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Monday, January 20

American Bach Soloists
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John Thiessen leads a master class in baroque trumpet.
7:30PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco.
FREE
415-621-7900

Tuesday, January 21

Vinaccesi Ensemble
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“Friends of the French Court” 17th- and 18th-century music by Campra, Couperin, Rameau, Marais, and Louis XIII
12:30PM
Old St. Mary’s
660 California St., San Francisco.
$5
415-777-3211: http://noontimeconcerts.org/

Wednesday, January 22

Classical Revolution Oakland
The Town Quartet and members of Classical Revolution Oakland
perform Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K 364 Yuri Kye, violin Evan Buttemer, viola; Bach Coffee Cantata BWV 211 Kate Offer, Richard Mix, Seth Arnopole, singers Arvo Part “Fratres” Corey Mike, violin.
7-10PM
Awaken Cafe
429 Broadway @ Telegraph , Oakland
Admission is FREE
$5-20 donation requested
http://classicalrevolution.org/blog/2013/09/09/awaken-cafe-oakland/

Thursday, January 23

Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin, and David Breitman, fortepiano
Complete Beethoven violin and fortepiano sonatas series continues, featuring the Sonata in A Major, Opus 12, no. 2; Sonata in A Minor, Opus 23 Sonata in G Major, Opus 96
7:00PM
Schiro Program Room,MLK Library
150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose.
Series tickets: $60, Individual tickets: $25.
Stroh@sjsu.edu or 408-808-2058: http://whub34.webhostinghub.com/~ameri350/events/violin_sonatas.html
Seating limited to 60.

Friday, January 24

American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas director.
abs_j_thomas1“Bach’s Magnificat,” an all-Bach program including the always popular Magnificat, the cantatas Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! and Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir, and the Orchestral Suite No. 2 in b minor, with solo flutist Sandra Miller.
8PM
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
3 Bay View Ave., Belvedere.
$20–$64
415-621-7900; www.americanbach.org; info@americanbach.org,
http://americanbach.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=565652

Saturday, January 25

American Bach Soloists repeats program of January 24.
“Bach’s Magnificat,” an all-Bach program including the always popular Magnificat, the cantatas Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! and Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir, and the Orchestral Suite No. 2 in b minor, with solo flutist Sandra Miller.
8PM
First Congregational, Dana & Durant, Berkeley.
http://americanbach.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=565655

The English Concert, Harry Bicket, Conductor.
HandelsTheodora_EventPhotoGeorge Frideric Handel’s penultimate oratorio, Theodora. With soloists Dorothea Roschmann, soprano; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano; Neal Davies, bass-baritone; and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Julian Wachner, Director.
7:30PM
Green Music Center, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.
$40–$85
http://gmc.sonoma.edu/event/1557441-the-english-concert-handel-s-theodora, tickets@sonoma.edu, 866-955-6040

Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra, Frederic Palmer Director
image“Dutch Masters, Six Centuries of Music from The Netherlands and Early Flanders,” a workshop with Paul Leenhouts, open to recorder players from the intermediate to advanced level. Please bring a music stand and a lunch. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
9:30AM–4:30PM
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park.
$55/$50  Advanced registration is encouraged as space is limited.
http://mpro-online.org/ or 650-941-3065

Sunday, January 26

American Bach Soloists repeats program of January 24.
“Bach’s Magnificat,” an all-Bach program including the always popular Magnificat, the cantatas Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! and Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir, and the Orchestral Suite No. 2 in b minor, with solo flutist Sandra Miller.
4PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco.
$20–$64
415-621-7900; www.americanbach.org; info@americanbach.org,
http://americanbach.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=565666

Monday, January 13

SFEMS John Prescott Lectures
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“Our Musical Shakespeare: Reveling in the Music of Henry Purcell,” a lecture series for adults, exploring the music of Henry Purcell. No previous musical experience necessary. Register for either the full course ($85/$80 SFEMS members) or for individual days ($20 each).
Day 1: “The restoration of the cathedrals: Purcell’s sacred music”
9:30AM–Noon
School of the Madeleine
1225 Milvia Street, Berkeley.
Registration form: www.sfems.org/prescott13.shtml.
Information: 510-843-2425, Suzannesiebert@gmail.com
The Prescott lectures support the SFEMS Music Discovery Workshop, a children’s day camp

 Tuesday, January 14

SFEMS John Prescott lectures continue (see January 13).
John_Prescott02-1Our Musical Shakespeare: Reveling in the Music of Henry Purcell,” a lecture series for adults, exploring the music of Henry Purcell. No previous musical experience necessary.
Day 2: “From church to stage: Purcell’s theatrical and operatic vocal music”
9:30AM–Noon
St. Mary Magdalene Church
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.
$20
510-843-2425
Suzannesiebert@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 15

