Workshop Events Open to the Public

This week’s SFEMS Baroque Workshop at Sonoma State University features several events open to the public. The real treat will be the Workshop Faculty Concert, “Water – Music’s Elixir,” taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, at Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University. Performers include Rita Lilly (soprano), Aaron Sheehan (tenor), […]

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The Other Acis – Black Box Baroque & Albany Consort

Most early music lovers are familiar with Handel’s English pastoral opera, Acis and Galatea. But have you heard the 1708 Italian serenata, Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo? Handel’s Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo features daring, experimental sound colors from early in Handel’s output, and extraordinary vocal writing for bass-baritone, pants-role soprano, and mezzo-soprano. This is your chance […]

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Memorial Concert for Lee McRae Being Planned

Lee McRae, who died on June 1, 2016, was a major contributor to early music in the Bay Area and across the US for five decades. A founding member of SFEMS, Lee also founded or co-founded our Music Discovery Workshop and the Singers’ Retreat. Her lifelong passion and life’s work was children’s education, which she […]

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Remembered Migrations: Medieval to Modern Song

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory concludes on Sunday, May 14, with a concert by Vajra Voices with medieval string specialist Shira Kammen and composer-cellist-vocalist, Theresa Wong. Their program, “Remembered Migrations: Medieval to Modern Song” features 12th-c. women composers, including Hildegard von Bingen and Marie de France, with related modern stories […]

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Stanford Singers to Honor Isaac’s Quincentenary

The Stanford Early Music Singers will present a concert in observance of the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Heinrich Isaac (ca. 1450–1517), on Wednesday evening, May 24, 7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Memorial Church. Admission is free. The performance will be directed by Prof. William Mahrt, whose doctoral dissertation was on works of […]

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Tish Berlin Offers Early Music Classes This Spring

Tish Berlin is offering two repertoire classes for recorder players from mid-May through mid-June. Class I, “The Purcell Connection” (for upper intermediate to advanced recorder players) will explore Italian and French influences on Purcell through his sonatas for three and four parts, suites by Dieupart, and trio sonatas by Corelli. Purcell’s sonatas, written in the 1690s, […]

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Mozart’s Grand Tour

John Prescott, Ph.D., will present another in his series of early music lecture courses in May—an entirely new series focusing on Mozart’s grand tour as a wunderkind, from 1763–66. The course runs Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 5, from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon, at St. Mary Magdalene (Norton Hall), 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. […]

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Que Dulce Violencia

Colombian Early Music Group Esfera Armoniosa to Make North American Debut One of early music’s great joys is the archeology it entails—the discovery and reconstrucion of lost musical worlds, and quite often bringing hidden treasures to light. Nowhere has this been more true over the past half century than in the rediscovery of the Latin […]

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Spring Into Motion

On Monday, May 8, contralto Karen R. Clark and cellist/gambist Elisabeth Reed present a special workshop, “Spring Into Motion: Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Moshe Feldenkrais (1904–1984).” This workshop offers an introduction the Feldenkrais Method® for musicians. In the workshop, Musician/Feldenkrais practitioners Clark and Reed offer lessons for musicians and an introduction to Awareness […]

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California Bach Society Showcases Charpentier

by Patricia Jennerjohn Artistic Director Paul Flight and the 30-voice California Bach Society present “A Charpentier Showcase” on April 21–23 in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Berkeley. We perform splendid choral works by Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier for six-part chorus, solo trio, with baroque flute and viola da gamba. Exceptionally prolific and versatile, Marc-Antoine Charpentier […]

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Big, Beautiful and French

The SFEMS 2016–17 concert season concludes the weekend of April 7–9 with a big, beautiful, baroque bouquet of music for large viol consort and continuo. This is a rarely performed corner of the gamba literature, and if you are a fan of these instruments’ lush sounds en masse, you won’t want to miss this concert. […]

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1517, Music from a Watershed Year

The SFEMS Medieval Renaissance Summer Workshop presents its 2017 Collegium on the quincentenary of one of more significant years in western cultural history. This special collegium, which supports the Summer Workshop, and in particular its scholarship programs, will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church […]

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Telemann and Friends

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues on Sunday, April 9, with Musica Pacifica (Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Farley Pearce, viola da gamba; Katherine Heater, harpischord) offering a tribute to Georg Philipp Telemann on this, the 250th anniversary of his death.  The program features works by Telemann and his […]

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Crossing Monteverdi’s Bridge of Sighs

Magical Radical Madrigals SFEMS’ second concert of 2017, coming up the weekend of February 17–19, celebrates the return of ARTEK, another great New York-based ensemble, and one we also have had the pleasure of seeing and hearing at the Berkeley Festival, back in 2010. Founded and directed by harpsichordist Gwendolyn Toth, ARTEK was an early […]

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Make a Joyful Noise!

Concerted Vocal Works from Italy & Germany at the Baroque Collegium Musicum The SFEMS Summer Baroque Worshop holds its winter collegium musicum next month, on Saturday, Feburary 25, at the Eden United Church of Christ, 21455 Birch Street in Hayward. Linda Pearse leads the collegium, which will explore the stylistic changes and compositional developments that […]

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Bach to Italy

The 2016–2017 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory continues on Sunday, February 19, with the return of Laudami, in a program of Italian and Italianate baroque music. Experience the wildly dazzling improvisational displays of baroque Italy, and see how they influenced the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Violinist Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo and harpsichordist Michael […]

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Game of Thrones

Music for Queens & Kings The San Francisco chapter of the ARS (SFRS) announces its (lucky) thirteenth annual workshop day for recorders of all sizes, “Game of Thrones—Music for Queens & Kings. The workshop, directed by Louise Carslake and Hanneke van Proosdij, will take place Saturday, February 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at […]

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