EARLY MUSIC is not light entertainment. It is a spiritual bridge to another time and place, a deep momentary experience sent to us by past voices in a universal language we rediscover and re-create with each performance.
Tickets Go On Sale July 2014
With the spirit of flutes and drums, the drama of viols and violins, the subtlety of lute and guitar, and the sensuous marriage of voices and brass, the 2014–15 SFEMS concert series embarks on a thousand-year tour of European music, from the haunting sounds of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East, to the brilliance of Venice at the dawn of the baroque, to the lush resonance of Salzburg’s strings.
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 & 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.