Calendar: October 16–22, 2017

Friday October 20

California Bach Society, Paul Flight, Director
“J.S. Bach Missa Brevis & Cantata 21” The California Bach Society, recently awarded “Best Baroque Performance” by San Francisco Classical Voice for its 2016 production of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, presents Bach’s beloved cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (BWV 21) and the elegant Missa Brevis in G (BWV 236). With no less than three different choral fugues, two graceful arias, and a wonderfully expressive soprano-alto duet, the Missa is a worthy companion to Cantata 21. Paul Flight directs the 30-voice chorus and a baroque orchestra of oboes, trumpets, timpani, and strings. Vocal soloists are Caroline Jou Armitage, soprano; Paul Flight, countertenor; Jonathan Thomas, tenor; and Sepp Hammer, bass. Read more . . .

8PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
$35 (discounts for seniors and students)
Tickets online, tickets@calbach.org or 650-485-1097
http://www.calbach.org

SFEMS presents the Aulos Ensemble
“Handel and His World” Christopher Krueger, flauto traverso and recorder; Marc Schachman, baroque oboe; Linda Quan, baroque violin; Myron Lutzke, baroque cello; and Arthur Haas, harpsichord, perform a program centering on the musical giant George Frideric Handel, juxtaposed with two other composers he greatly admired, Henry Purcell and Georg Philipp Telemann. Selections include Aulos’s own Suite from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, one of Telemann’s New Paris Quartets, and a great deal of fine chamber music for three and four voices by both Handel and Telemann. Formed in 1973 by five Juilliard graduates, Aulos was one of America’s first “original instrument” ensembles, and its accomplishments over the years have given it pre-eminence in the early music movement. Aulos’s rich and diverse program covering 4 decades of compelling music showcases the talents of these superb musicians. Read more . . .

8PM
First Presbyterian Church
1140 Cowper Street (at Lincoln), Palo Alto
Tickets: General $45, Seniors $40.50, SFEMS Members $38.25, Students $15
Buy tickets online or phone 510-528-1725
www.sfems.org


Saturday October 21

The Albany Consort
“Martin Luther: celebrating 500 years with music” Program includes Ein Feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress)
 versions for singers and instruments by Luther, Bach and Telemann, plus 
Bach Concerto in A for harpsichord and strings.

8 PM
Christian Science Organization
2601 Durant, Berkeley
$30–$50
Tickets online

 

California Bach Society, Paul Flight, Director
“J.S. Bach Missa Brevis & Cantata 21” The California Bach Society, recently awarded “Best Baroque Performance” by San Francisco Classical Voice for its 2016 production of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, presents Bach’s beloved cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (BWV 21) and the elegant Missa Brevis in G (BWV 236). With no less than three different choral fugues, two graceful arias, and a wonderfully expressive soprano-alto duet, the Missa is a worthy companion to Cantata 21. Paul Flight directs the 30-voice chorus and a baroque orchestra of oboes, trumpets, timpani, and strings. Vocal soloists are Caroline Jou Armitage, soprano; Paul Flight, countertenor; Jonathan Thomas, tenor; and Sepp Hammer, bass. Read more . . .

8PM
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street (at Hamilton), Palo Alto
$35 (discounts for seniors and students)
Tickets online, tickets@calbach.org or 650-485-1097
http://www.calbach.org

SFEMS presents the Aulos Ensemble
“Handel and His World” Christopher Krueger, flauto traverso and recorder; Marc Schachman, baroque oboe; Linda Quan, baroque violin; Myron Lutzke, baroque cello; and Arthur Haas, harpsichord, perform a program centering on the musical giant George Frideric Handel, juxtaposed with two other composers he greatly admired, Henry Purcell and Georg Philipp Telemann. Selections include Aulos’s own Suite from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, one of Telemann’s New Paris Quartets, and a great deal of fine chamber music for three and four voices by both Handel and Telemann. Formed in 1973 by five Juilliard graduates, Aulos was one of America’s first “original instrument” ensembles, and its accomplishments over the years have given it pre-eminence in the early music movement. Aulos’s rich and diverse program covering 4 decades of compelling music showcases the talents of these superb musicians. Read more . . .

