Calendar: November 12–18, 2018

Tuesday, November 13

Berkeley Baroque Strings, Kati Kyme, music director
“Rule Britannia!” Berkeley Baroque Strings begins begins their sixth season with great music by English composers, including Jeremiah Clark, Overture to Titus Andronicus; William Boyce, Symphony II in A Major; George Frideric Handel, “How Vain is Man,” from Judas Maccabeus, with Barrie Cowan, tenor; Henry Purcell, Excerpts from The Fairy Queen; J.C. Smith, Overture to The Tempest; Handel, Concerto Grosso in A Minor, Op. 6 no. 4.

7:30 PM
St. Clement’s Episcopal Church,
2837 Claremont Blvd., Berkeley
Free admission; your donation gratefully accepted


Wednesday, November 14

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, November 15

Voices of Music
“Early Beethoven Sonatas” Cynthia Miller Freivogel, violin; Tanya Tomkins, cello; and Eric Zivian, fortepiano, will be featured in an all early Beethoven recital. The music in this program was dedicated to Count Lichnowsky and Rodolphe Kreutzer. Presented in collaboration with the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.

8 PM
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverly, Palo Alto
$47 Adult, $42 Senior/SFEMS/EMA/ARS. Full-time student: $5
Tickets online


Friday, November 16

Bay Choral Guild, Sanford Dole, Artistic Director
Handel and Haydn Festival.  Bay Choral Guild’s 40th-anniversary season begins joyously with the triumphant sounds of trumpets, strings, and soloists in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum. With Jubilate Orchestra

8 PM pre-concert lecture at 7:30
Campbell United Methodist Church
1675 Winchester Blvd., Campbell
Tickets online — General $30 / Senior $25 / Student $10
At the concert — General $35 / Senior $30 / Student $10
www.baychoralguild.org

MUSA
“Il Nuovo Suono” Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Gretchen Claassen, cello; Derek Tam, harpsichord, take a musical trip through baroque Italy, performing virtuoso music for violin, bassoon, cello and harpsichord showing off the “new” style of improvisation and technical brilliance sweeping through Europe. This program includes music by Castello, Gabrielli, Rossi, Bertoli, Uccellini, Fontana, Corelli, Giustini, Scarlatti and Porpora.

12:30 PM
Stanford Hospital
300 Pasteur Dr # H3647, Stanford
FREE
This performance is part of Bing Music Series at Stanford Hospital.

Sonoma Bach, Robert Worth, Director
“Thanksgiving: I Fear Namore the Night” Dianna Morgan, soprano;  Christopher Fritzsche, alto; Daniel Hutchings, tenor;  Paul Murray, bass; the Sonoma Bach Choir, and Live Oak Baroque Orchestra perform one of J.S. Bach’s earliest works, Cantata 106 (Actus tragicus), which serves as centerpiece for this exploration of baroque music in memoriam. Scored for an antique ensemble of two recorders, two violas da gamba and basso continuo, the cantata—one of the spiritual predecessors of the Brahms Requiem, which closes our season—presents a masterful selection of biblical verses, tracing an arc from sadness in the opening sinfonia to over-the-top joy in the closing chorale. Bach’s Leipzig motet, Jesu meine Freude, provides comfort in a different way, using the six verses of the eponymous chorale in alternation with biblical verses to paint victory over fears and tribulations. Our program is rounded out with settings of Luther’s touching chorale Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin and the incomparable finale of Schütz’ Musicalische Exequien.

8 PM
Schroeder Hall at Green Music Center
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park
Tickets $25/$15
http://www.sonomabach.org/


Saturday, November 17

Bay Choral Guild, Sanford Dole, Artistic Director
Handel and Haydn Festival. Bay Choral Guild’s 40th-anniversary season begins joyously with the triumphant sounds of trumpets, strings, and soloists in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum. With Jubilate Orchestra

4 PM pre-concert lecture at 3:30
First Congregational Church of Palo Alto
1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto
Tickets online — General $30 / Senior $25 / Student $10
At the concert — General $35 / Senior $30 / Student $10
www.baychoralguild.org

Marin Baroque Chamber Choir and period instrument Orchestra, Daniel Canosa, Director
“Songs of Innocence & Songs of Experience” French and Spanish music of the Renaissance, accompanied by the poetry of William Blake. Featured works include Le Chant des Oiseaux by Clément Janequin, Con Que la Lavare? by Juan Vásquez, La Negrina by Mateo Flecha, and more. Come for an enchanting evening of exquisite music!

8 PM
First Presbyterian Church
72 Kensington Rd, San Anselmo
Tickets online $30/$25/$15, FREE for ages 10 and under
marinbaroque@gmail.com
https://www.marinbaroque.org/2018-19-season
415-497-6634

Sonoma Bach, Robert Worth, Director
“Thanksgiving: I Fear Namore the Night” Dianna Morgan, soprano; Christopher Fritzsche, alto; Daniel Hutchings, tenor; Paul Murray, bass; the Sonoma Bach Choir, and Live Oak Baroque Orchestra perform one of J.S. Bach’s earliest works, Cantata 106 (Actus tragicus), which serves as centerpiece for this exploration of baroque music in memoriam. Scored for an antique ensemble of two recorders, two violas da gamba and basso continuo, the cantata—one of the spiritual predecessors of the Brahms Requiem, which closes our season—presents a masterful selection of biblical verses, tracing an arc from sadness in the opening sinfonia to over-the-top joy in the closing chorale. Bach’s Leipzig motet, Jesu meine Freude, provides comfort in a different way, using the six verses of the eponymous chorale in alternation with biblical verses to paint victory over fears and tribulations. Our program is rounded out with settings of Luther’s touching chorale Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin and the incomparable finale of Schütz’ Musicalische Exequien.

