Render Unto Cæsar

The new year’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory concludes on April 15 with a special program celebrating the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution. Les Violettes (Corey Carleton, soprano; David Wilson, violin; Colin Shipman, viola da gamba; and Violet Grgich, harpsichord) perform music from the Court of Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, including works by Bertoli, Sances, Schmelzer and Bononcini. Because the concert falls on April 15, tax day, they’ve chosen the title, “Render Unto Cæsar.”

Known for their creative programs and flawless playing, the musicians of Les Violettes met in the Early Music School at Indiana University, Bloomington. For over a decade they have played in the Bay Area and Napa, championing the music of Buxtehude, Purcell and the French Baroque. They are regular performers at Berkeley’s Barefoot Chamber Concerts, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the California Jazz Conservatory, the Festival del Sol, and recently played at the Napa Performing Arts Center at the Lincoln Theater. Please join the chamber group for their third appearance at the California Jazz Conservatory chamber series.

The concert begins at 4:30 p.m., at the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly The Jazzschool), 2087 Addison St., between Shattuck and Milvia, in downtown Berkeley. The venue is one block from the downtown Berkeley BART station, and parking is easily available at the Addison Street parking garage. Street parking is free on Sundays and also relatively easy in the afternoon. Doors open a half hour before the performance. The school’s café will be open prior to and during the concert, allowing audience members to enjoy a glass of wine, coffee, or a light snack.

Reserve your tickets online. Admission is $20, and reservations are highly recommended for this small and intimate venue. Tickets will be available at the door, but performances often sell out.