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2018/19 CONCERT SEASON

—Voices Shaping Time—

Love, longing, joy, anger, memory, melancholy, hope . . .

These are life’s gifts that make up the human experience. Throughout history, music has given voice to our passions and desires, our work and celebration, our hopes and fears, interpreting and enriching our worlds and shaping time. The human voice is our first and most perfect, personal, and expressive instrument, the one all others strive to imitate. Through music, our voices have spread the words of history, expressed our deepest passions and devotions, sung the world, and sung our souls to the world. There is no more powerful way to enter another age and know our forebears’ lives, minds and hearts than through their song, hearing how they shaped time with their voices.

ANTIC FACES

Joyne Hands: Elizabethan entertainments for mixed consort

The exciting new Renaissance band Antic Faces brings together six world-class West Coast favorites to recreate the unique sound of the English mixed consort. This iconic Elizabethan ensemble-grouping was the first of its kind, specifically drawing from different instrument families (winds, bowed strings, plucked and strummed strings) to create a richly varied texture which quickly captured the imagination of composers in England and abroad. The playful dialogue between the violin and Renaissance flute, the virtuosic flash of the lute, the lushly intertwining support of the bass viol, against the shimmering backdrop of the wire-strung bandora and cittern: this truly irresistible combination, endowed with endless possibilities of invention and variety, became a centerpiece of courtly and theatrical entertainments.

The musicians of Antic Faces (Peter Hallifax, Julie Jeffrey, Shira Kammen, John Lenti, David Morris, and Mindy Rosenfeld) bring this music alive with their vibrant chemistry. The program will feature the best of the English mixed consort repertoire, based on songs and dances of the day, running the gamut in mood from rollicking to refined, including music of Dowland, Byrd, Morley, Phillips, Allison, and more. Selections for the big band will be mixed with moments showcasing the artistry of individual soloists. For textural contrast, the string consort (violin and viols) will intersperse a selection of Orlando Gibbons’ sonorous Fantasies and serene In nomines.

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ANTIC FACES: Peter Hallifax, viol and bandora; Julie Jeffrey, viol and cittern; Shira Kammen, violin and viol; John Lenti, lute and viol; David Morris, viol; Mindy Rosenfeld, flute

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 8:00PM
First Presbyterian Church
1140 Cowper Street at Lincoln, Palo Alto

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 7:30PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 4:00PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell at Gough, San Francisco

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THE SEASON AT A GLANCE
October 12/13/14, 2018
EL MUNDO
Kingdoms of Castile

EL MUNDO: Jennifer Kampani and Nell Snaidas, sopranos; Paul Shipper, bass, guitar & percussion; Adam LaMotte and Lisa Grodin, violins; William Skeen, cello; Corey Jamason, harpsichord; Richard Savino, guitar, theorbo, director

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Nov.x30/Dec. 1/2, 2018
CAPPELLA SF
Neither from Heaven nor from Earth: Works of Schütz, Josquin, Couperin, and Allegri

CAPPELLA SF, Ragnar Bohlin, Director

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January 11/12/13, 2019
ARS LYRICA HOUSTON CHAMBER PLAYERS
Semper Phantasticus!

ARS LYRICA HOUSTON: Matthew Dirst, Director; Elizabeth Blumenstock, baroque violin; Mary Springfels, viola da gamba; Matthew Dirst, harpsichord

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February 8/9/10, 2019
CUT CIRCLE
To Love Another—Renaissance Music by Du Fay, Ockeghem, and Josquin

CUT CIRCLE: Jesse Rodin, Director; Jonas Budris, Bradford Gleim, Lawrence Jones, Clare McNamara, Kathryn Radakovich, Steven Soph, Sumner Thompson, Paul Max Tipton

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Aprilx12/13/14, 2019
ENSEMBLE CAPRICE
iLove baroque—Short histories and voices of eternity

ENSEMBLE CAPRICE: Matthias Maute, recorder/flute; Sophie Larivière, recorder/flute; Susan Napper, cello; David Jacques, baroque guitar; Ziya Tabassian, percussion

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Mayx10/11/12, 2019
ANTIC FACES
Joyne Hands: Elizabethan entertainments for mixed consort

ANTIC FACES: Peter Hallifax, viol and bandora; Julie Jeffrey, viol and cittern; Shira Kammen, violin and viol; John Lenti, lute and viol; David Morris, viol; Mindy Rosenfeld, flute

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SFEMS SPECIAL EVENTS—One Performance Only

Saturday, March 16, 2019
MUSICIANS FROM THE VALLEY OF THE MOON FESTIVAL
The Multifaceted Brahms

MUSICIANS FROM THE VALLEY OF THE MOON FESTIVAL: Emily Marvosh, contralto; Sadie Glass, natural horn; Owen Dalby and Bettina Mussumeli, violin; Jodi Levitz, viola; Tanya Tomkins, cello; Eric Zivian, fortepiano

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Monday, April 8, 2019
THE CHOIR OF NEW COLLEGE OXFORD
I Heard a Voice: Palestrina, Victoria, Josquin, Guerrero, Lamb, Ludford, Taverner, Sheppard, and Tallis

THE CHOIR OF NEW COLLEGE OXFORD, Robert Quinney, Director

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Sunday, May 19, 2019
IESTYN DAVIES, Countertenor and THOMAS DUNFORD, Lute
England’s Orpheus: Dowland, Purcell, and Handel

 

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Download and Print Mailable Subscription Form

Call the box office at 510-528-1725 or email us <tickets@sfems.org>.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS FOR SERIES CONCERTS & SPECIAL EVENTS ARE AVAILABLE

Call the box office at 510-528-1725 or email us <tickets@sfems.org>.