Calendar: October 14–20, 2019

Wednesday, October 16

Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra
Regular meeting, for players of recorder, early winds or early strings. Bring your instrument(s) and music stand.

7:30–9:30 PM
Trinity Church, Angus Hall
330 Ravenswood Ave. (at Laurel), Menlo Park
650-591-3648 or mpro-online.org

San Francisco Recorder Society
Monthly playing session with conductor Glen Shannon. New members and guests welcome.

7:30–9:30 PM
Christ Church Lutheran
1090 Quintara St. (at 20th Ave.), San Francisco.
Non-members are asked for a $10 playing fee per session which can be applied to the $50 annual chapter membership fee.
For more information contact gr8asf@yahoo.com; http://arssanfrancisco.org


Thursday, October 17

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, Conductor
“A Cosmic Notion” As Nicholas McGegan sets off on his final season as Music Director, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw returns with her most ambitious project yet for the Orchestra & Chorale—a cosmic reflection inspired by Carl Sagan’s Golden Record, and by humankind’s fascination with recording ourselves for posterity. The otherworldly voices of contralto Avery Amereau and bass-baritone Dashon Burton, interwoven with curated selections played on record player, all contribute to this monumental work featuring the profound words of Walt Whitman, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Tracy K. Smith. Paired with Handel’s expansive Eternal Source of Light Divine featuring countertenor Reginald Mobley, this performance will leave you contemplating what it means to create music, and who will listen tomorrow.

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


Friday, October 18

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, Conductor
“A Cosmic Notion” As Nicholas McGegan sets off on his final season as Music Director, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw returns with her most ambitious project yet for the Orchestra & Chorale—a cosmic reflection inspired by Carl Sagan’s Golden Record, and by humankind’s fascination with recording ourselves for posterity. The otherworldly voices of contralto Avery Amereau and bass-baritone Dashon Burton, interwoven with curated selections played on record player, all contribute to this monumental work featuring the profound words of Walt Whitman, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Tracy K. Smith. Paired with Handel’s expansive Eternal Source of Light Divine featuring countertenor Reginald Mobley, this performance will leave you contemplating what it means to create music, and who will listen tomorrow.

7:30 PM
First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
$32–$120
Tickets online or 415-392-4400


Saturday, October 19

East Bay Recorder Society
“Bohemian Rhapsody” All-day workshop with conductor Hanneke van Proosdij. Please join us for a day of beautiful music making, exploring the music from Eastern Europe; music by Biber, Madelka, Gallus, Grudziądza, Harant, Leopolita, Pękiel, Vodňanský, Zelenka and Zieleński. A unique opportunity to immerse yourselves in this adventurous repertoire in an inspiring and supportive atmosphere. We will orchestrate it for soft winds, viols, brass, and reeds. Plucked instruments are also welcome! The more variety we have, the better. Bring instruments (pitch: A=440), music stand, and bag lunch. Music is included in workshop fee; PDFs will be sent beforehand upon request. Snacks and beverages will be provided for breaks. Space is limited. To check for availability or for more information, contact Cindy Keune at cindy.keune@gmail.com, 925-518-6613.

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
1501 Washington St., Albany
Setup and registration at 8:30, morning playing 9:30–noon, and afternoon 12:30–3:00.
EBRS/SFEMS/ARS members $65 Non-members $70
Half day $50/55
Online registration form  or
Download registration form to print and mail

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, Conductor
“A Cosmic Notion” As Nicholas McGegan sets off on his final season as Music Director, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw returns with her most ambitious project yet for the Orchestra & Chorale—a cosmic reflection inspired by Carl Sagan’s Golden Record, and by humankind’s fascination with recording ourselves for posterity. The otherworldly voices of contralto Avery Amereau and bass-baritone Dashon Burton, interwoven with curated selections played on record player, all contribute to this monumental work featuring the profound words of Walt Whitman, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Tracy K. Smith. Paired with Handel’s expansive Eternal Source of Light Divine featuring countertenor Reginald Mobley, this performance will leave you contemplating what it means to create music, and who will listen tomorrow.

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

San Francisco Girls Chorus, Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Artistic Director
“Daring Sisters / Atrevidas Hermanas” The San Francisco Girls Chorus (SFGC) embarks on a musical journey through the cathedrals, campos and teatros of the Latin America baroque era! Beautifully curated by American-Uruguayan soprano Nell Snaidas, the program will pay homage to Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz, one of the first published feminists of the Americas and a champion of women’s rights to education, with a tapestry of choral works by Mexican, Bolivian and Peruvian composers from the 17th century.

7:30 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St. (at Gough), San Francisco
$38/$28
SFEMS Members Use the code SFEMS25 to receive a 25% discount on all ticket prices!
Visit City Box Office online or call 415-392-4400.


Sunday, October 20

Bolivian Baroque
The ensemble Beneath a Tree performs rarely-heard gems from the Jesuit missions of eastern Bolivia, where harpsichords and lutes were never abandoned. Despite the passage of three centuries, the musical legacy of the baroque has remained vibrant in the smallest of villages, with songs and manuscripts passed down from generation to generation. This program features works by indigenous composers from the 18th century, as well as Europeans who made their way to New Spain. With Michele Kennedy, soprano; Gail Hernández Rosa, violin; Daria D’Andrea, violin; Frédéric Rosselet, cello; Daniel Turkos, bass; and Melody Hung Nishinaga, harpsichord.

4:30 PM
California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison Street, Berkeley
Tickets online $25

MusicSources presents Béatrice Martin, harpsichord
One of France’s leading young harpsichordists, Beatrice Martin is an active recitalist and recording artist. She is currently teaching harpsichord at the Historical Performance Program at Julliard. Her recital will feature major works from the heart of the 17th and 18th century French repertoire.

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, Nicholas McGegan, Conductor
“A Cosmic Notion” As Nicholas McGegan sets off on his final season as Music Director, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw returns with her most ambitious project yet for the Orchestra & Chorale—a cosmic reflection inspired by Carl Sagan’s Golden Record, and by humankind’s fascination with recording ourselves for posterity. The otherworldly voices of contralto Avery Amereau and bass-baritone Dashon Burton, interwoven with curated selections played on record player, all contribute to this monumental work featuring the profound words of Walt Whitman, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Tracy K. Smith. Paired with Handel’s expansive Eternal Source of Light Divine featuring countertenor Reginald Mobley, this performance will leave you contemplating what it means to create music, and who will listen tomorrow.

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

San Francisco Bach Choir, Magen Solomon, Director
“The Soul Rejoices, The Spirit Sings” Music of joy and thanksgiving from a variety of sacred traditions. From the sweeping architecture of a Bach motet to the powerful expression of early American shape note hymns and spirituals, this concert will lift your spirits and feed your soul. Program includes J.S. Bach, Jesu, meine Freude; Henry Purcell, “O sing unto the Lord,” Z44; Francesco Durante, Magnificat; Salamone Rossi, Keter Yitenu Lach; Abraham Casseres, Hishki, Hiski; Moses Hogan, “Good news, the chariot’s comin;'” and William Billings, “Universal Praise.” With soloists Rita Lilly, soprano; Daniel Hutchings, tenor; Nikolas Nackley, baritone; and the Jubilate Orchestra.

4 PM
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore St., San Francisco
$10 to $35 (youth under 19 always free)
Tickets online, 855-473-2224, or info@sfbach.org

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Written by Jonathan Harris
San Francisco Early Music Society