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Calendar: April 22–28, 2019

Monday, April 22

Amateur Music Network
Medieval Singing with Phoebe Jevtović Rosquist This workshop will focus on vocal techniques, early pronunciation, and modes, with a chance to sing some of the most rewarding repertoire the so-called dark ages have to offer. Workshop leader Phoebe Jevtović Rosquist has appeared as a soloist with the Waverly Consort, Voices of Music, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Bach Collegium San Diego, and North Holland Opera. Roles Phoebe has performed include Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Filia in Carissimi’s Jephte, and various Virtues in Hildegard’s Ordo Virtutum. Among her collaborations are medieval ensembles Cançonièr & Vajra Voices, lieder with celebrated pianist Robert Thies, early music and dance with Italy’s visionary Art Monastery Project and guest-stints with Bologna-based Cappella Artemisia. Phoebe has also sung Balkan & folk music with Kitka and VOCO. She transcribed a book of 17th-century solo songs by Tarquinio Merula for A&R Editions, and has recorded for the Naxos, Nonesuch, Delos, Dorian, Decca and Sony record labels. All ages and all levels of experience are welcome.

7 PM
Drew School
2901 California St, San Francisco
Registration fee $45
Register online


Wednesday, April 24

Early Music Open Mic Night
la-barre-and-other-musicians-bouys-croppedJoin us for Early Music Open Mic Night in the East Bay, 4th Wednesday of every month. This is your opportunity to perform early music in a friendly cabaret style setting. Instrumentalists, singers, soloists, groups, students, youngsters, professionals — all are welcome! Please email earlymusicopenmic@gmail.com with the date you’d like to perform. Time slots will be up to 15 minutes, and there will be six time slots on each night. A harpsichord as well as a piano will be available on site. Food and drinks will be provided.

7–9:30 PM
Hillside Community Church,
1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
Donations gratefully accepted
earlymusicopenmic@gmail.com

Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra
Regular meeting, for players of recorder, early winds or early strings. Bring your instrument(s) and music stand.

7:30–9:30 PM
Trinity Church, Angus Hall
330 Ravenswood Ave. (at Laurel), Menlo Park
650-591-3648 or mpro-online.org

 


Friday, April 26

California Bach Society, Paul Flight, Artistic Director
“Italian Masters in Vienna” True to their reputation as “prospectors of Baroque gold,” Artistic Director Paul Flight and the award-winning California Bach Society present the US premiere of Antonio Bertali’s Missa Redemptoris, for eight vocal soloists, chorus, brass, and strings. It is only one of a beautiful collection of works by two Italian composers, Giovanni Valentini and his successor Bertali, who worked as Kapellmeisters at the Hapsburg court in Vienna in the 17th century. The 30-voice chorus is joined by a period instrument orchestra of cornettos, sackbuts, and strings, featuring Alex Opsahl and Steve Escher on cornetto and Aaron Westman and Anna Washburn on violin. Vocal soloists are sopranos Christa Pfeiffer and Caroline Jou Armitage, mezzo-soprano Gabriela Estephanie Solis, tenors Tim Silva and Michael Desnoyers, and basses Clayton Moser and Adam Cole. Read more . . .

8 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell, San Francisco
$35 with discounts for advance purchase, seniors, Under 30
650-485-1097 or https://www.calbach.org/tickets#individual

Galax Quartet
“Music from 1607 to 2007” Imagine an alternate history of the string quartet: the Galax Quartet—2 violins+viola da gamba+cello—plays music by Samuel Scheidt (Halle) to Belinda Reynolds (San Francisco) along with Bach’s Art of the Fugue (Leipzig).

7:30 PM
Center for New Music
55 Taylor St., San Francisco
$10–15 Tickets online or 415-275-2466

Se Piace
Katherine Heater, harpsichord and Anthony Martin, violin, perform Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Domenico Scarlatti, Georg Philipp Telemann, and Antonio Vivaldi

8 PM
Palo Alto Friends Meetinghouse
957 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto
Donations requested in support of the Friends Committee on Legislation, Sacramento


Saturday, April 27

California Bach Society, Paul Flight, Artistic Director
“Italian Masters in Vienna” True to their reputation as “prospectors of Baroque gold,” Artistic Director Paul Flight and the award-winning California Bach Society present the US premiere of Antonio Bertali’s Missa Redemptoris, for eight vocal soloists, chorus, brass, and strings. It is only one of a beautiful collection of works by two Italian composers, Giovanni Valentini and his successor Bertali, who worked as Kapellmeisters at the Hapsburg court in Vienna in the 17th century. The 30-voice chorus is joined by a period instrument orchestra of cornettos, sackbuts, and strings, featuring Alex Opsahl and Steve Escher on cornetto and Aaron Westman and Anna Washburn on violin. Vocal soloists are sopranos Christa Pfeiffer and Caroline Jou Armitage, mezzo-soprano Gabriela Estephanie Solis, tenors Tim Silva and Michael Desnoyers, and basses Clayton Moser and Adam Cole. Read more . . .

8 PM
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverly, Palo Alto
$35 with discounts for advance purchase, seniors, Under 30
650-485-1097 or https://www.calbach.org/tickets#individual

San Francisco Renaissance Voices, Don Scott Carpenter, guest conductor — CANCELED
“The Music of Allegri and other Renaissance Masters—Passion and Lamentation” Each year, the Christian faithful undertake an emotional liturgical journey from the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, through the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, to the moment just before the Resurrection. Music from the liturgies of Holy Week reflects the full range of emotions inspired by the most highly charged week of the Church Year. The music chosen for this concert is sure to move you to your very soul and features Juan Esquivel Barahona’s (ca. 1560–ca. 1625) rarely performed Requiem, and ethereal In Paradisum, Tomás Luis de Victoria’s (1548–1611) Pange lingua gloriosi and Surrexit pastor bonus, ending the concert with Gregorio Allegri’s (1582–1652) glorious Miserere.

