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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKnown for his dramatic and unique style and as a gifted orchestral colorist, Joseph Schwantner is one of the most prominent American composers today. He received his musical and academic training at the Chicago Conservatory and Northwestern University and has served on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, and the Yale School of Music.

Schwantner’s compositional career has been marked by many awards, grants, and fellowships, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his orchestral composition, Aftertones of Infinity, and several Grammy nominations. Among his many commissions is his Percussion Concerto, which was commissioned for the 150th anniversary season of the New York Philharmonic and is one of the most performed concert works of the past two decades.  Schwantner is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He says: “I was immediately drawn to the quartet’s poignant, intimate and expressive sound world, the evocative and hauntingly beautiful voice of contralto, Karen Clark and the poetry of Henry David Thoreau whose words so thoroughly capture the transcendental spirit of 19th-century New England life. Living and working in the high hills of rural New Hampshire, provided a synergy of poetry and music that formed an ideal union to help frame the mood, character and direction of this work.”

shapeimage_4Composer and performer on the viola da gamba, Roy Whelden has been called “a key figure in the world of new music” (Early Music America). He has been profiled as a composer and gambist on Minnesota Public Radio. He has made many recordings including the award winning Shock of the Old with American Baroque and San Francisco’s Composers’ Collective and Galax—music for viola da gamba (New Albion 059) as well as Like a Passing River (New Albion 072). He has performed and recorded with many internationally known ensembles, including Sequentia, the Boston Camerata, Musica Pacifica, American Baroque, and Ensemble Alcatraz. His instrument was made by Kazuya Sato in 1993, modeled on a variety of mid-17th century six string French viols. ■

Tuesday, January 7

Noontime Concerts
Pearce-Dornenburg-Tanaka-2013French Music Festival. Music of the late French Baroque by Marin Marais, Sainte Colombe, and Charles Dollé.
John Dornenburg, Farley Pearce, viola da gamba; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord
Noon
Old St. Mary’s Cathedral
660 California Street
San Francisco CA 94108
$5 suggested donation
(415) 777-3211  http://noontimeconcerts.org/

Sacramento Recorder Society
Regular meeting for recorder players, with guest conductor Jerry Schwartz. Newcomers welcome. Bring recorders, stand, and other early instruments. Music provided.
Refreshments.
6:45–9:30PM
Friends Meeting House
890 57th St., between H and J, Sacramento.
marschif@gmail.com or at 916-685-7684.

Wednesday, January 8

Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra
Regular meeting, for players of recorder, early winds or early strings. Bring your instrument(s) and music stand.
7:30–9:30PM
Music Room number 060,
J.L. Stanford Middle School,
480 E. Meadow, Palo Alto.
650-591-3648 or www.sfems.org/mpro

Musica Pacifica
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“Sweet Accents: In Praise of Harmony.” Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Josh Lee, viola da gamba; and Charles Sherman, harpsichord; with guest tenor Aaron Sheehan, perform a varied program of virtuoso cantatas and instrumental chamber music by Handel, Rameau, Telemann, Bach, Couperin, and their contemporaries. Featured works include a Telemann Paris Quartet; a Rameau Pièce de Clavecin en Concert; Rameau’s cantata Orphée, and arias by Handel and Bach.
7:30PM
Trinity Chapel
Dana and Durant Sts., Berkeley.
$30/$25/$10
http://musicapacifica.brownpapertickets.com

Friday, January 10

Magnificat, Warren Stewart, Director
dresden-venice-1680-opt“Curiose et Moderne Invenzioni—Music of Monteverdi & Schütz”
Claudio Monteverdi’s madrigals Armato il cor and Zefiro torna, motet Exulta filia Sion, and Salve Regina; Heinrich Schütz’s setting of the Song of Song text Anima mea liquefacta es and his motets Exultavit cor meum and Es steh Gott auf; toccatas by Alessandro Piccinini and Johann Jacob Froberger; and sonatas by Biagio Marini, Dario Castello, and Dresden court violinist Carlo Farina will be interwoven into this kaleidoscopic journey from Dresden to Venice and back. With Laura Heimes & Jennifer Ellis Kampani, sopranos; Rob Diggins & Jolianne von Einem, violins; Warren Stewart, violoncello; Michael Leopold, theorbo; and Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord & organ. More Detail >
8PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell, San Francisco.
$35/$30/$12
http://magnificatbaroque.tix.com, http://magnificat.eventbrite.com, or 800-595-4849.

South Bay Recorder Society
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Monthly meeting, guest conductor Greta Haug-Hryciw.
New members and guests welcomed.
7:30–10PM
First Congregational Church of San Jose
1980 Hamilton Ave. (at Leigh)
San Jose.
408-358-0878 or zilbrown@aol.com

Saturday, January 11

Live at Mission Blue
Clerestory
“Shakespeare and His Time.” Clerestory pays homage to this greatest of English wordsmiths in songs from the Renaissance through the modern day.
8PM
Pre-concert talk by Bruce Lamott at 7:30
Mission Blue Center
475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane.
20/$15 www.LiveAtMissionBlue.com

Magnificat repeats program of January 10.
dresden-venice-1680-opt“Curiose et Moderne Invenzioni—Music of Monteverdi & Schütz”
Claudio Monteverdi’s madrigals Armato il cor and Zefiro torna, motet Exulta filia Sion, and Salve Regina; Heinrich Schütz’s setting of the Song of Song text Anima mea liquefacta es and his motets Exultavit cor meum and Es steh Gott auf; toccatas by Alessandro Piccinini and Johann Jacob Froberger; and sonatas by Biagio Marini, Dario Castello, and Dresden court violinist Carlo Farina will be interwoven into this kaleidoscopic journey from Dresden to Venice and back. With Laura Heimes & Jennifer Ellis Kampani, sopranos; Rob Diggins & Jolianne von Einem, violins; Warren Stewart, violoncello; Michael Leopold, theorbo; and Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord & organ. More Detail >
8PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.
$35/$30/$12
http://magnificatbaroque.tix.com, http://magnificat.eventbrite.com, or 800-595-4849.

