Old Music for Young Ears

Thoughts on the Music Discovery Workshop at a New Juncture Enrollment is now open for Music Discovery 2015! Under the leadership of new Co-Directors Yuko Tanaka and Shulamit Kleinerman, the workshop expands this year to welcome singers ages 7 and up and to inaugurate a Youth Collegium for able teen musicians. Nationwide, SFEMS’ Music Discovery […]

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The (Un)Broken Consort

For February’s concert in our 2014–15 series, SFEMS is proud to present Dark Horse Consort, comprised of sackbut players Greg Ingles, Erik Schmalz and Mack Ramsey, together with cornettists Kiri Tollaksen and Nathaniel Cox (Cox will double on theorbo) and Peter Sykes on harpsichord and organ. Named after the bronze horse statues at Venice’s St. […]

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Registration Open for Summer Workshops

Registration now is open for the SFEMS 2015 Summer Workshops—six weeks to immerse yourself in six centuries of great music! Running from June 14 through July 25, the SFEMS workshops are one of the most comprehensive summer early music programs in the United States, led by a faculty of international artists in residence. The Medieval […]

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Heresy of the Free Spirit

The collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues on Sunday, February 8, with an unusual and creative program that crosses the boundaries between “old” and “new” music. Entitled “Heresy of the Free Spirit,” the concert will be performed by Amy Michele White, voice, and Dominic Schaner, archlute and modal vihuela/guitar (formerly The Euphora […]

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Crawford Young in the Bay Area During March

Crawford Young, well-known Renaissance and medieval lutenist, who teaches at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, as well as other venues all over the world, will be in the Bay Area staying at the home of Mike Peterson during the month of March. He would like to meet lute players here in our area. Crawford […]

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Dan Laurin to Perform with Ensemble Mirable

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Marion Verbruggen has decided to withdraw from her scheduled performances with Ensemble Mirable the weekend of April 10–12, 2015. The Ensemble is thrilled that Dan Laurin is available to take her place. SFEMS has presented the distinguished Swedish recorder virtuoso on our concert series before as a solo artist, and we […]

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Fairest Isle

San Francisco Recorder Society’s “Tune in to the Recorder XI” Please join us for this day of beautiful music Saturday, February 21 in the heart of San Francisco’s Sunset District. Directors Louise Carslake and Hanneke van Proosdij will present music to charm and inspire you from that gorgeous, rugged island just west of the European […]

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Margriet Tindemans (1951–2014)

SFEMS joins the early music world in mourning the loss of one of its greatest contributors as well as our dear friend, Margriet Tindemans, who died in Seattle on December 31 of last year. A native of Holland and student of Wieland Kuijken, Margriet was equally at home playing Renaissance or baroque viola da gamba […]

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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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Rent a Lute!

The Lute Society of America has had several of its rental instruments based here in the San Francisco area come back to us, and we are looking for new renters. The instruments now available are a 6-course vihuela, an 8-course Renaissance lute and a 13-course baroque lute. Renters must be LSA members, or join, and take […]

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Albany Recorder Classes Resume January 20

Frances Feldon will offer two classes for recorder players Tuesday nights in Albany, starting in January. The classes, sponsored by the City of Albany’s Recreation and Community Services, are held in the Band Room of the Albany Middle School, 1259 Brighton Avenue. Low Intermediate Recorder Ensemble Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. In this class, students will develop ensemble […]

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Awareness Through Movement for Singers

Karen Clark offers ongoing classes in Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® for Singers Monday evenings in Berkeley. These classes offer an inspiring introduction to Awareness Through Movement® lessons that will help singers increase their vocal range and stamina, manage stress and performance anxiety, and enjoy yourself—your voice—more fully! Beginners, amateurs, and professionals, teenage to adult—all are […]

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A Musical Smorgasbord — POSTPONED

PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSPONED TO MAY 2–3 The weekend of January 17–18, Shira Kammen, vielle; Tish Berlin, recorder; and Peter Maund, percussion, will offer a workshop on a variety of early music topics of interest to both singers and instrumentalists. The repertory will include medieval, Renaissance, and traditional music. Choose from many […]

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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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Music in the Garden of Delight

The collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory resumes on Sunday, January 11, 2015, with the return of Flauti Diversi, performing an unusual program entitled “Music in the Garden of Delight: The Kinship of Medieval Dance and Arabic Music.” Flauti Diversi (Frances Feldon, recorders/flute; Gary Haggerty, oud; Sarah Michael, kanun; Roy Whelden, vielle; and […]

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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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Pallade Musica—A Mio Modo

SFEMS Presents West Coast Debut of Acclaimed Montreal Quartet Many years ago, SFEMS produced a T-shirt plastered with the names of all the artists we had presented on our concert series to that date. The list was astonishing; it included Gustav Leonhardt, Jordi Savall, Frans Brüggen, Bruce Dickey, Anonymous 4… a veritable Who’s Who of […]

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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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