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Littlmar_sml_1The SFEMS Weekly Calendar of Early Music —the Bay Area’s most comprehensive listing of historically informed early music events— has moved to the redesigned, searchable SFEMS website.

Find news, reviews, previews, artists bios, detailed program information and more at www.sfems.org

There are just a few days left to renew your membership and make your 2013 tax deductible gift in support of SFEMS and the Berkeley Festival

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.

manwalk180Full 2Your generous support and membership in our Society makes all this happen.  Please consider making a gift today or giving friends and family the gift of SFEMS membership. SFEMS members enjoy exclusive benefits including private concerts and receptions, special ticket and workshop discounts, our monthly newsletter the San Francisco Bay Area Early Music News, and more!

Click here to make a donation.

You can also donate by mail:
The San Francisco Early Music Society
P.O. Box 10151
Berkeley, CA 94709

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.  With warmest thanks for your generous support.

Sincerely,
John Signature1
John Phillips, President

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Dear Friend of Early Music,

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Since 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. In this time SFEMS has presented the world’s greatest exponents of historical performance on our concert series, offered annual summer workshops that attract students of all ages from around the globe, sustained an affiliate program to help all lovers of early music, whether recreational or professional, pursue their projects, incubated several of the Bay Area’s most prominent musical performing groups, and co-produced the biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition.

We are always seeking new and better ways to enrich our community through concerts, education, and co-operation with other organizations. This year, in partnership with the Jazzschool in Berkeley, SFEMS is producing a new series of informal Sunday afternoon concerts. These performances focus on the delights of improvisation, a common feature of both early music and jazz, and are introducing the world of historically informed music making to a new audience while challenging our traditional audience to experience early music in new and fascinating ways.

Also, this coming June, for the very first time, SFEMS will be the principal producer of the internationally acclaimed Berkeley Festival. Early Music America will join us in presenting its annual Exhibition & Marketplace of instruments, music, recordings, and accessories, as well as its acclaimed Young Performers Festival, and the Festival Fringe will provide a wealth of self-produced concerts by local and visiting performers.

We have begun preparations for the 2014 Festival, as board member Robert Cole has led us in assembling a marvelous series of concerts for the Festival week (see the listings at http://www.berkeleyfestival.org.). However, to fully meet the new leadership challenge of producing the Festival, SFEMS needs to raise $100,000 above and beyond our usual operating budget. The good news is that we have already made significant progress towards achieving this goal, and we are continuing to seek funding from a variety of sources. However, the bulk of our support will need to come—as it always does—from within our early music community, from people like you.

With this exciting new challenge before us, your support is more necessary, welcome and vital to our ongoing success than ever. If you have given to SFEMS in the past, please consider contributing at a higher level this year. If you have not given in the past, please consider making your first donation now. Every gift is very important to us, and every gift, no matter the size, will help SFEMS keep early music fresh and dynamic throughout the Bay Area. Please give generously!

Thank you so much for your support!
Sincerely,

John Signature1

John Phillips
President, SFEMS

Please Support SFEMS >

Dear Friends,

givetodayThank you for being a supporter of SFEMS!  Whether you are a donor, ticket buyer, or a workshop participant, you make it possible for SFEMS to present first-rate early music concerts and some of the best music education programs available anywhere.

As SFEMS approaches the end of our fiscal year, we ask you to help us meet our remaining fundraising goal of $25,000.  Earned income from concerts and workshops does not fully cover SFEMS’ operating expenses.  Please consider a gift today – it truly makes a difference in sustaining and strengthening SFEMS!

With your support, this season SFEMS:

  • Celebrated our 36th annual concert series, featuring promising new artists and some of the finest established early music ensembles in 3 different venues to more than 5,000 audience members.Manwalkd300 left copy
  • Will lead 6 summer workshops – Baroque, Medieval/Renaissance, Classical, Recorder, and Music Discovery for Children – to be attended by approximately 250 music-lovers of all ages.
  • Provided fiscal and operational support for 40 professional and amateur ensembles through our affiliate program.
  • Hosted our first annual “Sustaining Donor” concert at the home of Michele and Kwei Ü, at which Davitt Moroney played a delightful harpsichord program of Music for the Sun King for approximately 25 donors.  We hope you will consider joining the next intimate concert that SFEMS hosts by donating $500 or more.

As we prepare for our 37th season, The New Music: Glorious, Impassioned, Outrageous!, as well as for the next Berkeley Festival in June 2014, we need your generous support now more than ever.Will you please make a contribution to support SFEMS?  Your gift will help us meet our goal of $25,000 by August 31, 2013.

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Please donate securely online by August 31, 2013 >

Or send a check to:
P.O. Box 10151
Berkeley, CA 94709

On behalf of the board, staff, and the musicians we support at SFEMS, thank you in advance for helping strengthen early music in the Bay Area through a donation to SFEMS.  We look forward to hearing from you!

 John Signature1

John Phillips, President

SFEMS Development Committee:
Robert Cole, Joyce Johnson Hamilton, Marilyn Marquis, Christina Schiffner Santschi

Barbara H. Van Slyke (1931–2011)

On April 23, Barbara Van Slyke, longtime member of the San Francisco Early Music Society and former board member, died peacefully of lung cancer, surrounded by her family and close friends.

In 1971, Barbara earned an M.S.W. degree from UC Berkeley, thus beginning a successful career as a social worker and psychotherapist in Palo Alto. Her work continued until February, 2011.