8 PM — CANCELED
St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley
$20–30
Tickets online
SFRVoices@gmail.com, 415-650-6258

Sonoma Bach, Robert Worth, Director
“Spring Returns—an affirming flame,” featuring David Parsons, organ, and the vocal ensemble Circa 1600. The concert design begins with two collections of miniatures—Leonhard Lechner’s Deutsche Sprüche von Leben und Tod (1606) and Hugo Distler’s Totentanz (ca. 1935)—separated by centuries, but complementary in their efforts to describe how the world works, and how to have hope. Each consists of tiny, koan-like pieces on a single thought or intuition. We weave these pieces together with larger motets from J.H. Schein’s magnificent Fontana d’Israel (1623) and organ meditations from Yale’s Neumeister manuscript by J.S. Bach and his cousin Johann Michael Bach. Over and again we are offered lessons of how to find light in the midst of gloom, and how to shine such light out to the world.

8 PM BachGrounder lecture 35 minutes before each concert
Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park
$25/$15
Tickets online
www.sonomabach.org or 877-914-2224

The Virtu Ensemble and Guest Artists
“I Fratelli” Angelique Zuluaga, soprano; Anthony Martin and Andrew Wong, violins; Alisa Stutzbach, viola; Frédéric Rosselet, cello; Katherine Heater, harpsichord, perform 18th-century vocal and instrumental music by Italian brothers Giuseppe and Giovanni Battista Sammartini and their contemporaries.

7:30 PM
Foothill Presbyterian Church
5301 McKee Road, San Jose
$15 advance / $17.50 door
Tickets online


Sunday, April 28

California Bach Society, Paul Flight, Artistic Director
“Italian Masters in Vienna” True to their reputation as “prospectors of Baroque gold,” Artistic Director Paul Flight and the award-winning California Bach Society present the US premiere of Antonio Bertali’s Missa Redemptoris, for eight vocal soloists, chorus, brass, and strings. It is only one of a beautiful collection of works by two Italian composers, Giovanni Valentini and his successor Bertali, who worked as Kapellmeisters at the Hapsburg court in Vienna in the 17th century. The 30-voice chorus is joined by a period instrument orchestra of cornettos, sackbuts, and strings, featuring Alex Opsahl and Steve Escher on cornetto and Aaron Westman and Anna Washburn on violin. Vocal soloists are sopranos Christa Pfeiffer and Caroline Jou Armitage, mezzo-soprano Gabriela Estephanie Solis, tenors Tim Silva and Michael Desnoyers, and basses Clayton Moser and Adam Cole. Read more . . .

4 PM
St.  Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
$35 with discounts for advance purchase, seniors, Under 30
650-485-1097 or https://www.calbach.org/tickets#individual

Cantata Collective
Please join Cantata Collective for our final concert of the season. We will be performing cantatas BWV 62, and BWV 72. Featured soloists will be Christine Brandes, soprano; William Saurland, alto; Kyle Stegall, tenor; and Nikolas Nackley, bass. Cantata Collective is the San Francisco Bay Area’s only professional ensemble dedicated solely to the performance of the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. Concerts are always free of charge, and all are welcome.

5 PM
St. Mary Magdalen Parish
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley
FREE, donations accepted.
http://cantatacollective.org/

San Francisco Renaissance Voices, Don Scott Carpenter, guest conductor — CANCELED
“The Music of Allegri and other Renaissance Masters—Passion and Lamentation” Each year, the Christian faithful undertake an emotional liturgical journey from the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, through the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, to the moment just before the Resurrection. Music from the liturgies of Holy Week reflects the full range of emotions inspired by the most highly charged week of the Church Year. The music chosen for this concert is sure to move you to your very soul and features Juan Esquivel Barahona’s (ca. 1560–ca. 1625) rarely performed Requiem, and ethereal In Paradisum, Tomás Luis de Victoria’s (1548–1611) Pange lingua gloriosi and Surrexit pastor bonus, ending the concert with Gregorio Allegri’s (1582–1652) glorious Miserere.

7:30 PM — CANCELED
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
1750 29th Avenue (at Noriega), San Francisco
$20–30
Tickets online
SFRVoices@gmail.com, 415-650-6258

Sonoma Bach, Robert Worth, Director
“Spring Returns—an affirming flame,” featuring David Parsons, organ, and the vocal ensemble Circa 1600. The concert design begins with two collections of miniatures—Leonhard Lechner’s Deutsche Sprüche von Leben und Tod (1606) and Hugo Distler’s Totentanz (ca. 1935)—separated by centuries, but complementary in their efforts to describe how the world works, and how to have hope. Each consists of tiny, koan-like pieces on a single thought or intuition. We weave these pieces together with larger motets from J.H. Schein’s magnificent Fontana d’Israel (1623) and organ meditations from Yale’s Neumeister manuscript by J.S. Bach and his cousin Johann Michael Bach. Over and again we are offered lessons of how to find light in the midst of gloom, and how to shine such light out to the world.

3 PM BachGrounder lecture 35 minutes before each concert
Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park
$25/$15
Tickets online
www.sonomabach.org or 877-914-2224

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