Calendar: March 19–25, 2018

Tuesday, March 20

Albany Consort
“Goldberg Variations Orchestrated” Bach modestly described his fourth publication of Keyboard Practice pieces as an Aria with Diverse Variations for the Harpsichord Composed for Music Lovers to Refresh their Spirits. 277 years later, the piece easily holds its place as the greatest ever work of its kind. The story that it was written for the young J.G. Goldberg, one of Bach’s occasional students, to play at night when his boss, the sickly Count Keyserlingk, could not sleep, is probably not true. But it remains a lovely story. The music is satisfying on so many levels that it could probably help anyone to do anything, not limited to sleeping. The work has been arranged various times, and this program is Jonathan Salzedo’s new, original version for five-part string ensemble, with one variation scored for the Rubinstein-Salzedo family (recorder, violin, and harpsichord).

12:30 PM
Old St Mary’s
660 California, San Francisco
Free
www.albanyconsort.org/next-concert


Wednesday, March 21

Albany Consort
“Goldberg Variations Orchestrated” Bach modestly described his fourth publication of Keyboard Practice pieces as an Aria with Diverse Variations for the Harpsichord Composed for Music Lovers to Refresh their Spirits. 277 years later, the piece easily holds its place as the greatest ever work of its kind. The story that it was written for the young J.G. Goldberg, one of Bach’s occasional students, to play at night when his boss, the sickly Count Keyserlingk, could not sleep, is probably not true. But it remains a lovely story. The music is satisfying on so many levels that it could probably help anyone to do anything, not limited to sleeping. The work has been arranged various times, and this program is Jonathan Salzedo’s new, original version for five-part string ensemble, with one variation scored for the Rubinstein-Salzedo family (recorder, violin, and harpsichord).

12:30 PM
Stanford Hospital Atrium
300 Pasteur, Stanford Campus
Free
www.albanyconsort.org/next-concert

San Francisco Recorder Society
Monthly playing session with conductor Glen Shannon. New members and guests welcome. Come early to find parking.

7:30 PM–9:30 PM
Christ Church Lutheran
1090 Quintara St. (at 20th Ave.), San Francisco.
Non-members $10 fee applied to membership.
For more information contact Florence Kress: 415-731-9709, fkress@aol.com
arssanfrancisco.org/


Thursday, March 22

MUSA
“Chinese Baroque” Presidio Sessions (InterMusic SF) presents Rita Lilly, soprano; Mindy Ella Chu, mezzo-soprano; David Wong, guqin; Addi Liu, violin; Laura Gaynon, cello; and Derek Tam, harpsichord, performing a unique program that features Western music written in and for the Chinese courts, as well as Chinese music transcribed by European visitors of the 17th and 18th centuries.

7 PM
Presidio Officers’ Club
50 Moraga Ave., San Francisco
Free


Friday, March 23

Junior Bach Festival
JBFestival2012_02_sm65th annual Junior Bach Festival continues (Concert 6)
The Junior Bach Festival is dedicated to touching young lives by promoting the study and performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Presented annually about the time of Bach’s birthday, March 21, the Festival features in concert some of the finest young musical talent in California (ages 6 to 18), chosen by audition. Tickets are $17 general admission, $12 Seniors, $5 for students 12 and under, except in Concerts 4, 10 and 11, as noted below. There is a FAMILY PACKAGE, where ALL family members (parents, siblings and grandparents) may attend a single concert for $50. (Exception: Concert 4, 10 and 11, as noted). More concert details at www.juniorbach.org. Performances are scheduled the weekends of March 16–18 and March 23–25. Eleven concerts (all different) at venues around the Bay Area feature young people performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

7:30 PM
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
2650 San Hill Rd., Menlo Park
(Note:  Concerts 6 and 7 run concurrently.)
925-837-1683, JuniorBach@earthlink.net, or www.juniorbach.org.

