Calendar: October 9–15, 2017

Tuesday, October 10

KQED and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale
“PBO SESSIONS—Female Composers and the Women Who Bring Their Music to Life” Led by KQED’s Rachael Myrow and hosted by KDFC’s Dianne Nicolini, PBO conductor Nicholas McGegan will explore the role of female composers, musicians, and female arts broadcasters in today’s classical music world with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw and Sally Beamish. The 90-minute program will include an in-depth, sociopolitical and historical look at women and music, including multimedia presentations and performances of new works by Shaw and Beamish, as well as performances of music written by female composers of the Baroque era. The program will feature the Orchestra and star guest artists contralto Avery Amereau and soprano Mary Bevan. Following the program, join the musicians for conversation and complimentary refreshments. Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw has written two pieces for PBO in the past year and collaborates regularly with major orchestras and hip-hop artist Kanye West. Scottish composer and violist Sally Beamish recently composed The Judas Passion, a co-commission of Philharmonia and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) in London. Avery Amereau is a rising star contralto who made her Metropolitan Opera debut last year and British soprano Mary Bevan is a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist award and UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in music.

8 PM
Nourse Theater
275 Hayes St., San Francisco
$25 General Admission
Tickets online or 415-392-4400

Wednesday, October 11

Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra
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


Friday, October 13

South Bay Recorder Society
Monthly meeting, guest conductor David Barnett. 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


Saturday, October 14

Viola da Gamba Society/Pacifica Chapter
Monthly viol consort playing with guest coach David Morris. Players of all levels welcome. Newcomers please phone ahead.

9 AM–3 PM
Hillside Church
1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
RSVP. Please email or phone ahead.


Sunday, October 15

Judith Linsenberg and Friends
“Sprezzatura” Judith Linsenberg recorder; Katherine Heater, harpsichord; and William Skeen, cello, perform a program of virtuosic Italian sonatas of the 17th and 18th centuries, including works by Castello, Frescobaldi, Vivaldi, Sieber, and Corelli.

4:30 PM
California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St., Berkeley
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For my Ladye Nevell” Gilbert Martinez, JungHae Kim, and Andrew Canepa, harpsichord, virginals, & organ, perform music of William Byrd. MusicSources’ “Artists in Residence” explore the music of one of Elizabethan England’s greatest composers, William Byrd (ca. 1543–1623). Several instruments from the MusicSources collection will be showcased in a program of selections from My Ladye Nevells Booke of Virginal Music.

5 PM
St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley
$30 non members, $25 MusicSources members and seniors, $10 students 18 yrs. or younger
510-528-1685 or

San Francisco Bach Choir, Magen Solomon, Director
“Luther’s Musical Tapestry: Weaving a New Tradition” 500 years ago, a monk named Martin Luther changed the course of music history, through the simple act of singing. Join us as we trace the surprising musical threads he gathered from the sacred and secular worlds to weave the fabric of a revolution that reverberated for centuries, including music of Praetorius, J.S. Bach, Brahms, and others. Enjoy this rare opportunity to hear Calvary’s magnificent and historic organ. With over 6,200 pipes in 110 ranks, it is the largest church organ in Northern California and among the top 10 largest church organs in the West. Join us for a pre-concert talk and demonstration at 3:15 PM by Calvary organist, John Walko. The concert will last approximately 2 hours, including intermission.

4 PM
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore (at Jackson), San Francisco
$25/$20/$10 Under 19 Free
Tickets online
855-4SF-BACH (855-473-2224, toll-free) or

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Third Sunday Concert Series
Derek Tam (harpsichord) and Erik Andersen (baroque cello) offer a concert of Italian Baroque music. In demand as a conductor and historical keyboardist, Derek Tam performs regularly in the Bay Area and elsewhere A founding member and the harpsichordist of MUSA, a San Francisco-based Baroque ensemble, Derek has also served as principal keyboardist for the symphonies of Merced, Modesto, Napa Valley, Santa Rosa, and Santa Cruz. He currently serves as the Director of Music at First Congregational Church of Berkeley. He is also Music Director of the Berkeley Community Chorus Chamber Singers. Erik Andersen, newly arrived in the Bay Area, is a graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at the City University of New York where he completed studies in modern cello under the direction of Marcy Rosen and additional studies under Iris Jortner, Marta Bedkowska, and in historical performance with Lisa Terry. At home on both the modern and baroque cello as well as viola da gamba, he performs with the San Francisco-based early music ensemble HIP Forum.

4 PM
St Alban’s Episcopal Church
1501 Washington Ave., Albany
$20/$18 under 12 free
Tickets online

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