“The Berkeley Festival & Exhibition has become a remarkable institution on the American musical scene.”
— The New York Times
Mark your Calendars for the 2016 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition
June 5 – 12, 2016
Berkeley, California, USA
Join us in 2016 for another fabulous Berkeley Festival! In the meantime, check out the SFEMS Concert Series in Palo Alto, Berkeley, and San Francisco and the monthly Concerts at the California Jazz Conservatory in downtown Berkeley.
The 2014 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition featured fourteen main stage performances, including the American debut of Belgian Ensemble Vox Luminis, winners of Gramophone‘s “Recording of the Year,” and the Berkeley Festival debut of Ars Lyrica Houston. We were also proud to present some of the most renowned Bay Area early music groups including the Philharmonia Chamber Players, with guest harpsichord soloist Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Magnificat. Additionally, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Hopkinson Smithgave solo recitals. View the complete main stage listing
Concurrently, you are invited to attend the Early Music America (EMA)-hosted Exhibition showcasing instruments, music, accessories, recordings, and publications.
Early Music America (EMA) presented its fourth Young Performers Festival, Wednesday–Friday, June 4–6 at the Festival. Because EMA recognizes that the future of early music rests in the hands of today’s young artists and the institutions that shape them, it offers this series of six one-hour daytime concerts by major university and conservatory early music ensembles.
In addition to the richness of the main stage performances and the EMA Exhibition, the Berkeley Festival experience is further enriched by the full schedule of fringe concerts. Soloists and ensembles from the Bay Area and around the world present over fifty additional exciting early-music performances.
The 2014 FRINGE festival featured a wide variety of musical activities and included something for every taste, from chamber to choral concerts; from medieval songs to a Marais-a-thon; from birdsongs on recorder to modern compositions on historical instruments. There were solo concerts featuring lutes, harpsichords, and singers, and ensemble concerts featuring recorders, viols, and various mixed groups.
Can’t wait for the 2016 FRINGE? Come hear many Fringe (and Main Stage) regulars perform monthly concerts at the California Jazz Conservatory, part of SFEMS’s regular season concert offerings.