Monday, December 16

2013 Messiah Sing-Along
2013 Messiah Sing“Good Tidings of Great Joy” Conducted by Schola Cantorum’s Maestro Gregory Wait
With Chamber Orchestra, You Sing the Choruses and Solos, Listeners Welcome, Too!
Bring your own score or borrow ours.
7:30 PM
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street (corner of Castro and Mercy streets) in downtown Mountain View.
Tickets:  $22/adults; $18/seniors and youth; $14/groups
For more information, visit scholacantorum.org
Buy Tickets; (650) 254-1700

Tuesday, December 17

A Chanticleer Christmas
xmas-150x1501The 12-member a cappella vocal ensemble performs seasonal works from Gregorian chant and medieval and Renaissance polyphony to traditional carols and spirituals.
6PM
8:30PM performances.
St. Vincent Church
35 Liberty St., Petaluma.
$35–$65
415-392-4400 or www.chanticleer.org/concerts-and-tickets/bay-area/a-chanticleer-christmas

Wednesday, December 18

A Chanticleer Christmas
The 12-member a cappella vocal ensemble performs seasonal works from Gregorian chant and medieval and Renaissance polyphony to traditional carols and spirituals.
8PM
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
1017 11th St., Sacramento.
$35–$65
415-392-4400 or www.chanticleer.org/concerts-and-tickets/bay-area/a-chanticleer-christmas

Thursday, December 19

A Chanticleer Christmas
The 12-member a cappella vocal ensemble performs seasonal works from Gregorian chant and medieval and Renaissance polyphony to traditional carols and spirituals.
6PM, 8:30PM
Mission Santa Clara
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara.
$35–$65
415-392-4400 or www.chanticleer.org/concerts-and-tickets/bay-area/a-chanticleer-christmas

Voices Of Music, David Tayler and Hanneke van Proosdij, Directors.
VOM group pic V2bAlessandro Grandi—Venetian Vespers A reconstruction of a first Christmas day Vespers service based on selections from Grandi’s 1630 Messa, e salmi concertati, a tre voci, as well as virtuoso vocal and instrumental music by Monteverdi, Marini, Buonamente and Uccellini, all printed in Venice. With Laura Heimes & Jennifer Ellis Kampani, sopranos; John Taylor Ward, baritone; Elizabeth Blumenstock, Carla Moore, Lisa Grodin & William Skeen, baroque strings; David Tayler, theorbo; and Hanneke van Proosdij, organ & recorder. Pre-concert lecture by Jeffrey Kurtzman 45 minutes before each performance.
8:30PM
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
555 Waverly St., Palo Alto.
$35/$40
415-260-4687

Friday, December 20

California Revels
haddon-hall_-derbyshire_The Spirits of Haddon HallIn the 28th annual Christmas Revels, the Lord and Lady of this stately medieval manor can no longer afford the cost of upkeep and the staff necessary to run it. Can the ghosts of past generations convince the current owners to find a way to remain in the Hall, or will this be their final Yuletide at Haddon?
A theatrical celebration of the winter solstice with music dance and pageantry from many lands. Fred Goff and Shira Kammen, masters of music.
8PM performance.
Scottish Rite Theater
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.
$20–$40
510-452-8800 californiarevels.org

SFEMS presents Magnificat, Warren Stewart, Director
3L_magnificat_12_11_72“A Venetian Christmas Mass.” Music by Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi, and appropriate plainsong. With soloists Clara Rottsolk & Jennifer Paulino, sopranos; Andrew Rader & Clifton Massey, countertenors; Christopher LeCluyse & Daniel Hutchings, tenors; Hugh Davies & Peter Becker, basses; and The Whole Noyse Renaissance wind band.
8PM
First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton, Palo Alto.
$35/$30/$28
510-528-1725 or www.sfems.org

Voices Of Music
Alessandro Grandi—Venetian Vespers A reconstruction of a first Christmas day Vespers service based on selections from Grandi’s 1630 Messa, e salmi concertati, a tre voci, as well as virtuoso vocal and instrumental music by Monteverdi, Marini, Buonamente and Uccellini, all printed in Venice. With Laura Heimes & Jennifer Ellis Kampani, sopranos; John Taylor Ward, baritone; Elizabeth Blumenstock, Carla Moore, Lisa Grodin & William Skeen, baroque strings; David Tayler, theorbo; and Hanneke van Proosdij, organ & recorder. Pre-concert lecture by Jeffrey Kurtzman 45 minutes before each performance.
8PM
St. Stephen’s Church
3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere

Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble, Cindy Beitmen, Director
WAVEF2012The Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) and the men of the Schola Cantorum of St. Albert Priory present their annual Christmas concert following the traditional format of a Festival of Lessons and Carols, which has been the customary Christmas Eve service at King’s College, Cambridge, England since 1918. The performance includes 12th-c. Sarum chant; 13th–15th-c. French and English music; works by Ravenscroft, Ord, Mouton, and Michael Praetorius; and traditional Christmas carols with audience participation.
8PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.
$20/$10 (tickets at door only).
For information, www.wavewomen.org, wavewomen@netzero.net, or 510-233-1479.