Barefoot Chamber Concerts Presents Agave Baroque
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“Friends of Ferdinand.” Agave Baroque (Aaron Westman, violin; Heather Vorwerck, viol; Kevin Cooper, guitar & theorbo; and Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord) perform music from the circle of the Holy Roman Emperor.
6.30PM
Petaluma Woman’s Club
518 B St., Petaluma.
$15/$13 18 and under free and welcome.
Tickets http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/525938; information BarefootChamberConcerts.com.

SFEMS John Prescott lectures continue (see January 13).
Our Musical Shakespeare: Reveling in the Music of Henry Purcell,” a lecture series for adults, exploring the music of Henry Purcell. No previous musical experience necessary.
Day 3: “The splendor and intimacy of Purcell’s instrumental music”
9:30AM–Noon
St. Mary Magdalene Church
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.
$20
510-843-2425
Suzannesiebert@gmail.com

Thursday, January 16

SFEMS John Prescott lectures continue (see January 13).
Our Musical Shakespeare: Reveling in the Music of Henry Purcell,” a lecture series for adults, exploring the music of Henry Purcell. No previous musical experience necessary.
Day 4: “From stage to chamber to tavern: the many moods of Purcell’s songs”
9:30AM–Noon
St. Mary Magdalene Church
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.
$20
510-843-2425
Suzannesiebert@gmail.com

Friday, January 17

Barefoot Chamber Concerts Presents Agave Baroque
“Friends of Ferdinand.” Agave Baroque (Aaron Westman, violin; Heather Vorwerck, viol; Kevin Cooper, guitar & theorbo; and Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord) perform music from the circle of the Holy Roman Emperor.
6PM
Parish Hall of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/443975

SFEMS John Prescott lectures continue
Our Musical Shakespeare: Reveling in the Music of Henry Purcell,” a lecture series for adults, exploring the music of Henry Purcell. No previous musical experience necessary.
Day 5: “Whatever happened to English baroque music? Purcell’s legacy”
9:30AM–Noon
St. Mary Magdalene Church
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.
$20
510-843-2425
Suzannesiebert@gmail.com

Saturday, January 18

Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin, and David Breitman, fortepiano
The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies and The American Beethoven Society present the complete violin and fortepiano sonatas on original instruments. This program features Sonata in D Major, Opus 12, no 1; Sonata in c minor, Opus 30, no. 2, Sonata in G Major, Opus 30, no. 3; and Sonata in F Major, Opus 24 (“Spring”)
2PM (Three-concert series continues January 19 and 24.)
Schiro Program Room,MLK Library
150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose.
Series tickets: $60, Individual tickets: $25.
Stroh@sjsu.edu or 408-808-2058
Seating limited to 60.

Marin Baroque
ITALIAN LOVE DUETS. Elsa Nicol, soprano, and Nik Nackley, counter-tenor, perform Italian love duets by Alessandro Scarlatti and George Frideric Handel, accompanied by Farley Pearce, cello, and Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord.
8PM
First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo
72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo
$25/$20/$5
415-497-6634, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/536561

San Francisco Chapter, ARS
2014 Chapter Workshop.
10AM–4:30PM
Christ Church Lutheran
1090 Quintara St. (at 20th Ave.), San Francisco.
gr8asf@yahoo.com, http://arssanfrancisco.org/

Saturday Night at the Movies.
 Voices of Music Voices of Music will host an evening of wonderful music performed by The New Esterhazy Quartet, the Alchemy Trio and Voices of Music.  This performance will be recorded in high definition video. This will be an annual event where Voices of music invites other early music groups to join. In 2015 this event will include a concert as well as a film component showing highlights from this 2014 concert on the big screen.
8PM (followed by a wine and cheese reception)
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St, San Francisco
$10
415-260-4687; https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=vom

Viola da Gamba Society/Pacifica Chapter
Monthly viol consort playing with guest coach Farley Pearce. Players of all levels welcome.
9AM–3PM
Hillside Church
1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito.
Newcomers please email or phone ahead. dcantey@att.net, 831-420-1618

Sunday, January 19

Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin, and David Breitman, fortepiano
Complete Beethoven violin and fortepiano sonatas series continues, featuring the Sonata in A Major, Opus 30, no. 1; Sonata in E-flat Major, Opus 12, no. 3; Sonata in A Major, Opus 47 (“Kreutzer”).
2PM
Schiro Program Room,MLK Library
150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose.
Series tickets: $60, Individual tickets: $25.
Stroh@sjsu.edu or 408-808-2058
Seating limited to 60.