7:30PM
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave. (at Garber), Berkeley
Tickets: General $45, Seniors $40.50, SFEMS Members $38.25, Students $15
Buy tickets online or phone 510-528-1725
www.sfems.org

Sonoma Bach, Robert Worth, Artistic Director
“Opening Recital: A Room with a View” In celebration of Claudio Monteverdi’s birthday, the Green Mountain Consort and Live Oak Baroque Orchestra with countertenor Christopher Fritzsche perform sacred and secular selections from the master’s two late volumes: The Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (1638) and the Selva morale e spirituale (1640). Highlights include settings of Petrarch’s Hor che’l ciel e la terra, with its chilling opening passage, and the bittersweet Vago augelletto. Stunning instrumental works by Biagio Marini (including some of his ‘curiose e moderne inventioni’) and Dario Castello (especially works in ‘stil moderno’) provide further flavor and piquant views of the fertile northern Italian landscape.

8PM Bachgrounder pre-concert talk at 7:25
Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park
$25/$15
Tickets online
www.sonomabach.org or 877-914-2224

Virtu
“Mad About You” Songs and instrumental music composed for the 18th century English theater, and built around the career of the singer and actress Anne Bracegirdle. The concert program will include music composed by Purcell and Eccles and will explore music written about “mad” characters, and the genre of “mad” songs; the tragic songs performed by female characters frequently portrayed as love-sick, crazy, and on the fringe of society. The program will include mad songs and incidental music from plays like Don Quixote, The Tempest, The Mad Lover, and Abdelazar. Guest artists Melissa Cocco (recorder) and Farley Pearce (gamba) join Claudia Liliana Gantiver (recorder) and Angelique Zuluaga, (soprano).

7:30PM There will be a celebratory post-concert reception..
Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center
230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View
Tickets online $20


Sunday October 22

The Albany Consort
“Martin Luther: celebrating 500 years with music” Program includes Ein Feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress) 
versions for singers and instruments by Luther, Bach and Telemann, plus 
Bach Concerto in A for harpsichord and strings.

3 PM
Los Altos Lutheran
460 S El Monte at Cuesta, Los Alto
$30–$50
Tickets online

 

California Bach Society, Paul Flight, Director
“J.S. Bach Missa Brevis & Cantata 21” The California Bach Society, recently awarded “Best Baroque Performance” by San Francisco Classical Voice for its 2016 production of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, presents Bach’s beloved cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (BWV 21) and the elegant Missa Brevis in G (BWV 236). With no less than three different choral fugues, two graceful arias, and a wonderfully expressive soprano-alto duet, the Missa is a worthy companion to Cantata 21. Paul Flight directs the 30-voice chorus and a baroque orchestra of oboes, trumpets, timpani, and strings. Vocal soloists are Caroline Jou Armitage, soprano; Paul Flight, countertenor; Jonathan Thomas, tenor; and Sepp Hammer, bass. Read more . . .

4PM
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana), Berkeley
$35 (discounts for seniors and students)
Tickets online, tickets@calbach.org or 650-485-1097
http://www.calbach.org

SFEMS presents the Aulos Ensemble
“Handel and His World” Christopher Krueger, flauto traverso and recorder; Marc Schachman, baroque oboe; Linda Quan, baroque violin; Myron Lutzke, baroque cello; and Arthur Haas, harpsichord, perform a program centering on the musical giant George Frideric Handel, juxtaposed with two other composers he greatly admired, Henry Purcell and Georg Philipp Telemann. Selections include Aulos’s own Suite from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, one of Telemann’s New Paris Quartets, and a great deal of fine chamber music for three and four voices by both Handel and Telemann. Formed in 1973 by five Juilliard graduates, Aulos was one of America’s first “original instrument” ensembles, and its accomplishments over the years have given it pre-eminence in the early music movement. Aulos’s rich and diverse program covering 4 decades of compelling music showcases the talents of these superb musicians. Read more . . .

4PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
Tickets: General $45, Seniors $40.50, SFEMS Members $38.25, Students $15
Buy tickets online or phone 510-528-1725
www.sfems.org

Continue reading next week’s calendar . . .