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Kerman Library of Music and Opera History

[from Michael Hackenberg] Just in time for the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the great library of 1,600 books and scores from the collection of the late Joseph Kerman at UC Berkeley has arrived in stock this week, joining about 1,100 other scholarly musical books already here. The Kerman books are not yet posted online, so visitors […]

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An Interview with Kristian Bezuidenhout

At age 35, harpsichordist and fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout already has gained international recognition as one of the world’s great historical keyboardists. The Herald (UK) called him “The finest living exponent of the fortepiano,” while De Telegraaf (Netherlands) praised him as “Mozart reincarnated.” His deep and original insights into Mozart’s keyboard music have been especially lauded, […]

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Luminous Voices from Belgium

“In the beginning, there were recorders.” So wrote former SFEMS concert coordinator Marilyn Boenau long years ago. The Boston-based bassoonist and curtal (and recorder) player, as well as director of the Amherst Early Music Workshops, was referring to the role that great popularizer of early music played in the discovery and revival of our historical […]

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Davis Debut Showcases Pathbreaking Ensemble

Senior High School Musicians Tackle Baroque Masterworks with Guts! A special treat at this year’s Berkeley Festival & Exhibition will be the Festival debut performance by the Davis Senior High School Baroque Ensemble, Wednesday, June 4, at 5:00 p.m. Located just northeast of the Bay Area in Davis, CA, Davis Senior High School boasts the […]

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Taking Flight: Ars Lyrica Houston’s BFX Debut

Soaring out of the Space City The growing importance of early music in the United States over the past generation is evident in how far and fast appreciation, participation and support have spread beyond the original centers of Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area. Major American universities and conservatories across the country regularly offer […]

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Motets from Manhattan

Trinity Wall Street Surveys Western Music’s Great Vocal Form The Choir of Trinity Wall Street is quite simply one of the finest professional choral ensembles anywhere in the US today. The New York Times has remarked that the choir possesses “voices so pure they suggest a seraphic chorus beyond the human sphere.” Some Bay Area […]

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Bezuidenhout’s Debuts Expound Mozart’s Piano, Bach’s Harpsichord

This year’s Berkeley Festival Main Stage will be rich in debuts by notable artists and ensembles from around the US and abroad. A special treat will be the first West Coast performances by the distinguished fortepianist and harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout. Just 34 years old, Bezuidenhout already has earned an international reputation as a performer and recording artist, […]

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