Early Music Sundays

CJC and SFEMS Announce 2017–18 Series

Les Violettes in rehearsal

As you probably know, SFEMS curates not one but three separate concert series: our regular weekend season, showcasing major national and international artists of the early music world; the biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition; and our informal, monthly series of Sunday afternoon concerts at the California Jazz Conservatory (CJC), in downtown Berkeley. SFEMS and the CJC established this series a number of years ago, originally to explore and celebrate the improvisational kinship of the two genres of jazz and early music. The series now hosts a half dozen concerts per year and presents SFEMS Affiliate and member ensembles, some of whom also appear on our other series. While we do not yet have program information on all of the concerts, we can announce the dates and artists for this coming season.

The season opens Sunday, October 15, with “Sprezzatura,” Judy Linsenberg and Friends performing virtuosic Italian sonatas of the 17th and 18th centuries. On November 5, Amy Brodo and Friends will perform a program of music for viols. The series resumes January 21, with the Alphabet Baroque Club performing “An English Country Garden,” featuring the work of composers active in England in the 17th and 18th centuries. February 18 will bring the debut of a new group, Ensemble Bizarria, a string ensemble who will show us “The Vulnerable Mozart.” On March 25, Flauti Diversi returns with “Music in the Garden of Delight: Diverse Songs and Dances of the Middle Ages.” The series concludes on April, 15, with a performance by Les Violettes, Violet Grgich, harpsichord; Colin Shipman, viola da gamba; and others. Watch for further details of these concerts soon, here and on the SFEMS website.

The CJC offers a casual and intimate environment where the audience can enjoy a light meal and sip a glass of wine or a cup of coffee while enjoying the concert. All concerts begin at 4:30 pm at the California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley. Tickets are $20 (general admission) and go on sale for each concert approximately one month in advance. Their box office can be reached at 510-845-5373 or www.cjc.edu/concerts.