February 19, 20 & 21, 2016

ENSEMBLE CAPRICE—Salsa Baroque: Music of Latin America and Spain

ENSEMBLE_CAPRICE“[Ensemble Caprice] has established itself as an immensely thoughtful and progressive force on the musical scene.” —New York Times

During the 16th and 17th centuries, the musical dialogue between the Old and New Worlds produced extraordinary results. This fascinating blend of European polyphony and Latin American traditional music created a unique style that is exemplified by the villancicos of the Bolivian composer Juan de Araujo and his contemporaries. Also included on the program are sonatas by Locatelli and Falconieri, two European composers influenced by this Latin American style..

ENSEMBLE CAPRICE: Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, recorder & traverso; David Jacques, baroque guitar; Susie Napper, cello; Ziya Tabassian, percussion

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Sundays at the Jazzschool

Shira Kammen & Peter Maund

Shira Kammen & Peter Maund

The Jazzschool in Berkeley and The San Francisco Early Music Society have established an exciting affiliationthat delights both our audience and our local musicians. Early music lovers and jazz music lovers join together to celebrate the improvisational kinship of the two genres. The Jazzschool offers a casual and intimate environment where the audience can enjoy a light meal cafe and sip a glass of wine or a cup of coffee while enjoying the concert.


The Berkeley Festival and Exhibition

bfxLogoRGB 3The Berkeley Festival & Exhibition is co-produced by The San Francisco Early Music Society and Early Music America and was conceived of and founded by Robert Cole, then Director of Cal Performances, and the late Joseph Spencer, proprietor of the Musical Offering and then SFEMS president. Over the years, the Festival has presented unique and amazing events: Mark Morris Dance Group’s interpretation of Rameau’s Platée; Le Carousel du Roi, featuring dressage horses and riders executing elaborate ballets from seventeenth-century France accompanied by shawms and sackbuts in their natural setting (outdoors); and the North American premiere of a longlost Mass by Alessandro Striggio for 40 and 60 voices.