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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The Baillot Quartet

This season, the New Esterházy Quartet (Lisa Weiss and Kati Kyme, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) have been treating Bay Area audiences to delightful snapshots of string quartet performance history. So far, the programs they brought to life—the 1766 “Tuscan Quartet” in September and the 1784 “Party at Storace” in November—have been […]

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Master and Student

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a workshop entitled “Master and Student.” The workshop, directed by Rotem Gilbert, will explore the music of Franco-Flemish composers, illustrating the relationship between famous teachers and their equally famous students.  Music by Isaac, Senfl, Josquin, Gombert. Willaert and Gabrieli will be featured. Rotem Gilbert […]

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WAVE Appoints New Directors

BERKELEY—The Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE), a well-known member of the Bay Area early music scene, appointed new leaders this fall. Shira Kammen and Phoebe Jevtović Rosquist, who have often collaborated on early music ventures, now share the post of director. WAVE was founded by Cindy Beitmen in 1999. The 18-member women’s choir maintains a […]

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Sun of Justice

Early Music from Across the Mediterranean The world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana returns to Sacramento on Tuesday, December 19, with “A Byzantine Christmas,” a program featuring Byzantine Chants in Greek, Arabic, and English. The concert will be held in the superb acoustics of the city’s Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th Street. Cappella Romana […]

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Vienna, 1784: Quartet Party at Storace’s Place

  The weekend of November 17, New Esterházy Quartet (Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) will recreate a lively party in Vienna in 1784, when Mozart and Haydn played chamber music together with violin virtuoso Karl Ditters and composer Johann Vanhal at the house of their friend Stephen […]

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Mobley Featured in Second Cantata Collective Concert

On Sunday following Thanksgiving the Cantata Collective invite you to their second free concert of Bach cantatas at St Mary Magdalen Church in Berkeley. Featured will be countertenor Reginald Mobley singing Cantatas 54, Widerstehe doch der Sünde, and 170 Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust. Praised for his “crystalline diction and pure, evenly produced tone” by the […]

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