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Burghers & Friars to Mix It Up at SFEMS Season Opener The growth of the San Francisco Early Music Society has been both an expression of and a contributor to America’s growing interest in early music. For the past four decades SFEMS has presented Bay Area audiences the finest examples of what medieval, Renaissance, and […]

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SFEMS Affiliates Help Define Bay Area Early Music Offerings

A look at this week’s Calendar of Early Music shows the central role SFEMS Affiliates play in the Bay Area’s early music scene. The Affiliate Program offers assistance to local and regional organizations that share the Society’s commitment to music for educational purposes, artistic excellence, a historically informed approach, and operation on a not-for-profit basis. […]

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Benefit Concert for First Church Tuesday Evening

As many of our readers know, Berkeley’s First Congregational Church suffered a major fire on the morning of September 30. Pilgrim Hall, site of the church’s offices and assembly rooms, was severely damaged. The sanctuary was less affected but suffered some damage from water and debris and is currently unusable. The congregation will be displaced […]

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SFEMS Annual Membership Meeting

The San Francisco Early Music Society held its annual membership meeting at Berkeley’s Musical Offering café and record store this past Wednesday evening, October 5. Over two dozen were in attendance, including the largest number of community (non-board) members in recent memory. Following some pleasant socializing, lubricated with excellent wines and other refreshments donated by […]

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SFEMS Annual Meeting Scheduled for October 5

SFEMS will hold its Annual Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, October 5, from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m., at The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. All SFEMS members are cordially invited to attend. Last year’s 40th anniversary season and the 14th biennial Berkeley Festival are achievements worthy of celebration. So come, celebrate, and help shape […]

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Shakespeare, Purcell, and Love

Renowned actor Derek Jacobi stars with actor/director Richard Clifford and the acclaimed early musicians of Washington DC’s Folger Consort in the world premiere performances of Measure + Dido, celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s legacy. Presented by NapaShakes and Folger Shakespeare Library, this extraordinary production combines dramatic readings of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure […]

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Make Music with MPRO

The Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will hold its first meeting of the 2016–17 season from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at Trinity Church, Angus Hall, 330 Ravenswood Ave (corner of Laurel) Menlo Park. All those who play recorder, early winds or early strings are invited to attend and asked to bring their instruments. […]

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Mics Still Open at Hillside

Early Music Open Mic Night continues in the East Bay. This event is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito. This is your opportunity to perform early music in a friendly cabaret style setting. Your ensemble and you have […]

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Second Sundays Series at SF Swedenborgian

The Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco now hosts a music concert series as unique as its historic setting. Titled “Second Sundays” the monthly series presents six diverse one-hour concerts that bring to life classical and traditional music from the Middle Ages through the baroque and Classical eras, with modern interpretations, and some inspired original works. […]

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CalBach Passion Preview Workshop August 20

The California Bach Society is very pleased to offer its eleventh Summer Choral Workshop, “St. Matthew Passion Preview.”  It will be held on August 20, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., in Palo Alto. Paul Flight will discuss and rehearse choruses and chorales of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Scores will be provided for all music, and electronic copies […]

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Leipzig Cantata Project

Snacks but No Sermon The Leipzig Cantata Project aims to build new audiences for Bach cantata performances by presenting full Bach cantatas with full period instrument orchestra with wine, snacks, and an engaging guest speaker who can give historical/liturgical/spiritual context to bring this text alive for anyone, regardless of religious beliefs. We believe that building […]

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Voices of Chamber Music from the Valley of the Moon

Nation’s First Festival Devoted to Classical and Romantic Music on Period Instruments SONOMA, CA, April 14, 2016 — Celebrated vocalists Nikki Einfeld and Kyle Stegall headline this summer’s Valley of the Moon Music Festival in concerts of Schubert and Schumann, Mozart, Rossini and more. Now in its second year, the Valley of the Moon Music […]

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Recorder Faculty

Rotem Gilbert, Workshop Co-Director, Recorder Hanneke van Proosdij, Workshop Co-Director, Recorder Miyo Aoki, Recorder Matthias Maute, Recorder Mark Davenport, Recorder Derek Tam, Recorder Vicki Boeckman, Recorder Inga Funck, Recorder Rotem Gilbert, Workshop Co-Director, weeks I and II Recorder player Rotem Gilbert is a native of Haifa, Israel and a founding member of Ciaramella, an ensemble […]

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Lee McRae (1923–2016)

Helping Others Discover Early Music The death of Lee McRae on June 1, a few weeks before her 93rd birthday, adds a bittersweet touch to the San Francisco Early Music Society’s 40th anniversary and to this year’s Berkeley Festival, just two of the many institutions to which she contributed, but it also gives us a […]

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From Bohemia’s Fields and Groves

by Anthony Martin The New Esterházy Quartet is one of SFEMS’ most distinguished Affiliate groups. Recently voted “Best Chamber Music Performers” by San Francisco Classical Voice, the quartet is increasingly recognized as one of the world’s top period-instrument string quartets. Founded to present historically-informed interpretations of Joseph Haydn’s path-breaking music (he essentially invented the string […]

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The Amazons in the Fortunate Isles—Gender Bending in Venice

A Conversation with Ars Minerva’s Céline Ricci The Bay Area’s fecundity as a center for early music is attested by the number, variety, and scope of the innovative projects our community members undertake. One of the most exciting and ambitious in recent years has been Ars Minerva, brainchild of mezzo-soprano Céline Ricci, whose goal is […]

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MPRO Spring Concert—Wolkenstein to Sousa

On Saturday, May 7, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a concert at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1106 Alameda de las Pulgas in San Carlos at 2:00 p.m. The program will feature the canzona La Spiritata by Giovanni Gabrieli, a movement from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 4, The Liberty Bell March by John Philip Sousa, a […]

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Marin Headlands Workshop May 13–15

The Marin Headlands Workshop is coming up soon. This year’s session runs from Friday through Sunday, May 13–15. In many ways the Bay Area’s premier workshop, this much anticipated event was founded many years ago by the Marin Recorder Society (no longer in existence) and now is sponsored each year by the East Bay Chapter […]

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À Basso Solo

The 2015–2016 collaboration between SFEMS and the California Jazz Conservatory concludes this Sunday, April 17, with a performance by the Laudami Ensemble (Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin; Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cello; Ben Kazez, baritone; Michael Peterson, harpsichord). Entitled L“À Basso Solo,” Laudami’s program will spotlight music for the bass voice, both vocal and instrumental. Laudami promises an exciting […]

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Forty Steps to Parnassus

Early Days of Early Music by the Bay In a perceptive, two-part article in San Francisco Classical Voice (April 2, April 23, 2002) Michelle Dulak discussed what she called the Bay Area’s early music “ecology,” noting that our region had achieved a critical mass which not only made possible performances of a wide range of […]

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