Calendar: January 29–February 4, 2018

Wednesday, January 31

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 mpro-online.org

 


 Thursday, February 1

University of California at Davis Music Department
Acclaimed violinist Michael Sand performs on the Shinkoskey Noon Concert Series. Program includes J.S. Bach, Violin Sonata in G Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001; and Violin Partita in B Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1002.

Noon
Ann E. Pitzer Center
144 Hutchison Dr., Davis
Free
530-754-2787


Friday, February 2

East Bay Chapter, ARS
Monthly playing session with guest conductor Hanneke van Proosdij. New members and guests welcome.

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

 

SFEMS presents Agave Baroque, with Reginald Mobley, Countertenor
“Peace in our Time: Music of Love and Loss in the Shadow of the Thirty Years’ War” Aaron Westman, baroque violin; Natalie Carducci and Anna Washburn, baroque violin & viola; Katherine Kyme, baroque viola; William Skeen, viola da gamba; Kevin Cooper, theorbo; and Henry Lebedinsky, organ; with guest Reginald Mobley, countertenor, perform music from the second half of the 17th century, as Europe, especially Germany, recovered from the Thirty Years’ War. It had been a pervasive, horrible war that ravaged Europe from 1618–1648, devastating not only the continent’s population but also much of its cultural heritage. Rather than relying on a long tradition of classical art music, musicians had to draw on what they found and heard around them. Many of these composers developed a regional model based on the “fantastical style” (stylus fantasticus). The result is the drunken country fiddler and his band playing in church! In the darkest shadows of war, music had the immense power to motivate, unite, comfort, heal, and lift people out of the depths of their grief. This program explores a style of music with an incredible range and depth of human emotion. The program features works by Matthias Weckmann, Johann Rosenmüller, Franz Tunder, Heinrich and Johann Christoph Bach, and Johann Pachelbel. Read more . . .

8 PM
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, February 3

Cal Performances presents Circa
“Il Ritorno,”created by Yaron Lifschitz with Quincy Grant and the Circa Ensemble. Juxtaposing circus arts with the glorious music of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Monteverdi’s 17th-century opera about Ulysses’ homecoming, the Australian troupe Circa tells a timeless story of loss and displacement in its latest production, “Il Ritorno.” Six masterful acrobats join four chamber musicians and two singers in a stark staging that powerfully unites music with movement. “The piece reverberates with real emotional pungency, as if the essence of homesickness has been bottled. I’ve seen grief many times on stage, but seldom have I seen it depicted so well” (The Guardian, London).

8 PM
Zellerbach Hall
University of California, Berkeley
$30–68
Tickets online, 510-642-9988, or tickets@calperformances.org or at the Zellerbach box office Tue–Fri, 12–5:30 PM; Sat & Sun, 1–5 PM; and approximately one hour prior to curtain. Closed Mondays and some University holidays.

Period Events & Entertainments Re-creation Society (PEERS)
“The Outlander Ball—Paris, 1743” Join us at a brilliant 18th-century ball inspired by the popular “Outlander” series. Jamie and Claire Fraser request the honour of your company at a reception and ball at their residence in Paris to meet our Rightful, Lawful King’s son and heir, Bonnie Prince Charlie. (Venue is the elegant, Neo-Colonial Alameda Elks Lodge at 2255 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda—an Edwardian mansion whose faux-Baroque décor is a great match for this event!). Our excellent Sassenach band, Bangers & Mash, will play our favorite country dances from both Scotland and England and some courtly tunes from the French Court as well that new dance we’ve just learnt from the Germans, the Valse. There will be a pre-ball dance class at 7 PM, and all country dances will be taught and called at the ball. No partners needed. 18th-c. costume (French or English), historical or traditional Scottish costume, vintage attire, or modern evening dress is admired but not required; Regency and Romantic attire is just fine, too. For costume inspiration, you may want to watch the “Outlander” miniseries, especially the second season, or “A Dragonfly in Amber,” though you may also want to go to Frock Flicks at http://www.frockflicks.com/ and read the amusing and informative historical reviews of the “Outlander” costumes for some useful costume tips. There will be a no host bar, light refreshments (your potluck contributions will be greatly appreciated), and an intermission sing-a-long concert of stirring and romantic Jacobite songs in honour of our Prince and the Scottish Cause.

