Calendar: December 30, 2019–January 5, 2020

Tuesday, December 31

American Bach Soloists
“A Baroque New Year’s Eve at the Opera” Start 2020 off right with this early night on the town in San Francisco’s beautiful Herbst Theatre. This “back by popular demand” New Year’s Eve concert will feature Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Coit (a prize winner at the esteemed Handel Aria Competition and current Seattle Opera and West Edge Opera artist), Baritone Hadleigh Adams (current San Francisco Opera artist and former Merola Opera artist and San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow), and American Bach Soloists—all conducted by Artistic & Music Director Jeffrey Thomas. This delightful program of arias and instrumental music from the opera and concert repertoire is sure to please! Join us in the lobby after the concert for your first champagne toast to the new year!

4 PM
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness, San Francisco
Tickets online or 415-392-4400

Friday, January 3

Barefoot Chamber Concerts
“Byrd on the Third” THE BAREFOOT ALL-STARS (Peter Hallifax, Julie Jeffrey, Shira Kammen, David Morris, and Lynn Tetenbaum; various sizes of viols with special guest WENDY GILLESPIE (treble viol) perform consort music of three, four, five, and six parts by William Byrd. To Barefoot’s eternal surprise and delight, the mid-winter viol consort music program has become hugely popular with the Barefoot audience. This year’s composer of choice is William Byrd, surely the best known Elizabethan/Jacobean composer as well as one of the most prolific. Byrd wrote music in all genres, secular, sacred, for court and chapel. He had the great fortune to be as greatly admired and loved during his life as he has been, consitently, in succeeding centuries. To make this truly delicious program possible, we are delighted to have been able to import, once again the world’s most sought-after treble viol player (not to mention the world’s most-travelled treble viol player), the legendary Wendy Gillespie, who will help us to make this project an evening to remember.

6.30 PM
Hillside Urban Sanctuary (Swedenborgian Church)
1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
Tickets $25 general (unitary pricing)
18 and under admitted free and welcome. Tickets at the door or order online at

Sunday, January 5

East Bay Recorder Society
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EBRS Twelfth Night party. The January meeting will be a potluck at the Hillside Community Church in El Cerrito. Most of us know where that is and know that it is one of our favorite venues. Set-up at 3:45 PM with downbeat at 4. The ebullient Ms. Shira Kammen will be our conductor. Come prepared to have a very good time with her. We will break for our potluck at 6 or so, and I am sure we will eat very well indeed. Please visit our “Join Us!” page for our membership form. But if you wish to attend for a first time as a non-member, it is free (with a $10 charge for additional monthly meetings thereafter until you join).

4 PM onward. Potluck break at 6 PM
Hillside Church
1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito

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Written by Jonathan Harris