Calendar: October 22–28, 2018

Monday, October 22

American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas, Conductor
“Off to the Hunt!” Johann Sebastian Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046; Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048; and Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd, BWV 208 (“Hunting Cantata”). The opening concerts of the 30th All-Bach Season will feature the sonorous corno da caccia or “hunting horn” in two works that reveal Bach’s playful dispositions while employed in Weimar and Cöthen. The joyful “Hunting Cantata,” Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd! (“What pleases me is the lively hunt!”) is Bach’s earliest surviving secular cantata, composed for the 31st birthday of Duke Christian of Saxe-Weissenfels whose wise governance and adept hunting skills are allegorically praised in song. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major brings the baroque horn to the foreground in some of Bach’s most robust instrumental music, and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major for three groups of string instruments matches violins, violas, and ‘cellos in a rally of friendly competition, a tour de force volley of virtuosity. With soloists Hélène Brunet, soprano (Pales; Julie Bosworth, soprano (Diana); Derek Chester, tenor (Endymion); Mischa Bouvier, baritone (Pan); and the American Bach Soloists & American Bach Choir.

7 PM
Davis Community Church
412 C Street at Fourth
Tickets online $35 to $89
800-595-4TIX (-4849),

Wednesday, October 24

Early Music Open Mic Night
la-barre-and-other-musicians-bouys-croppedJoin us for Early Music Open Mic Night in the East Bay, 4th Wednesday of every month. This is your opportunity to perform early music in a friendly cabaret style setting. Instrumentalists, singers, soloists, groups, students, youngsters, professionals — all are welcome! Please email with the date you’d like to perform. Time slots will be up to 15 minutes, and there will be six time slots on each night. A harpsichord/organ as well as a piano will be available on site. Food and drinks will be provided.

7–9:30 PM
Hillside Community Church,
1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
Donations gratefully accepted

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


Saturday, October 27

San Francisco Performances presents Daniel Hope and Friends
“Air—a Baroque Journey,” a sonic history of the violin and the musical form the “air” through works by composers spanning three centuries. Daniel Hope and Simos Papanas, violin; Nicola Mosca, violoncello; Emanuele Forni, lute; Naoki Kitaya, cembalo; and Michael Metzler, percussion, perform works of Diego Ortiz, Handel, Andrea Falconieri, Johann Paul Von Westhoff, Nicola Matteis, Vivaldi, Falconieri, Jean-Marie Leclair, And Marco Uccelini.

7:30 PM
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
Tickets online

Sunday, October 28

Michael Peterson, harpsichord, performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partitas. Bach’s Partitas are considered to be among the greatest works written for keyboard. They mingle French and Italian styles blended with Bach’s perfect mastery of counterpoint. Trained in Holland, young harpsichordist Michael Peterson selects two Partitas for his MusicSources debut.

5 PM
St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley
$30 non members, $25 MusicSources members and seniors, $10 students 18 yrs. or younger
510-528-1685 or

San Francisco Performances presents Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello
Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras performs the complete Bach Cello Suites in two concerts. The 2 PM program features Suites No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007; No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008; and No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009. The 7 PM program features Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010; No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011; and No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012.

2 PM and 7 PM
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
2 PM concert Tickets
7 PM concert Tickets

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Written by Jonathan Harris
San Francisco Early Music Society