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Turocy to Lead Dance Workshops for Adults and Kids

Bay Area dance enthusiasts young and old should be aware of two workshops coming up Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26. On Friday evening, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the University of California Berkeley Baroque Ensemble, and the New York Baroque Dance Company co-present a free baroque dance and music workshop for students and the community. […]

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From Old to New

On Saturday, February 9, 2019 the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a workshop directed by Frances Blaker entitled, “From Old to New/An in-depth study of medieval, Renaissance, baroque and modern music for recorders focusing on a representative selection from each period.” In the following article she discusses the large body of music available for the […]

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To Love Another

Rodin Brings Renaissance Songs of Love Just in time for Valentine’s Day—our annual tribute to the heart this year reaches back to the 15th century, as SFEMS welcomes Cut Circle, directed by Jesse Rodin. Concerts take place the weekend of February 8–10 in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Palo Alto. Founded in 2003 by Rodin, Associate […]

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I Virtuosi di Modena

This season’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory continues on February 17 with Ensemble Bizarria (Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin; and Alexa Haynes-Pilon, cello) performing music from the Court of Modena. While most tourists and foodies today think of Modena in Northern Italy as the home of balsamic vinegar and Lamborghinis, 17th-century Italians knew […]

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Women’s Voices Uplifted

This season’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory resumes on January 20 with Vajra Voices (Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist , Allison Zelles Lloyd, Amy Stuart Hunn, Celeste Winant, and Karen R. Clark, Director) with Shira Kammen, medieval harp & vielle, performing Women’s Voices Uplifted: Explorations in Medieval & Renaissance Song, from Hildegard von […]

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Tactus Invites Applications for Music Director—Stipend Offered

SFEMS Affiliate Tactus (tactus-sf.org), a 12–16 voice Renaissance chamber chorus in San Francisco, is seeking a Music Director to lead the chorus at weekly rehearsals and three performance weekends per year, including a summer set. The candidate must be available for evening rehearsals on Thursdays and two weekend workshops in San Francisco or the East […]

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Semper Phantasticus!

The SFEMS series resumes the weekend of January 11–13 with a program of middle baroque music performed by the Ars Lyrica Houston Chamber Players. Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Mary Springfels, viola da gamba; and Matthew Dirst, harpsichord will explore the Stylus phantasticus, that most avant-garde mode of music-making among German composers of the 17th and early […]

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Neither from Heaven nor from Earth

The SFEMS concert series continues the weekend of November 30, with the series debut of Cappella SF. The 16-voice choir will perform a program of sacred Renaissance polyphony, featuring works of Josquin des Préz, Gregorio Allegri, François Couperin, and Heinrich Schütz. Cappella SF is a professional chamber choir founded in 2014 by Ragnar Bohlin, Director […]

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California Bach Society’s Buon Natale

November 30–December 2 Artistic Director Paul Flight leads the award-winning California Bach Society in Italian music for Advent and Christmas: traditional holiday carols and glorious double choir motets by Giovanni Croce and Alessandro Scarlatti, plus Verdi’s chromatic Laudi alla Vergine Maria and Respighi’s beautiful pastoral Lauda per la Nativitá del Signore. The 25-voice chorus is joined by soloists soprano Caroline Jou […]

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Message from the President

What does SFEMS stand for? To hundreds of attendees, SFEMS is a wonderful week playing, singing, and studying at one of Six Summer Workshops, coached by some of early music’s most inspiring artists and interpreters. For thousands of audience members, SFEMS is a wonderfully rich Early Music Concert Series that presents outstanding performances in programs […]

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MPRO Winter Concert—Montpellier to Moderniste

On Saturday, December 8, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present its annual winter concert. The performance will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street in Palo Alto, starting at 2:00 p.m. The concert is free, and the church is wheelchair accessible. The program will feature a Sonatina by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, an anonymous […]

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Boccherini Meets Zappa at the Jazz Conservatory

This season’s Sunday Afternoon concert series at the California Jazz Conservatory continues on November 18 with Trio Ignacio (Katherine Heater, harpsichord: Anthony Martin, violin & viola; David Morris, violoncello) performing “Boccherini Meets Zappa.” Listen to solos, duos, and trios composed by a pair of 18th-century Italian cellist-composers, Luigi Boccherini and Francesco Zappa. Though born in […]

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Auditions for 66th Junior Bach Festival Coming in February

Apply Online Now — and Start Practicing! Calling soloists and ensembles—all instruments and voices! The Junior Bach Festival hopes all will be well represented during our 66th year in 2019. Festival auditions will take place in Morrison Hall at UC Berkeley during the weekend of February 2–3, 2019. A panel of professional musicians will judge […]

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Los Reinos de Castilla

Spanish, Italian, and Latin American Music of the 17th–18th Centuries Open Concert Series The 2018–19 SFEMS concert season opens the weekend of October 12 with the return of El Mundo, who will be performing works from their Grammy-nominated album Kingdoms of Castile. Directed by world-renowned guitarist and lutenist Richard Savino, El Mundo will take audiences […]

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Damning With Feints and Praise

Musical paeans rarely damn with faint praise. And on September 30, Coro Ciconia, directed by Asher Davison, will open the 2018–19 SFEMS-CJC series with a praiseworthy program of works by Machaut, Ciconia, and others. Performers in this a cappella vocal program will be Cheryl Koehler, Dorothy Manly, Jean McAneny, Ralph Prince, Scott Robinson, and Helen […]

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SFEMS 2018 Annual Meeting

Board and Staff Changes, BFX and Affiliates Reports The San Francisco Early Music Society held its annual membership meeting at Berkeley’s Musical Offering café and record store on Wednesday evening, September 12. After some pleasant socializing, lubricated with excellent wines and other refreshments donated by board members, the meeting got underway with President Joyce Hamilton […]

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President’s Annual Report, 2018

President Joyce Johnson Hamilton’s address to the SFEMS board of directors and members at the Annual Meeting, September 12, 2018. *                *                * Welcome SFEMS members to our 2018 Annual Meeting! It is a great honor, a rather humbling experience, and a huge responsibility to find be leading this wonderful organization as president of the […]

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Annual Meeting Will Take Place September 12

SFEMS will hold its Annual Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, September 12, from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m., at The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. All SFEMS members are cordially invited to attend. This is your chance to meet your Board, express your thoughts and concerns, and most important, nominate new Directors for the coming […]

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