Calendar: September 9–15, 2019

Wednesday, September 11

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


Friday, September 13

Barefoot Chamber Concerts presents Burning River Baroque
“A Mad Burning Desire” Mad songs and instrumental music by Henry Purcell, C.P.E. Bach and others. The first concert of Barefoot’s 11th season is a special presentation of the cutting-edge Cleveland-based early music ensemble Burning River Baroque. The first English actresses to take the stage legally capitalized on society’s fascination with mental illness. These enterprising women catapulted themselves to fame by portraying characters that descended violently into lovesick madness. Women were first permitted to take the public stage in Restoration England in 1662; however, this gigantic advancement for women’s rights was fraught with immense political and sexual tension. From those who decried the immorality of women performing in public to those who fetishized, courted, and even raped them, nearly everyone had an opinion about the women who were putting themselves on stage. At the same time, philosophers and medical experts began to think of psychological maladies as medical conditions requiring treatment by doctors rather than as spiritual deficiencies to be handled by religious authorities. The center of London’s cultural fascination with madness was Bethlehem Royal Hospital (Bedlam), a sprawling mental institution with space for over 200. The tradition of wealthy individuals paying to observe Bedlam’s residents had begun in 1610, and by the end of the century, visitors regularly came to Bedlam to be entertained by those society deemed insane. This idea of making a spectacle of the mentally ill is reflected by spectacular mad scenes that were brought to life by the first English actresses in the Restoration theatre. “A Mad, Burning Desire” features mad songs and instrumental music by Henry Purcell, C.P.E. Bach, John Blow, John Eccles, and Gottfried Finger.

6 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
All tickets $15, no one turned away for lack of funds
18 and under admitted free and welcome.
Tickets at the door or reserve online (recommended) at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4310591
https://barefootchamberconcerts.com

New Esterházy Quartet
“A Haydn Bouquet—Four Quartets from Two Decades of Genius” The New Esterházy Quartet (Lisa Weiss and Kati Kyme, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; William Skeen, cello) perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s string quartets Op. 17/1 in E major (1771); Op. 64/1 in C major (1791); Op. 9/5 in B-flat major (1771); and Op. 50/4 in F-sharp minor (1787).

8 PM
Church of Mary Magdalen
2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley
$30 (discounts for SFEMS members, seniors, and students)
415-520-0611 www.newesterhazy.org

South Bay Recorder Society
Monthly meeting, guest conductor Glen Shannon. New members and guests welcome.

7:30–10 PM
First Congregational Church of San Jose
1980 Hamilton Ave (at Leigh), San Jose
408-358-0878 or zilbrown@aol.com


Saturday, September 14

Burning River Baroque
“A Mad Burning Desire” Mad songs and instrumental music by Henry Purcell, C.P.E. Bach and others. The first English actresses to take the stage legally capitalized on society’s fascination with mental illness. These enterprising women catapulted themselves to fame by portraying characters that descended violently into lovesick madness. Women were first permitted to take the public stage in Restoration England in 1662; however, this gigantic advancement for women’s rights was fraught with immense political and sexual tension. From those who decried the immorality of women performing in public to those who fetishized, courted, and even raped them, nearly everyone had an opinion about the women who were putting themselves on stage. At the same time, philosophers and medical experts began to think of psychological maladies as medical conditions requiring treatment by doctors rather than as spiritual deficiencies to be handled by religious authorities. The center of London’s cultural fascination with madness was Bethlehem Royal Hospital (Bedlam), a sprawling mental institution with space for over 200. The tradition of wealthy individuals paying to observe Bedlam’s residents had begun in 1610, and by the end of the century, visitors regularly came to Bedlam to be entertained by those society deemed insane. This idea of making a spectacle of the mentally ill is reflected by spectacular mad scenes that were brought to life by the first English actresses in the Restoration theatre. “A Mad, Burning Desire” features mad songs and instrumental music by Henry Purcell, C.P.E. Bach, John Blow, John Eccles, and Gottfried Finger.

7:30 PM
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
$15–$20
Tickets online

New Esterházy Quartet
“A Haydn Bouquet—Four Quartets from Two Decades of Genius” The New Esterházy Quartet (Lisa Weiss and Kati Kyme, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; William Skeen, cello) perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s string quartets Op. 17/1 in E major (1771); Op. 64/1 in C major (1791); Op. 9/5 in B-flat major (1771); and Op. 50/4 in F-sharp minor (1787).

4 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St. (at Franklin), San Francisco
$30 (discounts for SFEMS members, seniors, and students)
415-520-0611 www.newesterhazy.org

Viola da Gamba Society/Pacifica Chapter
Pacifica Viols PlayDay with Elisabeth Reed. You must be a member of Pacifica Viola da Gamba Society (Associate Members excepted) to register for and attend our PlayDays. Non-members may attend one session as a guest, but must register ahead of time with the PlayDays Consort Coordinator: playdays@pacificaviols.org

9 AM–3 PM
Hillside Church
1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
RSVP. Please email or phone ahead.
playdays@pacificaviols.org
https://pacificaviols.org


Sunday, September 15

Peter Hallifax and Andy Canepa
“A Feast of Music by J.S. Bach” Peter Hallifax, viola da gamba; and Andy Canepa, harpsichord, play Bach’s Sonata in G minor for viola da gamba and harpsichord, Cello suite in D minor transcribed for viola da gamba, Partita in C minor for harpsichord, and Sonata in G major for viola da gamba and harpsichord

3 PM
St. Mary Magdalene Church
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley
Advance tickets $15, tickets at the door $20, under 18 are free, and no-one will be turned away for lack of funds.

New Esterházy Quartet
“A Haydn Bouquet—Four Quartets from Two Decades of Genius” The New Esterházy Quartet (Lisa Weiss and Kati Kyme, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; William Skeen, cello) perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s string quartets Op. 17/1 in E major (1771); Op. 64/1 in C major (1791); Op. 9/5 in B-flat major (1771); and Op. 50/4 in F-sharp minor (1787).

4 PM
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street (at Hamilton), Palo Alto
$30 (discounts for SFEMS members, seniors, and students)
415-520-0611 www.newesterhazy.org

San Francisco Early Music Society
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SFEMS Annual Membership Meeting. President’s annual report, nomination and election of new Directors, Affiliates’ reports, and members’ forum are some of the agenda. Special tribute to retiring Director Robert Cole. Refreshments! Music by Nash Baroque.  All members welcome and encouraged to attend.

5:30–7:30 PM
The Musical Offering
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Free and open to all members
Information: 510-528-1725, sfems@sfems.org

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Written by Jonathan Harris
San Francisco Early Music Society