Calendar: November 11–17, 2019

Tuesday, November 12

Albany Consort
“From Chaos to the Sublime” The Albany Consort opens its 46th season with a delightful and amazing program, in which seven musicians take you “From Chaos to the Sublime,” painting the vivid musical landscape of Europe in turmoil. The program begins with Le Cahos by Jean-Féry Rebel, which begins with the most dissonant chord of any music from that time. It winds its way through the elegant and ingenious Henry Purcell (an In Nomine in the old manner and a Chacony following the newer practice) and the dramatic “phantasticus” style of Giovanni Legrenzi, ending with the poignantly sublime Passacaglia of Georg Muffat, the man who thought that if the musical styles of Europe could merge, then the raging wars would come to an end. The program’s centerpiece is Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, a great experiment in keyboard virtuosity that paved the way for the concertos of Mozart, Beethoven and Rachmaninov. Featuring Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord; Marion Rubinstein, recorder; Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin; and friends.

7:30 PM
Palo Alto Women’s Club
475 Homer, Palo Alto
$35/$25
Buy tickets online
Information: http://www.albanyconsort.org/next-concert/


Wednesday, November 13

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Jeannette Sorrell, Guest Conductor
“Mozart’s Musings” Founding director of acclaimed period-instrument ensemble Apollo’s Fire makes her long-awaited debut as guest conductor with an electrifying program of Mozart and more. Spanning his life from childhood to prime, Jeannette Sorrell and PBO present this enchanting Mozartian voyage, featuring PBO’s own Gonzalo X. Ruiz and a beautiful suite from Mozart’s then-popular contemporary André Grétry, whom Sorrell calls “Mozart, with a French accent.” Program includes, Mozart Overture to La finta semplice, K. 51; Concerto for Oboe in C major, K. 314, Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe; Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550; and Grétry, Orchestral suite from Zémire et Azor, La caravane du Caire. Join us for the Pre-Concert Talk forty-five minutes prior to the concert start time.

7:30 PM
Bing Concert Hall
327 Lasuen St., Stanford
$32–$120
Tickets online


Friday, November 15

Cal Performances presents Ensemble Basiani
No other sound on earth is quite like the rich, haunting, otherworldly sonorities of Georgia’s ancient vocal polyphony. The men of Ensemble Basiani are masters of the art form, cultural ambassadors who celebrate and honor the religious hymns, monastic chants, epic ballads, and folk songs of their Eastern European homeland. Returning to Berkeley, the choristers share their cultural riches in a performance of stirring power and supreme musicality. As director Zurab Tskrialashvili has remarked: “This is our jazz, our classic music. Georgian harmony is unique in the world…one of the best things Georgians have created.”

8 PM
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Tickets online $21–$70

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Jeannette Sorrell, Guest Conductor
“Mozart’s Musings” Founding director of acclaimed period-instrument ensemble Apollo’s Fire makes her long-awaited debut as guest conductor with an electrifying program of Mozart and more. Spanning his life from childhood to prime, Jeannette Sorrell and PBO present this enchanting Mozartian voyage, featuring PBO’s own Gonzalo X. Ruiz and a beautiful suite from Mozart’s then-popular contemporary André Grétry, whom Sorrell calls “Mozart, with a French accent.” Program includes, Mozart Overture to La finta semplice, K. 51; Concerto for Oboe in C major, K. 314, Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe; Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550; and Grétry, Orchestral suite from Zémire et Azor, La caravane du Caire. Join us for the Pre-Concert Talk forty-five minutes prior to the concert start time.

8 PM
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
$32–$120
Tickets online

Sonoma Bach, Robert Worth, Director
“Sing Glorious Praetorius!” Michael Praetorius (1571–1621) has been a Sonoma Bach favorite for many years. His incredible imagination, his ability to work at any scale from humble to luxurious, his trademark “wringing-out” of a chorale tune for all it’s worth, and his goodnatured ebullience all join together to endear him to performers and listeners alike. Supported by a double-consort of viols and brass, the Sonoma Bach Choir explores a broad range of Praetorius’ music, ranging from the vast array of chorale settings of Musae Sioniae to the instrumental dances of Terpsichore to the grand-scaled concertos of Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica. Come join us for this colorful celebration of one of the greatest composers who ever walked the planet! Featuring the Sonoma Bach Choir, Barefoot All-Stars Viol Consort, and The Whole Noyse Brass Ensemble.

8 PM Bachgrounder pre-concert talk, 7:25 PM
Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park
Tickets $28/$15
877-914-bach, 707-347-9491 or www.sonomabach.org


Saturday, November 16

Favolare Ensemble
“The French/Italian Connection” Jessica House Steward, soprano; Stacey Helley, mezzo-soprano; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord, perform early baroque airs and duets. The new, enormously popular Italian music of the late 16th century disseminated slowly throughout Europe. As Louis XIV set up his Chapelle Royale in the late 17th century, his composers looked to Italian music of the previous century to develop French style. This iteration of Favolare Ensemble will explore one hundred years of the Italian style’s migration to Louis XIV’s court. The program includes daring cantatas by Barbara Strozzi, elegant duets by Monteverdi, Lully, le Camus, Rosenmüller, and Campra, as well as songs by Caccini, Charpentier, and Cavalieri. You won’t be able to decide which you like better. An evening of gorgeous music!