Doors open at 6:30 PM, dance lesson at 7 PM, dancing starts at 8 PM
Alameda Elks Lodge
2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda
$20 by January 27; $25 at the door
Tickets online or 510-522-1731

SFEMS presents Agave Baroque, with Reginald Mobley, Countertenor
“Peace in our Time: Music of Love and Loss in the Shadow of the Thirty Years’ War” Aaron Westman, baroque violin; Natalie Carducci and Anna Washburn, baroque violin & viola; Katherine Kyme, baroque viola; William Skeen, viola da gamba; Kevin Cooper, theorbo; and Henry Lebedinsky, organ; with guest Reginald Mobley, countertenor, perform music from the second half of the 17th century, as Europe, especially Germany, recovered from the Thirty Years’ War. It had been a pervasive, horrible war that ravaged Europe from 1618–1648, devastating not only the continent’s population but also much of its cultural heritage. Rather than relying on a long tradition of classical art music, musicians had to draw on what they found and heard around them. Many of these composers developed a regional model based on the “fantastical style” (stylus fantasticus). The result is the drunken country fiddler and his band playing in church! In the darkest shadows of war, music had the immense power to motivate, unite, comfort, heal, and lift people out of the depths of their grief. This program explores a style of music with an incredible range and depth of human emotion. The program features works by Matthias Weckmann, Johann Rosenmüller, Franz Tunder, Heinrich and Johann Christoph Bach, and Johann Pachelbel. Read more . . .

7:30 PM
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


Sunday, February 4

Cal Performances presents Circa
“Il Ritorno,”created by Yaron Lifschitz with Quincy Grant and the Circa Ensemble. Juxtaposing circus arts with the glorious music of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Monteverdi’s 17th-century opera about Ulysses’ homecoming, the Australian troupe Circa tells a timeless story of loss and displacement in its latest production, “Il Ritorno.” Six masterful acrobats join four chamber musicians and two singers in a stark staging that powerfully unites music with movement. “The piece reverberates with real emotional pungency, as if the essence of homesickness has been bottled. I’ve seen grief many times on stage, but seldom have I seen it depicted so well” (The Guardian, London).

3 PM
Zellerbach Hall
University of California, Berkeley
$30–68
Tickets online, 510-642-9988, or tickets@calperformances.org or at the Zellerbach box office Tue–Fri, 12–5:30 PM; Sat & Sun, 1–5 PM; and approximately one hour prior to curtain. Closed Mondays and some University holidays.

Community Concerts at Epworth
“Baroque Masters” Bay Area musicians Alicia Yang and JungHae Kim present a period-instrument program of baroque gems, including works by Byrd and Charpentier. This program will feature a harpsichord made by world renowned and Berkeley-based harpsichord maker John Phillips, who will be present to speak to our audience. It’s a must see event for all period music enthusiasts! The mission of Community Concerts at Epworth is to bring high quality concerts of diverse styles and genres to the North Berkeley area in an accessible format for all. The concerts are free of charge so that all can have access to great music.

4 PM
Epworth United Methodist Church
1953 Hopkins St, Berkeley
Free (Donations Accepted)
information: www.communityconcertepworth.org/concerts or  communityconcertepworth@gmail.com

SFEMS presents Agave Baroque, with Reginald Mobley, Countertenor
“Peace in our Time: Music of Love and Loss in the Shadow of the Thirty Years’ War” Aaron Westman, baroque violin; Natalie Carducci and Anna Washburn, baroque violin & viola; Katherine Kyme, baroque viola; William Skeen, viola da gamba; Kevin Cooper, theorbo; and Henry Lebedinsky, organ; with guest Reginald Mobley, countertenor, perform music from the second half of the 17th century, as Europe, especially Germany, recovered from the Thirty Years’ War. It had been a pervasive, horrible war that ravaged Europe from 1618–1648, devastating not only the continent’s population but also much of its cultural heritage. Rather than relying on a long tradition of classical art music, musicians had to draw on what they found and heard around them. Many of these composers developed a regional model based on the “fantastical style” (stylus fantasticus). The result is the drunken country fiddler and his band playing in church! In the darkest shadows of war, music had the immense power to motivate, unite, comfort, heal, and lift people out of the depths of their grief. This program explores a style of music with an incredible range and depth of human emotion. The program features works by Matthias Weckmann, Johann Rosenmüller, Franz Tunder, Heinrich and Johann Christoph Bach, and Johann Pachelbel. Read more . . .

4 PM
Church of the Advent
261 Fell St., 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 . . .