Calendar: May 13–19, 2019

Friday, May 17

Cal Performances presents Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, conductor
Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of Saint Peter) Visionary director Peter Sellars returns to Cal Performances with a profound and stirring a cappella work by one of the Renaissance’s most revered composers. Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of Saint Peter) depicts the grief and remorse of the Apostle Peter, as he reflects on his fateful denial of Jesus on the day of his arrest. The work is sung by the 21 voices of the formidable Los Angeles Master Chorale, with Sellars’ stark staging illuminating the biblical story’s striking connections to the concerns of our modern world. “Lagrime” was praised by the Los Angeles Times in its Disney Hall premiere as, “a major accomplishment for the Master Chorale, which sang and acted brilliantly. It is also a major accomplishment for music history.”

8 PM
Zellerbach Hall
University of California at Berkeley
Tickets online,, or 510-642-9988

Friday–Sunday, May 17–19

Marin Headlands Workshop
Pt. BonitaEast Bay Recorder Society presents its now biennial workshop for recorders, viols, and other instruments (intermediate to advanced levels) at the Point Bonita YMCA in the Marin Headlands, with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean, and San Francisco. This year’s featured instructors and coaches include Tish Berlin, Tom Bickley, Frances Blaker, Amy Brodo, Frances Feldon, Gayle Neuman, Phil Neuman, and Derek Tam. Full and partial attendance possible.

Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.
Point Bonita YMCA in the Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Recreation Area, Marin Co.
Fees: Weekend $290; Weekend without lodging $220; Partial Weekend $200; Saturday $130. Registrations will be taken as long as space is available. Call Merlyn Katechis at 510-593-4679 or e-mail (preferred) to check for availability.
Download and print Registration form.

Saturday, May 18

Gallimaufry Chamber Chorus, Shira Kammen, Director
“Flights of Fancy” A concert of early and traditional music celebrating the world of birds. With guest artists, Letitia Berlin and Frances Blaker, recorders; Andrew Canepa, keyboards; and David Morris, viola da gamba. A benefit for the Golden Gate Audubon Society

7:30 PM
St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman St, Berkeley
Tickets $20 minimum donation
Online or at the door

Sunday, May 19

The Arts at St. Bede’s presents Gail Archer, Organ
Grammy-nominated organist Gail Archer will present a gala program honoring the 50th anniversary of the installation of St. Bede’s beloved Von Beckerath organ. In addition to her work as a recitalist, Ms. Archer serves on the faculties of Vassar College, Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Harriman Institute. Founder of Musforum, an international network for women organists, she has toured extensively in Europe and recorded for Meyer Media and CALA records. A reception will follow the performance.

4 PM
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
2650 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park
$15–$20, 650-854-6456

SFEMS presents Iestyn Davies, countertenor, and Thomas Dunford, lute
“England’s Orpheus” Iestyn Davies, one of England’s greatest living countertenors, sings songs by three composers—John Dowland, Henry Purcell, and George Frideric Handel—who were likened to the mythical Orpheus. For these songs—at times melancholy, tender, and bawdy—he is joined by the brilliant young lutenist Thomas Dunford, who has been called the “Eric Clapton of the lute” (BBC Music Magazine).

4 PM
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana), Berkeley
Buy Tickets online, by email,, or by phone 510-528-1725
Tickets available at the church starting 45 minutes before the performance

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Written by Jonathan Harris