McKee New Music Director of San Francisco Renaissance Voices

San Francisco Renaissance Voices is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Katherine McKee as Music Director effective the upcoming 2014–15 season. Ms. McKee replaces Mr. Todd Jolly, who has led the group as Music Director since its founding in 2004. Mr. Jolly has been appointed to the honorary position of Emeritus Music Director that […]

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SFEMS Baroque Workshop — Venice and its Music

SFEMS Baroque Workshop – 2014 Features Venetian Influences! The San Francisco Early Music Society’s Summer Baroque Workshop has been providing amateur and pre-professional musicians with expert guidance, motivation, skills, and the means to achieve and experience artistic excellence for over thirty years. Our participants come from all walks of life and a variety of career […]

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MPRO Spring Concert

From Hothby to Cowell On Saturday, May 31, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a concert at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1106 Alameda de las Pulgas in San Carlos at 4:30 p.m.   The program will feature a concerto by Telemann, a setting of The Song of Songs by the late medieval composer John Hothby, two recorder […]

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Chamber Music Workshop at Stanford

PBO and Stanford Live to Reprise Popular Community Event Back by popular demand, Philharmonia and Stanford Live are once again teaming up to offer a community chamber music workshop with coaches from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. The workshop, presented by Stanford Live, is free and open to the public, and will be held in Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall […]

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SFEMS Brings Bezuidenhout to Berkeley

Bezuidenhout’s Debuts Expound Mozart’s Piano, Bach’s Harpsichord “The finest living exponent of the fortepiano” —The Herald   “Bezuidenhout is a prince of the fortepiano, making it sing in melodic phrases as no other practitioner of this intractable instrument has done in my experience.”  —The London Times This year’s Berkeley Festival Main Stage will be rich […]

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Two SFEMS Workshop Directors Honored By EMA

Early Music America has just announced the recipients of its annual awards for 2014. Winners of this year’s Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding achievements in scholarship and performance are Rotem and Adam Gilbert. The Gilberts have enriched the Bay Area’s early music community in countless ways. Both have been beloved members of our faculty for […]

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Knights, Wolves, Kings, Queens: That’s Entertainment

A Message from Tish Berlin We’re looking forward to another wonderful week at the Music Discovery Workshop (MDW) this June! We’ll be back at the School of the Madeleine in North Berkeley, with our gifted and wonderfully supportive faculty.  Come join Carla Moore, violin/viola; Vida Bateau, recorder; Farley Pearce, cello/viola da gamba; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord; […]

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Marin Headlands Workshop for Recorders May 9–11

Just over the horizon is the Marin Headlands Workshop, running from Friday through Sunday, May 9–11.  This much anticipated event, sponsored each year by the East Bay Chapter of the American Recorder Society (EBRS), offers intermediate to advanced recorder players the chance to spend all or part of a late spring weekend—often touted as having […]

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Download the 2014 Berkeley Festival Brochure Now!

The biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition—a week-long musical banquet sponsored by SFEMS and Early Music America—is less than two months away!  This year’s Festival offers a very full eight days of concerts. Fourteen Main Stage events exploring and celebrating our musical heritage, from the joy and poignancy of medieval song and dance to the intricate depths […]

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Haydn and Mozart Rediscovered

For the final concert of their 2013–2014 season, the California Bach Society, under the direction of Paul Flight, presents “Haydn and Mozart Rediscovered,” featuring charming and moving choral works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and of both Johann Michael and Franz Josef Haydn. The New Esterházy String Quartet, with Farley Pearce (cello) and soloists Rita Lilly […]

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New Home Sought for Historical Recordings

Vintage vinyl collection of medieval and Renaissance music seeks a new home. The collection consists of around 80 LPs from the 1960s and 70s in very good to excellent condition. The recordings include a number of choral works (Gregorian chants, motets, requiems) as well as some early folk music and several liturgical plays (The Play […]

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UC Alumni Chorus to Perform California Mission Music

  Conducted by Dr. Mark Sumner and accompanied by William García Ganz, the University of California Alumni Chorus presents a concert of Music from the California Missions at San Francisco’s Mission Dolores Basilica on Sunday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. Also participating in the program are members of Los Arribeños de San Francisco, a group […]

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ANNOUNCING – Junior Bach Festival Concerts ~ 2014

Nine concerts featuring the finest young music students in the Bay Area playing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Concert 1:  Friday, March 21 7:30 pm Crowden Music Center 1475 Rose St., Berkeley View the program Concert 2:  Saturday, March 22 2:00 pm St. Bede’s Episcopal Church 2650 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park View the […]

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2014 Junior Bach Festival

March 13, 2014 Bach to the Future By Mark MacNamara SF Classical Voice The Junior Bach Festival that everyone always remembers is when the lights went out a few years ago during a solo concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Kensington. It was, shall we say, a ‘dark and stormy night’, filled with thunder […]

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Farallon’s Amaryllis

SFEMS’s regular concert season concludes the weekend of March 14–16 with the concert series debut of the Farallon Quartet, Annette Bauer, Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, and Louise Carslake, recorders. Recognized for their sensuous blend and warm tone, Farallon is acknowledged to be one of the finest professional recorder ensembles in the United States today. Early […]

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Register Now for SFEMS 2014 Summer Workshops!

A Millennium of Music in Six Weeks Since its founding in 1975, the San Francisco Early Music Society has recognized music education—of both amateurs and professionals—as a central part of our mission to support and build public appreciation for historically-informed performance of early music. For the past 35 years SFEMS has offered one of the […]

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Jewish Music of the Baroque

  150 Years in France, Italy, and Holland  Marin Baroque Chamber Choir and period instrument Orchestra, directed by Daniel Canosa, will present Jewish Music of the Baroque, featuring works by Abraham de Caceres, Cristiano Giuseppe Lidarti, Louis Saladin, Antonio Brioschi, Carlo Grossi, Salomono Rossi, and Volunio Gallichi. These works, setting Hebrew texts, were written by Jewish […]

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About Farallon Recorder Quartet & Guests

Farallon Recorder Quartet is a California based early music group that brings the music of the medieval, Renaissance, baroque and modern eras to today’s audiences with polish, verve, and precision. They employ a fascinating array of recorder sizes ranging from 6 inches to 6 feet tall, modeled after medieval, Renaissance and baroque originals. Their most […]

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