7:30 PM
First Lutheran Church
600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto
Suggested donation $25 at the door OR take advantage of early bird “centennial” special of $20.20 at https://flcpa.org/favolare/
A portion of donations goes towards First Lutheran Church music fund

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Jeannette Sorrell, Guest Conductor
“Mozart’s Musings” Founding director of acclaimed period-instrument ensemble Apollo’s Fire makes her long-awaited debut as guest conductor with an electrifying program of Mozart and more. Spanning his life from childhood to prime, Jeannette Sorrell and PBO present this enchanting Mozartian voyage, featuring PBO’s own Gonzalo X. Ruiz and a beautiful suite from Mozart’s then-popular contemporary André Grétry, whom Sorrell calls “Mozart, with a French accent.” Program includes, Mozart Overture to La finta semplice, K. 51; Concerto for Oboe in C major, K. 314, Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe; Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550; and Grétry, Orchestral suite from Zémire et Azor, La caravane du Caire. Join us for the Pre-Concert Talk forty-five minutes prior to the concert start time.

8 PM
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
$32–$120
Tickets online

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Conservatory Baroque Ensemble Students Perform Solo Bach. Program includes French Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 815, performed by Yunyi Ji, harpsichord; Suite No. 3 in C Major for Unaccompanied Cello, BWV 1009, performed by Rocío Sanchez-Lopez, baroque cello; and Sonata No. 2 in A Minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1003, performed by Alyssa Wright, baroque violin.

5 PM
Osher Salon San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 0ak St., San Francisco
Free
Tickets: 415-503-6275, boxoffice@sfcm.edu

Sonoma Bach, Robert Worth, Director
“Sing Glorious Praetorius!” Michael Praetorius (1571–1621) has been a Sonoma Bach favorite for many years. His incredible imagination, his ability to work at any scale from humble to luxurious, his trademark “wringing-out” of a chorale tune for all it’s worth, and his goodnatured ebullience all join together to endear him to performers and listeners alike. Supported by a double-consort of viols and brass, the Sonoma Bach Choir explores a broad range of Praetorius’ music, ranging from the vast array of chorale settings of Musae Sioniae to the instrumental dances of Terpsichore to the grand-scaled concertos of Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica. Come join us for this colorful celebration of one of the greatest composers who ever walked the planet! Featuring the Sonoma Bach Choir, Barefoot All-Stars Viol Consort, and The Whole Noyse Brass Ensemble.

3 PM Bachgrounder pre-concert talk, 2:25 PM
Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park
Tickets $28/$15
877-914-bach, 707-347-9491 or www.sonomabach.org


Sunday, November 17

MusicSources presents Kevin Devine, harpsichord
A native of San Francisco, Kevin Devine has recently completed his DMA in harpsichord at Stony Brook University. His timely program is a tribute to legendary harpsichordist, Scott Ross (1951–1989), a revolutionary musician who was an early victim to AIDS. This program revisits one of Ross’s outstanding programs.

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, Jeannette Sorrell, Guest Conductor
“Mozart’s Musings” Founding director of acclaimed period-instrument ensemble Apollo’s Fire makes her long-awaited debut as guest conductor with an electrifying program of Mozart and more. Spanning his life from childhood to prime, Jeannette Sorrell and PBO present this enchanting Mozartian voyage, featuring PBO’s own Gonzalo X. Ruiz and a beautiful suite from Mozart’s then-popular contemporary André Grétry, whom Sorrell calls “Mozart, with a French accent.” Program includes, Mozart Overture to La finta semplice, K. 51; Concerto for Oboe in C major, K. 314, Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe; Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550; and Grétry, Orchestral suite from Zémire et Azor, La caravane du Caire. 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

San Francisco Recorder Society
“Sky and Heaven: Music for the Universe” San Francisco Recorder Society’s annual concert/recital features music from America, Australia, France, Germany, and Italy—sampling a fraction of the space/time continuum from Earth’s tiny window, and performed by members and friends of the San Francisco Recorder Society.

2 PM
Christ Church Lutheran
1090 Quintara St. (at 20th Ave.), San Francisco
Donations will be gratefully accepted and benefit SFRS and Christ Church Lutheran

Third Sundays at St. Alban’s presents Flauti Diversi
“In the Garden of Delight” Allison Zelles Lloyd, soprano & medieval harp; Frances Feldon, recorder & medieval flute; Sarah Michael, qanun; David Rogers, oud; and Peter Maund, percussion, perform song and dance of the medieval Mediterranean. This musical tour begins in Italy, continues into Spain, and ends in North Africa and Asia. The program unites two musical traditions and displays the kinship between Western medieval instrumental and vocal music, and music of the Ottoman tradition. Flauti performs songs and dances of the 13th and 14th centuries, devotional and rowdy, and Arabic repertoire.

4 PM
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall
1501 Washington Ave. (at Santa Fe), Albany
$25 general/$20 students & seniors/children under 12 free.
Tickets online and at the door.
Advance reservations highly recommended

Continue reading next week’s calendar . . .

Written by Jonathan Harris
San Francisco Early Music Society