Junior Bach Festival
JBFestival2012_02_sm65th annual Junior Bach Festival continues (Concert 7)
The Junior Bach Festival is dedicated to touching young lives by promoting the study and performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Presented annually about the time of Bach’s birthday, March 21, the Festival features in concert some of the finest young musical talent in California (ages 6 to 18), chosen by audition. Tickets are $17 general admission, $12 Seniors, $5 for students 12 and under, except in Concerts 4, 10 and 11, as noted below. There is a FAMILY PACKAGE, where ALL family members (parents, siblings and grandparents) may attend a single concert for $50. (Exception: Concert 4, 10 and 11, as noted). More concert details at www.juniorbach.org. Performances are scheduled the weekends of March 16–18 and March 23–25. Eleven concerts (all different) at venues around the Bay Area feature young people performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

7:30 PM
Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste Street, Berkeley
(Note:  Concerts 6 and 7 run concurrently.)
925-837-1683, JuniorBach@earthlink.net, or www.juniorbach.org


Saturday, March 24

Junior Bach Festival
JBFestival2012_02_sm65th annual Junior Bach Festival continues (Concerts 8 & 9)
The Junior Bach Festival is dedicated to touching young lives by promoting the study and performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Presented annually about the time of Bach’s birthday, March 21, the Festival features in concert some of the finest young musical talent in California (ages 6 to 18), chosen by audition. Tickets are $17 general admission, $12 Seniors, $5 for students 12 and under, except in Concerts 4, 10 and 11, as noted below. There is a FAMILY PACKAGE, where ALL family members (parents, siblings and grandparents) may attend a single concert for $50. (Exception: Concert 4, 10 and 11, as noted). More concert details at www.juniorbach.org. Performances are scheduled the weekends of March 16–18 and March 23–25. Eleven concerts (all different) at venues around the Bay Area feature young people performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

2 PM (Concert 8)
7:30 PM (Concert 9)
Crowden Music Center
1475 Rose Street, Berkeley
925-837-1683, JuniorBach@earthlink.net, or www.juniorbach.org

San Francisco Renaissance Voices, Katherine McKee, Director
“Ave Virgo—Music for the Feasts of Our Lady” The next installment in SFRV’s 2017-18 Season, “A Nun, A Queen, The Lady & A King.” This exquisite concert of rarely performed music will feature Heinrich Isaac’s (ca. 1450–1517) 6-part Missa Virgo Prudentissima. Woven between the movements of the mass will be 4, 5, 6, and 8-part motets (many of them from the Medici Codex of 1518) written by Josquin, Obrecht, Mouton, Willaert, Jacquet de Mantua, and the mysterious Jean Le Santier, for the feast days of the Virgin Mary. Experience the dazzling beauty of this amazing sacred polyphony, resplendent with the magic of interwoven voices, and the glory of a cappella singing.

4 PM
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
1750 29th Ave., San Francisco
Tickets $20 to $30
Tickets online  or 415-650-6258 or SFRVoices@gmail.com

Tactus, Tanmoy Laskar, Director
“Longing and Remembrance, Part II” Tactus continues its magical journey, weaving a tale of Longing and Remembrance with Renaissance polyphony re-imagined in a complete circle around the audience. Travel with us through time and memory, as the surrounding voices sing of love and loss, in motets of Byrd, Tallis, Guerrero, Victoria, and Palestrina. Stay for a delightful reception afterward.

8 PM
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
3281 16th St., San Francisco
Tickets (online and at the door): $15 / www.tactus-sf.org

Les Voix Humaines
A program of French baroque music for voices and viols featuring the hauntingly beautiful Tenebrae Lessons by François Couperin. Sopranos Rita Lilly and Luciana Miranda; Lynn Tetenbaum, viola da gamba; played by and Andy Canepa, harpsichord, perform the Leçons de Ténèbres pour le mercredi saint (“Tenebrae Readings for Holy Wednesday”), a series of three vocal pieces composed by François Couperin for the liturgies of Holy Week, 1714, at the Abbaye royale de Longchamp. Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres use the Latin text of the Old Testament Book of Lamentations, in which Jeremiah deplores the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. In the Catholic tradition, they symbolize the loneliness of Christ, betrayed by Judas and abandoned by his apostles. Also music of Marin Marais and Henri Du Mont.

