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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Meet Quicksilver

Upcoming on the SFEMS Series February 28, March 1, March 2: QUICKSILVER View the program Buy tickets Led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, Quicksilver brings together leading historically-informed performers in America today. Described as “drop dead gorgeous with a wonderful interplay of timbres” (Early Music America) and praised for “impeccable, soulful playing” (New […]

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Robert Cole Returns to BFX

Robert Cole returns to Berkeley Festival & Exhibition Jesse Hamlin Published 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Robert Cole: Early-music maven, formerly of Cal Performances, goes back to Berkeley festival he founded.   Robert Cole was into early classical music way before period instruments and Baroque ensembles began cropping up at American conservatories and colleges in the 1990s. […]

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SFCV Concert Previews Quicksilver

Early Music Rock Stars’ Make Their Debut Here By Janos Gereben San Francisco Early Music Society presents the West Coast debut of the acclaimed chamber group Quicksilver, called “rock stars within the early music-scene.” The Huffington Post named Quicksilver’s 2011 recording, Stile Moderno: New Music from the Seventeenth Century Breakthrough Album of the Year. During […]

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Magnificat Among The Most Memorable of 2013

December 25, 2013 The Memorable Concerts of 2013 Stephen Smoliar SF Classical Music Examiner I seem to have come to compiling my review of the year 2013 later than I did last year. This was not a problem of procrastination but of the fact that December turned out to be a very active month this […]

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