Barbara was the child of a fine organist and told me many times of the thrill of sitting on the organ bench while her father played Bach’s powerful music. This seminal experience fostered a lifelong passion for Bach, and Barbara became an accomplished musician with a deep love for the harpsichord and organ. She was one of the most devoted fans of early music I’ve ever known. An avid concertgoer, not wanting to miss anything, she regularly subscribed to the SFEMS concert series, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque and Chattanooga Chamber Music. Barbara was committed to bringing people from other parts of her life to concerts, sharing her passion for the music and musicians she loved so much.

In the early 1990s Barbara came up to me after one of my performances at the Berkeley Early Music Festival and revealed that she had a desire to study harpsichord with me. This was the beginning of our association, which also turned into a wonderful friendship. Barbara made the commitment to come all the way from Stanford to San Francisco once a week for a lesson, and rarely missed a week. She worked hard to learn the language of French Baroque keyboard music and also to pursue her dream of learning Bach’s Goldberg Variations. In 2006, she performed beautifully the Aria and ten variations for our student group—a huge accomplishment! I have no doubt that she would have gone on and learned the rest had she lived longer.

It will take a very long time for me to get used to not seeing Barbara sitting in our local performances with a smile on her face—welcoming the music deeply into her heart and memory.

A memorial celebration will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto, on Friday, June 10, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to SFEMS, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra or to the charity of your choice.

—Katherine Roberts Perl

You are Invited!

Mark the Date!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
4:00-6:00 pm

Concourse Exhibition Center
635 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

We have a wonderful opportunity to support the growth of SFEMS and participate in an exciting event, the largest antiquarian book fair in America, made possible by our member Michael Hackenberg. See a private showing of early music manuscripts exhibited for the first time outside the UC campus; visit hundreds of booksellers at a sale featuring historical music materials; meet John Shepherd, head of the Jean Hargrove music library; hear music generously provided from SFEMS affiliate groups in a festive setting with drinks and food, surrounded by early music lovers. I look forward to seeing you there enjoying yourselves, boosting SFEMS as it steps forward to a stronger future.  — Marie Collins, Chair

$50 TICKET PRICE INCLUDES:

Admission to the Fair throughout the weekend: Friday, February 11 through Sunday, February 13, 2011.  Well known as the largest antiquarian book fair in the world, with about 240 booksellers from a dozen countries, this year’s Fair includes a major theme on early music books, manuscripts, and musical autographs, as well as hundreds of other subject specialties.

Reserved seating at 3 pm Saturday lecture: “The Abduction from the Scenario,” on collecting early music and musical autographs, by Donald W. Krummel, one of the world’s authorities on the subject and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois.

For more information please click through to the 44th California International Antiquarian Book Fair or contact:

Winslow & Associates (Book Fair Management)
746 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-551-5190 | Fax: 415-551-5195

On Saturday, February 12, 2011, 4-6 p.m. there will be a gala benefit reception for The San Francisco Early Music Society hosted by the SFEMS Board of Directors and John Shepard (Head Librarian of the Hargrove Music Library).

The reception will be held at the 44th California International Antiquarian Book Fair San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street (at Brannan Street).

Don’t miss this unique opportunity for a private viewing of the stellar special exhibit of rare musical books and manuscripts from the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library of the University of California at Berkeley.

Gala wine and hors d’oeuvres are included, as well as music provided by noted SFEMS members and affiliates.

$50 TICKET PRICE ALSO INCLUDES:

  1. Admission to the Fair throughout the weekend; Friday, February 11-Sunday, February 13, 2011.  Well known as the largest antiquarian book fair in the world, with about 240 booksellers from a dozen countries, this year’s Fair includes a major theme on early music books, manuscripts, and musical autographs, as well as hundreds of other subject specialties.
  2. Reserved seating at 3 pm Saturday lecture: “The Abduction from the Scenario”, on collecting early music and musical autographs, by Donald W. Krummel, one of the world’s authorities on the subject and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois.

For more information please download the Ticket Order Form or contact:
Winslow & Associates (Book Fair Management)
746 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-551-5190 | Fax: 415-551-5195

Judge Marie (known around town as The Hon. Marie Bertillion Collins or sometimes just as Marie Collins) is one of our early music community’s strongest supporters and a member of the SFEMS board of directors.  Her dedication, drive and hard work is an inspiration to all of as at SFEMS.

Biography: Deputy District Attorney; private law practice; Judge, Alameda County Superior Court; Dean, California Judicial College; Board member, Alameda County Bar; Criminal Courts Bar; Alameda County Judges Association; California Judges Association; President, Queens Bench; President, USF Law Society; Chair, California Women Judges; National Association of Women Judges; Fellow, American Bar Foundation. Stephens College, University of California, University of San Francisco School of Law.

Other volunteer activities: Currently serves on boards of Early Music America, The San Francisco Early Music Society, Berkeley Symphony, Cal Performances, Friends of Berkeley Festival (chair), Merola Opera Program. Past boards include Goodwill Industries, California Historical Society, Alameda County Mental Health Association, Vocare, George Wright Society, Oakland Symphony, Alameda county Criminal Justice Planning Board (4 years chair) and various state and regional commission and advisory boards in the fields of prison and jail management and construction, women’s issues, mental health, securities regulation and consumer fraud.

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