Sunday, January 12

Tish Berlin, Shira Kammen, and Peter Maund
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“A Musical Smorgasbord,” a workshop for instrumentalists and singers on medieval, Renaissance, and traditional music. Music of Palestrina, Dowland, Holborne, medieval England, percussion and improvisation classes: for singers and instrumentalists.
1:30–8PM
Arlington Community Church
52 Arlington Ave., Kensington.
tishberlin@sbcglobal.net for registration form.

SFEMS and The Jazzschool
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“Dead or Alive? Improvisation in High Baroque Chamber Music.”
David Morris, viola da gamba and baroque cello; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord, perform music of Abel, Bach, Cirri, Marais, Telemann and others, in a program that challenges listeners to figure out where the composer’s notes leave off and the performer’s new ideas begin.
4:30PM
The Jazzschool
2087 Addison St., Berkeley.
$15/$12
http://jazzschool.org/event/david-morris-katherine-heater-presented-sf-early-music-society/

Magnificat repeats program of January 10.
dresden-venice-1680-opt“Curiose et Moderne Invenzioni—Music of Monteverdi & Schütz”
Claudio Monteverdi’s madrigals Armato il cor and Zefiro torna, motet Exulta filia Sion, and Salve Regina; Heinrich Schütz’s setting of the Song of Song text Anima mea liquefacta es and his motets Exultavit cor meum and Es steh Gott auf; toccatas by Alessandro Piccinini and Johann Jacob Froberger; and sonatas by Biagio Marini, Dario Castello, and Dresden court violinist Carlo Farina will be interwoven into this kaleidoscopic journey from Dresden to Venice and back. With Laura Heimes & Jennifer Ellis Kampani, sopranos; Rob Diggins & Jolianne von Einem, violins; Warren Stewart, violoncello; Michael Leopold, theorbo; and Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord & organ. More Detail >
7PM
Le Petit Trianon
72 N. 5th St., San Jose
$42/$36/30; Seniors & FT Students $39/$33/$27
https://www.sjchambermusic.org/tickets.php

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MUSIC DISCOVERY - fairiesSince its founding nearly forty years ago, the mission of the San Francisco Early Music Society has been to support and nurture early music in the Bay Area, promoting the next generation of artists and working to build the audiences to receive them.

Warren_Stewart 2We have just celebrated the close of 2013 with the voices of angels and a blast of trumpets when SFEMS–after a one year sabbatical by music director Warren Stewart–presented MAGNIFICAT and brought the splendor of A Venetian Christmas Mass to the Bay. It was glorious and chosen as one of the truly “memorable concerts of 2013″ by Steven Smolar of the SF Examinar.

Recorder Workshop FacultyPreparations for a busy 2014 are well underway.  We are planning new concert season including additional performance opportunities for SFEMS members and affiliates, an expanded summer workshop schedule, and the 2014 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition including our unique and popular BFX Fringe Festival under the visionary leadership of SFEMS board member Robert Cole.

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Dead or Alive?: Improvisation in High Baroque Chamber Music

David Morris, viola da gamba and baroque cello;
Katherine Heater, harpsichord

david_morrisSunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:30PM
The Jazzschool
2087 Addison St., Berkeley
$15/$12
Reservations recommended as space is limited.

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Katherine HeaterImprovisation is at the heart of baroque music, even when composers give the performers fully fleshed-out melodies and information about the harmonic underpinnings of the music. Even with all of this black-and-white material facing modern performers, there’s still an expectation that the performer is supposed to give something of herself/ himself to every performance- something new, varied and unexpected. David Morris and Katherine Heater perform the music of Abel, Bach, Cirri, Marais, Telemann and others in a program that challenges listeners to figure out where the composer’s notes leave off and the performer’s new ideas begin.

David Morris is a member of The King’s Noyse, the Galax Quartet, Quicksilver and the New York State Baroque Ensemble. He has performed with Musica Pacifica, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tragicomedia, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Mark Morris Dance Company and Seattle’s Pacific Musicworks. Mr. Morris received his B.A. and M.A. in Music from U.C. Berkeley, and has been a guest instructor in early music performance-practice at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mills College, Oberlin College, the Madison Early Music Festival and Cornell University. He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, New Albion, Dorian, New World Records, Drag City Records, CBC/ Radio-Canada and New Line Cinema.

Katherine Heater, harpsichord, frequently plays with early music groups such as Musica Pacifica and Voices of Music. She has performed throughout the United States, including with Catacoustic Consort in Ohio, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho and at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and the Tropical Baroque Festival of Miami. She received an Arts Bachelor from the University of California, Berkeley in music and a Masters of Music in historical performance from Oberlin Conservatory. At the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam Ms. Heater studied harpsichord with Bob van Asperen and fortepiano with Stanley Hoogland. Also an active teacher, Ms. Heater teaches harpsichord at UC Berkeley and privately. She has been director of the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Music Discovery Workshop and co-director of the SFEMS recorder and baroque workshops.

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