Friday December 2

California Bach Society, Paul Flight, Artistic Director
“A Belen (To Bethlehem)” 16th to 18th century Spanish Villancicos including “Serafín che con dulce harmonía” by Joan Cererols and lively, rhythmic villancicos of Pedro Rimonte, Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, and Padre Antonio Soler. With guests Richard Savino, baroque guitar and Peter Maund, percussion.
8PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell Street at Franklin, San Francisco.
$30/$22/$10
415-262-0272 or www.calbach.org

East Bay Chapter, ARS
Monthly playing session,  Frances Feldon guest conductor. New members and guests welcome.
7:30–10PM
Zion Lutheran Church
5201 Park Blvd., Oakland.
www.eastbayrecorders.org, 510-483-8675 or 415-472-6367

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas MeGegan conductor
J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor.
With soloists Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Thomas Cooley, tenor; Nathaniael Watson, baritone; and the Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott director.
8PM
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness & McAllister, San Francisco.
Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes before each performance. $25–$85
415-392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com

Sonoma Bach
“Light Out of Darkness.”

Works by Bach, Prætorius, and Schütz in this choral collection of memorial works of German Baroque period. With soloists Carol Menke, soprano; Christopher Fritzsche, countertenor; Brian Staufenbiel, tenor; Hugh Davies, baritone; Circa 1600; Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus; and Live Oak Baroque Orchestra.
8PM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
35 Liberty St, Petaluma.
Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes before each performance.
$18/$15/$10
877-914-BACH; www.sonomabach.org

UC Berkeley Music Department
Baroque Ensemble performance.
8PM
Hertz Hall
University of California, Berkeley.
$5–$15 510-642-4864

Saturday, December 3

California Bach Society repeats program of December 2.
8PM
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street at Hamilton, Palo Alto.
415-262-0272 or www.calbach.org

Festival Consort
“Renaissance Glory.” Carol Menke, soprano, and Chris Fritzsche, countertenor, join David Hogan Smith, Joanna Bramel Young, Bob Cronin and Alan Paul, performing on reproductions of 16th-c. recorders, crumhorns, schreyerpfeiffen, sackbut, curtal, shawms and gittern. Program features works by de Cristo, Victoria, Josquin, Mouton, Dufay and Prætorius.
3PM
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church
9000 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood.
$15
www.BrownPaperTickets.com Information: 707-528-6370

CANCELED; Christopher Lewis, harpsichord
Harpsichordist Christopher Lewis from Wales performs old baroque favorites and modern 20th- and 21st-century pieces on a rare newly restored 1957 Alec Hodsdon harpsichord.
7–8:30PM
St James Episcopal Church
1540 12th Ave., Oakland.
Suggested Donation: $10 All receipts will go to the church for good cause. Plenty of parking available. Refreshment after concert.
www.christopherlewis.net, www.stjamesoakland.org, 510-533-2136

Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra, Frederic Palmer, Director
Winter Concert featuring a motet by John Dunstable, an Allmand by William Brade featuring recorders, krummhorns and continuo, a movement from Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and three tangos by the 20th-century Argentine composer, Ástor Piazzolla.
2PM
Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto
Free 650-591-3648

Philharmonia Baroque repeats program of December 2.
8PM
First Congregational
Dana & Durant, Berkeley.
415-392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com

San Francisco Bach Choir, Corey Jamason, Artistic Director
“Psallite! A Candlelight Christmas.”
A concert of Baroque gems for the season with joyful choral treasures from Germany, Italy, and England. The choir’s program with candles, carols, chant, and multiple choirs singing in the round is an annual celebration of music and light that has become a not-to-be-missed San Francisco holiday tradition. With mezzo-soprano Katherine Growdon and the SFBC Baroque Orchestra
8PM
Calvary Presbyterian Church
Fillmore & Jackson, San Francisco.
$28–$15
Advance 415-441-4942 or www.sfbach.org

Sonoma Bach repeats program of December 2.
8PM
Holy Family Episcopal Church
1500 E. Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.
877-914-BACH; www.sonomabach.org

Sunday, December 4

California Bach Society repeats program of December 2.
4PM
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way at Ellsworth, Berkeley.
415-262-0272 or www.calbach.org

Music on the Hill
“Christmas In Paris.” Défense Philidor (Heidi Wilcox, violin; Vicki Melin, traverso; Farley Pearce, viola da gamba; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord) perform French Baroque chamber music, including Pièces de claveçin by François Couperin, Marin Marais’ Sonnerie de Ste. Geneviève, Michel-Richard Delalande’s setting of traditional Noëls, as well as the e minor Paris Quartet of Georg Philipp Telemann.
7PM
St. Aidan’s Church
101 Gold Mine Dr., San Francisco.
$15/$9 415-820-1429 www.musiconthehill.org

Philharmonia Baroque repeats program of December 2.
7:30PM
First Congregational
Dana & Durant, Berkeley.
415-392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com

San Francisco Bach Choir repeats program of December 3.
4PM
Calvary Presbyterian Church
Fillmore & Jackson, San Francisco.
3PM Free, pre-concert lecture (Sunday performance only)
Advance 415-441-4942 or www.sfbach.org

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