Jazzschool_logoThe California Jazz Conservatory (CJC), formerly the JAZZSCHOOL, and The San Francisco Early Music Society have established an exciting affiliation that delights both our audience and our local musicians. Early music lovers and jazz music lovers join together to celebrate the improvisational kinship of the two genres. CJC offers a casual and intimate environment where the audience can enjoy a light meal and sip a glass of wine or a cup of coffee while enjoying the concert. All concerts begin at 4:30 pm at the California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley. Tickets are $20 (general admission) and go on sale for each concert approximately one month in advance. Their box office can be reached at 510-845-5373 or www.cjc.edu/concerts.


January 21, 2018

ALPHABET BAROQUE CLUB—An English Country Garden

The Alphabet Baroque Club will perform a a charming concert of (mostly) British composers, including works by Tobias Hume, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Arne, and John Jenkins, with some commentary on British music and composers and their relation to the English country house of the 16th–18th centuries.

The Alphabet Baroque Club is a lighthearted group that plays seriously beautiful music. Now internationally acclaimed since their appearance at the 2015 Galway (Ireland) Early Music Festival, the ABC performs regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area. The ABC uses historically accurate instruments to explore the music of the baroque in its own sonority, and also happily re-orchestrates pieces to fit the ensemble. The ABC is based in Sonoma County.

ALPHABET BAROQUE CLUB: Maria Caswell, violin; Judiyaba, treble viol; Gwyneth Davis, viola da gamba; Phebe Craig, harpsichord

Sunday, January 21
4:30 PM
California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St., Berkeley
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October 15, 2017

Judith Linsenberg and Friends—Sprezzatura

Virtuosic Italian Sonatas of the 17th and 18th centuries, including works by Castello, Frescobaldi, Corelli, Vivaldi, and Sieber.

Judith Linsenberg, recorders; William Skeen, cello; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord


November 5, 2017

Magnolia Viols—17th and 18th century music for Viol Consort

Renaissance and baroque music for a consort of viols from throughout Europe, including compositions by Charpentier, Susato, Ward, Locke, Boismortier, Jenkins, and Salmone Rossi, heavenly and earthly.

MAGNOLIA VIOLS: Amy Brodo, treble and bass viol; Hallie Pridham, treble and bass viol; Farley Pearce, tenor and bass viol; Roy Whelden, bass viol.


January 21, 2018

The Alphabet Baroque Club—An English Country Garden

Composers active in England in the 17th and 18th centuries: Arne, Jenkins, Purcell, and Hume. The group has performed at the Galway Early Music Festival in Ireland, as well as at the Berkeley Fringe Festival, on a UC Davis faculty recital, and at various venues around the North Bay Area.

ALPHABET BAROQUE CLUB: Maria Caswell, violin; Judiyaba, treble viol; Gwyneth Davis, viola da gamba; Phebe Craig, harpsichord


February 18, 2018

Ensemble Bizarria—The vulnerable Wolfgang Amadeus

A different portrait of Mozart through his own words & music – Mozart’s six-movement Divertimento for String Trio in E-Flat Major was written in September 1788 and first performed in Dresden the following April on the composer’s mult-staged journey from Vienna to Berlin. A rare jewel of a piece that elevates the divertimento genre from pleasant cocktail party music to an exploration of the composer’s complexities, it demonstrates the extraordinary style and emotional depth found in the composer’s celebrated string quartets. With the more vulnerable and open texture of a single violin, viola and cello Mozart creates drama, richness and extreme intensity which mirrors the very real challenges which were unfolding in his life at the time.

ENSEMBLE BIZARRIA: Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin; Evan Hesketh, viola; Alexa Haynes-Pilon, cello; Eric J. Wang, reader

March 25, 2018

Flauti Diversi—Music in the Garden of Delight: Diverse Songs and Dances of the Middle Ages

Frances Feldon

Selected songs and dances of the 13th and 14th centuries, both monophonic and polyphonic, devotional and rowdy, from the cantigas and Llibre Vermell manuscripts, laude and estampies, as well as Arabic repertoire.

FLAUTI DIVERSI: Frances Feldon, recorders/medieval flute; Allison Zelles Lloyd, soprano/harp;
 Peter Maund, percussion;
 Sarah Michael, qanun; 
David Rogers, lute/baroque guitar/oud


April, 15, 2018

Les Violettes—Program TBD

Les Violettes in rehearsal

LES VIOLETTES: Corey Carleton, soprano; Colin Shipman, viol; Violet Grgich, harpsichord