The SFEMS Medieval & Renaissance Collegium!

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Tom Zajac, director of the SFEMS Medieval & Renaissance Workshop at Sonoma State University returns to the Bay Area to direct our annual day-long music workshop. The event is a fund-raiser for scholarships to the summer workshop which will take place from June 23-29 this year. The Med/Ren Collegium is a favorite event for early music enthusiasts to enjoy the pleasures of a large mixed ensemble and unusual repertoire. This year Tom has created a program filled with musical curiosities from the Renaissance. Viols and other strings, recorders, flutes, lutes, harps, dulcians, sackbuts, cornetts and all manner “soft” early instruments are welcome. Although much of the music is untexted, we invite singers to join us who would be willing to vocalize on a tenor part or a sometimes a top line. Tom has given his assurance that he will find ways to put you to good use on all the pieces. We present:

A Cabinet of Musical Curiosities

Saturday March 30, 2013
9:30 to 4:00 PM
Hillside Swedenborgian Community Church
1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530

Collegium registration information:
Greta Haug-Hryciw;
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JanSteen copyThe Renaissance phenomenon of the Cabinet of Curiosities was an encyclopedic collection of natural and man-made objects displayed to evoke awe and wonder in the viewer. Aristocrats as well as some scientists had these cabinets which may be considered the precursor to the modern museum. In our musical version of the cabinet, we will explore some of the many unusual ways that composers put their own special and quirky stamp on their compositions including pieces found in strange sources; music in imitation of clocks, nature and the cosmos; works exploring unique keys and time signatures; music using chromaticism in new and exotic ways; puzzle pieces of various and sundry types; pieces that explore uncommon relationships between text and music; and more!

As always, we feature a pot-luck lunch and appreciate all contributions to the table. Coffee, tea, juice and water will be provided.

Thank you for your continued support of the SFEMS education programs.

For information about the SFEMS Med/Ren and other summer music workshops including a downloadable brochure, please visit

Other information:
Tom Zajac, 617-823-9024;

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A corner of a cabinet, painted by Frans Francken II (1636)