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Hard Songs

Tackling Difficulty in Renaissance Music by Jesse Rodin What makes a piece of music difficult? Answers can range all over—from unexpected melodic leaps to technical challenges that arise from bad composing. What’s impossible for me might be a piece of cake for you, and vice-versa. And what’s challenging today might seem straightforward after a week […]

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Rhythm, Deep Structure, and the Unmeasured Prelude

by Sheli Nan There is a structural integrity to rhythm. By that I mean rhythm is integral to who we are as human beings; it arises both consciously and unconsciously by the ways we use our bodies. We tie our shoes, for instance, in a learned rhythm. Although we are taught the steps to complete […]

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The Harps in the Trees

The Bay Area’s multi-faceted harpist, teacher, composer, and ensemble director Cheryl Ann Fulton—one of the foremost practitioners of historical harp—was interviewed recently on Angela Mariani’s syndicated early-music program Harmonia. The interview features the soundtrack to her short documentary film The Harps in the Trees, which tells the story of a musical pilgrimage to Scotland by her ensemble Angelorum, […]

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Helping Young People Discover Early Music

This year marks the 25th anniversary of SFEMS’ special, week-long Workshop entirely for children and youth from grades 1–12. The Music Discovery Workshop & Youth Collegium (MDW-YC) was founded in 1994 by Lee McRae, whose vision and lifelong commitment was to make early music come alive for young people through active participation. You now have […]

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Mics Still Open at Hillside

Early Music Open Mic Night continues in the East Bay. This event is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito. This is your opportunity to perform early music in a friendly cabaret style setting. Your ensemble and you have […]

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England’s Orpheus

The SFEMS 2018–19 concert season concludes on Sunday, May 19, with a special performance by acclaimed countertenor Iestyn Davies joined by the brilliant young lutenist Thomas Dunford, dubbed the “Eric Clapton of the lute” (BBC Music Magazine). Together they will perform songs by John Dowland, Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel, three composers who during […]

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I Maestri Italiani a Vienna

CBS to perform works of Kapellmeisters Bertali and Valentini by Patricia Jennerjohn True to their reputation as “prospectors of Baroque gold,” Artistic Director Paul Flight and the award-winning California Bach Society will perform the US premiere of Antonio Bertali’s Missa Redemptoris, for eight vocal soloists, chorus, brass, and strings. It is only part of the […]

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Joyne Hands

Elizabethan entertainments for mixed consort To make the month of May merrier, SFEMS is delighted to present Antic Faces, a new ensemble featuring well-known Bay Area artists Shira Kammen, violin and viol; Mindy Rosenfeld, flute; David Morris, viol; John Lenti, lute and viol; Julie Jeffrey, viol and cittern; and Peter Hallifax, viol and bandora. Their […]

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First Period Instrument Performance of Martines Dixit Dominus

by Alexandra Amati The upcoming San Francisco Bach Choir concert, taking place the weekend of May 4–5, will feature the first period-instrument performance of the setting of Psalm 109, Dixit Dominus, by Marianna Martines, a little-known contemporary and friend of Mozart’s. In this note, SFBC’s Alexandra Amati discusses the composer and her work. Anna Katharina […]

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I Heard a Voice

New College Choir to Perform in Rare Bay Area Appearance SFEMS is delighted to welcome the Choir of New College Oxford in a special, joint presentation with San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. The choir, under the direction of Robert Quinney, will perform a program of Renaissance and baroque works by Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina, Tomás Luis […]

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