- This June, renowned artists from Europe, Canada, the East Coast, and our own great community converge on Berkeley to perform and join their talents in entirely new and exciting ways. The Festival is eight days filled with concerts, lectures, masterclasses, meetings, exhibits, films, and festivities.Make your reservations now for the best seats, and take advantage of multi-concert and membership discounts. And be sure to visit the Berkeley Festival website, where you can read detailed, and continually updated information about this June’s programs and artists as well as order tickets now for all main stage events.
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2015-2016 Concert Season
—Masters of Early Music—
For the past four decades, SFEMS has shown the Bay Area the best of what early music can be. Anonymous 4, Benjamin Bagby, Frans Brüggen, Concerto Palatino, Fretwork, Laurette Goldberg, Hilliard Ensemble, John Holloway, Emma Kirkby & Anthony Rooley, Wieland Kuijken, Gustav Leonhardt, PAN, Joshua Rifkin, Jordi Savall, and Max Van Egmond are among hundreds of artists we have presented, many in regional or even national debuts. The tradition continues this season—masters of the art from around the US and abroad bring to life music of the masters, from Dufay to Monteverdi to Bach.
October 23/24/25, 2015
—ARCHETTI with DEBRA NAGY, OBOE—
Bach and Handel: Concerti for Oboe and Strings
Carla Moore & John Dornenburg, Co-directors
Carla Moore, Jolie Einem, David Wilson, and Alicia Yang, violin; Kati Kyme, viola; Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cello; John Dornenburg, violone; Davitt Moroney, harpsichord; with Debra Nagy, oboe
November 20/21/22, 2015
The Food of Love: Songs, Dances, and Fancies for Shakespeare
Mary Anne Ballard, viols; Mark Cudek, cittern & bass viol; Larry Lipkis, bass viol, recorder, krummhorn & gemshorn; Ronn McFarlane, lute; Mindy Rosenfeld, flutes, fifes, bagpipes & krummhorn; Danielle Svonavec, soprano
December 11/12/13, 2015
—MAGNIFICAT, Warren Stewart, Director—
J.S. Bach: Mass for Advent
January 29/30/31, 2016
The (Very) First Viennese School
Robert Mealy & Julie Andrijeski, Co-directors
Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, violin; Greg Ingles, trombone; Dominic Teresi, dulcian; David Morris, viola da gamba; Avi Stein, harpsichord & organ; Charles Weaver, theorbo & baroque guitar
February 19/20/21, 2016
Salsa Baroque: Music of Latin America and Spain
Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, recorder & traverso; David Jacques, baroque guitar; Susie Napper, cello;
Ziya Tabassian, percussion
March 11/12/13, 2016
Rebels and Rivalries
Alexa Raine-Wright, traverso & recorder; Sallynee Amawat, violin; Camille Paquette-Roy, cello; Rona Nadler, harpsichord