Vienna, 1784: Quartet Party at Storace’s Place

  The weekend of November 17, New Esterházy Quartet (Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) will recreate a lively party in Vienna in 1784, when Mozart and Haydn played chamber music together with violin virtuoso Karl Ditters and composer Johann Vanhal at the house of their friend Stephen […]

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Mobley Featured in Second Cantata Collective Concert

On Sunday following Thanksgiving the Cantata Collective invite you to their second free concert of Bach cantatas at St Mary Magdalen Church in Berkeley. Featured will be countertenor Reginald Mobley singing Cantatas 54, Widerstehe doch der Sünde, and 170 Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust. Praised for his “crystalline diction and pure, evenly produced tone” by the […]

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Christmas in Poland and the Baltics, December 1–3

by Patricia Jennerjohn California Bach Society presents music of the season from Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia. All of these countries have powerful national identities, which have been reinforced by their history of foreign occupation and Soviet domination. Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia have strong traditions of music for the Christmas/winter […]

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Superb Portativ Organ Available for Rent at St. Mark’s

by Jonathan Dimmock Organist and musical director Jonathan Dimmock has decided to move his Robert Byrd portativ organ from Davies Symphony Hall to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and to make it available for rental to early music groups needing a continuo organ while performing in that space. Here’s the story and a description of this […]

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Berlin Offers Three Classes This Winter

Tish Berlin is offering a number of recorder and early music drop-in classes from January to March, 2018: The Italian 16th-Century Madrigal Explore the lush harmonies and dangerous chromaticism of the late 16th century Italian madrigal by composers such as Gesualdo, Monteverdi, and Marenzio. Ground-breaking and earth-shaking works for upper intermediate to advanced singers, viols, […]

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Early Music Sundays

CJC and SFEMS Announce 2017–18 Series As you probably know, SFEMS curates not one but three separate concert series: our regular weekend season, showcasing major national and international artists of the early music world; the biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition; and our informal, monthly series of Sunday afternoon concerts at the California Jazz Conservatory (CJC), […]

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Mics Open Once Again at Hillside

The candles in are being lit and the Roland rolled out of storage for the resumption of Early Music Open Mic Night in the East Bay. This event is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito. This is your […]

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Auditions Open for 2018 Junior Bach Festival

From Director Lisa Grodin to Bay Area Music Teachers Welcome to the beginning of the Junior Bach Festival’s 2017–2018 season! We thank you if you have prepared students to audition for the Junior Bach Festival in the past, and we hope you will encourage your advanced students, up to 18 years of age, to apply […]

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Magnolia Viols at CJC

The SFEMS-CJC series continues on Sunday, November 5, with Magnolia Viols, performing a program of 17th and 18th century music for viol consort. Amy Brodo, treble and bass viol; Hallie Pridham, treble and bass viol; Farley Pearce, tenor and bass viol; Roy Whelden, bass viol will perform a range of Renaissance and baroque consort music […]

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Handel and His World

The SFEMS 2017–18 concert season gets underway the weekend of October 20–22, with performances by one of the first American “original instrument” ensembles. Formed in 1973 by five Juilliard graduates, the Aulos Ensemble was on the cutting edge of the early music movement at a time when historical performance was starting to capture the imagination […]

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CJC Series Opens with Sprezzatura

The SFEMS-CJC series opens on Sunday, October 15, with “Sprezzatura.” Judith Linsenberg, recorders; William Skeen, cello; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord perform virtuosic Italian sonatas from 17th and 18th centuries, including works by Castello, Frescobaldi, Corelli, Vivaldi, and Sieber. Called “the Jascha Heifetz of the recorder,” Judith Linsenberg is one of the leading exponents of the […]

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California Bach: Brevis and Bekümmernis

Johann Sebastian Bach would have been surprised by California Bach Society’s upcoming performances: his church music on a concert stage, and more than 250 years after his death. Apart from Luther’s chorales, he would never have performed music that old! We don’t know if Bach expected his works to be performed after his death. However, […]

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SFEMS Annual Meeting

The San Francisco Early Music Society held its annual membership meeting at Berkeley’s Musical Offering café and record store this past Wednesday evening, September 13. The meeting was well attended by community members as well as both SFEMS board and staff. Following some pleasant socializing, lubricated with excellent wines and other refreshments donated by board […]

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Call for Concert Proposals

SFEMS has issued a request for proposals for individuals and ensembles interested in appearing on the 2018–19 concert series. SFEMS welcomes all proposals that could be of interest to our audiences by both local and non-local ensembles. We are seeking a diversity of instruments, periods, as well as size of performance group. Proposals should be […]

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Lee McRae Memorial Concert Set for September 23 in Berkeley

The Memorial Concert for Lee McRae has been confirmed for Saturday September 23, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue in Berkeley. All are welcome. Admission is free. The afternoon will be a celebration and commemoration of Lee’s pioneering work in many areas of education, music, and social activism. […]

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Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra Starts September 13

The Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will hold its first meeting of the 2017–18 season at 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, September 13, in Angus Hall at Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park.  All those who play recorder, early winds or early strings are invited to attend and asked to bring their instruments and a music […]

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SFEMS Annual Meeting Scheduled for September 13

SFEMS will hold its Annual Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, September 13, from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m., at The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. All SFEMS members are cordially invited to attend. This will be an exciting and important year for SFEMS. Our 2017–18 concert season is shaping up to be one of the […]

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The Apotheosis of French Baroque Music

Some of us were fortunate enough to attend the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale’s production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Le Temple de la Gloire this past spring, which used the extraordinary original source manuscript score and libretto in the collection of UC Berkeley’s Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library. In September, John Prescott, Ph.D., will present a […]

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