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.


November 18, 2018

Trio Ignacio—Boccherini Meets Zappa


Boccherini in the mid-1760s

The series continues on November 18 with Trio Ignacio (Katherine Heater, harpsichord: Anthony Martin, violin & viola; David Morris, violoncello) performing “Boccherini Meets Zappa.” Listen to solos, duos, and trios composed by a pair of 18th-century Italian cellist-composers, Luigi Boccherini and Francesco Zappa.

Though born in Italy (Boccherini in Lucca, Zappa most likely in Milan), the two spent much of their respective carriers abroad, Zappa in the Netherlands, Boccherini in Spain.

Boccherini (1743–1805) needs little introduction to modern audiences, having been one of the more famous and prolific composers and performers of his day. His music fuses the galant and Classical styles with elements of Spanish popular music.

Zappa (1717–1803) is less familiar, although he was highly regarded during his lifetime, both for his virtuoso cello playing and his compositions, which were published and distributed across the Continent. He made substantial contributions to the quality, vibrancy and international outlook of The Hague’s 18th-century music scene as a performer, composer, concert organiser and teacher.

Trio Ignacio members have well-established reputations in the Bay Area early music scene. They have played together for years, often embedded in bigger bands, sometimes in pairs. Working together they happily explore the little-known world of the early keyboard trio, and include in their repertoire works of Haydn, Mozart, and their namesake, Ignaz (“Ignacio”) Pleyel.




September 30, 2018

Coro Ciconia—Damning with Feints and Praise

An Exploration of (mostly) secular works—his last four motets and three chansons from Rémède de Fortune—of the great French poet Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300–1377), plus four great works of our namesake Johannes Ciconia, and two one-hit wonders: the I senti of Jacopo, and Andrieu’s déploration of Machaut.

CORO CICONIA, a medieval chamber choir: Cheryl Koehler, Dorothy Manly, Jean McAneny, Ralph Prince, Scott Robinson, and Helen Wolfe-Visnick, Asher Davison, Director

November 18, 2018

Trio Ignacio—Boccherini Meets Zappa

A concert of solos, duos, and trios by two Italian cellists: Luigi Boccherini and Francesco Zappa.

ENSEMBLE IGNACIO: Katherine Heater, harpsichord; Anthony Martin, violin & viola; David Morris, cello


January 20, 2019

Vajra Voices—Women’s Voices Uplifted: Explorations in Medieval & Renaissance Song, from Hildegard von Bingen to Leonore d’Este

Vajra Voices, known for their “heartfelt elegance and spiritual fervor” (San Francisco Chronicle), present a program of medieval and Renaissance music created by and for women. Highlights of this journey into women’s song include music and poetry created by the 12th-century mystic and abbess, Hildegard von Bingen; and, span into the intricate 16th-century polyphony attributed (recently) to Leonore d’Este.

Featured on the program are solo monody, 2-part sequences, and 3-part polyphonic conductus found in the Codex Las Huegas de Burgos (circa 1300). It is thought that the music in Las Huelgas (Northern Spain) was for performance by the 100 women who resided there.

VAJRA VOICES: Phoebe Rosquist Jevtovic, Allison Zelles Lloyd, Amy Stuart Hunn, Celeste Winant, and Karen R. Clark (Director); WITH Shira Kammen, medieval harp & vielle

February 17, 2019

Ensemble Bizarria—I virtuosi di Modena: Music from the court of Modena

While most tourists and foodies today think of Modena in Northern Italy as the home of balsamic vinegar and Lamborghinis, 17th-century Italians knew Modena not only as the court of the once-legendary Este family, but also as a hotbed of instrumental virtuosity. Dukes Alfonso IV and Francesco II kept in their royal employ some of Italy’s finest string players. Yet rather than publish the music of these spectacular musicians, the Este nobles preferred to keep their court composers’ talents to themselves. Many of the fantastical works written by these composers lay buried in the archives for years. With I virtuosi di Modena Ensemble Bizarria brings the music of the Este court to life, featuring rare gems for violin and cello by 17th-century composers Cima, Colombi, Uccellini and others.

ENSEMBLE BIZARRIA: Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin; Alexa Haynes-Pilon, cello

March 31, 2019

MUSA—Bach and Sons

A Bach birthday celebration, featuring works for oboe, violin, and basso continuo, by Sebastian Bach and his two eldest sons, Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel.

MUSA: Lindsay McIntosh, baroque oboe; Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, baroque violin; Gretchen Claassen, baroque cello; Derek Tam, harpsichord