The SFEMS-CJC series continues on Sunday, November 5, with Magnolia Viols, performing a program of 17th and 18th century music for viol consort. Amy Brodo, treble and bass viol; Hallie Pridham, treble and bass viol; Farley Pearce, tenor and bass viol; Roy Whelden, bass viol will perform a range of Renaissance and baroque consort music from across Europe, including compositions by Charpentier, Susato, Ward, Locke, Boismortier, Jenkins, and Salmone Rossi, a program they promise will be both heavenly and earthly.
Magnolia’s founder and director, Amy Brodo, graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and performed for many years in Italy, Israel, and England before moving to San Francisco, with positions including assistant principal cellist of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Italy, and cellist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. As a freelancer in Europe, she performed with Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Players, the Norskbarok Orchester, and the Hanover Band, the Royal Philharmonic, D’Oyly Cart Opera, and the City of Valencia Symphonic Orchestra. In the Bay Area, Ms. Brodo has performed on viola da gamba and Baroque cello with groups that include Lux Musica, Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, Magnificat Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, El Mundo, I Favoriti, Musica Angelica, Archetti and the Albany Consort. She has performed at Festivals such as the Santa Cruz Baroque, Berkeley Early Music, the Beaunne, France, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart and has recorded for CDI, Centaur, Sony, DDG, Koch, Helicon, Kleos, MRS, and New Albion. She is a founding member of Harmonia Felice. Ms Brodo performs with many groups on modern cello including West Edge Opera, Festival Opera, Marin Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic and Livermore Opera Company, as well as gives several recitals and chamber music concerts, was Music Director and President of the Junior Bach Festival. Ms. Brodo is an active piano, cello and viola da gamba teacher, a board member of the Berkeley Piano Club and a member of Music Teachers Association of California. She also ajudicates competitions such as Junior Bach and the U.S. Open Competition.
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. The concert starts 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.