free
415-777-3211, www.noontimeconcerts.org

Bach’s Birthday Celebration
MUSA celebrates the 332nd birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach with a performance of the composer’s Coffee Cantata, BWV 211 and cantata Non sa che sia dolore, BWV 209. With Rita Lilly, soprano; Daniel Pickens-Jones, baritone; Stephen Schultz, flute; Holly Piccoli and Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violins; Addi Liu, viola; Gretchen Claassen, cello; and Derek Tam, harpsichord

7:30 PM
The Musical Offering
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
$25 general admission
Tickets available at bachbday.brownpapertickets.com.
www.musasfbaroque.com


Wednesday, March 22

Early Music Open Mic Night — NOTE: This event has been rescheduled for Wednesday March 29.
la-barre-and-other-musicians-bouys-croppedJoin us for Early Music Open Mic Night in the East Bay. This is your opportunity to perform early music in a friendly cabaret style setting. Instrumentalists, singers, soloists, groups, students, youngsters, professionals — all are welcome! Please email earlymusicopenmic@gmail.com with the date you’d like to perform. Time slots will be up to 15 minutes, and there will be six time slots on each night. A Roland state of the art harpsichord/organ will be available on site as well as a regular piano. Food and drinks will be provided.

7–9:30 PM
Hillside Community Church,
1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
Donations gratefully accepted
earlymusicopenmic@gmail.com

Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra
Fred square
Regular meeting, for players of recorder, early winds or early strings. Bring your instrument(s) and music stand.

7:30–9:30 PM
Trinity Church, Angus Hall
330 Ravenswood Ave. (at Laurel), Menlo Park
650-591-3648 or mpro-online.org

 

Salisbury Cathedral Choir, David Halls, Director
Resonance @ First Church Berkeley hosts a concert music of the English Renaissance and beyond.

7:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church
2407 Dana St., Berkeley
$25/general; $20/seniors (65 and over); $15 students/children under 18
Tickets available at http://salisburycathedralresonance.brownpapertickets.com/


Friday, March 24

Albany Consort and Cologne University Choir
As part of Cologne University Choir’s March California tour, the group is visiting the Bay Area for a few days of collaboration with local ensembles including the Peninsula’s Albany Consort. Choir director Michael Ostrzyga and Consort harpsichordist Jonathan Salzedo started discussing this possibility soon after they met performing together in San Diego last Spring. In recognition of Bach’s Birthday, the musicians will delight the ears with Bach’s brilliant and beautiful motet Jesu, meine Freude and Bach’s D Major Harpsichord Concerto. The program also includes stunning works by Hildegard, Brahms and Shawn Kirchner.

7:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church
1140 Cowper (at Lincoln), Palo Alto
$30
www.albanyconsort.org/

Hillside Club Concert Series
“Grand Concert Symphonique II” After their successful Grand Concert Symphonique and Paris Symphonies programs in 2013 and 2014, the New Esterházy Quartet again take the place of an entire orchestra for this superb all-Haydn program. The Piano Concerto in G features fortepianist Karen Rosenak; the Concerto in Eb for Keyed Trumpet features Jonathan Impett, a specialist in period trumpets. Surprise guests will join the quartet and soloists for the Symphony #100 in D, “Military.”

8 PM
Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street (at Spruce), Berkeley
$25
Tickets for this Friday concert sold only at the door

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.

7:30 PM
Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste Street, Berkeley
925-837-1683, JuniorBach@earthlink.net, or www.juniorbach.org.


Saturday, March 25

Albany Consort and Cologne University Choir
As part of Cologne University Choir’s March California tour, the group is visiting the Bay Area for a few days of collaboration with local ensembles including the Peninsula’s Albany Consort.  Choir director Michael Ostrzyga and Consort harpsichordist Jonathan Salzedo started discussing this possibility soon after they met performing together in San Diego last Spring.  In recognition of Bach’s Birthday, the musicians will delight the ears with Bach’s brilliant and beautiful motet Jesu, meine Freude and Bach’s D Major Harpsichord Concerto.  The program also includes stunning works by Hildegard, Brahms and Shawn Kirchner.

8 PM
Christian Science Building
2601 Durant Ave., Berkeley
$30
www.albanyconsort.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.

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.

7:30 PM
Crowden Music Center
1475 Rose Street, Berkeley
925-837-1683, JuniorBach@earthlink.net, or www.juniorbach.org.

Live at Mission Blue
 
Jacques Ogg and Elisabeth Wright perform music of F. Couperin, Tomkins, J.S. Bach, and W.F. Bach Two internationally acclaimed harpsichordists collaborate in a program of French, English, and German music for harpsichord duet. Few places are better suited to hear the clarity and brilliant interplay of these instruments, as Mission Blue Center is silently nestled on the slopes of San Bruno Mountain. The Elizabethan charm of Thomas Tomkins, the ornate elegance of François Couperin, and by two of the greatest keyboardists of their respective generations–Johann Sebastian Bach and eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann, recapture the spirited interplay of recreational music-making for which these works were first created.