Saturday, December 21

California Revels
The Spirits of Haddon HallIn the 28th annual Christmas Revels, the Lord and Lady of this stately medieval manor can no longer afford the cost of upkeep and the staff necessary to run it. Can the ghosts of past generations convince the current owners to find a way to remain in the Hall, or will this be their final Yuletide at Haddon?
A theatrical celebration of the winter solstice with music dance and pageantry from many lands. Fred Goff and Shira Kammen, masters of music.
1PM and 5PM performances.
Scottish Rite Theater
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.
$20–$40
510-452-8800 californiarevels.org

SFEMS repeats Magnificat
3L_magnificat_12_11_72“A Venetian Christmas Mass.” Music by Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi, and appropriate plainsong. With soloists Clara Rottsolk & Jennifer Paulino, sopranos; Andrew Rader & Clifton Massey, countertenors; Christopher LeCluyse & Daniel Hutchings, tenors; Hugh Davies & Peter Becker, basses; and The Whole Noyse Renaissance wind band.
7:30PM
First Congregational Church
Dana and Durant, Berkeley.
$35/$30/$28
510-528-1725 or www.sfems.org

SFEMS Annual Holiday Party
XmascardCelebrate the holiday season with dinner, A Venetian Christmas Mass by MAGNIFICAT under the direction of Warren Stewart and our annual holiday party.
Pre-Concert Dinner Served at the Musical Offering Café, 2430 Bancroft Way
The Musical Offering Café once again will offer pre-concert dining, featuring their delicious cafe menu along with a daily special for SFEMS concert-goers Saturday, December 21st 5:30–7:30 p.m., immediately before our Berkeley performance by MAGNIFICAT.
Please call 510-849-0211 for more information.
Holiday Party at the Musical Offering Café, 2430 Bancroft Way
SFEMS members and friends are invited to join us for our annual holiday party, reception Saturday, December 21st at The Musical Offering Café & Classical Record Shop immediately following the Berkeley MAGNIFICAT performance at First Congregational Church.
The record shop will be open during the reception, selling a fabulous selection of early music CDs and more.

Voices Of Music
Alessandro Grandi—Venetian Vespers A reconstruction of a first Christmas day Vespers service based on selections from Grandi’s 1630 Messa, e salmi concertati, a tre voci, as well as virtuoso vocal and instrumental music by Monteverdi, Marini, Buonamente and Uccellini, all printed in Venice. With Laura Heimes & Jennifer Ellis Kampani, sopranos; John Taylor Ward, baritone; Elizabeth Blumenstock, Carla Moore, Lisa Grodin & William Skeen, baroque strings; David Tayler, theorbo; and Hanneke van Proosdij, organ & recorder. Pre-concert lecture by Jeffrey Kurtzman 45 minutes before each performance.
8PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell, San Francisco.

San Francisco Renaissance Voices
“A Festival of Lessons and Carols” Annual Free Family Concert. SFRV lead tenor, Corey Head, once again directs this event and brings advanced students from his vocal studio to join with members of San Francisco Renaissance Voices to recreate this Christmas tradition that features familiar holiday pieces, and in the tradition of the Festival a specially commissioned work for the evening by Bay Area composer Winton Yuichiro White, lots of audience carol sing along, and a festive holiday reception to enjoy after the concert!
7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church
1329 Seventh Ave., San Francisco.
FREE Donations will be cheerfully accepted. www.SFRVoices.org

Sunday, December 22

California Revels
The Spirits of Haddon HallIn the 28th annual Christmas Revels, the Lord and Lady of this stately medieval manor can no longer afford the cost of upkeep and the staff necessary to run it. Can the ghosts of past generations convince the current owners to find a way to remain in the Hall, or will this be their final Yuletide at Haddon?
A theatrical celebration of the winter solstice with music dance and pageantry from many lands. Fred Goff and Shira Kammen, masters of music.
1PM and 5PM performances.
Scottish Rite Theater
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.
$20–$40
510-452-8800 californiarevels.org

A Chanticleer Christmas
The 12-member a cappella vocal ensemble performs seasonal works from Gregorian chant and medieval and Renaissance polyphony to traditional carols and spirituals.
8PM
St. Ignatius Church
650 Parker St., San Francisco.
$35–$65
415-392-4400 or www.chanticleer.org/concerts-and-tickets/bay-area/a-chanticleer-christmas

SFEMS repeats Magnificat
3L_magnificat_12_11_72“A Venetian Christmas Mass.” Music by Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi, and appropriate plainsong. With soloists Clara Rottsolk & Jennifer Paulino, sopranos; Andrew Rader & Clifton Massey, countertenors; Christopher LeCluyse & Daniel Hutchings, tenors; Hugh Davies & Peter Becker, basses; and The Whole Noyse Renaissance wind band.
4PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco.

Voices Of Music
Alessandro Grandi—Venetian Vespers A reconstruction of a first Christmas day Vespers service based on selections from Grandi’s 1630 Messa, e salmi concertati, a tre voci, as well as virtuoso vocal and instrumental music by Monteverdi, Marini, Buonamente and Uccellini, all printed in Venice. With Laura Heimes & Jennifer Ellis Kampani, sopranos; John Taylor Ward, baritone; Elizabeth Blumenstock, Carla Moore, Lisa Grodin & William Skeen, baroque strings; David Tayler, theorbo; and Hanneke van Proosdij, organ & recorder. Pre-concert lecture by Jeffrey Kurtzman 45 minutes before each performance.
7:30PM
St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.

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