Friday, July 29

The Vinaccesi Ensemble
Amy Brodo, baroque cello & gamba; Jonathan Davis, harpsichord; Sarge Gerbode, Archlute; Nanette McGuinness, soprano; Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano; Jonathan Smucker, tenor, perform selected solo cantatas by Benedetto Vinaccesi.
Old First Concerts
1751 Sacramento at Van Ness
San Francisco.

Sunday, July 31

SFEMS Music Discovery Workshop

“Explorations of 15th-Century Italy with Leonardo da Vinci, THE Renaissance Man.”
Multicultural day camp for children and youths ages 7–15. Early music and Renaissance social history. Instruction includes violin, recorder, harpsichord, viola da gamba and cello, chamber music, musicianship, crafts, costume-making, games and more. The Music Discovery campers will explore life and music in 15th-c. Italy with our guide Leonardo da Vinci, THE Renaissance man! Beginners to advanced students welcome.
Director: Tish Berlin.
Faculty: Tish Berlin, Leonardo da Vinci class; Louise Carslake, recorder; Carla Moore, violin; Farley Pearce, cello, viola da gamba; Allison Rolls, theater project director; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord.
9AM–3PM daily
July 31–August 5
Crowden Center for Music in the Community,
1475 Rose Street (at Sacramento)
Info: Tish Berlin, 510-882-1169;
Online brochure and registration available at


Monday, August 1

SFEMS Music Discovery classes for adults

“The Many Moods of Johann Sebastian Bach,” a lecture series by John Prescott.
Few composers have explored the range of human emotion as Bach did. Come on a voyage of discovery through the vocal and instrumental music of this giant among musical giants. Five days of instruction, no previous musical experience necessary.
Register for either the full course ($85/$80 SFEMS members) or for individual days ($20 each).

Day 1: “The maestro in his element.” John Prescott lectures on Bach as a performer and composer at the keyboard.

Day 2:  “From court to coffee house.” John Prescott lectures on Bach’s secular orchestral and vocal music.

Day 3:  “The intimate world of Bach’s solo and chamber music.” Lecture by John Prescott

Day 4:Opera in church?” John Prescott lectures on the drama of Bach’s sacred vocal music.

Day 5: “Sons and heirs.” John Prescott lectures on the musical legacy of Bach’s family.
9:30AM–Noon daily
August 1–5
Crowden Center for Music in the Community
1475 Rose Street (at Sacramento)
Info: Britt Ascher, 925-283-7134; Individual class descriptions and registration form available from