8 PM
Mission Blue Cultural Center
475 Mission Blue Dr., Brisbane
$20
www.LiveAtMissionBlue.com

Marin Baroque, Daniel Canosa, Music Director
“Welcome to All Pleasures, an Experience for All Six Senses.”Marin Baroque Chamber Choir, Soloists, period instrument Orchestra, Music Director Daniel Canosa, and Stage Director Marla Volovna join forces to enthrall with a magical performance. Joyous music by Henry Purcell, including Come, Ye Sons of Art, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, and the Orchestral Suite from The Fairy Queen will be on the program along with the delights of poetry, costumes, wine, and delicacies to savor. Queen Mary will be present as the royal guest of honor and commentator. Be prepared to be captivated! The lovely San Francisco Renaissance Dancers, with Director-Choreographer Jennifer Meller, will enchant us as they previously have in Marin Baroque’s outdoor operas. Come one, come all! It will be our pleasure to welcome you!

8 PM Reception follows concert.
First Presbyterian Church
72 Kensington Rd., San Anselmo
Tickets: $30/$25/$5, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2580917
Or contact us 415-497-6634 or marinbaroque@gmail.com
http://www.marinbaroque.org/

New Esterházy Quartet
“Grand Concert Symphonique II” After their successful Grand Concert Symphonique and Paris Symphonies programs in 2013 and 2014, the New Esterházy Quartet again take the place of an entire orchestra for this superb all-Haydn program. The Piano Concerto in G features fortepianist Karen Rosenak; the Concerto in Eb for Keyed Trumpet features Jonathan Impett, a specialist in period trumpets. Surprise guests will join the quartet and soloists for the Symphony #100 in D, “Military.”

4PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
$30 (discounts for SFEMS members, seniors, and students)
415-520-0611 www.newesterhazy.org

Sonoma Bach
St. Seraphim
“Sacred Realms: With Ah! Bright Wings” The indelible image of the many colored wings of the angel Gabriel, represented in the paintings of Fra Angelico and many others, offering strange tidings to the startled Mary, was one of the most popular subjects for art and devotion in Medieval and Renaissance culture. The Green Mountain Consort explores repertoire for the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25) in a fascinating and moving concert in the amazing space and acoustics of St. Seraphim Orthodox Church. Featured composers include Guillaume Dufay, Josquin Desprez, Michael Praetorius, and Heinrich Schütz.

8 PM BachGrounder at 7:25 PM
St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church
90 Mountain View Ave., Santa Rosa
$25/$15
Tickets


Sunday, March 26

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.

4 PM
Old First Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento, San Francisco
(N.B. At Old First, General Ticket $20, Senior $15, Full-time students $5, Under 12 free.
$2.00 discount if purchased in advance via www.oldfirstconcerts.org.)

Junior Bach Festival
JBFestival2012_02_sm64th annual Junior Bach Festival concludes. 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. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church
2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley
925-837-1683, JuniorBach@earthlink.net, or www.juniorbach.org.

New Esterházy Quartet
“Grand Concert Symphonique II” After their successful Grand Concert Symphonique and Paris Symphonies programs in 2013 and 2014, the New Esterházy Quartet again take the place of an entire orchestra for this superb all-Haydn program. The Piano Concerto in G features fortepianist Karen Rosenak; the Concerto in Eb for Keyed Trumpet features Jonathan Impett, a specialist in period trumpets. Surprise guests will join the quartet and soloists for the Symphony #100 in D, “Military.”

4 PM
All Saints’ Episcopal Church,
555 Waverley Street (at Hamilton), Palo Alto
$30 (discounts for SFEMS members, seniors, and students)
415-520-0611 www.newesterhazy.org

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
“Dancing in the Isles” Musica Pacifica (Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, baroque violin; Charles Sherman, harpsichord; and Josh Lee, viola da gamba) performs a program of rousing baroque folk and dance music from Scotland, Ireland, and England. With room to enjoy this music by dancing in the aisles, listen to arrangements of traditional folk tunes, dance suites, and trio sonatas, performed by Musica Pacifica and featuring an exciting range of music played on recorder, violin, viola da gamba, harpsichord, and percussion. Sparks fly when these high-energy performers get together! Musica Pacifica combines world-class musicianship with a spirited and communicative performing style and brings exuberant vitality to the intimate chamber music of the Baroque. An evening with Musica Pacifica spotlights the unique talents of each musician and combines them in diverse groupings within the ensemble, creating an ever-changing palette of instrumental color.

3 PM
Veteran’s Memorial Building, Chris G. Matthews Hall
846 Front St
, Santa Cruz
$35/$25/$22/$10
Tickets, 831-457-9693 or www.scbaroque.org

Sonoma Bach
St. Seraphim
“Sacred Realms: With Ah! Bright Wings” The indelible image of the many colored wings of the angel Gabriel, represented in the paintings of Fra Angelico and many others, offering strange tidings to the startled Mary, was one of the most popular subjects for art and devotion in Medieval and Renaissance culture. The Green Mountain Consort explores repertoire for the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25) in a fascinating and moving concert in the amazing space and acoustics of St. Seraphim Orthodox Church. Featured composers include Guillaume Dufay, Josquin Desprez, Michael Praetorius, and Heinrich Schütz.

3 PM BachGrounder at 2:25 PM
St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church
90 Mountain View Ave., Santa Rosa
$25/$15
Tickets

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