Spanish Vespers for Fall Singers’ Retreat

by Lee McRae 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 2015 Singers’ Retreat, to be held September 26–27 at the Braun Music Building at Stanford University. Please note the new venue for […]

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Junior Bach Festival Auditions Coming Soon

Dear Music Teacher, Welcome to the beginning of the Junior Bach Festival’s 2015–2016 season! We thank you if you have prepared students to audition for the Junior Bach Festival in the past, and we hope you will encourage your advanced students, up to 18 years of age, to apply this year. Applications will open soon, […]

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Nicola Gruen New Patron Services and Box Office Manager

If you telephone the SFEMS office number during regular business hours these days, more than likely you will be greeted by a new voice at the other end—Nicola Gruen, who has taken over answering our phone, selling tickets, and a great deal more, from Dorothy Manly, who retired this past spring. Nicola is very much […]

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Dorothy Manly Retires

Dorothy Manly, SFEMS’ Operations Manager and the Society’s main liaison with both our membership and the general public, has retired after almost two decades service to the Bay Area early music community. One of SFEMS’ most beloved representatives in our 40 year history, she leaves a great gap and will be missed by countless people […]

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Early Music for Grace

A festival of music in memory of Grace Ann Krumdieck, June 1–5, 2015 Barbara Blaker Krumdieck is a baroque cellist from Berkeley, the youngest daughter of a large, musically talented family who have been involved with SFEMS since its early days. Her sister is our popular recorder player and teacher Frances Blaker, and her mother, […]

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California Bach Society Traces “An Italian Lineage”

Artistic Director Paul Flight leads the 25-voice California Bach Society in Italian works spanning 500 years: Domenico Scarlatti’s newly discovered Messa Breve “La Stella,” Verdi’s Ave Maria, Messa di Requiem by Ildebrando Pizzetti and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Romancero Gitano, for choir and solo guitar. Bay Area guitarist Paul Psarras will join the chorus for this program. […]

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Hallifax & Jeffrey—The English Viol

This year’s monthly concert series co-sponsored by SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory concludes the afternoon of Sunday, May 10, with a performance by the viol duo Halifax & Jeffrey. Their program will showcase some of the ways in which violas da gamba were used for expressive ornamentation and improvisation during the instrument’s golden age […]

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“All vol, all vol!” – the Spring 2015 Medieval/Renaissance Collegium

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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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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Making it Up

The collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues on Sunday, April 19, with the Albany Consort exploring the spirit of improvisation over 250 years by “Making it Up.” The Albany Consort for this concert will include Marion Rubinstein recorder; Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord; Rita Lilly, soprano; Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin; Caitlin Cribbs, violin & viola; […]

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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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La Primavera—Spring of the Italian Baroque

The end of our 2014–15 concert season comes too soon, a reminder, perhaps, of how brief our dry, Mediterranean spring has been. SFEMS’s finale, however, will be a sprightly, joyful celebration of and for the season. The weekend of April 10–12, we welcome back the Bay Area’s Ensemble Mirable (JungHae Kim, harpsichord; Elizabeth Blumenstock and […]

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Recorder Classes Continue Through May

Letitia Berlin is reprising or continuing the two classes for recorder players she offered in March and April. The first is a class on J.S. Bach’s Art of Fugue. This class for upper intermediate to advanced recorder players will use Tish’s own transcriptions of works from Bach’s great collection of fugues based on a single […]

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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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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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