2017/18 CONCERT SEASON

THE 2017/18 SFEMS CONCERT SEASON

—The Music of Transformation—
Notes for Uncertain Times

Western music has had its acknowledged watershed events, but its soundworld also inhabits a larger social world whose changing realities it always has engaged. In a season spanning seven centuries, our artists explore some important and intriguing moments of social and musical transformation: the upheavals of the Reformation and the 30 Years War; the pregnant interval at the end of the baroque era, when the rules of Classical composition had not yet been written; the apotheosis of an arcane art or instrument on the eve of its dissolution. Throughout history, in uncertain times, music interprets and responds—with anguish, hope, comfort, contemplation, and celebration.

REFLECTIONS ON PEACE IN OUR TIME: FEBRUARY 2, 3, 4

AGAVE BAROQUE with REGINALD MOBLEY:
Peace in our Time—music of love and loss in the shadow of the 30 Years’ War

Reginald Mobley, countertenor

The Thirty Years’ War was a pervasive, horrible war that ravaged Europe from 1618-1648, and devastated not only the population but also the cultural heritage of much of Europe. Rather than relying on a long tradition of classical art music, musicians had to draw on what they found and heard around themselves. Many of these composers developed a regional model based on the “fantastical style” (stylus fantasticus)… The result is the drunken country fiddler and his band playing… in church! In the darkest shadows of war, music had the immense power to motivate, unite, comfort, heal, and lift people out of the depths of their grief. This program explores a style of music with an incredible range and depth of human emotion.   More Information…

AGAVE BAROQUE: Aaron Westman, violin; Natalie Carducci, Anna Washburn, violins & violas; Katherine Kyme, viola; William Skeen, cello & viola da gamba; Kevin Cooper, guitar and theorbo; Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord and organ) with Reginald Mobley, countertenor

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manwalk180FullOctober 20/21/22, 2017
The Aulos Ensemble
Handel and His World
AULOS ENSEMBLE: Christopher Krueger, flauto traverso and recorder; Marc Schachman, baroque oboe; Linda Quan, baroque violin; Myron Lutzke, baroque cello; Arthur Haas, harpsichord
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November 17/18/19, 2017
Ciaramella
1517—German Music Before and After the Reformation
CIARAMELLA: Adam Gilbert, shawm, recorder & bagpipe; Rotem Gilbert, shawm, recorder & bagpipe; Malachai Komanoff Bandy, shawm, viola da gamba, hurdy-gurdy & bagpipe; Adam Bregman, sackbut & recorder; Aki Nishiguchi, shawm & recorder; Jason Yoshida, lute, guitar & percussion
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January 5/6/7, 2018
Vajra Voices with Shira Kammen and Kit Higginson
Annus Novus: One Yeare Begins—Medieval Poetry, Music & Magic to Ring in the New Year

VAJRA VOICES: Karen Clark, Director; Allison Zelles Lloyd, Amy Stuart Hunn, Cheryl Moore, Lindsey McLennan Brudick, Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist, and Celeste Winant. With Shira Kammen, vielle & harp; and Kit Higginson, recorder, psaltery & jongleur
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February 2/3/4, 2018
Agave Baroque with Reginald Mobley
Peace in our Time—music of love and loss in the shadow of the 30 Years’ War
AGAVE BAROQUE: Aaron Westman, violin; Natalie Carducci, Anna Washburn, violins & violas; Katherine Kyme, viola; William Skeen, cello & viola da gamba; Kevin Cooper, guitar and theorbo; Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord and organ) with Reginald Mobley, countertenor
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March 2/3/4, 2018
Les Délices
Age of Indulgence
LES DÉLICES: Debra Nagy, baroque oboe; Julie Andrijeski and Adriane Post, baroque violin; Emily Walhout, viola da gamba; Mark Edwards, harpsichord
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April 6/7/8, 2018
Wildcat Viols
The Magnifick Consort of Four Parts—Fantasies, Suites and Sonatas for viol quartet
WILDCAT VIOLS: Joanna Blendulf, treble viol; Julie Jeffrey, tenor viol; Annalisa Pappano, tenor viol; Elisabeth Reed, bass viol
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May 4/5/6, 2018
Special Event—Hana Blažíková and Bruce Dickey
Breathtaking—a Cornetto and a Voice Entwined
THE ENSEMBLE: Hana Blažíková, soprano; Bruce Dickey, cornetto; Ingrid Matthews and Tekla Cunningham, violin; Joanna Blendulf, viol; Michael Sponseller, organ & harpsichord; Stephen Stubbs, theorbo & guitar
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