Affiliates

The Albany Consort

jonathanThe Albany Consort started performing in 1974 in London, at Christ Church, Albany Street. The group’s repertoire spans the period 1550 – 1750, with occasional forays into earlier and later centuries. Most performances use period instruments. Husband and wife team Jonathan Salzedo and Marion Rubinstein organize and direct the ensemble. The Albany Consort was based in London until 1981, when Jonathan left England, and is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Website: http://www.albanyconsort.com Email: consort@albanyconsort.com: Phone: 408-480-0182

 

Alice’s Renaissance String Band

Alice’s Renaissance String Band was formed five years ago by a small group of early music enthusiasts who had met each other at SFEMS events over the years. Meeting regularly in each other’s homes, the members worked very hard to improve their ensemble skills, technique and musicality. Alice has performed for friends in house concerts, for church services and for hospital inpatients. In the last two years, Alice has expanded the group from time to time to include one or more professional musicians and singers and has presented public concerts at local venues. Most exciting, Alice has produced fully staged productions of two of Purcell’s operas, “The Fairy Queen” and “Dido And Aeneas,” and is planning a third for April 2009, Purcell’s “King Arthur.”

 

Alta Sonora

Alta Sonora is a Renaissance wind band, playing shawm, slide trumpet, cornetto, sackbut, dulcian and recorder.  The group formed in 2001 and specializes in the alta capella repertory of the 15th century, with forays into 14th and 16th century music as well.  Besides presenting concerts and accompanying vocal ensembles, the group presents educational programs for adults and a program aimed at middle school classes, with demonstrations and explanations of both the music and a  variety of wind instruments.
Contact:  Peggy Murray, 510-233-0868, peggy-murray@sbcglobal.net

 

American Recorder Society–San Francisco Chapter

The San Francisco Recorder Society holds monthly playing sessions that are led by a variety of local recorder teachers and qualified chapter members. The sessions introduce the members to a variety of pieces from the recorder repertoire, usually addressing the historical context of each piece and a “historically informed” approach to playing it. Recorder players at all levels are welcome to play at our monthly meetings, which are held on the third Wednesday of each month, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Christ Church Lutheran 1090 Quintara Street (at 20th Avenue), in San Francisco. A $10 playing fee per session may be applied to the $40 annual fee for chapter membership.
Contact Greta Haug-Hryciw, president, e-mail: gr8asf@yahoo.com; Website: arssanfrancisco.org

 

Archetti Baroque String Ensemble

2L_archetti_instruments_72Archetti Baroque String Ensemble was founded in 2010 by violinist Carla Moore and viola da gambist John Dornenburg to perform the rich chamber concerto repertory of the Baroque era. The collective experience and artistry of Archetti’s members creates distinctive, dynamic and historically-informed interpretations without a conductor. The ensemble’s eight-member size is perfectly matched to the eight printed part-books of string concertos by composers such as Vivaldi, Corelli, and Handel, and is also small enough for the intimacy of Bach’s harpsichord concertos. The ensemble’s name means “little bows” in Italian and alludes to the dominance of bowed stringed instruments in the Italian Baroque concerto repertory. Archetti is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they have been praised for their “dazzling clarity” (San Francisco Examiner Online) and “beautiful ensemble playing” (Early Music America).
For information: carlamoore@berkeley.edu

 

Barefoot Chamber Concerts

 

Bay Area Baroque Orchestra

 

Berkeley Baroque Orchestra

Berkeley Baroque Strings, created in the fall of 2013, is a chamber orchestra of enthusiastic amateur string players. Led by violinist/conductor Kati Kyme, the group rehearses nearly every week and performs concerts three times a season.
For details, please contact Judy Clarence at Judy.Clare@comcast.net

 

Berkeley Festival Friends

 

East Bay Recorder Society

The East Bay Recorder Society (EBRS) is an association of recorder enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recorder players from low intermediate to advanced levels are invited to join to play music together and to learn more about the recorder. Membership activities include the following:

—Monthly playing meetings September through June featuring a professional conductor, usually held the first Friday  of the month
—The opportunity to receive the music for practice ahead of time
—Monthly newsletter September through June
—At least two workshops a year, including a weekend in May at the Marin Headlands, featuring large-group, special-interest and low-intermediate sessions with 10 conductors. Viols and soft double reeds also welcome.
—Recitals — Opportunities to perform before a supportive audience of chapter members
—Members’ directory
—Social events, including Twelfth Night Party and Summer Picnic

Most chapter meetings are held at Zion Lutheran Church, 5201 Park Blvd. in Oakland, 7:30 – 10:00 pm on the first Friday of the month.
Contact Susan Jaffe, President: e-mail: thesmurph9@aol.com.

