Calendar: February 3–9, 2020

Tuesday, February 4

Sacramento Recorder Society
Regular meeting for recorder players, with guest conductor Lee Lovallo. Newcomers welcome. Bring recorders, stand, and other early instruments. Refreshments. The Sacramento Recorder Society is a chapter of the American Recorder Society. Members range from low-intermediate to advanced players, all with a love of early music. Players of other early music instruments are also welcome.

6:45–9:30 PM
Friends Meeting House
890 57th St., between H and J, Sacramento.
sacrecorders.wordpress.com
916-698-5774, e-mail: marschif@gmail.com


Friday, February 7

East Bay Chapter, ARS
Monthly playing session with guest conductor Andrew Canepa. New members and guests welcome. 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 addtional monthly meetings thereafter until you join).

7:30–10 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
5201 Park Blvd., Oakland
http://www.eastbayrecorders.org

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Richard Egarr, Conductor and Harpsichord
“The Well-Caffeinated Clavier” Imagine being in Leipzig, in Zimmermann’s Coffeehouse, and watching Bach himself perform the “Coffee Cantata” while enjoying your favorite latte. PBO’s Music Director Designate, Richard Egarr, pairs this lighthearted vocal work with some of Bach’s grandest instrumental music. Joined by the extraordinary talents of soprano Nola Richardson, tenor James Reese, and bass-baritone Cody Quattlebaum, all rising stars out of Yale or Juilliard voice programs, Richard concocts another powerful brew of Bach’s brilliant music from the bench of the harpsichord. Program includes J.S. Bach, Harpsichord Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058; Cantata Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211 (“Coffee Cantata”); Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052; and Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068. Join us for the Pre-Concert Talk forty-five minutes prior to the concert start time.

7 PM
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
$32–$120
Tickets online or 415-392-4400


Saturday, February 8

Bowerbird Collective
“Where Song Began” Music For Australia: A Concert Raising Funds for the Bushfire Crisis. Please join Bowerebird Collective (Simone Slattery, violin, and Anthony Albrecht, cello) for this special performance in aid of Australia’s endangered wildlife. Devastating fires, unprecedented in scale, have brought many species to the brink of extinction. Where Song Began is an ode to Australia, in particular its incredible songbirds and the landscapes they inhabit. 50-minutes long, this work features live music on baroque instruments spanning 300 years (from Schmelzer to Arvo Pärt), visual projections of birds and their landscapes, as well as an immersive natural soundscape. It tells the story of the evolution of songbirds, and how they shaped the world. “Where Song Began” has been performed over 60 times across Australia, as well as in New York and London. It has been hailed in the press as “…a work of art; a transfixing soundscape that embraces cultures and ages, the composed and the improvised, the indigenous and the stylised and which highlights the utterly unique birdsongs of Australia.”

7 PM
Noe Valley Ministry
1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco
$30 Under 18 $5
Tickets online
hello@bowerbird.productions, https://wheresongbegan.com/

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Richard Egarr, Conductor and Harpsichord
“The Well-Caffeinated Clavier” Imagine being in Leipzig, in Zimmermann’s Coffeehouse, and watching Bach himself perform the “Coffee Cantata” while enjoying your favorite latte. PBO’s Music Director Designate, Richard Egarr, pairs this lighthearted vocal work with some of Bach’s grandest instrumental music. Joined by the extraordinary talents of soprano Nola Richardson, tenor James Reese, and bass-baritone Cody Quattlebaum, all rising stars out of Yale or Juilliard voice programs, Richard concocts another powerful brew of Bach’s brilliant music from the bench of the harpsichord. Program includes J.S. Bach, Harpsichord Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058; Cantata Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211 (“Coffee Cantata”); Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052; and Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068. Join us for the Pre-Concert Talk forty-five minutes prior to the concert start time.

7 PM
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
$32–$120
Tickets online or 415-392-4400

Tactus SF, Jonathon Hampton, Conductor
“Music for Mercy” Jonathon Hampton directs the burgeoning early-music chamber chorus, Tactus SF, in a concert of Renaissance music begging mercy from the powers that be. English repertoire of Byrd, Farrant, Tallis, Wilbye, and neo-Renaissance composer Tanmoy Laskar. Also marvels by Spaniards Morales and Victoria, Franco-Flemish composers Lassus and Ockeghem, and the distinguished German, Hassler. Enjoy rarely performed choral favorites calling on Christ, the Virgin Mary, Love, and Death, lamenting sin and sorrow and pleading protection and preservation. Nick Jones, Tactus SF singer, music critic, and Early Music America board member, will give a pre-concert talk 30 minutes prior to the concert. The talk will be geared towards audiences of all ages.

