Calendar: October 28–November 3, 2019

Tuesday, October 29

Berkeley Baroque Strings, Kati Kyme, Director
KatherineKyme“The Neapolitans” The Berkeley Baroque Strings will present a concert of works by Italian composers. The program will feature music of Alessandro Scarlatti, his son Domenico, and his student Francesco Durante. Also on the program will be works by Leonardo Leo, Francesco Mancini, and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, who died at the age of 26 from tuberculosis, and who composed “‘O Frate ‘Nnammorato” (“The Brother in Love”) when he was 22.

7:30 PM
St. Clement’s Episcopal Church
2837 Claremont Blvd., Berkeley.
Free, donations gratefully accepted info@berkeleybaroquestrings.org,
www.berkeleybaroquestrings.org


Friday, November 1

Barefoot Chamber Concerts
David Wilson, violin; Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord play “Sorrowful Mysteries: More Rosary Sonatas by Heinrich I. F. Biber” One of last season’s highlights was the performance of the “Joyful” sonatas from Biber’s ca. 1675 collection of “Rosary” or “Mystery” sonatas by David Wilson and his team. These mesmerizing pieces were unknown until 1905 and present unusual technical problems, including the infamous scordatura (variant tunings, often quite radical, chosen for expressive purposes). We are all grateful to David for his mastery of these completely unique and stunning pieces of music. This program will be in a new and fabulous venue: the Social Hall of the Arlington Community Church in Kensington. It has a fantastic acoustic, and we’ve always wanted to present a Barefoot concert there, so we’re taking this opportunity. It also has its own large parking lot immediately across the Arlington. We hope you enjoy it as much we know we will!

6:30 PM
Social Hall of the Arlington Community Church,
52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA 9470
All tickets $20, no one turned away for lack of funds
18 and under admitted free and welcome.
Tickets at the door or reserve online (recommended) at
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4312222
https://barefootchamberconcerts.com

Berkeley Baroque Strings, Kati Kyme, Director
KatherineKyme“The Neapolitans” The Berkeley Baroque Strings will present a concert of works by Italian composers. The program will feature music of Alessandro Scarlatti, his son Domenico, and his student Francesco Durante. Also on the program will be works by Leonardo Leo, Francesco Mancini, and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, who died at the age of 26 from tuberculosis, and who composed “‘O Frate ‘Nnammorato” (“The Brother in Love”) when he was 22.

7:30 PM
St. Clement’s Episcopal Church
2837 Claremont Blvd., Berkeley.
Tickets, $20, students $10, children under 12 free
info@berkeleybaroquestrings.org,
www.berkeleybaroquestrings.org

Resonance @ First Church Berkeley
Ingrid Matthews, violin and Derek Tam, fortepiano, perform “Beethoven at 250” Get a head start on celebrating the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth! Acclaimed Seattle-based violinist Ingrid Matthews (“one of the lights on early music’s international circuit,” San Francisco Chronicle) and fortepianist Derek Tam come together for an evening of the composer’s most cherished works, performed on period instruments. The piano was central to Beethoven’s development as a composer, and the violin sonatas remain central to the instrument’s repertoire. From the mysterious opening movement of the “Moonlight” sonata, to the impassioned outbursts of the C minor violin sonata – written as Beethoven was coming to terms with his increasing deafness – experience the revolution that ushered in a whole new era in music. Program includes Fortepiano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, “Moonlight”, Op. 27 No. 2; Sonata for Violin and Fortepiano in F major, “Spring”, Op. 24; Seven Variations on “God Save the King” for Fortepiano in C major, WoO 78; and Sonata for Violin and Fortepiano in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2

8 PM
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Tickets $15–$25
reserve tickets online, 510-848-3696, dtam@fccb.org


Saturday, November 2

Cantata Collective
San Francisco Bay Area’s only professional Ensemble dedicated solely to the performance of the Cantatas of J.S. Bach proudly invites you to their next concert, featuring  J.S. Bach’s cantatas Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht (I pitiful man, I slave of sin), BWV 55; and Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe und sprach (Jesus gathered the twelve to Himself and spoke), BWV 22. Cantata Collective aims to present the Bach cantatas free to the public, as the equivalent of a World Heritage Site, a collection of masterworks belonging to all people. Bach’s greatest body of work will be heard as vocal chamber music featuring local and internationally recognized artists. Further performances will take place in December, March, and May. Although admission to the concerts is free, membership in the Collective will be offered so that listeners and performers may join together to make this music available to all.

7:30 PM
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
555 Waverley St., Palo Alto
FREE, donations accepted.
845-323-2361, http://cantatacollective.org/

East Bay Chapter, ARS
Monthly playing session with guest conductor Greta Haug-Hryciw. New members and guests welcome. Please visit our “Join Us!” page for our membership form. But if you wish to attend for a first time as a non-member, it is free (with a $10 charge for addtional monthly meetings thereafter until you join).

10 AM to 12:30 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
5201 Park Blvd., Oakland
http://www.eastbayrecorders.org


Sunday, November 3

Cantata Collective
San Francisco Bay Area’s only professional Ensemble dedicated solely to the performance of the Cantatas of J.S. Bach proudly invites you to their next concert, featuring  J.S. Bach’s cantatas Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht (I pitiful man, I slave of sin), BWV 55; and Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe und sprach (Jesus gathered the twelve to Himself and spoke), BWV 22. Cantata Collective aims to present the Bach cantatas free to the public, as the equivalent of a World Heritage Site, a collection of masterworks belonging to all people. Bach’s greatest body of work will be heard as vocal chamber music featuring local and internationally recognized artists. Further performances will take place in December, March, and May. Although admission to the concerts is free, membership in the Collective will be offered so that listeners and performers may join together to make this music available to all.

5 PM
St. Mary Magdalen Parish
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley
FREE, donations accepted.
845-323-2361, http://cantatacollective.org/

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Conservatory Baroque Ensemble, Corey Jamason and Elisabeth Reed, co-directors, performs Jean Baptiste Lully, Ballet des quartre saisons; Antonio Vivaldi, “Autumn” and “Winter” from The Four Seasons; Jean-Féry Rebel, movements from Les Élémens, and arias by Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel.

2 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco
Free, reservations recommended
Reserve tickets online, 415-503-6275  or boxoffice@sfcm.edu

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center
“The Dawn of Classical Ballet” Dance and Music Workshop with dancer and dance historian Claudia Bauer and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra violinist Lisa Grodin.

1:30–4:30 PM
Shawl-Anderson Dance Center
2704 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley
$25/general, $15/students, $15/observers
For details and to register,
visit https://www.shawl-anderson.org/adult-workshops
For more information, contact Lisa Grodin, lgrodin@philharmonia.org

Continue reading next week’s calendar . . .

Written by Jonathan Harris
San Francisco Early Music Society