 

The Euphora Project

Amy White & Dominic Schaner (duo euphora).eventdetailThe Euphora Project has made its goal not only to present historically informed concerts, but also to inhabit the spirit of this ancient music. Using historical interpretation and ornamentation from both printed and manuscript sources, The Euphora Project performs Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. The group also performs new music written for the ensemble in a style similar to the compositional practices of the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. Dominic Schaner (lute & theorbo) directs The Euphora Project.

Formed in the spring of 2010, The Euphora Project made its debut at the Berkeley Early Music Festival with following performances at the Early Music Vancouver Summer Festival. During the 2010-2011 concert season, The Euphora Project toured southern California to critical acclaim with a concert at the San Diego Museum of Art in the historic Balboa Park presented by the San Diego Early Music Society. The Euphora Project continues to delight audiences with imaginative programs and breathtaking performances.

The Euphora Project encompasses multiple incarnations: a duo featuring Amy White (voice) and Dominic Schaner (lute & theorbo), and a period instrument ensemble.

For information, contact: Dominic Schaner, 707-874-2640, dominic.schaner@gmail.com.

 

Farallon Recorder Quartet

farallon_portrait_01The Farallon Recorder Quartet—Annette Bauer, Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Louise Carslake—has been exploring the repertoire for four recorders since 1996, reveling in the rich masterpieces of the middle ages, Renaissance and baroque periods as well as charting new territory with arrangements and original compositions from the present age. The quartet has recorded motets, lieder and instrumental music of Ludwig Senfl, one of the geniuses of the German Renaissance.  Their second CD encompasses English music from the 14th century  to Purcell fantasias. Both CDs can be ordered  as hard copy or digital downloads from http://farallonrecorderquartet.com/. The Farallon Recorder Quartet plays on a variety of instruments, including a matched set of renaissance recorders made by Adriana Breukink and modeled after a set in the Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Contact: Letitia Berlin, 510-559-4670, tishberlin@sbcglobal.net

 

Flauti Diversi

flauti_diversi2Flauti Diversi was founded in 1992 by Frances Feldon at the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Recorder Workshop with the mission of presenting a variety of early  chamber music for historical woodwinds. It has since received an enthusiastic reception at its performances, including those at the SFEMS Recorder Workshop, MusicSources, Marin Early Music Festival, in conjunction with the Berkeley Early Music Festival, Davis Community Church, St John’s Lutheran Church (Sacramento), Kensington Unitarian Church, Music at Old St Mary’s, Music at St Alban’s, Trinity Chamber Concerts and the former Hausmusik concert series. From 1992 until 2002, Flauti performed baroque solo sonatas, duos, trios and quartets, recreating the virtuosity and subtlety of 17th- and 18th-century European music. From 2002 to 2007, under music director   Frances Feldon, Flauti Diversi produced its own concert series “Baroque and Beyond,” and its musical mission expanded to include contemporary works.

Flauti has been an affiliate of SFEMS from 2005. The ensemble HAS INCLUDED a variety of performers and instruments appropriate to the program repertoire, be it Renaissance, Baroque, contemporary or popular, which allows Flauti to incorporate a novel panoply of sounds and colors on a wide variety of baroque woodwinds and other historical instruments. In addition to the more usual recorder and baroque flute, its members have performed on less common instruments such as chalumeau, baroque clarinet and bassoon, supported by a continuo of harpsichord and viola da gamba OR CELLO. Performers have included many Bay Area professionals.

Flauti Diversi, with core members Frances Feldon, David Morris, and Katherine Heater, recently made its first recording, a program of Boismortier’s complete Op 37, a collection of elegant trio sonatas for baroque flute, viola da gamba and chamber organ by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.
Contact: Frances Feldon (510)527-9029 or franfel@aol.com; Website: FlautiDiversitackk.com/lgz9d6, FrancesFeldontacck.com/rm4469

 

Galax Quartet

GalaxThe Galax Quartet (David Wilson & Elizabeth Blumenstock, violins; Roy Whelden, viola da gamba; David Morris, cello) is modeled after an early and short-lived variant of the string quartet — two violins, cello and viola da gamba — developed by the eighteenth century composer and viola da gamba virtuoso, Carl Friedrich Abel. Founded in Berkeley in 2005, the Galax Quartet has commissioned new music, explored early classical works, and performed these in unexpected collaborations.

