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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1517, Music from a Watershed Year

The SFEMS Medieval Renaissance Summer Workshop presents its 2017 Collegium on the quincentenary of one of more significant years in western cultural history. This special collegium, which supports the Summer Workshop, and in particular its scholarship programs, will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church […]

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Telemann and Friends

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues on Sunday, April 9, with Musica Pacifica (Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; William Skeen, viola da gamba; Katherine Heater, harpischord) offering a tribute to Georg Philipp Telemann on this, the 250th anniversary of his death.  The program features works by Telemann and his […]

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Crossing Monteverdi’s Bridge of Sighs

Magical Radical Madrigals SFEMS’ second concert of 2017, coming up the weekend of February 17–19, celebrates the return of ARTEK, another great New York-based ensemble, and one we also have had the pleasure of seeing and hearing at the Berkeley Festival, back in 2010. Founded and directed by harpsichordist Gwendolyn Toth, ARTEK was an early […]

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Make a Joyful Noise!

Concerted Vocal Works from Italy & Germany at the Baroque Collegium Musicum The SFEMS Summer Baroque Worshop holds its winter collegium musicum next month, on Saturday, Feburary 25, at the Eden United Church of Christ, 21455 Birch Street in Hayward. Linda Pearse leads the collegium, which will explore the stylistic changes and compositional developments that […]

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Bach to Italy

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues on Sunday, February 19, with the return of Laudami, in a program of Italian and Italianate baroque music. Experience the wildly dazzling improvisational displays of baroque Italy, and see how they influenced the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Violinist Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo and harpsichordist Michael […]

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Game of Thrones

Music for Queens & Kings The San Francisco chapter of the ARS (SFRS) announces its (lucky) thirteenth annual workshop day for recorders of all sizes, “Game of Thrones—Music for Queens & Kings. The workshop, directed by Louise Carslake and Hanneke van Proosdij, will take place Saturday, February 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at […]

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Another Night at the Opera

New Esterházy Expounds 18th-c. Home Entertainment You have just seen a magnificent opera on the big stage, and can’t wait to hear that one aria again, or share it with your friend who couldn’t go. In this day and age, YouTube and Spotify are never far away, or you could play an MP3 or CD, […]

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Renaissance Singers’ Retreat Starts 31st Year

Mark your calendars! The Renaissance Singers Retreat will meet March 18–19, 2017 to start our 31st year. We will be singing a selection of Renaissance music conducted by Professor William P. Mahrt of Stanford. We  have often sung the ordinary of the mass in the Renaissance Singers’ Retreat, that is the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus […]

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Your SFEMS Stories and a Winner!

Thanks for sharing your favorite memories and thoughts on what you love most about SFEMS’ early music programs and activities. We are happy to announce that Bill Lazar is the winner of our drawing and will receive two tickets to an upcoming ARTEK concert in February!  Bill is a longtime member of SFEMS, active in […]

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Imaginary Theater—House of Time

Instrumental music by Handel, Rameau, and Bach For our January concerts, SFEMS welcomes back one of the newer American early music ensembles, one that deservedly has earned praise both here in its home town (New York City), and which we expect will soon will have a much wider audience. House of Time (Gonzalo X. Ruiz, […]

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Performance and Inspiration

Randy Matamoros reflects on 25 years with SFEMS As the year 2016 nears its end, we are looking back at the experiences of our members, past and present, who have participated in and helped to build SFEMS and the Bay Area’s early music community. Randy Matamoros has been with us for many years as a […]

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Haydn and His Students IX

The New Esterházy Quartet present the 9th episode in their popular “Haydn and His Students” series the weekend of January 6–8, with performances in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Palo Alto. Their program will feature Haydn’s Quartet in A, Op. 55, No. 1; Beethoven’s Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2; and William Shield’s Quartet […]

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Yes—That Collegium

by Jonathan Harris In her just-published interview, former SFEMS President Priscilla Winslow mentions the vocal-instrumental collegium Ken Johnson gave some 25 years ago, which she and I both attended. Her remembrance inspires me to share this story from that beautiful and, to many of us, quite meaningful day. The workshop was held at the San […]

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Remarkable People and a Capaciousness of Community

Frances Feldon and Priscilla Winslow on a Quarter Century of Early Music We continue our series on the paths that have led us to early music and the role SFEMS has played in our musical development. Frances Feldon and Priscilla Winslow have been involved with SFEMS for over 25 years. Frances, a baroque flutist and […]

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Looking Back at the New, Ahead to the Old

Harvey Malloy Reflects on What Early Music Has Meant and Means As this Berkeley Festival year draws to a close and the Society’s 40th regular concert season continues, we are looking back on the various paths that have led us to early music. Last week we featured an interview with violinist Robert Mealy. This week […]

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O Admirabile Commercium

Robert Mealy Talks About Early Music and SFEMS As the San Francisco Early Music Society enters its fifth decade, anticipating and already planning new projects, we look back on the past 40 year to reflect on how we have created this wonderful enterprise. SFEMS grew out of the shared experiences of a creative group of […]

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