3 PM
Schroeder Hall at Green Music Center
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park
Tickets $25/$15
http://www.sonomabach.org/

Voices of Music
“Early Beethoven Sonatas” Cynthia Miller Freivogel, violin; Tanya Tomkins, cello; and Eric Zivian, fortepiano, will be featured in an all early Beethoven recital. The music in this program was dedicated to Count Lichnowsky and Rodolphe Kreutzer. Presented in collaboration with the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.

8 PM
ST. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco
$47 Adult, $42 Senior/SFEMS/EMA/ARS. Full-time student: $5
Tickets online


Sunday, November 18

Angelorum Medieval Harp Choir & Gallimaufry Chamber Chorus, Cheryl Ann Fulton & Shira Kammen, Directors
“Music of Waters” Stories of Medieval Floods, Storms, & Miracles at Sea. Works by Palestrina, de Wert, and Byrd, with traditional ballads and cantigas. With guest artist Alexa Pilon.

7 PM
Arlington Community Church
52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA 94707
Tickets at the door: $20 general, $15 senior, $10 students

Bay Choral Guild, Sanford Dole, Artistic Director
Handel and Haydn Festival. Bay Choral Guild’s 40th-anniversary season begins joyously with the triumphant sounds of trumpets, strings, and soloists in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum. With Jubilate Orchestra

4 PM pre-concert lecture at 3:30
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco
Tickets online — General $30 / Senior $25 / Student $10
At the concert — General $35 / Senior $30 / Student $10
www.baychoralguild.org

Berkeley Baroque Strings, Kati Kyme, music director
“Rule Britannia!” Berkeley Baroque Strings begins begins their sixth season with great music by English composers, including Jeremiah Clark, Overture to Titus Andronicus; William Boyce, Symphony II in A Major; George Frideric Handel, “How Vain is Man,” from Judas Maccabeus, with Barrie Cowan, tenor; Henry Purcell, Excerpts from The Fairy Queen; J.C. Smith, Overture to The Tempest; Handel, Concerto Grosso in A Minor, Op. 6 no. 4.

4 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church,
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
4:00 pm
Tickets $20, students $10, children under 12 free (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Chora Nova, Paul Flight, Artistic Director
“Halleljuah!” Chora Nova opens its 14th Season with Handel’s beloved Messiah. What would the holiday season be without Messiah? Artistic Director Paul Flight has assembled a full orchestra to join the chorus and soloists Morgan Balfour, soprano; Heidi Waterman, alto; Corey Head, tenor; and Jeffrey Fields, baritone. Reviewers have praised the musicality, discipline, and spirit of Chora Nova with comments such as “a lively addition to the East Bay classical music scene,” “absolutely unique among our many choruses” and “as sheerly beautiful as sound gets.” Paul Flight, who has guided the group from its beginning in 2006, has been called “a lean and confident, graceful [conductor]…. a pleasure to watch… because the musical effort is a pleasure to hear.”

4 PM
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing (Entrance on Dana near Durant), Berkeley
Tickets $25 general; $10 student with ID; $20 senior or under age 35
Tickets available through www.choranova.org, at the door, or from any chorister.
Chora Nova is supported by grants from the Alameda County Arts Commission and Berkeley Civic Arts Program.

MUSA
“Il Nuovo Suono” Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Gretchen Claassen, cello; Derek Tam, harpsichord, take a musical trip through baroque Italy, performing virtuoso music for violin, bassoon, cello and harpsichord showing off the “new” style of improvisation and technical brilliance sweeping through Europe. This program includes music by Castello, Gabrielli, Rossi, Bertoli, Uccellini, Fontana, Corelli, Giustini, Scarlatti and Porpora.

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

Trio Ignacio
“Boccherini Meets Zappa” Katherine Heater, harpsichord: Anthony Martin, violin & viola; David Morris, violoncello perform Listen to solos, duos, and trios composed by a pair of 18th-century Italian cellist-composers, Luigi Boccherini and Francesco Zappa. Though born in Italy (Boccherini in Lucca, Zappa most likely in Milan), the two spent much of their respective carriers abroad, Zappa in the Netherlands, Boccherini in Spain. Boccherini (1743–1805) needs little introduction to modern audiences, having been one of the more famous and prolific composers and performers of his day. His music fuses the galant and Classical styles with elements of Spanish popular music. Zappa (1717–1803) is less familiar, although he was highly regarded during his lifetime, both for his virtuoso cello playing and his compositions, which were published and distributed across the Continent. He made substantial contributions to the quality, vibrancy and international outlook of The Hague’s 18th-century music scene as a performer, composer, concert organiser and teacher. Trio Ignacio members have well-established reputations in the Bay Area early music scene. They have played together for years, often embedded in bigger bands, sometimes in pairs. Working together they happily explore the little-known world of the early keyboard trio, and include in their repertoire works of Haydn, Mozart, and their namesake, Ignaz (“Ignacio”) Pleyel.

4:30 PM
California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St., Berkeley
Tickets online $20 or at the door

Voices of Music
“Early Beethoven Sonatas” Cynthia Miller Freivogel, violin; Tanya Tomkins, cello; and Eric Zivian, fortepiano, will be featured in an all early Beethoven recital. The music in this program was dedicated to Count Lichnowsky and Rodolphe Kreutzer. Presented in collaboration with the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.

7:30 PM
St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman, Berkeley
$47 Adult, $42 Senior/SFEMS/EMA/ARS. Full-time student: $5
Tickets online

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