“Into the Light”—A Special SFEMS Concert, December 4

Galax and Clark to Appear in Much Anticipated World Premiere The Galax Quartet and Karen Clark team up again to premiere David Jaffe’s “Eight O’s in Woolloomooloo” on December 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley. The program also includes works by J.S. Bach and John Dowland. Tickets are $25 general/$20 […]

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A Christmas Mass to Brighten Dark December Nights

Magnificat, founded and directed by Warren Stewart, led the American revival of 17th-century music and remains one of the most acclaimed interpreters of this revolutionary repertory. For our annual holiday concert, the weekend of December 19–21, SFEMS proudly presents Magnificat performing a 17th-c. Venetian Mass for Christmas Day, featuring Francesco Cavalli’s glorious Missa concertata. Cavalli […]

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Sing the music of Hildegard von Bingen

A Workshop with Karen R. Clark For St. Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179), music was essential to the human being’s health and connection with the Divine. In a letter to the Prelates at Mainz Hildegard wrote: Remember that singing is our best hope to hear divine harmony again. On Saturday, December 13, contralto Karen Clark will […]

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A German Christmas

California Bach Society’s December Concert Spans Four Centuries of Great Music German Christmas music has a long tradition, dating back to medieval times. Early Christmas hymns usually integrated well-known folk melodies with lyrics written by local clergymen, and they were sung in churches, often as choral dialogues, or performed in religious Christmas plays. The oldest […]

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How 15th-c. Composers Transformed the Prosaic into the Sublime

A Musical Trinity: Three Types of Love Songs in One by Adam Gilbert Invoking the time honored trinity of Virgilian styles, the 15th-century theorist and  composer, Johannes Tinctoris, listed three different types of songs: Cantus magnus (“grand song”) referred to the Mass. Cantus mediocris (medium song) referred to the Motet. The third genre, cantus parvus (“little song”), […]

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MPRO’s December Concert

From Franco-Flemish Love Song to Swedish Children’s Television On Saturday, December 6, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a concert at Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street in Palo Alto, starting at 2:00 p.m. The program will feature settings of “Farewell my love” by Francisco Guerrero and Josquin des Pres, an arrangement for recorders of the theme […]

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SFEMS Announces 2015 Summer Workshops

SFEMS has just finalized the dates and locations of our 2015 Summer Workshops! There will be a number of changes this year, most notably in our venues. Because of ongoing construction at Sonoma State University, both the Baroque and Medieval-Renaissance workshops are moving, at least for this summer. Baroque will return to Dominican University, fondly […]

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Laudami Ensemble performs Sunday at the CJC

SFEMS’s presenting partnership with the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly The JazzSchool) explores the common threads that link early music and jazz in an intimate, informal setting. The concert series continues this Sunday, November 9, with the Laudami Ensemble. This concert will highlight the lavish ornaments and spirited variations of the French chaconne, one of the […]

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East of the River Opens SFEMS 2014–15 Concert Series

Levantera—A Mediterranean Journey—November 21–23 The Mediterranean Sea has been central to the development of Western Civilizations, from the earliest city states in North Africa, Asia Minor, and the Levant, to the kingdoms, republics and empires of Greece and Rome, and later to their Arabian and Turkish successors. Abundant marine resources supported stable and healthy populations, […]

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Albany Consort Turns 40

Pair of Programs to Celebrate Anniversary This fall marks 40 years of continuous music making for the Albany Consort. First formed in October 1974 at Christ Church, Albany Street, London, the name moved to the Bay Area along with founder Jonathan Salzedo in 1981. It is really a big umbrella for co-directors Jonathan and his […]

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Seeking Great Concerts for SFEMS 40th Anniversary Season

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the Society’s founding, and we are hoping to celebrate with a season worthy of the occasion. SFEMS is currently soliciting proposals for our 2015–16 concert series. We very much want to present the greatest diversity of programs possible, in terms of repertory, historical era, and instrumentation (including voices!). […]

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SFEMS Annual Membership Meeting

Cole Is New SFEMS President. Phillips Reviews Achievements & Challenges The San Francisco Early Music Society held its annual membership meeting at The Musical Offering café and record store on Monday evening, September 22. After a half hour of socializing, lubricated with some excellent Prosecco and double-cream cheeses, the meeting got under way with president John […]

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MP at the CJC

Improvisation in the Baroque The California Jazz Conservatory (CJC, formerly the JazzSchool), and The San Francisco Early Music Society have established an exciting affiliation that 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. CJC offers a casual […]

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The Last Shall Be First

Magnificat Starts 23rd Season with Schütz’s Opus Ultimum On the weekend of October 3–5, Magnificat will open their 23rd season with the monumental Opus Ultimum of Heinrich Schütz. The performances—taking place in Palo Alto on October 3, Berkeley on October 4, and San Francisco on October 5—will feature sopranos Clara Rottsolk and Jennifer Paulino, countertenors Andrew Rader and Tim Galloway, tenors David Kurtenbach and Daniel […]

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San Francisco Bach Choir 2014–2015 Season

The San Francisco Bach Choir (SFBC) announces its 79th season, welcoming its new Artistic Director, Dr. Magen Solomon. The season begins in October with an afternoon concert of rarely-performed gems by Italian baroque masters. The audience is warmly invited to meet Dr. Solomon at a reception hosted by the Choir after the performance. December brings […]

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The Wright Stuff

Acclaimed Harpsichordist to Visit Bay Area for Concert and Master Classes Elisabeth Wright will be visiting the Bay Area October 17–20, to be in residence at Stanford University and to give a master class at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her recital, “Tender and Passionate Gestures,” will feature a suite in G minor of Jean Henry […]

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Hits from Handel and Hellendaal

Archetti Baroque String Ensemble’s first CD has arrived! A long time in planning and execution, the project was an effort that had generous financial support from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Centaur Records, and the Bay Area’s wonderful community of Archetti fans. The disc’s program presents three of the amazing concertos of Dutch […]

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Splendor at Versailles

From the elegant court of Louis XIV, the “Sun King,” the California Bach Society presents glorious music by three of the greatest composers of the French baroque. Performances are scheduled for 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 17, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco; 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 18, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in […]

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MusicSources Sponsors a Tribute to Bruce Wetmore

A memorial concert for Bruce Wetmore will be held next Wednesday, September 24, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington, Albany, starting at 7:00 p.m. The concert, organized by Gilbert Martinez of MusicSources, will celebrate Bruce’s life and legacy in the Bay Area. It will feature performances by members of the Bay Area’s early music […]

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Singers’ Alert!

Singers can again look forward to a stimulating weekend of sight singing and lectures (as well as enjoying our infectious mix of good company and good food!) at the Fall 2014 Singers’ Retreat, to be held September 27–28 at the SF Theological Seminary in San Anselmo. We meet again under the inspired direction of Professor […]

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