Galax has performed, often in premieres, new quartets by Marc Mellits, Carl Stone, W.A. Mathieu and others. They have played Bach’s complete Art of the Fugue interwoven with images from the furthest regions of space taken by the Hubble Telescope, and performed with computer-generated images of virtual worlds created by mathematician and sci-fi writer Rudy Rucker. They have recorded film music written by Belinda Reynolds for PBS (The New Metropolis). With the contralto Karen Clark, the Galax Quartet has commissioned and helped create a large body of song cycles, working with some of the world’s best composers and poets.

The quartet seeks out educational opportunities to work with students and young people in residency situations, and with the general public in open rehearsals of exciting and challenging music.

Director Roy Whelden, 468 62nd Street, Oakland CA 94609. Telephone: 510-601-1370. Website: www.galaxquartet.org; Email: roywhelden@gmail.com

 

Hallifax & Jeffrey

Hallifax-and-Jeffrey-FreewayPeter Hallifax and Julie Jeffrey are viol players who first came together to play the music of the French high baroque tradition, specifically the music of Forqueray, Marais, Dollé and Couperin.  Following the success of their first and second seasons, including concerts on the SFEMS series with guest artist Jakob Lindberg, and playing the complete works of Forqueray at the Berkeley Festivals in 2006 and 2008, as well as touring, they have expanded their repertoire to include English 17th century music.

For information: pjhallifax@earthlink.net

The Handel Opera Project

Handel colorThe mission of The Handel Opera Project is to present the works of G.F. Handel and his contemporaries, thoughtfully edited and reduced in length to bring the works of these composers into an easily accessible format for those interested in early opera and opera of the Baroque period.  Performances take place at the historic Christian Science Organization building at 2601 Durant Avenue, in Berkeley, CA.  The building was designed by Bernard Maybeck’s student Henry H. Gutterson. Performances are generally semi-staged in concert format.  On occasion a work is presented staged.
Please visit http://thehandeloperaproject.webs.com/ for more information or email William Ludtke  at handeloperaproject@gmail.com.

 

Junior Recorder Society

Junior Recorder SocietyThe local chapter of the Junior Recorder Society was founded in the fall of 1997 to provide opportunities for young recorder players to play music together. Teachers Louise Carslake, Hanneke van Proosdij and Letitia Berlin felt it important for children to discover the fun of playing recorders together outside of their private lessons or school classes. Partially supported by the East Bay Recorder Society and SFEMS, our chapter is also a member of the national Junior Recorder Society, which connects young recorder players throughout the U.S. Our monthly meetings are open to all children who have a basic ability on the recorder. We play a wide variety of music from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, and sometimes we experiment with improvisation. Many of our players can play more than one size of recorder, and thanks to the generosity of many SFEMS members we are able to lend instruments to children who do not yet have their own. Performances in 1998 included enthusiastically received recitals for the ARS East Bay Chapter in March, and at the American Recorder Society’s reception at the Berkeley Early Music Festival in June. Enrollment has grown steadily, and we are greatly encouraged by the number of recorder players who have joined us recently.

Contact: Louise Carslake, 3931 Linwood Ave., Oakland, CA 94602. Telephone: 510-530-3202.

 

Laudami Ensemble

The Laudami Ensemble consists of young musicians David Ross on flute, violinist Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, and harpsichordist Michael Peterson. As period instrument specialists, they are dedicated to giving lively interpretations of music from the Baroque era.  The performers are currently finishing their studies at the Juilliard School and at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
Email: laudamiensemble@gmail.com; Website: www.michaelpeterson.org; Phone: 650-380-3996

 

Les Violettes

 

Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra

MPRO-745951The Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra (MPRO), formed in 1962, is open for membership to those who play recorder, early winds or early strings. The orchestra meets during the fall, winter and spring from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on alternate Wednesdays at the J.L. Stanford Middle School, 480 E. Meadow, Palo Alto. The orchestra presents two or more concerts annually. Additional performing opportunities are offered to those who take part in the MPRO Ensemble, which presents three or more programs a year at schools, community centers, retirement facilities and special events. MPRO membership also includes the services of the orchestra’s consort coordinator, who assists those wishing to join or form small ensembles. MPRO has performed on public television stations KQED and KCSM, as well as at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Mission San Jose, and the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. MPRO also sponsors two workshops annually, which are directed by well-known recorder artists. Contact: President Dana Wagner at 115 Arrowood Lane, San Mateo, CA 94403; Telephone  650-312-6341. E-mail toprommin@yahoo.com, or contact Grace Butler at 650-493-1965.

