Calendar: November 26–December 2, 2018

Wednesday, November 28

Early Music Open Mic Night
la-barre-and-other-musicians-bouys-croppedJoin us for Early Music Open Mic Night in the East Bay, 4th Wednesday of every month. This is your opportunity to perform early music in a friendly cabaret style setting. Instrumentalists, singers, soloists, groups, students, youngsters, professionals — all are welcome! Please email earlymusicopenmic@gmail.com with the date you’d like to perform. Time slots will be up to 15 minutes, and there will be six time slots on each night. A harpsichord/organ as well as a piano will be available on site. Food and drinks will be provided.

7–9:30 PM
Hillside Community Church,
1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
Donations gratefully accepted
earlymusicopenmic@gmail.com

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

 


Friday, November 30

Ars Minerva
“Ifigenia in Aulide” Semi-staged performance. Based on Euripedes’ tragedy, Iphigenia in Aulis, Giovanni Porta’s opera dramatizes an episode during the Trojan War when King Agamemnon is compelled to sacrifice his daughter Ifigenia to the goddess Diana so that the Greek army may set sail for Troy. With a libretto by Apostolo Zeno, the opera was a rousing success at its premiere at the 1738 Munich Carnival.

7:30 PM
ODC Theater
3153 17 St., San Francisco.
https://www.arsminerva.org
General Admission Tickets $25–$89 at https://odc.secure.force.com/ticket#sections_a0F0a00000K3NezEAF

California Bach Society, Paul Flight, Artistic Director
“Buon Natale: 500 years of Italian Christmas music” Artistic Director Paul Flight leads the award-winning California Bach Society in Italian music for Advent and Christmas: traditional holiday carols and glorious double chorus motets by Giovanni Croce, and Alessandro Scarlatti, plus Verdi’s chromatic Laudi alla Vergine Maria and Respighi’s beautiful pastoral Lauda per la Nativitá del Signore. The 30-voice chorus is joined by soprano Caroline Jou Armitage, mezzo soprano Mindy Ella Chu, and tenor Mark Bonney.

8 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell, San Francisco
$35 with discounts for advance purchase, seniors, Under 30
650-485-1097 or https://www.calbach.org/tickets#individual

New Esterházy Quartet
New Esterházy Quartet (Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) Schubert’s Epic Song Cycle Die Winterreise, arranged for strings. With Paul Max Tipton, baritone, and and Kristin Zoernig, double bass.

8 PM
St. Mary Magdalen
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley
$30 (discounts for SFEMS members, seniors, and students)
Tickets online, 510-334-3882, or info@newesterhazy.org
www.newesterhazy.org

SFEMS presents Cappella SF, Ragnar Bohlin, Director
“Neither from Heaven nor From Earth” Cappella SF has taken the choral world by storm in just four years, acclaimed both at home and abroad. “Neither from Heaven nor from Earth” sweeps the listener post tenebras lux, from darkness before Advent, embodied by Josquin’s Miserere, through Allegri and Couperin, to the light of Christmas with Schütz’s great Exequien and Magnificat. Bohlin’s roots in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and in Swedish choral culture, including guest conducting with the Swedish Radio Choir, imbue the Cappella SF sound with amber luster, clarity and magical artistry. Read more . . .

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


Saturday, December 1

Ars Minerva
“Ifigenia in Aulide” Semi-staged performance. Based on Euripedes’ tragedy, Iphigenia in Aulis, Giovanni Porta’s opera dramatizes an episode during the Trojan War when King Agamemnon is compelled to sacrifice his daughter Ifigenia to the goddess Diana so that the Greek army may set sail for Troy. With a libretto by Apostolo Zeno, the opera was a rousing success at its premiere at the 1738 Munich Carnival.

7:30 PM
ODC Theater
3153 17 St., San Francisco.
https://www.arsminerva.org
General Admission Tickets $25–$89 at https://odc.secure.force.com/ticket#sections_a0F0a00000K3NezEAF

California Bach Society, Paul Flight, Artistic Director
“Buon Natale: 500 years of Italian Christmas music” Artistic Director Paul Flight leads the award-winning California Bach Society in Italian music for Advent and Christmas: traditional holiday carols and glorious double chorus motets by Giovanni Croce, and Alessandro Scarlatti, plus Verdi’s chromatic Laudi alla Vergine Maria and Respighi’s beautiful pastoral Lauda per la Nativitá del Signore. The 30-voice chorus is joined by soprano Caroline Jou Armitage, mezzo soprano Mindy Ella Chu, and tenor Mark Bonney.

8 PM
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverly, Palo Alto
$35 with discounts for advance purchase, seniors, Under 30
650-485-1097 or https://www.calbach.org/tickets#individual

New Esterházy Quartet
New Esterházy Quartet (Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) Schubert’s Epic Song Cycle Die Winterreise, arranged for strings. With Paul Max Tipton, baritone, and and Kristin Zoernig, double bass.

