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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The Music of Transformation

SFEMS 2017–18 Series: Notes for Changing Times The SFEMS 2017–18 concert series now is posted at our website, and when you check it out we think you will be delighted as we are at the variety and depth of the coming season’s offerings. It is hard to recall a recent SFEMS series broader or better […]

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Valley of the Moon 2017 to Celebrate Robert Schumann

The musicians of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival will return to the Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma next Sunday for the start of their annual summer event. This year the Festival celebrates the world of Robert Schumann over three consecutive weekends, July 16–30, juxtaposing the composer’s own compositions with chamber works by composers […]

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Spanish Dance in July, Christmas in August

Two workshops, one coming up later this month and the other in mid-August, no doubt will be of interest to many readers. On Sunday July 23, Stephanie Neira will present “Siglo de Oro,” her first Spanish dance baroque workshop The workshop will take place from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Sunset Movement Arts Dance […]

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Workshop Events Open to the Public

This week’s SFEMS Baroque Workshop at Sonoma State University features several events open to the public. The real treat will be the Workshop Faculty Concert, “Water – Music’s Elixir,” taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, at Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University. Performers include Rita Lilly (soprano), Aaron Sheehan (tenor), […]

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The Other Acis – Black Box Baroque & Albany Consort

Most early music lovers are familiar with Handel’s English pastoral opera, Acis and Galatea. But have you heard the 1708 Italian serenata, Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo? Handel’s Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo features daring, experimental sound colors from early in Handel’s output, and extraordinary vocal writing for bass-baritone, pants-role soprano, and mezzo-soprano. This is your chance […]

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Memorial Concert for Lee McRae Being Planned

Lee McRae, who died on June 1, 2016, was a major contributor to early music in the Bay Area and across the US for five decades. A founding member of SFEMS, Lee also founded or co-founded our Music Discovery Workshop and the Singers’ Retreat. Her lifelong passion and life’s work was children’s education, which she […]

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Remembered Migrations: Medieval to Modern Song

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory concludes on Sunday, May 14, with a concert by Vajra Voices with medieval string specialist Shira Kammen and composer-cellist-vocalist, Theresa Wong. Their program, “Remembered Migrations: Medieval to Modern Song” features 12th-c. women composers, including Hildegard von Bingen and Marie de France, with related modern stories […]

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Stanford Singers to Honor Isaac’s Quincentenary

The Stanford Early Music Singers will present a concert in observance of the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Heinrich Isaac (ca. 1450–1517), on Wednesday evening, May 24, 7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Memorial Church. Admission is free. The performance will be directed by Prof. William Mahrt, whose doctoral dissertation was on works of […]

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Tish Berlin Offers Early Music Classes This Spring

Tish Berlin is offering two repertoire classes for recorder players from mid-May through mid-June. Class I, “The Purcell Connection” (for upper intermediate to advanced recorder players) will explore Italian and French influences on Purcell through his sonatas for three and four parts, suites by Dieupart, and trio sonatas by Corelli. Purcell’s sonatas, written in the 1690s, […]

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Mozart’s Grand Tour

John Prescott, Ph.D., will present another in his series of early music lecture courses in May—an entirely new series focusing on Mozart’s grand tour as a wunderkind, from 1763–66. The course runs Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 5, from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon, at St. Mary Magdalene (Norton Hall), 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. […]

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Que Dulce Violencia

Colombian Early Music Group Esfera Armoniosa to Make North American Debut One of early music’s great joys is the archeology it entails—the discovery and reconstrucion of lost musical worlds, and quite often bringing hidden treasures to light. Nowhere has this been more true over the past half century than in the rediscovery of the Latin […]

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Spring Into Motion

On Monday, May 8, contralto Karen R. Clark and cellist/gambist Elisabeth Reed present a special workshop, “Spring Into Motion: Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Moshe Feldenkrais (1904–1984).” This workshop offers an introduction the Feldenkrais Method® for musicians. In the workshop, Musician/Feldenkrais practitioners Clark and Reed offer lessons for musicians and an introduction to Awareness […]

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California Bach Society Showcases Charpentier

by Patricia Jennerjohn Artistic Director Paul Flight and the 30-voice California Bach Society present “A Charpentier Showcase” on April 21–23 in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Berkeley. We perform splendid choral works by Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier for six-part chorus, solo trio, with baroque flute and viola da gamba. Exceptionally prolific and versatile, Marc-Antoine Charpentier […]

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Big, Beautiful and French

The SFEMS 2016–17 concert season concludes the weekend of April 7–9 with a big, beautiful, baroque bouquet of music for large viol consort and continuo. This is a rarely performed corner of the gamba literature, and if you are a fan of these instruments’ lush sounds en masse, you won’t want to miss this concert. […]

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