Debus & Morton | Apr 8–10

Ode to an Earworm

What is it about music that stays with us, that lingers in the ear long after the hearing of it? What, exactly, makes an earworm an earworm? 

After her scintillating virtual debut with SFEMS last season, recorder sensation Tabea Debus and lutenist Paul Holmes Morton explore the mystery and history of the earworm, taking us through some of the most memorable (whether we like it or not!) pieces of the 14th through the 18th centuries.

Whether you’ve attended early music concerts for decades, or are hearing these pieces for the first time, you’ll find yourself walking out the door humming the music of George Frideric Handel, Arcangelo Corelli, Henry Purcell, John Dowland, Claudio Monteverdi, and more!

PLEASE NOTE (2/25/2022): Unfortunately, due to visa issues, lutenist Alon Sariel will be unable to join us for these concerts. We are grateful that Paul Holmes Morton, whom audiences will remember from last season’s Beneath A Tree: Baroque to Folk concert and is another one of Tabea’s regular musical partners, is able to step in on short notice.

Tabea Debus, recorder; Paul Morton, lute

Single tickets available August 9

First Presbyterian Church
1140 Cowper Street at Lincoln, Palo Alto

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Please note venue change; ticket holders who purchased before February 5 will receive a notification about seat exchanges.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco

Single tickets: $55 general|$46.25 SFEMS members (discount applied after log in)|$20 patrons 35 and under (with ID)

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