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Calendar: June 6–12, 2022

Monday, June 6

BFX: Lucy Fitz Gibbon and Nicholas Mathew—Dark Dreams—Lieder of Franz Schubert, Clara Schumann, & Robert Schumann
In this intimate and imaginative recital presented by the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition of Early Music, soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and fortepianist Nicholas Mathew explore female figures on the boundaries of society, from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Mignon,” as seen through the eyes of Robert Schumann; to Franz Schubert’s  “Viola”  and “Vergissmeinnicht”; to Clara Schumann’s Sechs Lieder, Op. 13.

Time: Monday, June 6, 7 PM; PDT
Cost: $75/$65/$50; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID).
Venue: Hertz Hall (101 Cross-Sproul Path, UC Berkeley).
More information HERE.


Tuesday, June 7

BFX: Keiran Campbell and Sezi Seskir—Beethoven and C.P.E. Bach
Cellist Keiran Campbell (principal, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra) and fortepianist Sezi Seskir (Bucknell University) join forces for an exploration of music by Beethoven and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, whose embracing of the empfindsamer Stil (“sensitive style”) presaged Beethoven’s dramatic extravagances.

Time: Tuesday, June 7, 12 PM; PDT
Cost: $75/$65/$50; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID).
Venue: Hertz Hall (101 Cross-Sproul Path, U.C. Berkeley).
More information HERE.


Tuesday, June 7

BFX: Solazzo Ensemble—Firenze 1350
In the second and final concert of their American and Berkeley Festival debut, the Sollazzo Ensemble explores the intellectual ferment that was 14th-century Florence, performing music of sacred and secular works by Francesco Landini, Vincenzo da Rimini, and others.

Time: Tuesday, June 7, 7 PM; PDT
Cost: $75/$65/$50; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID)
Venue: First Church Berkeley UCC (First Congregational; 2345 Channing Way).
More information HERE.


Wednesday, June 8

BFX: BLACK, BLUMENSTOCK, JAMASON & REED—Teutonic Titans
Beloved Bay Area favorites Cynthia Keiko Black (violin), Elizabeth Blumenstock (violin), Corey Jamason (harpsichord), and Elisabeth Reed (viola da gamba) join together for a dynamic program of deeply expressive chamber music from 17th-century Germany and Austria.

Time: Wednesday, June 8, 4 PM; PDT
Cost: $65 general admission; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID)
Venue: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (50 Oak St.).
More information HERE.


Wednesday, June 8

BFX: Rachel Podger—Bach Sonatas and Partitas
Festival favorite Rachel Podger returns with a selection of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin, a foundation of the Baroque repertoire.

Time: Wednesday, June 8, 7 PM; PDT
Cost: $75/$65/$50; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID)
Venue: First Church Berkeley UCC (First Congregational; 2345 Channing Way).
More information HERE.


Thursday, June 9

BFX: Annette Richards and David Yearsley—A Musical Tour Recollected in Company–Tracing Burney
Richards and Yearsley take listeners on a musical journey with music historian Charles Burney, presenting music from Italy, Germany, and Spain on the organ, harpsichord, and fortepiano.

Time: Thursday, June 9, 12 PM; PDT
Cost: $75/$65/$50; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID)
Venue: Hertz Hall (101 Cross-Sproul Path, U.C. Berkeley).
More information HERE.


Thursday, June 9

BFX: Vox Luminis—Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu nostri
Internationally-renowned Festival favorite Vox Luminis returns with Dietrich Buxtehude’s remarkable meditation on the body of the crucified Christ.

Time: Thursday, June 9, 7 PM; PDT
Cost: $75/$65/$50; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID)
Venue: First Church Berkeley UCC (First Congregational; 2345 Channing Way).
More information HERE.

 


 

Friday, June 10

BFX: Early Music America Emerging Artists Showcase
Early Music America’s (EMA) Emerging Artists Showcase will present several competitively-chosen ensembles that reflect the future of historically informed performance..

Time: Friday, June 10, 12 PM; PDT
Cost: $65 general admission; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID).
Venue: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.
More information HERE.


Friday, June 10

BFX: Lisette—A Song’s Journey From Haiti and Back
Baritone and musicologist Jean Bernard Cerin explores the tale—across centuries and continents—of “Lisette quitté la plaine,” a enduringly popular folk tune from Cerin’s native Haiti. This program will feature a showing of “Lisette,” a feature-length documentary by Cerin and Brandi Berry, as well as performances from Cerin, who will be joined by Bay Area-based soprano Michele Kennedy and pianist and musicologist Nicholas Mathew.

Time: Friday, June 10, 3 PM; PDT
Cost: $65 general admission; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID)
Venue: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley.
More information HERE.


Friday, June 10

BFX: No Mean Reward—Chanticleer and the Golden Fleece 

In this concert, GRAMMY Award-winning ensemble Chanticleer will present a program that includes music by Guillaume Du Fay, Johannes Ockeghem, Antoine Busnois, and Cristóbal Morales.

Time: Friday, June 10, 8 PM; PDT
Cost: $75/$65/$50; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID)
Venue: First Church Berkeley UCC (First Congregational; 2345 Channing Way).
More information HERE.


Saturday, June 11

BFX: Matthew Dirst—Music from the Organ’s Nadir—Between Bach and Mendelssohn
This hour-long program, featuring music from an era when leading composers largely ignored the organ—”the king of instruments”—includes masterworks like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Adagio and Allegro in F Minor” (KV 594) and a delightful trio sonata by Johann Ludwig Krebs..

Time: Saturday, June 11, 12 PM; PDT
Cost: $65 general admission; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID)
Venue: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.
More information HERE.


Saturday, June 11

BFX: ARTEK—Artemisia: Light and Shadow
New York-based ensemble ARTEK (Gwendolyn Toth, director) presents a one-woman show featuring singer and actress Sarah Chalfy about the life of internationally-renowned painter Artemisia Gentileschi.

Time: Saturday, June 11, 8 PM; PDT
Cost: $75/$65/$50; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID)
Venue: First Church Berkeley UCC (First Congregational; 2345 Channing Way).
More information HERE.


Saturday, June 11

BFX: Fire & Grace & Ash—Partita Americana Redux
Fire & Grace & Ash (Edwin Huizinga, violin; William Coulter, guitar; Ashley Broder, mandolin) join forces with mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan in a concert using the music of Johann Sebastian Bach as the starting point for a dynamic fusion of Baroque and folk.

Time: Saturday, June 11, 10 PM; PDT
Cost: $75/$65/$50; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID)
Venue: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.
More information HERE.


Sunday, June 12

BFX: Barefoot All-Stars—Lawes As You Like It: the Six-Part Consort Setts
This concert features all of William Lawes’ extraordinary music for six viols, a cornerstone of the repertoire which combine complex counterpoint with daring harmonic invention and an idiosyncratic melodic sense.

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Time: Sunday, June 12, 1 PM; PDT
Cost: $65 general admission; $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID)
Venue: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley.
More information HERE.


Sunday, June 12

BFX: Vox Luminis—J.S. Bach & Kuhnau Magnificats
The Festival closes with Vox Luminis performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s iconic Magnificat, as well as a setting of the same text by Bach’s venerable predecessor at St. Thomas’s Church in Leipzig, Johann Kuhnau.

Time: Sunday, June 12, 4 PM; PDT
Cost: $85/$75/$55, $20 for patrons 35 and under (with ID)
Venue: First Church Berkeley UCC (First Congregational), 2345 Channing Way.
More information HERE.

 

Written by Heidi Waterman