 

Mostly Motets

MostlyMotetsOutsideMostly Motets is a small ensemble that sings sacred music primarily from the Renaissance and earlier. The group sings a cappella works by popular High Renaissance composers (Tallis, Byrd, Victoria, Palestrina, etc.) as well as less-often performed earlier music (Dufay, Desprez, Fry, Ockeghem, chant, Middle English songs, etc.). While the ensemble’s roots can be traced back to informal sessions starting in Santa Rosa in 1998, regularly scheduled rehearsals began in January of 2004. The group presently rehearses and performs in the San Francisco Bay Area, primarily in Berkeley, San Francisco, and on the Peninsula. Rehearsals are usually twice a month on Sunday afternoons. Anyone who might be interested in singing with the ensemble is welcome to visit www.MostlyMotets.com and contact the director, Steve Moore, at (707) 575-7400.

 

Music of the Spheres

Music of the SpheresMusic of the Spheres, formed in 2000, is an early music group based in San Francisco and Atlanta, consisting of Baroque violinist Jeanne Johnson, Baroque cellist Joanna Blendulf, and harpsichordist Yuko Tanaka. Music of the Spheres was a main event at the 2002 Bloomington and Berkeley Early Music Festivals and has been featured on several broadcasts of “Harmonia” and “Performance Today.” Highlights of 2005 included a performance on the San Francisco Early Music Society series, featuring a world premiere, and a recording for Magnatune. The year 2006 includes an appearance at the Tage Alter Musik Festival in Regensburg, Germany. Music of the Spheres believes that music exists to captivate the imagination, stir memories, and evoke intensely personal emotions in both listener and performer alike, and we desire to bring a wider audience to classical music through performances that focus on these aspects. We are available for concerts, series, festivals, recordings and advanced master classes. Our CDs are available through www.magnatune.com, or at http://www.jeannespheres.com/.

 

Music’s Re-creation

John DornenbergSince its founding in 1979 Music’s Re-creation has performed to high acclaim in both Europe and America, including appearances at the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in London, York Early Music Festival (U.K.), Kilkenny Festival (Ireland), the Music in Old Krakow Festival (Poland), Carmel Bach Festival, and the Berkeley Festivals. They have made eight CD recordings for the Centaur and Meridian labels that feature music by C.P.E. Bach, Jenkins, Marais, Telemann, Lawes, Clérambault, and Rameau. Well known for their performances of trios, quartets, and chamber cantatas from the baroque era, the group has also expanded in size to perform such large-scale works as Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, famous operatic arias by Handel, and concerti by J.S. Bach. Over the years Music’s Re-creation has collaborated in concert with a long list of distinguished guest artists which includes Jaap Schröder, Stanley Ritchie, Andrew Parrott, Nicholas McGegan, Nancy Argenta, James Bowman, Judith Nelson, Derek Lee Ragin, Jennifer Lane, and Julianne Baird. Music’s Re-creation has held artistic residencies with the University of Washington in Seattle and the Renaissance and Baroque Society of Pittsburgh. Members are Louise Carslake, baroque flute, Carla Moore, baroque violin, John Dornenburg, viola da gamba, and Lorna Peters, harpsichord. (Music’s Re-creation, c/o John Dornenburg, Telephone/Fax: 510-530-3202; e-mail: jdrnbrg@saclink.csus.edu.

