Calendar: April 24–30, 2017

Wednesday, April 26

Early Music Open Mic Night
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

 


Friday, April 28

Cal Performances presents Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan Conductor
Jean-Philippe Rameau, La temple de la gloire. Experience Rameau’s recently rediscovered masterwork, fully staged as Rameau intended, for the first time since the opera’s 1745 premiere. The magnificent libretto is by Voltaire. The original manuscript is housed at UC Berkeley’s Hargrove Music Library, making Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall the ideal setting for three spectacular performances. This co-production with Cal Performances; the New York Baroque Dance Company; and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles represents a collaboration years in the making. The version of this ballet héroïque that has been heard up until now is the second version which was substantially changed by Rameau to take into account the Parisian public’s aversion to moral maxims, and their preference for love scenes. Voltaire originally wanted this to be a philosophical reform of opera: an allegory around the idea of the temple of glory, a grandiose spectacle with moral and political overtones. This original 1745 version is much more spectacular, and its originality in the history of Enlightenment Theater calls for a twenty-first-century restaging. And this is the version audiences will experience in April 2017. With Gabrielle Philiponet, soprano; Chantal Santon, soprano; Katherine Watson, soprano; Artavazd Sargsyan, haute-contre; Aaron Sheehan, haute-contre; Philippe-Nicolas Martin, baritone; Marc Labonnette, baritone; the New York Baroque Dance Company, Catherine Turocy, Director; and the Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, Director. Catherine Turocy, stage director and choreographer; Scott Blake, set designer; Marie Anne Chiment, costume designer; Pierre Dupouey, lighting designer. A co-production with Cal Performances, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, and New York Baroque Dance Company.

8 PM
Zellerbach Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Tickets online $30 and up


Saturday, April 29

Cal Performances presents Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan Conductor
Jean-Philippe Rameau, La temple de la gloire. Experience Rameau’s recently rediscovered masterwork, fully staged as Rameau intended, for the first time since the opera’s 1745 premiere. The magnificent libretto is by Voltaire. The original manuscript is housed at UC Berkeley’s Hargrove Music Library, making Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall the ideal setting for three spectacular performances. This co-production with Cal Performances; the New York Baroque Dance Company; and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles represents a collaboration years in the making. The version of this ballet héroïque that has been heard up until now is the second version which was substantially changed by Rameau to take into account the Parisian public’s aversion to moral maxims, and their preference for love scenes. Voltaire originally wanted this to be a philosophical reform of opera: an allegory around the idea of the temple of glory, a grandiose spectacle with moral and political overtones. This original 1745 version is much more spectacular, and its originality in the history of Enlightenment Theater calls for a twenty-first-century restaging. And this is the version audiences will experience in April 2017. With Gabrielle Philiponet, soprano; Chantal Santon, soprano; Katherine Watson, soprano; Artavazd Sargsyan, haute-contre; Aaron Sheehan, haute-contre; Philippe-Nicolas Martin, baritone; Marc Labonnette, baritone; the New York Baroque Dance Company, Catherine Turocy, Director; and the Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, Director. Catherine Turocy, stage director and choreographer; Scott Blake, set designer; Marie Anne Chiment, costume designer; Pierre Dupouey, lighting designer. A co-production with Cal Performances, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, and New York Baroque Dance Company.

8 PM
Zellerbach Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Tickets online $30 and up

San Francisco Choral Society with Jubilate Baroque Orchestra
“Thinking Inside the Bachs” Three versions of the Magnificat—by Johann Sebastian Bach and two of the revered patriarch’s sons, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian—display a breathtaking range of musical and generational styles, interpretations, and ways of setting to music Mary’s song of praise.

8 PM
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore St. (at Jackson), San Francisco
Tickets online $28–$34

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival presents Esfera Armoniosa
“Harmonious Sphere” The Colombian early music ensemble Esfera Armoniosa (Claudia Liliana Gantivar, director and recorder; Sergio Llano, recorder; Andrés Silva, tenor; Julián Navarro, baroque guitar; Alfonso Correa, viola da gamba; and Sebastián Vega Q., lute) makes its North American debut in a program of baroque music from colonial Latin America as well as music of European composers influenced by music of the New World. Featured composers include Fray Manuel Blasco, Rafael Antonio Castellanos, Sebastián Durón, Francisco Guerau, Santiago de Murcia, Salvador Romero, Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde, Juan Lima Serqueira, and Alonso Torices. Read more . . .

