Singing Study Group on St. Hildegard von Bingen

Her music and significance in our modern lives by Karen Clark This summer I offer a series of three Saturday afternoon sessions—July 12 and 26, and August 2, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.—that focus on the life and music of Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179). Over the course of these several weeks, I encourage participants […]

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Music Discovery Workshop—A Summer Day Camp for Youngsters 7–15

St. Mary Magdalen and the School of the Madeleine, Berkeley, CA (June 22–27) by Letitia Berlin, Music Discovery Workshop Director We’re looking forward to another wonderful week at the Music Discovery Workshop this June! We’ll be back at the School of the Madeleine in North Berkeley, with our gifted Discovery faculty. Come join us for […]

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Does The Sun King Really Support Music Education?

John Prescott, Ph.D., who gives pre-concert music lectures, workshops, discussions, and seminars on classical music, will present a five-day lecture course (9:30 a.m. to noon, Monday June 23 through Friday June 27) on the glories of French baroque music, “Versailles, Paris and Beyond.” This course for interested adults will be held in conjunction with the […]

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McKee New Music Director of San Francisco Renaissance Voices

San Francisco Renaissance Voices is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Katherine McKee as Music Director effective the upcoming 2014–15 season. Ms. McKee replaces Mr. Todd Jolly, who has led the group as Music Director since its founding in 2004. Mr. Jolly has been appointed to the honorary position of Emeritus Music Director that […]

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SFEMS Baroque Workshop — Venice and its Music

SFEMS Baroque Workshop – 2014 Features Venetian Influences! The San Francisco Early Music Society’s Summer Baroque Workshop has been providing amateur and pre-professional musicians with expert guidance, motivation, skills, and the means to achieve and experience artistic excellence for over thirty years. Our participants come from all walks of life and a variety of career […]

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MPRO Spring Concert

From Hothby to Cowell On Saturday, May 31, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a concert at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1106 Alameda de las Pulgas in San Carlos at 4:30 p.m.   The program will feature a concerto by Telemann, a setting of The Song of Songs by the late medieval composer John Hothby, two recorder […]

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Chamber Music Workshop at Stanford

PBO and Stanford Live to Reprise Popular Community Event Back by popular demand, Philharmonia and Stanford Live are once again teaming up to offer a community chamber music workshop with coaches from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. The workshop, presented by Stanford Live, is free and open to the public, and will be held in Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall […]

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SFEMS Brings Bezuidenhout to Berkeley

Bezuidenhout’s Debuts Expound Mozart’s Piano, Bach’s Harpsichord “The finest living exponent of the fortepiano” —The Herald   “Bezuidenhout is a prince of the fortepiano, making it sing in melodic phrases as no other practitioner of this intractable instrument has done in my experience.”  —The London Times This year’s Berkeley Festival Main Stage will be rich […]

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Two SFEMS Workshop Directors Honored By EMA

Early Music America has just announced the recipients of its annual awards for 2014. Winners of this year’s Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding achievements in scholarship and performance are Rotem and Adam Gilbert. The Gilberts have enriched the Bay Area’s early music community in countless ways. Both have been beloved members of our faculty for […]

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Knights, Wolves, Kings, Queens: That’s Entertainment

A Message from Tish Berlin We’re looking forward to another wonderful week at the Music Discovery Workshop (MDW) this June! We’ll be back at the School of the Madeleine in North Berkeley, with our gifted and wonderfully supportive faculty.  Come join Carla Moore, violin/viola; Vida Bateau, recorder; Farley Pearce, cello/viola da gamba; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord; […]

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Marin Headlands Workshop for Recorders May 9–11

Just over the horizon is the Marin Headlands Workshop, running from Friday through Sunday, May 9–11.  This much anticipated event, sponsored each year by the East Bay Chapter of the American Recorder Society (EBRS), offers intermediate to advanced recorder players the chance to spend all or part of a late spring weekend—often touted as having […]

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Download the 2014 Berkeley Festival Brochure Now!

The biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition—a week-long musical banquet sponsored by SFEMS and Early Music America—is less than two months away!  This year’s Festival offers a very full eight days of concerts. Fourteen Main Stage events exploring and celebrating our musical heritage, from the joy and poignancy of medieval song and dance to the intricate depths […]

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Haydn and Mozart Rediscovered

For the final concert of their 2013–2014 season, the California Bach Society, under the direction of Paul Flight, presents “Haydn and Mozart Rediscovered,” featuring charming and moving choral works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and of both Johann Michael and Franz Josef Haydn. The New Esterházy String Quartet, with Farley Pearce (cello) and soloists Rita Lilly […]

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New Home Sought for Historical Recordings

Vintage vinyl collection of medieval and Renaissance music seeks a new home. The collection consists of around 80 LPs from the 1960s and 70s in very good to excellent condition. The recordings include a number of choral works (Gregorian chants, motets, requiems) as well as some early folk music and several liturgical plays (The Play […]

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UC Alumni Chorus to Perform California Mission Music

  Conducted by Dr. Mark Sumner and accompanied by William García Ganz, the University of California Alumni Chorus presents a concert of Music from the California Missions at San Francisco’s Mission Dolores Basilica on Sunday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. Also participating in the program are members of Los Arribeños de San Francisco, a group […]

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ANNOUNCING – Junior Bach Festival Concerts ~ 2014

Nine concerts featuring the finest young music students in the Bay Area playing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Concert 1:  Friday, March 21 7:30 pm Crowden Music Center 1475 Rose St., Berkeley View the program Concert 2:  Saturday, March 22 2:00 pm St. Bede’s Episcopal Church 2650 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park View the […]

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2014 Junior Bach Festival

March 13, 2014 Bach to the Future By Mark MacNamara SF Classical Voice The Junior Bach Festival that everyone always remembers is when the lights went out a few years ago during a solo concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Kensington. It was, shall we say, a ‘dark and stormy night’, filled with thunder […]

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