4 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
$30 (discounts for SFEMS members, seniors, and students)
Tickets online, 510-334-3882, or info@newesterhazy.org
www.newesterhazy.org

San Francisco Bach Choir, Magen Solomon, Director
“Joyeux Noël!” A (Mostly) French Candlelight Christmas with The Whole Noyse Renaissance wind band; John Walko, organ; Peter Maund, percussion; and Steven Bailey, keyboards. Kick off your holiday season with our beloved candlelight concert—this year with a French accent! Revel in the sounds of festive Renaissance wind instruments, lively percussion, and Calvary’s mighty organ, while the choir surrounds you with candlelight and song in a magical experience that draws audiences back year after year. Bring the whole family for an inspiring Christmas journey around the world and through the centuries, with music of Charpentier, Mouton, Berlioz, Dufay, Rogier, Poulenc, and more…including our second world premiere, by Bay Area composer Brian Holmes. Join us on the carols, accompanied by handbells, drums, cornettos, sackbuts and shawms!

7:30 PM
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore (at Jackson), San Francisco
$30/$25/$10 Under 19 Free
Tickets online
855-4SF-BACH (855-473-2224, toll-free) or boxoffice@sfbach.org

SFEMS presents Cappella SF, Ragnar Bohlin, Director
“Neither from Heaven nor From Earth” Cappella SF has taken the choral world by storm in just four years, acclaimed both at home and abroad. “Neither from Heaven nor from Earth” sweeps the listener post tenebras lux, from darkness before Advent, embodied by Josquin’s Miserere, through Allegri and Couperin, to the light of Christmas with Schütz’s great Exequien and Magnificat. Bohlin’s roots in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and in Swedish choral culture, including guest conducting with the Swedish Radio Choir, imbue the Cappella SF sound with amber luster, clarity and magical artistry. Read more . . .

7:30 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
General $45, Seniors $40.50, SFEMS Members $38.25, Students with ID $15
Buy tickets online or phone 510-528-1725
www.sfems.org


Sunday, December 2

California Bach Society, Paul Flight, Artistic Director
“Buon Natale: 500 years of Italian Christmas music” Artistic Director Paul Flight leads the award-winning California Bach Society in Italian music for Advent and Christmas: traditional holiday carols and glorious double chorus motets by Giovanni Croce, and Alessandro Scarlatti, plus Verdi’s chromatic Laudi alla Vergine Maria and Respighi’s beautiful pastoral Lauda per la Nativitá del Signore. The 30-voice chorus is joined by soprano Caroline Jou Armitage, mezzo soprano Mindy Ella Chu, and tenor Mark Bonney.

4 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
23oo Bancroft Way, Berkeley
$35 with discounts for advance purchase, seniors, Under 30
650-485-1097 or https://www.calbach.org/tickets#individual

Nash Baroque with Justin Montigne, countertenor
“Christmas In Venice” Vicki Melin, traverso, and harpsichordist Katherine Heater, harpsichord, are joined by countertenor Justin Montigne and violoncellist Farley Pearce in a program of chamber music from the 17th & 18th centuries on period instruments. In this glittering program, Nash Baroque to perform sacred and profane music of baroque Venice, including cantatas and sonatas by Vivaldi, Giovanni Legrenzi, Antonio Caldara, Barbara Strozzi and Benedetto Marcello.

7 PM
Music on The Hill Series
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
101 Gold Mine Drive, San Francisco
$20 General, or $15 Seniors and Students (through age 18) discount. Children under 12 are admitted free.
Tickets may be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the concert, reserved by email at mothmuse2@yahoo.com, or by phone at 415-820-1429, or ordered online.
http://www.musiconthehill.org, http://www.nashbaroque.org

New Esterházy Quartet
New Esterházy Quartet (Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) Schubert’s Epic Song Cycle Die Winterreise, arranged for strings. With Paul Max Tipton, baritone, and and Kristin Zoernig, double bass.

4 PM
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street (at Hamilton), Palo Alto
$30 (discounts for SFEMS members, seniors, and students)
Tickets online, 510-334-3882, or info@newesterhazy.org
www.newesterhazy.org

San Francisco Bach Choir, Magen Solomon, Director
“Joyeux Noël!” A (Mostly) French Candlelight Christmas with The Whole Noyse Renaissance wind band; John Walko, organ; Peter Maund, percussion; and Steven Bailey, keyboards. Kick off your holiday season with our beloved candlelight concert—this year with a French accent! Revel in the sounds of festive Renaissance wind instruments, lively percussion, and Calvary’s mighty organ, while the choir surrounds you with candlelight and song in a magical experience that draws audiences back year after year. Bring the whole family for an inspiring Christmas journey around the world and through the centuries, with music of Charpentier, Mouton, Berlioz, Dufay, Rogier, Poulenc, and more…including our second world premiere, by Bay Area composer Brian Holmes. Join us on the carols, accompanied by handbells, drums, cornettos, sackbuts and shawms!

4 PM
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore (at Jackson), San Francisco
$30/$25/$10 Under 19 Free
Tickets online
855-4SF-BACH (855-473-2224, toll-free) or boxoffice@sfbach.org

SFEMS presents Cappella SF, Ragnar Bohlin, Director
“Neither from Heaven nor From Earth” Cappella SF has taken the choral world by storm in just four years, acclaimed both at home and abroad. “Neither from Heaven nor from Earth” sweeps the listener post tenebras lux, from darkness before Advent, embodied by Josquin’s Miserere, through Allegri and Couperin, to the light of Christmas with Schütz’s great Exequien and Magnificat. Bohlin’s roots in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and in Swedish choral culture, including guest conducting with the Swedish Radio Choir, imbue the Cappella SF sound with amber luster, clarity and magical artistry. Read more . . .

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

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