Monday, January 27

American Bach Soloists repeats program of January 24.
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.
7PM
Davis Community Church
412 C St, Davis.
http://americanbach.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=565692

 Tuesday, January 28

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
nicporch-photo-by-randy-beach-jpgNicholas McGegan lectures on “Baroque Opera: An Exotic and Irrational Entertainment”
8PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco.
FREE
415-503-6275, www.sfcm.edu

Wednesday, January 29

Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra
Regular meeting, for players of recorder, early winds or early strings. Bring your instrument(s) and music stand.
7:30–9:30PM
Music Room number 060
J.L. Stanford Middle School
480 E. Meadow, Palo Alto.
650-591-3648 or www.sfems.org/mpro

Friday, January 31

The New Esterházy Quartet
“Esterázy: Book II” Lisa Weiss & Kati Kyme, violins; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, violoncello, perform the premiere of Pault Brantly’s new string quartet, dedicated to the memory of the late mathematician and early computer pioneer Franz Alt.
7:30PM
Palo Alto Friends Meetinghouse
957 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
No ticket information. 415-520-0611; www.newesterhazy.org

SFEMS presents Galax Quartet with Karen Clark, contralto.
GQ98_KC_72“Chromatic Clusters” David Wilson & Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; David Morris, ‘cello; Roy Whelden, viola da gamba; and Karen Clark, contralto, perform avant-garde music from the 16th and 17th centuries paired with new music for early instruments. Featured works include Orlando di Lasso’s Prophetiae Sibyllarum, Carlo Gesualdo’s Beltà poi che t’assenti, and two works written for Galax: Roy Whelden’s On the Petaluma River (World premiere) and Joseph Schwantner’s Dream Drapery: Thoreau Songs (West Coast premiere).
8PM
First Lutheran Church
600 Homer at Webster, Palo Alto.
$35/$30/$28
510-528-1725 or www.sfems.org

Saturday, February 1

SFEMS repeats Galax/Karen Clark program of January 31.
GQ98_KC_72“Chromatic Clusters” David Wilson & Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; David Morris, ‘cello; Roy Whelden, viola da gamba; and Karen Clark, contralto, perform avant-garde music from the 16th and 17th centuries paired with new music for early instruments. Featured works include Orlando di Lasso’s Prophetiae Sibyllarum, Carlo Gesualdo’s Beltà poi che t’assenti, and two works written for Galax: Roy Whelden’s On the Petaluma River (World premiere) and Joseph Schwantner’s Dream Drapery: Thoreau Songs (West Coast premiere).
7:30PM
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave. (at Garber), Berkeley.
$35/$30/$28
510-528-1725 or www.sfems.org

 San Francisco Renaissance Voices
“A Prelude to Valentine’s Day” Danielle Reutter-Harrah, mezzo-soprano; and Adam Cockerham, guitar/lute, perform madrigals, villancicos, sonnets, and canciones from the Renaissance through the contemporary periods.
7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church
1329 Seventh Ave., San Francisco.
$20/$15
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/448630

 Sunday, February 2

SFEMS repeats Galax/Karen Clark program of January 31.
GQ98_KC_72Chromatic Clusters” David Wilson & Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; David Morris, ‘cello; Roy Whelden, viola da gamba; and Karen Clark, contralto, perform avant-garde music from the 16th and 17th centuries paired with new music for early instruments. Featured works include Orlando di Lasso’s Prophetiae Sibyllarum, Carlo Gesualdo’s Beltà poi che t’assenti, and two works written for Galax: Roy Whelden’s On the Petaluma River (World premiere) and Joseph Schwantner’s Dream Drapery: Thoreau Songs (West Coast premiere).
4PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco.
$35/$30/$28
510-528-1725 or www.sfems.org