Music by Bach and Son
Laudami Ensemble
Laudami Ensemble (David Ross on flute, violinist Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, and harpsichordist Michael Peterson) perform works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
3PM
University Lutheran Chapel
2425 College Ave., Berkeley.
$10–$20
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/529014, rubinsalz@gmail.com

John_Prescott02-1JOHN PRESCOTT received his M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from U. C. Berkeley. Prior to this, he received his B.A. magna cum laude in Music and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa from Carleton College (MN). He has been the recipient of a number of academic honors, including the British Marshall Scholarship for two years of study at St. John’s College in Cambridge, England. He also studied at Oxford University’s Worcester College. Dr. Prescott has written extensively on the music of Handel. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on John Stanley, the 18th‐century blind organist, conductor, violinist and impresario. Dr. Prescott has taught music courses at U.C. Berkeley and music theory at The Crowden School (Berkeley CA), and was the musicologist for the San Francisco Elderhostel Arts and Humanities Program. He teaches music history courses for the Osher Life Long Learning institutes at U.C. Berkeley and at San Francisco State University. He gives pre‐opera lectures for Berkeley West Edge Opera and the Livermore Valley Opera Company. He also gives pre‐concert lectures for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

Sing a Palestrina Mass with Professor Bill Mahrt

Missa Jam Christus Astra Ascenderat
by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525–1594)

Professor William MahrtFebruary 15-16, 2014
Braun Music Center

Room 110
Stanford University, Palo Alto

To register, download this PDF form

Palestrina has been held up as the model for high Renaissance sacred music, yet the Singers’ Retreat has never sung a Mass by him. So we will sing this one, drawn from h6208909Palestrinais Fifth Book of Masses (1590), published just before his death. It is based upon a paraphrase of the Gregorian chant hymn for Matins on Pentecost, and for the hymns of the Little Office during the day of Pentecost. Its characteristic mode takes one beginning and wide ranging melody, then paraphrases in a nicely developed style, with intricate counterpoint. It is sure to promise both challenge and great enjoyment.

In addition to the rehearsal, Prof. Mahrt will offer brief lectures during breaks to inform us more about the composer and the musicology.   He will discuss this Mass along with others by Palestrina, and its place within the history of related music.

2342152Late on Saturday afternoon we enjoy the Sherry Hour, an opportunity to taste a variety of the wine, from most dry to sweetest.   (Unlike past events, there will be no Saturday evening sing.)

Remember to invite friends to the concert at 4 pm on Sunday, February 16, at St. Ann Chapel, 541 Melville Ave, Palo Alto.  Donations are accepted at the performance which are contributed to a fund for musicians in need.

Participation in the concert is a requirement of attendance.

Dear Friend of Early Music,

Littlmar_sml_1Please Support SFEMS >

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!

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Katie Hagen to Join SFEMS Staff

SFEMS welcomes our newest staff member, Katie Hagen, who will be taking on two important roles, as the Society’s Workshop Administrator and as Assistant Directormanwalk180Full for the 2014 Berkeley Festival. Katie—who has a background in both arts administration and performance, playing modern viola and recently baroque violin—will be involved in what she calls the nitty gritty of administration. For our Summer Workshops, that will mean working with each of the directors on everything from budgets to marketing to facilitating enrollments. For next June’s Festival, it will involve PR and marketing work, logistical planning, helping performers juggle space and time for rehearsals, and much more.

Katie earned a Masters of Music in Viola Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music last year and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in physics from Case Western University. She became interested in early music during college, when friends took her to hear the baroque ensemble Apollo’s Fire. Their performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto Number 3 impressed her deeply. She was struck not only by the clarity the smaller ensemble could achieve, but by what she called the “naturalness” of their playing, a freedom from stuffiness, and the way she felt the music could breathe. During graduate work at Eastman, she was able to pursue her growing interest in early music by studying baroque violin, a doubly interesting experience for her, since it also has been her introduction to playing any kind of violin.

A native of Berkeley, who moved to Oregon at age 5, Katie is excited about working for SFEMS and returning to such a vibrant community and the center of so much early music activity. “San Francisco’s diverse culture and high-profile arts scene are captivating,” she said. “I have family members and friends still living in the area. I recently began playing baroque violin, and the Bay Area is one of the American regions richest in opportunities to study and listen to early music.”

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