 

Musica Pacifica

Musicia PacificaLed by artistic directors Judith Linsenberg and Elizabeth Blumenstock, Musica Pacifica has been performing, touring, and recording since 1990. Mining a rich vein of Baroque literature for mixed wind/string ensemble, the group performs the spirited chamber concerti of Vivaldi and Telemann, colorful dance suites from the courts and opera houses of France, and the more intimate solo, duo, and trio sonatas from European countries as diverse as Scotland, Poland, Spain, and England. Musica Pacifica has been described by the press as “some of the finest baroque musicians in America” (American Record Guide) and “among the best in the world” (Alte Musik Aktuell). They have appeared on prestigious chamber and early music concert series throughout the US and Europe, have twice been a featured ensemble at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and have been heard on German National radio as well as on National Public Radio¹s Performance Today and Harmonia. Musica Pacifica¹s six CD releases on the Virgin/Veritas and Dorian labels have received international acclaim, including the highest ratings in several CD magazines, each one being chosen as “CD of the Month” by the early music journal Toccata-Alte Musik Aktuell (Regensburg), and two major awards, including Chamber Music America and WQXR’s 2003 Record Award honoring the best chamber music recordings of the year. (Musica Pacifica, c/o Judith Linsenberg, 833 Walker Ave., Apt. A, Oakland, CA 94610. Telephone/fax: 510-444-4113; e-mail: info@musicapacifica.org.

 

New Esterházy Quartet

NEQ1The New Esterházy Quartet (Kati Kyme, Lisa Weiss, Anthony Martin, William Skeen) is the first period instrument quartet in North America to present the entire Haydn Cycle on original instruments. Created in 2006, the group has now expanded its scope to include Students of Haydn (such as Beethoven), quartets dedicated to Haydn ( such as Mozart’s) and many other Haydn -related genres. The quartet perform its series of concerts in Berkeley, San Francisco and Palo Alto with additional appearances in New York, Ithaca, Los Angeles, Tucson, Menlo Park, and Carmel.
For more information, please consult NewEsterhazy.org http://NewEsterhazy.org.

 

Opera non Troppo

 

Passamezzo Moderno

passamezzo_3Passamezzo Moderno, founded in 2005, is a period ensemble that performs the music of three centuries, from 1530 to 1830, and specializes in the virtuoso instrumental music of the 17th century. Its members are David Granger, dulcian and bassoon, Andrew Fouts, violin and viola, Jonathan Davis, harpsichord and organ, and Edwin Huizinga, violin. Passamezzo Moderno is an early music ensemble committed to providing their audiences the highest caliber performances on period instruments in historically authentic style. We also are committed to broadening the knowledge and appeal of early music by combining brief lectures within the concerts and through educational outreach. Passamezzo Moderno’s first CD, “From Venice to Vienna in the 17th Century,” was released in August, 2008.

 

John Prescott

John_Prescott02JOHN PRESCOTT received his BA Magna cum Laude in Music from Carlton College (MN) and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and his MA in Music from UC Berkeley. He has been the recipient of a number of academic honors including the British Marshall Scholarship for two years study at St. John’s College, Cambridge England. He also studied at Oxford University’s Worcester College.

He has written extensively on the music of G F Handel and is completing his Doctoral Thesis on John Stanley, the 18th century, blind organist, conductor, violinist and impresario. He has taught music courses at UC Berkeley and Music Theory at The Crowden School (Berkeley, CA), and was the musicologist for the San Francisco Elderhostel Arts and Humanities Program and is currently the resident pre-concert lecturer for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (SF, CA).
To contact John, email john.prescott@sbcglobal.net, phone: 415.441.3695. 601 Van Ness Avenue, #523, San Francisco, CA 94102.

 

Sacramento Recorder Society

SRS winter party 2012The Sacramento Recorder Society is a chapter of the American Recorder Society. Our meetings are from 6:45 to 10:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each mon th, September-June, at the Friends Meeting House, 890 57th Street (between H and J Streets) in Sacramento. Our members range from low-intermediate to advanced players, all with a love of early music. Players of other early music instruments are also welcome. Our monthly meetings are directed by professional early music specialists. We encourage members to form small consorts or study groups, which meet in members’ homes, and we offer opportunities for those groups to perform. Our monthly newsletter and our website keep members informed of early music workshops and concerts throughout Northern California.

 Sacramento Recorder Society, c/o Mark Schiffer, 9612 Graphite Ct, Elk Grove, CA 95624. Telephone: 916-685-7684, e-mail: marschif@gmail.com, website: http://www.sacredorders.org
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 San Francisco Pro Musica Antiqua

UntitledFounded in 2014, SFPMA is focused on, but not limited to, performance of the Western musical tradition from the time of Alfonso the Wise to the death of John Dowland. Drawing on professional and semi professional Bay Area musicians, we look forward to presenting Bay Area audiences with interesting, scintillating and informative musical experiences through a variety of repertories, instrumental ensembles, and vocalists. Our debut concert, The Petrucci Project, exploring works from the first commercial printed music books of Ottaviano Petrucci, will present at this year’s Fringe Festival at the Church of the Madeleine in Berkeley. Come hear us!