7:30 PM
Holy Cross Church
126 High St., Santa Cruz
$35/$25/$22/$10
Tickets online, 831-457-9693, or www.scbaroque.org


Sunday, April 30

Cal Performances presents Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan Conductor
Jean-Philippe Rameau, La temple de la gloire. Experience Rameau’s recently rediscovered masterwork, fully staged as Rameau intended, for the first time since the opera’s 1745 premiere. The magnificent libretto is by Voltaire. The original manuscript is housed at UC Berkeley’s Hargrove Music Library, making Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall the ideal setting for three spectacular performances. This co-production with Cal Performances; the New York Baroque Dance Company; and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles represents a collaboration years in the making. The version of this ballet héroïque that has been heard up until now is the second version which was substantially changed by Rameau to take into account the Parisian public’s aversion to moral maxims, and their preference for love scenes. Voltaire originally wanted this to be a philosophical reform of opera: an allegory around the idea of the temple of glory, a grandiose spectacle with moral and political overtones. This original 1745 version is much more spectacular, and its originality in the history of Enlightenment Theater calls for a twenty-first-century restaging. And this is the version audiences will experience in April 2017. With Gabrielle Philiponet, soprano; Chantal Santon, soprano; Katherine Watson, soprano; Artavazd Sargsyan, haute-contre; Aaron Sheehan, haute-contre; Philippe-Nicolas Martin, baritone; Marc Labonnette, baritone; the New York Baroque Dance Company, Catherine Turocy, Director; and the Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, Director. Catherine Turocy, stage director and choreographer; Scott Blake, set designer; Marie Anne Chiment, costume designer; Pierre Dupouey, lighting designer. A co-production with Cal Performances, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, and New York Baroque Dance Company.

3 PM
Zellerbach Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Tickets online $30 and up

Esfera Armoniosa
“Que Dulce Violencia” The Colombian early music ensemble Esfera Armoniosa (Claudia Liliana Gantivar, director and recorder; Sergio Llano, recorder; Andrés Silva, tenor; Julián Navarro, baroque guitar; Alfonso Correa, viola da gamba; and Sebastián Vega Q., lute) makes its North American debut in a program of baroque music from colonial Latin America as well as music of European composers influenced by music of the New World. Featured composers include Fray Manuel Blasco, Rafael Antonio Castellanos, Sebastián Durón, Francisco Guerau, Santiago de Murcia, Salvador Romero, Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde, Juan Lima Serqueira, and Alonso Torices. Read more . . .

4 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco
Tickets at the door
$20 general; $10 senior/students
http://www.stmarks-sf.org/events/music/
http://www.esferaarmoniosa.com

San Francisco Choral Society with Jubilate Baroque Orchestra
“Thinking Inside the Bachs” Three versions of the Magnificat—by Johann Sebastian Bach and two of the revered patriarch’s sons, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian—display a breathtaking range of musical and generational styles, interpretations, and ways of setting to music Mary’s song of praise.

4 PM
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore St. (at Jackson), San Francisco
Tickets online $28–$34

University of California at Davis Music Department
The Baroque Orchestras of UC Davis and Davis High School present a joint concert. The relationship between UC Davis’s Baroque Orchestra and Davis Senior High School provides a yearlong relationship of learning, exploration, and performance of Baroque and early classical orchestral music on instruments of those eras. Phebe Craig, Angelo Moreno (a UC Davis Music Alum), and Michael Sand are their directors.

3 PM
Ann E. Pitzer Center
144 Hutchison Dr., Davis
tickets online $10–$20
530-754-2787

The Whole Noyse with Rodney Gehrke, organ
“Lo Splendore d’Italia”  The Whole Noyse (Stephen Escher, Richard Van Hessel, Ernest Rideout, and Herbert Myers) joins organist Rodney Gehrke to perform Italian Music of the 16th and 17th centuries.  The concert will present a variety of textures, from solo keyboard works by Frescobaldi and Trabaci to instrumental canzonas by Maschera, Troilo, and Rognoni Taeggio.  Featured will be works for antiphonal choirs by Bartolini, Croce, and Frescobaldi, contrasting the organ with the “signature” winds of the Noyse–cornett, sackbuts, and curtal.  Instruments will also include recorders and–on dances by Caroso and Negri–gittern. Viva la varietà!

4 PM
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
$20 general $10 students and seniors.

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