Garden in the Hills Party

You are cordially invited to the SFEMS Garden in the Hills House Concert taking place on Sunday, May 19, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., at the home of Dr. Carol Baird and Alan Harper. This special party and concert will benefit the 2018 Berkeley Festival and Exhibition. Music, The event features wine, hors d’oeuvres, and […]

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Handel in Rome

California Bach Society to Perform Magnificent Vesper Psalms Artistic Director Paul Flight leads the award-winning California Bach Society in stunning works from GF Handel’s 1707 Vespers service at the Carmelite church of Santa Maria in Montesanto in Rome. We perform three magnificent psalm settings: Nisi Dominus, Laudate Pueri Dominum, and Dixit Dominus. The 30-voice chorus […]

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Norman Larson (1938–2018)

Norman Larson, who passed away on February 20, has been a friend to the Bay Area’s early music community for 4 decades. An enthusiastic concertgoer and generous supporter of the arts and historical heritage, especially in his native San Francisco, he was beloved and will be missed by many friends in the Bay Area. SFEMS […]

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Render Unto Cæsar

The new year’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory concludes on April 15 with a special program celebrating the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution. Les Violettes (Corey Carleton, soprano; David Wilson, violin; Colin Shipman, viola da gamba; and Violet Grgich, harpsichord) perform music from the Court of Leopold I, Holy Roman […]

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The Magnifick Consort of Four Parts

The SFEMS 2017–18 concert season continues the weekend of April 6 with three performances by Wildcat Viols, whose program of music for the viol consort from takes us to the very end of that wonderful tradition as it unfolded in the second half of the 17th century. Their concert will include Henry Purcell’s “Fantazias of […]

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Music in the Garden of Delight: Song and Dance in Early Spain

The new year’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory continues on March 25 with a program of medieval Spanish and Arabic music from Flauti Diversi. Musical Director Frances Feldon and the group have presented a variety of programs at the CJC, many of which feature the intersection of different musical traditions. Flauti […]

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California Bach Society Sings “The German Romantics”

The Romantic era had its roots in the late 18th century and spilled over into the 20th century. Romanticism was a movement with many facets; it was the antithesis of the artistic forms and structures of the Classical age. It emphasized individual expression, emotion, and virtuosity, as well as freedom from constraining forms. It took […]

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Flanders Farewell, February 25

The legendary Flanders Recorder Quartet will be in the Bay Area next weekend for a workshop and concert. Tom Beets, Paul Van Loey, Joris Van Goethem, and Bart Spanhove have traveled around the world for a quarter century with more than 150 recorders in tow performing for international audiences to great acclaim. They are on […]

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Paolo Pandolfo and Ensemble—a Rare Bay Area Sighting

Barefoot Chamber Concerts and MusicSources are combining to present a very special event: the legendary Paolo Pandolfo (the Yo-Yo Ma of the viola da gamba) with 3 of his closest collaborators playing a concert of music for Louis XIV, entitled “Paris 1689: A Revolution for the Sun King.” The program is based on music by […]

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The Vulnerable Wolfgang Amadeus

The SFEMS-CJC series continues on Sunday, February 18, with Ensemble Bizarria looking at the complexities and vulnerabilities of one of our greatest and most beloved musical icons. Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin; Evan Hesketh, viola; and Alexa Haynes-Pilon, cello; with Eric J. Wang, reader, offer a different portrait of Mozart through his own words and music. Mozart’s […]

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Age of Indulgence

by Debra Nagy The SFEMS concert season continues the weekend of March 2 with three performances by Ohio-based Les Délices (Debra Nagy, baroque oboe; Julie Andrijeski and Adriane Post, violins; Emily Walhout, viola da gamba; and Mark Edwards, harpsichord), whose program will present some of the daring, experimental works from the French Rococo, works full […]

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From Madrigal to Opera: Music and Poetry in 16th-century Italy

The madrigal was to Monteverdi what the symphony was to Haydn and the string quartet was to Beethoven: a form of endless inventiveness and a crucible of experimentation. Inexorably bound to the vital tradition of Petrarchan lyric poetry, the madrigal was where Italian composers developed their craft and pushed the boundaries of music as an […]

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Kathy Cochran

Kathy Cochran, friend of the Bay Area early music community for more than three decades, passed away last Saturday, January 20, following a struggle with an aggressive cancer. Kathy was a generous supporter of SFEMS and attended many of our workshops over the years, as well as those of our affiliates. She was a dedicated […]

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

  What does early music mean to you? How do these artifacts of wood and brass channeling ancient voices speak to you in the here and now? Perhaps you had an epiphany hearing a familiar piece with a new clarity or transparency revealed through the instruments and performance practices of its composer’s time. Maybe you […]

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Peace in Our Time

The aftermath of war has complex and widely varied cultural reverberations, as people reckon with physical destruction and emotional loss, shock and exhaustion, as well as relief and the fervent hope for peace. The art which emerges in the ashes of war may express grief, joy, hope, or cynicism; a renewal or loss of faith; […]

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ABC at CJC

An English Country Garden of Music The SFEMS-CJC series resumes on Sunday, January 21, with the Alphabet Baroque Club, who will perform a charming concert of (mostly) British composers, with some commentary on British music and composers and their relation to the English country house of the 16th–18th centuries. Club members Judiyaba, treble viol and […]

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Annus Novus in Gaudio

by Karen R. Clark The SFEMS concert series resumes the weekend of January 5–7 with a warm welcome to the New Year. The “elegant, full-blooded” singing of Vajra Voices and zesty, vibrant harp and vielle playing of Shira Kammen join together with the recorder, psaltery, and magic of Kit Higginson to illuminate the mystery and […]

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Dance In the New Year

Whether you feel more inclined to balance on your toes or kick up your heels, the first two weekends of 2018 promise not one, but two, intriguing workshops on historical dance. On Sunday, January 7, Catherine Turocy, the nation’s foremost baroque dance expert and founder of New York Baroque Dance Company, will take participants “Bach […]

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