Calendar: September 4–10, 2017

Tuesday, September 5

Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
“Instruments, Costumes, Action: Baroque Music and Dance” Musicians from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and San Francisco Renaissance Dancers (Jennifer Meller, Director) join forces in a program about historic music and dance. Discover the political intrigues that played out at baroque-era balls and explore the significance of nuanced stage gestures and costuming. Be prepared for some serious foot-tapping when the music heats up!

1–2:30 PM
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
$15
650-223-8616 or mrosengaus@paloaltojcc.org

Sacramento Recorder Society
Regular meeting for recorder players, with guest conductor Hanneke van Proosdij. Newcomers welcome. Bring recorders, stand, and other early instruments. Music provided. Refreshments.

6:45–9:30 PM
Friends Meeting House
890 57th St., between H and J, Sacramento.
sacrecorders.wordpress.com

 


Friday, September 8

Ars Minerva
La Circe. After La Cleopatra and The Amazons in the Fortunate Isles, Ars Minerva is very excited to bring back to life a third Italian opera, La Circe, first performed in Vienna in 1665 for the birthday of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I. Despite the beauty of the music, La Circe fell into oblivion and has never been performed since. The La Circe manuscript, which resides at the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, is attributed to Pietro Andrea Ziani (1616–1684) with a libretto by Cristoforo Ivanovich (1620–1689). Ziani was the organist at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice; later in life, he served the Holy Roman Empress, Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg, in Vienna. Ivanovich was the first historian of Venetian opera and was also a librettist for several operas performed in Venice, Vienna and Piacenza. He catalogued all opera performances held in Venice from 1637 until 1681 in his treatise Memorie teatrali di Venezia, published in 1680 as part of collection Minerva al Tavolino. The plot of La Circe is inspired by the adventures of Circe, the goddess and magician of Greek mythology made famous in Homer’s Odyssey and in Ovid’s Metamorphosis. After Ulysses escapes Circe’s clutches, the outraged enchantress remains on her island with a number of unlucky captives who will fall victim to her resentment and manipulations. The opera, sung in Italian with English supertitles, will be semi-staged by Céline Ricci. It will feature eight singers, an acrobat, as well as a small orchestra of five instrumentalists led by Derek Tam. Cast: Circe, Céline Ricci; Glauco, Kyle Stegall; Andromaca, Kindra Scharich; Pirro, Ryan Belongie; Egle, Jasmine Johnson; Scilla, Aurélie Veruni; Gligorio, Jonathan Smucker; Custode del porto/Tissandro/Creonte, Igor Vieira; Acrobat, Katherine Hutchinson.

7:30 PM
ODC Theater
3153 17th St, San Francisco
$25–$250
Tickets online
Box Office, 415-863-9834.
To book for groups, please contact info@arsminerva.org

East Bay Chapter, ARS
Monthly playing session with guest conductor Greg Ingles. New members and guests welcome.

7:30–10 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
5201 Park Blvd., Oakland
http://www.symbolicsolutions.com/ebrs-web2015/index.html

 

South Bay Recorder Society
Monthly meeting, guest conductor Frances Feldon. New members and guests welcome.

7:30–10 PM
First Congregational Church of San Jose
1980 Hamilton Ave (at Leigh), San Jose
408-358-0878 or zilbrown@aol.com

 


Saturday, September 9

Ars Minerva
La Circe. After La Cleopatra and The Amazons in the Fortunate Isles, Ars Minerva is very excited to bring back to life a third Italian opera, La Circe, first performed in Vienna in 1665 for the birthday of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I. Despite the beauty of the music, La Circe fell into oblivion and has never been performed since. The La Circe manuscript, which resides at the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, is attributed to Pietro Andrea Ziani (1616–1684) with a libretto by Cristoforo Ivanovich (1620–1689). Ziani was the organist at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice; later in life, he served the Holy Roman Empress, Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg, in Vienna. Ivanovich was the first historian of Venetian opera and was also a librettist for several operas performed in Venice, Vienna and Piacenza. He catalogued all opera performances held in Venice from 1637 until 1681 in his treatise Memorie teatrali di Venezia, published in 1680 as part of collection Minerva al Tavolino. The plot of La Circe is inspired by the adventures of Circe, the goddess and magician of Greek mythology made famous in Homer’s Odyssey and in Ovid’s Metamorphosis. After Ulysses escapes Circe’s clutches, the outraged enchantress remains on her island with a number of unlucky captives who will fall victim to her resentment and manipulations. The opera, sung in Italian with English supertitles, will be semi-staged by Céline Ricci. It will feature eight singers, an acrobat, as well as a small orchestra of five instrumentalists led by Derek Tam. Cast: Circe, Céline Ricci; Glauco, Kyle Stegall; Andromaca, Kindra Scharich; Pirro, Ryan Belongie; Egle, Jasmine Johnson; Scilla, Aurélie Veruni; Gligorio, Jonathan Smucker; Custode del porto/Tissandro/Creonte, Igor Vieira; Acrobat, Katherine Hutchinson.

7:30 PM
ODC Theater
3153 17th St, San Francisco
$25–$250
Tickets online
Box Office, 415-863-9834.
To book for groups, please contact info@arsminerva.org

Trinity Chamber Concerts presents Franklin Lei, lute
“Bach, Bill, and the Blues” A recital highlighting the connection between music from Bach to jazz, with Bach’s G Minor Lute Suite (BWV 995) on baroque lute and the late pieces of Bill Evans on archtop guitar. Both were written in times of sudden departure of loved ones, to create a space to heal. American songbook selections round out the program.

8 PM
Trinity Chapel
2320 Dana, Berkeley
$20 general; $15 senior/students
violinyogi@yahoo.com or 510-778-1719


Sunday, September 10

Cantata Collective
Cantata Collective’s inaugural concert, featuring Christine Brandes singing Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke (BWV 84) and Mein Herze schwimmt in Blut (BWV 199), with oboist Marc Schachman, violinists Lisa Weiss & Kati Kyme, violist Anthony Martin, cellist William Skeen, bassist Kristin Zoernig, and organist Andrew Canepa. Cantata Collective aims to present the Bach cantatas free to the public, as the equivalent of a World Heritage Site, a collection of masterworks belonging to all people. Bach’s greatest body of work will be heard as vocal chamber music featuring local and internationally recognized artists. The inaugural concert will present Christine Brandes singing two solo cantatas with oboist Marc Schachman, string players Lisa Weiss, Kati Kyme, Anthony Martin, William Skeen, and Kristin Zoernig, and organist Andrew Canepa. Further performances will take place in November, January, and February. Although admission to the concerts is free, membership in the Collective will be offered so that listeners and performers may join together to make this music available to all.

5 PM
St. Mary Magdalen Parish
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley
FREE, donations accepted.

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