Calendar: July 28–August 3, 2014

Wednesday, July 30

New Esterházy Quartet
New Esterhazy
The Hillside Club Presents “Amadè-Athon.” The New Esterházy Quartet will perform the complete set of six quartets that Mozart dedicated to his friend Joseph Haydn in three concerts at the landmark Hillside Club in Berkeley. Introduced by short remarks on the quartets and the friendship between Mozart and Haydn, each concert will feature a pair of the quartets, with facsimiles of the first edition and the autograph manuscripts on display. This venue is wheelchair accessible

8 PM
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St., Berkeley
Admission at the door to each concert: $20 general, $15 students (with ID) & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members
Info: 510-845-1350


Friday, August 1

New Esterházy Quartet
New Esterhazy
The Hillside Club Presents “Amadè-Athon.” The New Esterházy Quartet will perform the complete set of six quartets that Mozart dedicated to his friend Joseph Haydn in three concerts at the landmark Hillside Club in Berkeley. Introduced by short remarks on the quartets and the friendship between Mozart and Haydn, each concert will feature a pair of the quartets, with facsimiles of the first edition and the autograph manuscripts on display. This venue is wheelchair accessible

8 PM
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St., Berkeley
Admission at the door to each concert: $20 general, $15 students (with ID) & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members
Info: 510-845-1350

Don Pearson, organ
Don Pearson
“Beloved Organ Music by J.S. Bach” A meeting of an exciting organ, a great Bach player, and the music of the greatest composer to have lived, this performance is an exciting opportunity to hear some of the most beloved works written by Bach in one concert. Don Pearson has played Bach across the country, began the annual Bach Birthday Organ Concert at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver, and was Founder and from 2000–2003 Music Director of the Denver Bach Society. Taking 9 thick volumes to print, the organ music of Bach is some of the most dramatic, passionate, and exciting music ever written. Old First Church’s organ is a 1995 Visscher Associates, Op. 6, which includes the 1920 George Hutching Organ, Op. 1979. It has the colors and powers demanded by the Bach works and can take the listener back to the time and type of organ Bach originally used to write these works. Perfectly located at the front of a room with the perfect acoustics for music, it is a perfect example of why the organ is called the “King of Instruments”. This concert will be a sampling of some of Bach’s most beloved works for organ, appealing to an audience of every age and range of experience; you’ll be humming the themes long after the concert is finished. Program includes the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565; Six Schubler Chorale Preludes, BWV 645–650; Concerto in A minor, BWV 593; Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 282; Notebook for Anna; Fugue in E-flat, ‘St. Anne’, BWV 552; Fugue in G minor, BWV 578; Fugue in G major, BWV 577; and Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542.

Old First Concerts
1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco
$17/$14/$5 (Children 12 and under are free)
Tickets, 415-474-1608

Vinaccesi Ensemble
vinaccesi
Midsummer Music at Mechanics’ Institute (a Georgeanne Conley Commemorative Program) presents the Vinaccesi Ensemble performing a delightful midsummer program of la bella musica—rarely performed Italian Baroque madrigals, canzonettas, psalm settings, and lute songs—and graceful gems by musical friends of the Sun King’s court. Program includes works of Salamone Rossi Hebreo, François Couperin, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Benedetto Marcello, André Campra, & Benedetto Vinaccesi. with guest artist Paul Morton on theorbo and baroque guitar. Enjoy French and Italian wines and cuisine in the MI’s “Italian Garden” setting! Décor by Kathleen Blake. Perfect for a midsummer’s night!

7 PM (Cafe open at 6:30 PM)
Mechanics’ Institute
57 Post St., San Francisco
Members & Vinaccesi Friends: $15, General Public: $25 Advance reservations required
Tickets, 415-393-0100


Saturday, August 2

Karen R. Clark
Karen Clark crop
“St. Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179) Her music and significance in our modern lives.” A Singing Study Group with Karen Clark. Third of three Saturday sessions focusing on the music, life, and writings of the great medieval mystic, composer, polymath, and saint. Session III. This class will focus on the later years of Hildegard’s life and will include readings from the works of modern writers Victoria Sweet, and Avis Clendenen, and others. An Awareness Through Movement lesson will focus on comfort in standing. The last hour of the class will be an in-class program featuring sung antiphons of Hildegard and readings from Hildegard, or other authors—including essays by class participants.

2–5 PM
Shawl-Anderson Dance Studios
2704 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley
$75 per class OR $200 tuition for the series
karen@karenrclark.com


Sunday, August 3

New Esterházy Quartet
New Esterhazy
The Hillside Club Presents “Amadè-Athon.” The New Esterházy Quartet will perform the complete set of six quartets that Mozart dedicated to his friend Joseph Haydn in three concerts at the landmark Hillside Club in Berkeley. Introduced by short remarks on the quartets and the friendship between Mozart and Haydn, each concert will feature a pair of the quartets, with facsimiles of the first edition and the autograph manuscripts on display. This venue is wheelchair accessible

4 PM
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St., Berkeley
Admission at the door to each concert: $20 general, $15 students (with ID) & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members
Info: 510-845-1350