Albany Consort Turns 40

Pair of Programs to Celebrate Anniversary This fall marks 40 years of continuous music making for the Albany Consort. First formed in October 1974 at Christ Church, Albany Street, London, the name moved to the Bay Area along with founder Jonathan Salzedo in 1981. It is really a big umbrella for co-directors Jonathan and his […]

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Seeking Great Concerts for SFEMS 40th Anniversary Season

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the Society’s founding, and we are hoping to celebrate with a season worthy of the occasion. SFEMS is currently soliciting proposals for our 2015–16 concert series. We very much want to present the greatest diversity of programs possible, in terms of repertory, historical era, and instrumentation (including voices!). […]

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SFEMS Annual Membership Meeting

Cole Is New SFEMS President. Phillips Reviews Achievements & Challenges The San Francisco Early Music Society held its annual membership meeting at The Musical Offering café and record store on Monday evening, September 22. After a half hour of socializing, lubricated with some excellent Prosecco and double-cream cheeses, the meeting got under way with president John […]

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MP at the CJC

Improvisation in the Baroque The California Jazz Conservatory (CJC, formerly the JazzSchool), and The San Francisco Early Music Society have established an exciting affiliation that delights both our audience and our local musicians. Early music lovers and jazz music lovers join together to celebrate the improvisational kinship of the two genres. CJC offers a casual […]

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The Last Shall Be First

Magnificat Starts 23rd Season with Schütz’s Opus Ultimum On the weekend of October 3–5, Magnificat will open their 23rd season with the monumental Opus Ultimum of Heinrich Schütz. The performances—taking place in Palo Alto on October 3, Berkeley on October 4, and San Francisco on October 5—will feature sopranos Clara Rottsolk and Jennifer Paulino, countertenors Andrew Rader and Tim Galloway, tenors David Kurtenbach and Daniel […]

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San Francisco Bach Choir 2014–2015 Season

The San Francisco Bach Choir (SFBC) announces its 79th season, welcoming its new Artistic Director, Dr. Magen Solomon. The season begins in October with an afternoon concert of rarely-performed gems by Italian baroque masters. The audience is warmly invited to meet Dr. Solomon at a reception hosted by the Choir after the performance. December brings […]

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The Wright Stuff

Acclaimed Harpsichordist to Visit Bay Area for Concert and Master Classes Elisabeth Wright will be visiting the Bay Area October 17–20, to be in residence at Stanford University and to give a master class at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her recital, “Tender and Passionate Gestures,” will feature a suite in G minor of Jean Henry […]

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Hits from Handel and Hellendaal

Archetti Baroque String Ensemble’s first CD has arrived! A long time in planning and execution, the project was an effort that had generous financial support from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Centaur Records, and the Bay Area’s wonderful community of Archetti fans. The disc’s program presents three of the amazing concertos of Dutch […]

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Splendor at Versailles

From the elegant court of Louis XIV, the “Sun King,” the California Bach Society presents glorious music by three of the greatest composers of the French baroque. Performances are scheduled for 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 17, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco; 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 18, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in […]

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MusicSources Sponsors a Tribute to Bruce Wetmore

A memorial concert for Bruce Wetmore will be held next Wednesday, September 24, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington, Albany, starting at 7:00 p.m. The concert, organized by Gilbert Martinez of MusicSources, will celebrate Bruce’s life and legacy in the Bay Area. It will feature performances by members of the Bay Area’s early music […]

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Singers’ Alert!

Singers can again look forward to a stimulating weekend of sight singing and lectures (as well as enjoying our infectious mix of good company and good food!) at the Fall 2014 Singers’ Retreat, to be held September 27–28 at the SF Theological Seminary in San Anselmo. We meet again under the inspired direction of Professor […]

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Auditions Open for 2015 Junior Bach Festival

Junior Bach Festival Auditions are now open for our 62nd Festival, coming March 13–22, 2015. Solos and ensembles—all instruments and voices—are invited to apply! We are hoping for large numbers of both in the 2015 Festival! Festival auditions will take place in Morrison Hall at UC Berkeley during the weekend of January 31–February 1, 2015. […]

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SFEMS 2014–15 Concert Season: Debuts and Imagination

The San Francisco Early Music Society’s 38th annual concert season charts a journey through a thousand years of European music, from the haunting sounds of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East, to the brilliance of Venice at the dawn of the baroque, to the lush resonance of Salzburg’s strings. Highlights of the season include the […]

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Vermillian and Violettes Open Early Music-Jazz Improv Series

In addition to our regular six-concert series, SFEMS will continue our partnership with the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly The JazzSchool), presenting monthly Sunday afternoon concerts exploring the common thread that links early music and jazz.  Improvisation, or playing things that aren’t written on the page, is a key element in performing baroque music. Bay Area […]

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California Bach Season Surveys French, German and Italian Works

The California Bach Society announces a season of unforgettable music, ranging from the French Baroque to the earliest works of J.S. Bach. It’s a season full of varied and glorious music you won’t want to miss! The season opens on October 15–17 with “Splendor at Versailles,” masterpieces from three of the greatest composers of the […]

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Radiant, Ravishing, Renaissance!

San Francisco Renaissance Voices Tenth Anniversary Season by Katherine McKee, Music Director, SFRV San Francisco Renaissance Voices is turning 10 this year, and we are spoiling ourselves and our audiences with a year-long celebration of our raison d’etre—the stunningly beautiful, diverse, inspiring, and enduring music of the Renaissance. Our stellar choristers will be joined by […]

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Marin Baroque 2014–15 Season

Marin Baroque, an emerging professional chamber choir and period instrument orchestra led by Music Director Daniel Canosa, is pleased to announce its 2014–15 season. Our fall concert, “Sturm und Drang, Music for Uncertain Times” (November 15), will include Joseph Haydn’s beautiful “Lord Nelson” Mass and feature Yuko Tanaka as harpsichord soloist in C.P.E. Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto […]

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SFEMS Workshops and Children’s Education

by Suzanne Siebert SFEMS has promoted the education of children in period music over the years. Among these activities for children’s education have been the Music Discovery week-long workshops held summers for children about 8 to 14. Tish Berlin has been the Director of this workshop for many years. My granddaughters Lucy and Sandra spent […]

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MPRO Seeks New Members

The Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra is currently accepting new members for its 2014-2015 season. All those who play recorder, early winds or early strings are invited to join. Joining the orchestra is a wonderful opportunity for those who play recorder and other early instruments to hone their performing and technical skills. Membership is open without audition […]

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Job Offering:
 Alto or Countertenor Section Leader

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oakland, is seeking 
a professional alto or countertenor for St. Paul’s Choir. The successful candidate will help lead a quartet 
that is the backbone of the choir. Early music and English cathedral repertoire are specialties. A straight, blended tone is required. Job details are on the St. Paul’s website here: St. […]

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