7:30 PM (Pre-concert talk at 7) Wine reception to follow concert
St. Columba Catholic Church
6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
General Admission: $15 online in advance or $20 at the door
Seniors: $15 online and at the door
Students: $5 at the door
http://www.tactus-sf.org/p/season.html

Viola da Gamba Society/Pacifica Chapter
Pacifica Viols PlayDay with Mary Springfels. You must be a member of Pacifica Viola da Gamba Society (Associate Members excepted) to register for and attend our PlayDays. Non-members may attend one session as a guest, but must register ahead of time with the PlayDays Consort Coordinator: playdays@pacificaviols.org

9 AM–3 PM
Hillside Church
1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
RSVP. Please email or phone ahead.
playdays@pacificaviols.org
https://pacificaviols.org


Sunday, February 9

Bowerbird Collective
“Where Song Began” Music For Australia: A Concert Raising Funds for the Bushfire Crisis. Please join Bowerebird Collective (Simone Slattery, violin, and Anthony Albrecht, cello) for this special performance in aid of Australia’s endangered wildlife. Devastating fires, unprecedented in scale, have brought many species to the brink of extinction. Where Song Began is an ode to Australia, in particular its incredible songbirds and the landscapes they inhabit. 50-minutes long, this work features live music on baroque instruments spanning 300 years (from Schmelzer to Arvo Pärt), visual projections of birds and their landscapes, as well as an immersive natural soundscape. It tells the story of the evolution of songbirds, and how they shaped the world. “Where Song Began” has been performed over 60 times across Australia, as well as in New York and London. It has been hailed in the press as “…a work of art; a transfixing soundscape that embraces cultures and ages, the composed and the improvised, the indigenous and the stylised and which highlights the utterly unique birdsongs of Australia.”

6 PM
Orinda Library Auditorium
26 Orinda Way, Orinda
$30 Under 18 $5
Tickets online
hello@bowerbird.productions, https://wheresongbegan.com/

MusicSources presents Sinfonia Spirituosa, Lorna Peters, Artistic Director
Sinfonia Spirituosa is an exciting young baroque orchestra, newly formed in Sacramento by harpsichordist Lorna Peters. Its individual members are part of major orchestras across the country and Europe, and are quickly moving to the forefront of California’s virtuoso ensembles. Their program will feature concerti, suites and chamber works of Telemann, Purcell, Avison, Rameau, and others.

5 PM
St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley
$30 for non-members, $25 for members & seniors, and FREE for students (18 years of age or younger)
www.MusicSources.org

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Richard Egarr, Conductor and Harpsichord
“The Well-Caffeinated Clavier” Imagine being in Leipzig, in Zimmermann’s Coffeehouse, and watching Bach himself perform the “Coffee Cantata” while enjoying your favorite latte. PBO’s Music Director Designate, Richard Egarr, pairs this lighthearted vocal work with some of Bach’s grandest instrumental music. Joined by the extraordinary talents of soprano Nola Richardson, tenor James Reese, and bass-baritone Cody Quattlebaum, all rising stars out of Yale or Juilliard voice programs, Richard concocts another powerful brew of Bach’s brilliant music from the bench of the harpsichord. Program includes J.S. Bach, Harpsichord Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058; Cantata Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211 (“Coffee Cantata”); Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052; and Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068. Join us for the Pre-Concert Talk forty-five minutes prior to the concert start time.

4 PM
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
$32–$120
Tickets online or 415-392-4400

Tactus SF, Jonathon Hampton, Conductor
“Music for Mercy” Jonathon Hampton directs the burgeoning early-music chamber chorus, Tactus SF, in a concert of Renaissance music begging mercy from the powers that be. English repertoire of Byrd, Farrant, Tallis, Wilbye, and neo-Renaissance composer Tanmoy Laskar. Also marvels by Spaniards Morales and Victoria, Franco-Flemish composers Lassus and Ockeghem, and the distinguished German, Hassler. Enjoy rarely performed choral favorites calling on Christ, the Virgin Mary, Love, and Death, lamenting sin and sorrow and pleading protection and preservation. Nick Jones, Tactus SF singer, music critic, and Early Music America board member, will give a pre-concert talk 30 minutes prior to the concert. The talk will be geared towards audiences of all ages.

4 PM (Pre-concert talk at 3:30) Wine reception to follow concert
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
1111 Gough St, San Francisco
General Admission: $15 online in advance or $20 at the door
Seniors: $15 online and at the door
Students: $5 at the door
http://www.tactus-sf.org/p/season.html

Continue reading next week’s calendar . . .

Written by Jonathan Harris
San Francisco Early Music Society