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I Heard a Voice

New College Choir to Perform in Rare Bay Area Appearance SFEMS is delighted to welcome the Choir of New College Oxford in a special, joint presentation with San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. The choir, under the direction of Robert Quinney, will perform a program of Renaissance and baroque works by Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina, Tomás Luis […]

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Bach and Sons

This season’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory concludes on March 31 with “Bach and Sons.” Celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach’s 334th birthday with four works by Bach and two of his sons, played on copies of historical instruments! Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, baroque violin; Gretchen Claassen, baroque cello; and Derek Tam, harpsichord, perform J.S. […]

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iLove baroque

Ensemble Caprice Returns with Musical LoveStories Montreal’s Ensemble Caprice has appeared frequently on the SFEMS concert series over the past 20 years, each time looking at historical music with fresh eyes and performing it with a different twist, from Telemann and the Gypsies to the Latin American Baroque, always delighting our audience with their passion, […]

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SFEMS Appoints Derek Tam as New Executive Director

Derek Tam has been appointed Executive Director of the San Francisco Early Music Society. He succeeds Harvey Malloy, who served from 2009 until his retirement last fall. His appointment to the top leadership position with SFEMS will be especially important in the planning of the 2020 Berkeley Festival and Exhibition. SFEMS President Joyce Johnson Hamilton […]

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The Multifaceted Brahms

The 2018 Berkeley Festival was a milestone—the first time a major early music festival made a strong case for applying the principles and practices of historical performance to music of the 19th century, up to and including Debussy, as demonstrated in a program by Alexei Lubimov co-presented by the Westfield Center. In an early piano […]

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New Prescott Lecture Series Surveys Early Music in North America

John Prescott, Ph.D., will present another in his series of early music lecture courses in March—an entirely new series focusing on music in the North American colonies, especially during the 18th century. The course runs Monday, March 4, through Friday, March 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (note corrected times), at St. Mary Magdalene […]

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Four SFEMS Affiliates Receive CAC Grants

The San Francisco Early Music Society is pleased to announce the award of grants from the California Arts Council to four of our Affiliate groups. Each of these organizations’ projects is closely aligned with SFEMS’s goal of strengthening regional early music networks. We wanted to share with you the winners and their projects. The East […]

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Harvey Malloy Praised for Decade of Transformational Work

When Harvey Malloy stepped down this past October, after almost 10 years as SFEMS Executive Director, he had both helped the Society meet and overcome major challenges and done a tremendous amount to modernize it, put it on sounder footing, and give it an ever more significant role, both in the regional arts community and […]

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Jean Spencer’s Retirement from MO Spurs Search for New Blood

Back in 2003, the SFEMS newsletter ran an article (interview) on The Musical Offering that we titled “The Last Classical Record Store,” which indeed it was. It still is worth reading, both for its insights into the recording industry and into the store’s history and unique vision. The MO’s ability to weather disruptive changes in […]

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The Dancing Master

Baroque Dance and J.S. Bach Bay Area historical dance troupe SF Renaissance Dancers and baroque music ensemble Nash Baroque are creating a performance of compositions by J.S. Bach together with 18th-century French dances to reveal how baroque dance influenced Bach’s music. This production, involving a total of 11 artists,will take place over two performances in […]

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Turocy to Lead Dance Workshops for Adults and Kids

Bay Area dance enthusiasts young and old should be aware of two workshops coming up Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26. On Friday evening, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the University of California Berkeley Baroque Ensemble, and the New York Baroque Dance Company co-present a free baroque dance and music workshop for students and the community. […]

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From Old to New

On Saturday, February 9, 2019 the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a workshop directed by Frances Blaker entitled, “From Old to New/An in-depth study of medieval, Renaissance, baroque and modern music for recorders focusing on a representative selection from each period.” In the following article she discusses the large body of music available for the […]

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To Love Another

Rodin Brings Renaissance Songs of Love Just in time for Valentine’s Day—our annual tribute to the heart this year reaches back to the 15th century, as SFEMS welcomes Cut Circle, directed by Jesse Rodin. Concerts take place the weekend of February 8–10 in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Palo Alto. Founded in 2003 by Rodin, Associate […]

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I Virtuosi di Modena

This season’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory continues on February 17 with Ensemble Bizarria (Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin; and Alexa Haynes-Pilon, cello) performing music from the Court of Modena. While most tourists and foodies today think of Modena in Northern Italy as the home of balsamic vinegar and Lamborghinis, 17th-century Italians knew […]

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Women’s Voices Uplifted

This season’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory resumes on January 20 with Vajra Voices (Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist , Allison Zelles Lloyd, Amy Stuart Hunn, Celeste Winant, and Karen R. Clark, Director) with Shira Kammen, medieval harp & vielle, performing Women’s Voices Uplifted: Explorations in Medieval & Renaissance Song, from Hildegard von […]

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Tactus Invites Applications for Music Director—Stipend Offered

SFEMS Affiliate Tactus (tactus-sf.org), a 12–16 voice Renaissance chamber chorus in San Francisco, is seeking a Music Director to lead the chorus at weekly rehearsals and three performance weekends per year, including a summer set. The candidate must be available for evening rehearsals on Thursdays and two weekend workshops in San Francisco or the East […]

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Semper Phantasticus!

The SFEMS series resumes the weekend of January 11–13 with a program of middle baroque music performed by the Ars Lyrica Houston Chamber Players. Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Mary Springfels, viola da gamba; and Matthew Dirst, harpsichord will explore the Stylus phantasticus, that most avant-garde mode of music-making among German composers of the 17th and early […]

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Neither from Heaven nor from Earth

The SFEMS concert series continues the weekend of November 30, with the series debut of Cappella SF. The 16-voice choir will perform a program of sacred Renaissance polyphony, featuring works of Josquin des Préz, Gregorio Allegri, François Couperin, and Heinrich Schütz. Cappella SF is a professional chamber choir founded in 2014 by Ragnar Bohlin, Director […]

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