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Calendar: February 25–March 3, 2019

Monday, February 25

Sylvestris Quartet
“Church and State” Your program is a ballot (a butterfly ballot, perhaps?), the music is democratic, and frequently spiritual… and, the reception is the concert! Borne from the church, and a microcosm of democracy, the string quartet has captivated listeners and composers alike for over two-hundred years. It is no coincidence that the very moment that Haydn was innovating the compositional form coincides with the age of the great democratic political experiments of the late 18th century, a product of the philosophical Enlightenment. Haydn’s publisher asked for him to publish his 1787 work The Seven Last Words of Christ for string quartet, as well as orchestra. More than two hundred years later, John Tavener wrote his old-music inspired Mother of God, Here I stand for choir and organ, but arranged it for strings. Anna Washburn and Tyler Lewis, violins; Aaron Westman, viola; and Gretchen Claassen, cello, explores this musical-political-spiritual thread, as always on gut strings, and through a collage of works from the late 1780s to the early 2000s.

ATTUNED: A NON-CONCERT EXPERIENCE is the Bay Area’s new and unique invitation to the world of Classical music. Curated by sister ensembles Agave Baroque and Sylvestris Quartet in collaboration with the California Jazz Conservatory, each program invites you to enjoy a cabaret-style show with a multimedia experience and narration that brings you the stories behind the music.

8 PM
Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory
2040 Addison St., Berkeley
Tickets online $20
510-845-5373, http://www.sylvestrisquartet.org


Wednesday, February 27

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, March 1

East Bay Chapter, ARS
Monthly playing session with guest conductor Peter Maund. New members and guests welcome.

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

 


Saturday, March 2

Nash Baroque and San Francisco Renaissance Dancers
“The Dancing Master” Nash Baroque in partnership with the period dance troupe San Francisco Renaissance Dancers are the proud recipients of a 2018 grant from Inter Music SF for upcoming performances of “The Dancing Master” in San Francisco and Berkeley. Two performances with guest soprano, Jennifer Paulino will explore influences of 18th-century French dance forms on the music of J.S. Bach. The solo cantatas of J.S. Bach are a particularly rich trove in which to find French dance forms. Audiences will be transported to a time when this collaboration between music and dance flourished, illustrating what composers and dancing masters of the baroque era thought to be a perfect harmony of artistic expression. Each concert will begin with a short description of the dances performed in the program and an invitation for the audience to learn a simple, baroque social dance. Performers include Jennifer Paulino, soprano; Vicki Melin, traverso; David Wilson, violin; Laura Rubenstein-Salzedo, violin; Daria DAndrea, viola; Katherine Heater, harpsichord; Farley Pearce, cello; and San Francisco Renaissance Dancers Jennifer Meller (director); Irenie Gompper; Carlos Venturo from Dance Through Time; Justin Coates and Elizabeth DuVall from The New York Baroque Dance Company; and other surprise guests!

7:30 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell, San Francisco
Tickets: $35 General and $25 Students and Seniors
Tickets online, 415-265-2675, nashbaroque@gmail.com

Musical Waves presents Elaine Thornburgh, harpsichord
“Musical Reflections: Fifty Years of Harpsichord Inspiration” This program, featuring Stanford’s harpsichord teacher Elaine Thornburgh, harvests fifty years of exploring the harpsichord as an expressive and passionate instrument.

7:30 PM
1635 Tacoma Avenue, Berkeley
$25 suggested donation
For reservations and questions: ilanabardavid@gmail.com


Sunday, March 3

Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra, Frances Feldon and Greta Haug-Hryciw, Directors
“Let There Be Light: Contrasts, of Shadow and Light” The 34-member orchestra, with guest conductor Glen Shannon, perform works of Foote, Monteverdi, Stockem, Sweelinck, Tallis, amd new music for recorder orchestra by Adam Gilbert, Erik Pearson, Glen Shannon, and Benjamin Thorn.

4 PM
Arlington Community Church
52 Arlington Ave., Kensington
Free-will donations greatly appreciated

Nash Baroque and San Francisco Renaissance Dancers
“The Dancing Master” Nash Baroque in partnership with the period dance troupe San Francisco Renaissance Dancers are the proud recipients of a 2018 grant from Inter Music SF for upcoming performances of “The Dancing Master” in San Francisco and Berkeley. Two performances with guest soprano, Jennifer Paulino will explore influences of 18th-century French dance forms on the music of J.S. Bach. The solo cantatas of J.S. Bach are a particularly rich trove in which to find French dance forms. Audiences will be transported to a time when this collaboration between music and dance flourished, illustrating what composers and dancing masters of the baroque era thought to be a perfect harmony of artistic expression. Each concert will begin with a short description of the dances performed in the program and an invitation for the audience to learn a simple, baroque social dance. Performers include Jennifer Paulino, soprano; Vicki Melin, traverso; David Wilson, violin; Laura Rubenstein-Salzedo, violin; Daria DAndrea, viola; Katherine Heater, harpsichord; Farley Pearce, cello; and San Francisco Renaissance Dancers Jennifer Meller (director); Irenie Gompper; Carlos Venturo from Dance Through Time; Justin Coates and Elizabeth DuVall from The New York Baroque Dance Company; and other surprise guests!

2 PM
St. Clement’s Episcopal Church
2837 Claremont Blvd, Berkeley
Tickets: $35 General and $25 Students and Seniors
Tickets online, 415-265-2675, nashbaroque@gmail.com

Musical Waves presents Elaine Thornburgh, harpsichord
“Musical Reflections: Fifty Years of Harpsichord Inspiration” This program, featuring Stanford’s harpsichord teacher Elaine Thornburgh, harvests fifty years of exploring the harpsichord as an expressive and passionate instrument.

3 PM
1635 Tacoma Avenue, Berkeley
$25 suggested donation
For reservations and questions: ilanabardavid@gmail.com

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