EMA Honors Shulamit Kleinerman With 2015 Goldberg Award

March 17, 2015 (PITTSBURGH, PA). Early Music America has named its annual award winners for 2015. Shulamit Kleinerman, newly appointed co-director of SFEMS’s Music Discovery Workshop and Youth Collegium, is the 2015 recipient of the Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in early music outreach. EMA’s Goldberg Award recognizes outstanding achievement in outreach and/or educational […]

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All vol, all vol!

On Saturday, April 25, the San Francisco Early Music Society presents its spring Medieval & Renaissance Workshop Collegium, “All vol, all vol!” for voices, recorders, viols, harps, sackbuts, dulcians and all manner of early instruments. This all-day workshop will focus on German songs and devotional music as well as more rustic fare. Featured will be […]

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Resonance of Salzburg

When we think of Venice, the names most likely come to mind are Monteverdi, Gabrieli, and other composers associated with the great musical establishment of San Marco. For Leipzig it almost certainly would be Bach, and for Salzburg who else but Mozart? Yet each of those cities had histories richer, deeper and more complex than […]

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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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Macromusic

On Saturday, March 28, the South Bay Recorder Society presents its spring workshop, “Macromusic,” directed by Glen Shannon. The workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be held at First Congregational Church of San Jose, 1980 Hamilton Avenue (corner of Leigh), in San Jose. Playing in a large group puts different demands on […]

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An Interview with Houston’s Birgitt van Wijk

Birgitt van Wijk is Board President of Houston’s Ars Lyrica, the vocal instrumental group that made its regional debut at the Berkeley Festival last June, as well as a member of Early Music America’s Board of Directors. Recently, she was interviewed by St.John Flynn for Houston Public Media’s Arts & Culture program. An amateur in […]

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Recorder Classes in March and April

Letitia Berlin is offering two classes for recorder players in March and April. The first is a class on J.S. Bach’s monumental Art of Fugue. This class for advanced recorder players will use Tish’s own transcriptions of works from Bach’s great collection of fugues based on a single theme. Bach’s variety of invention is endless, […]

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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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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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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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1629 Venice—Inspiration and Improvisation

The collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues on Sunday, March 8, with a program celebrating the early Venetian baroque as well as International Women’s Day. Passamezzo Moderno (Jonathan Davis, harpsichord and organ; Edwin Huizinga and Adriane Post, violin; and David Granger, dulcian) with guest artists Ondine Young and Alicia Yang, violins; and […]

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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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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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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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J.S. Bach’s Early Cantatas

The California Bach Society presents three of Bach’s earliest cantatas, composed at Arnstadt and Mühlhausen, modeled upon works of older contemporaries. Artistic Director Paul Flight leads the 30-voice chorus, a baroque consort of strings, oboe, and bassoon, and soloists Jennifer Paulino (soprano), Elliott Encarnación (tenor), and Sepp Hammer (bass).  These works are the output of a […]

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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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