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Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival

Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival brings students and ensembles from colleges, universities and conservatories throughout North America together at the Berkeley Festival for daytime performances, open sight-reading sessions coached by various ensemble directors, networking/social events, and career development workshop presentations. More information is available on the Early Music America site.

Come see the future of early music in action!

Arethusa Color2Arethusa Musica, Indiana University

Enchanted Adoration: Sacred and Secular Music of the Italian Baroque. A program of Baroque music for three sopranos, two violins, and continuo, including virtuosic works by Luzzaschi, Mazzocchi, and Carissimi and others. The performance will include minor staging and a mixture of instrumental and vocal works, including solos, duets, and trios. The program’s centerpiece will be Carissimi’s dramatic motet Felicitas beatorum, using all forces of the ensemble.

11:00 AM Wednesday, June 4
ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH – 2300 Bancroft Way. Tickets available at the door for a donation. (No advance sales.)
Sponsored by Early Music America.

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mcgillnewVictoria IV (Madrigal Ensemble), Schulich School of Music, McGill University

Bonjour mon coeur: A madrigal journey across Europe and the centuries. Compositions sacred, secular, and everything in between by Lassus, Dowland, Ravenscroft, Rore, Gabrieli, des Prez, and others.

2:30 PM Wednesday, June 4
ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 2300 Bancroft Way. Tickets available at the door for a donation. (No advance sales.)
Sponsored by Early Music America.

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caseBaroque Chamber Music and Dance Ensembles, Case Western Reserve University

Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre: Extravagant and Intimate Music and Dance. Works by Jacquet de la Guerre, including Sonata II in B-Flat Major, La Rossignol and excerpts from Céphale et Procris.

Dr. Julie Andrijeski, Director and Choreographer; Ellen Hargis, Vocal and Gesture Coach; Sian Ricketts, DMA Candidate and Assistant Director.

11:00 AM Thursday, June 5
ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 2300 Bancroft Way. Tickets available at the door for a donation. (No advance sales.)
Sponsored by Early Music America.

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Liaison 2LIAISON Baroque Ensemble

Music of the French Baroque, exploring the world of high-voice duets. Pieces by Couperin, Lully, Marais, Charpentier, Lambert, and more.

2:30 PM Thursday, June 5
ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 2300 Bancroft Way. Tickets available at the door for a donation. (No advance sales.)
Sponsored by Early Music America.

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thorntonThornton Baroque Sinfonia, University of Southern California

La pazzia senile, Adriano Banchieri (1568-1634). A staged production of Banchieri’s madrigal comedy making fun of the great stock comedy characters Pantalone and Il Dottore: always in hopeless love, always thwarted, and always singing comic songs. With voices, and instrumental ensemble performing contemporary dances, sonatas, and grounds.

11:00 AM Friday, June 6
ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 2300 Bancroft Way. Tickets available at the door for a donation. (No advance sales.)
Sponsored by Early Music America.

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musaMUSA Ensemble

A program of the new and the old exploring military exploits and folly, featuring the adventures of Don Quixote in Telemann’s “Burlesque de Quixotte” Ouverture-Suite, Schmelzer’s Fechtschule (Fencing School), and a MUSA commission inspired by the idea of folly and folia in our inaugural Art Inspiring Art series with guest composer Danny Clay.

2:30 PM Friday, June 6
ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 2300 Bancroft Way. Tickets available at the door for a donation. (No advance sales.)
Sponsored by Early Music America.

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Battle of the Early Bands

During this spirited and entertaining event, five groups of outstanding young early music ensembles from all around the country will compete in various non-traditional categories (velocity/emotions/creativity/spontaneity, etc.). This battle is produced by EMA’s Youth Advisory Board and will be narrated by Jeffrey Thomas of American Bach Soloists. Come ready to cheer, smile, and be dazzled!

9:30 PM Friday, June 6
CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY (The Jazzschool) - 2087 Addison Street.

FREE admission. Cash gladly accepted by musicians as a token of appreciation and support.

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