8 PM
St. Mary Magdalen
2005 Berryman, Berkeley
Advance tickets  $20/$15
At the door:  $25 general/$20 Seniors/students; Children (under 18) Free


Sunday, March 25

Flauti Diversi
Moor and Christian oud players square
“Music in the Garden of Delight: Song and Dance in Early Spain.” Frances Feldon, recorders & medieval flute; Allison Zelles Lloyd, soprano/medieval harp; Peter Maund, percussion; Sarah Michael, qanun; David Rogers, lute/guitar/oud, perform songs and dances of the 13th and 14th centuries, both monophonic and polyphonic, devotional and rowdy, from the cantigas and Llibre Vermell manuscripts, laude and estampies, as well as Arabic repertoire.

4:30 PM
California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley
Tickets online $20 or at the door
https://www.facebook.com/FlautiDiversi/

Junior Bach Festival
JBFestival2012_02_sm65th annual Junior Bach Festival continues (Concert 10)
The Junior Bach Festival is dedicated to touching young lives by promoting the study and performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Presented annually about the time of Bach’s birthday, March 21, the Festival features in concert some of the finest young musical talent in California (ages 6 to 18), chosen by audition. Tickets are $17 general admission, $12 Seniors, $5 for students 12 and under, except in Concerts 4, 10 and 11, as noted below. There is a FAMILY PACKAGE, where ALL family members (parents, siblings and grandparents) may attend a single concert for $50. (Exception: Concert 4, 10 and 11, as noted). More concert details at www.juniorbach.org. Performances are scheduled the weekends of March 16–18 and March 23–25. Eleven concerts (all different) at venues around the Bay Area feature young people performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

1 PM
Freight & Salvage Coffee House
2020 Addison Street, Berkeley
Tickets online, $16; at the door $20.
Facility is 1 block west of Shattuck, downtown Berkeley. Some GPS systems do not find this address accurately.)
925-837-1683, JuniorBach@earthlink.net, or www.juniorbach.org

Junior Bach Festival
JBFestival2012_02_sm65th annual Junior Bach Festival concludes (Concert 11)
The Junior Bach Festival is dedicated to touching young lives by promoting the study and performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Presented annually about the time of Bach’s birthday, March 21, the Festival features in concert some of the finest young musical talent in California (ages 6 to 18), chosen by audition. Tickets are $17 general admission, $12 Seniors, $5 for students 12 and under, except in Concerts 4, 10 and 11, as noted below. There is a FAMILY PACKAGE, where ALL family members (parents, siblings and grandparents) may attend a single concert for $50. (Exception: Concert 4, 10 and 11, as noted). More concert details at www.juniorbach.org. Performances are scheduled the weekends of March 16–18 and March 23–25. Eleven concerts (all different) at venues around the Bay Area feature young people performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

7:30 PM
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
2949 Stone Valley Rd., Alamo
ADMISSION FREE
925-837-1683, JuniorBach@earthlink.net, or www.juniorbach.org.

Tactus, Tanmoy Laskar, Director
“Longing and Remembrance, Part II” Tactus continues its magical journey, weaving a tale of Longing and Remembrance with Renaissance polyphony re-imagined in a complete circle around the audience. Travel with us through time and memory, as the surrounding voices sing of love and loss, in motets of Byrd, Tallis, Guerrero, Victoria, and Palestrina. Stay for a delightful reception afterward.

3 PM
St. Jerome’s Catholic Church
308 Carmel Ave, El Cerrito
Tickets (online and at the door): $15 / www.tactus-sf.org

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