Contact:  Michael O’Rourke
info@sfpma1 or PetrucciProgect@gmail.com; sfpma1.org (under construction)

Sex Chordae Consort of Viols

Sex Chordae Consort of Viols was founded by gambist John Dornenburg for the purpose of performing and recording the rich body of music for viol consort of the 16th and 17th centuries. The Consort has performed widely in California with presenters including the Berkeley Early Music Festival, San Francisco Early Music Society, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Gualala Arts, and Magnificat. In 1999 they made their European debut at the Tage Alter Musik Festival in Regensburg, Germany. The Consort currently has three highly praised CD recordings released on the Centaur label. For concert booking information, email the Sex Chordae Consort at jdrnbrg@saclink.csus.edu.

 

Singers’ Retreat

>mahrt_conductsThe Singers’ Retreat brings together Bay Area singers for two weekends each year. Normally directed by Stanford Professor William Mahrt, the retreats are held in San Anselmo’s San Francisco Theological Seminary. Past workshops have explored sacred polyphony by Renaissance composers from Josquin to Monteverdi. Intense singing sessions are balanced with short lectures on the music and its historical contexts. A public performance concludes each workshop. Singers’ Retreats are open to all singers with good sight-singing skills. Fees are nominal, some meals are provided, and overnight accommodations can be arranged.

Contact: Lee McRae, 2130 Carleton St., Berkeley, CA 94704. Telephone: 510-848-5591; email: LMcR@aol.com.

 

South Bay Recorder Society

The South Bay Recorder Society, a chapter of the American Recorder Society, provides opportunities for members and others to play recorders and socialize. The SBRS meets 7:30-10:00 PM on the second Friday of the month at the First Congregational Church of San Jose, 1980 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, located at the corner of Hamilton Ave. and Leigh Ave.

Contact: President Liz Brownell at 899 E. Charleston Rd. Apt K406, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Telephone  650-223-7139 or e-mail zilbrown@aol.com.

 

Tibia Recorder Duo

Tibia Recorder Duo.The Tibia Recorder Duo, Frances Blaker and Letitia Berlin, is in residence at the Hidden Valley Institute of the Arts (www.hvms.org) in Carmel Valley every November for workshops and concerts. As Tibia Adventures in Music, the duo travels the world with colleagues and students, exploring the music of each country through workshops and concerts.
Visit www.tibiaduo.com for upcoming events.

Contact: Letitia Berlin, 510-559-4670, tishberlin@sbcglobal.net

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Viola da Gamba Society–Pacifica chapter

VdGS-Pacifica, the Bay Area chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society, supports local amateur gambists by providing professional consort coaching sessions (to which established consorts, as well as individuals wishing to be placed in consorts according to skill level, are welcome), beginning-instrument rentals and a monthly newsletter, as well as by organizing statewide meets and facilitating contacts with local viol teachers. The chapter meets monthly from Autumn through Spring, normally at Zion Lutheran Church, 5201 Park Boulevard, Piedmont.

Contact: Dalton Cantey, 188 Brook Knoll Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060. Telephone: 831-420-1618; email: dcantey@att.net.

 

Wildcat Viols

Wildcat ViolsWildcat Viols was formed in 2003, bringing together three of the San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite early string specialists, Joanna Blendulf, Julie Jeffrey and Elisabeth Reed.

Praised for their musical rapport and the shared enjoyment that radiates from their performances, they have been hailed as “refreshing”, “sensuous”, “gutsy”, “incredible artists” and a “breathtaking ensemble.” Early Music America magazine called their debut concert at the 2004 Berkeley Early Music Festival a “wonderful offering… beautifully played.”

In 2010 Wildcat Viols, at the invitation of Artistic Director George Benjamin, performed the complete 3- and 4-part Fantazias of Henry Purcell at the Ojai Music Festival, receiving lavish audience and critical praise:

“Articulated fluently… with impeccable intonation”  (The Classical Review);

“The expert period instrument group produces a focused ensemble sound…and delivered the music in all its intricately designed, soothing glory”  (Santa Barbara News Press); and

Spellbinding…fantastic.”  (WQXR, the Classical Music Station of NYC).