Today (June 7th) on the Main Stage
The Otherworldly Fiddler: the sacred and the profane meet at Heinrich Biber’s musical table
Perhaps the greatest violin virtuoso of the 17th century, Bohemian fiddler Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber crafted his compositions in a style that might be described as a dinner party of disparate sound worlds. His scrumptious Mensa Sonora, seu Musica instrumentalis, is “civilized” Biber, for mealtime and after dinner entertainment. His virtuosic Harmonia artificioso-ariosa employs a rustic folk-fiddle style and demands alternate tunings and techniques. Agave Baroque performs selections from these fascinating collections, as well as works that fearlessly explore the nexus of sacred and profane: Biber’s 1682 masterpiece Fidicinium sacro-profanum, and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s stunning Sacro-profanus concentus musicus.
Aaron Westman, violin and viola; Shirley Hunt, viola da gamba, violoncello; Kevin Cooper, Baroque guitar; JungHae Kim, harpsichord, organ; David Wilson, violin; Josh Lee, viola da gamba, violone; Daniel Zuluaga, theorbo
5:00 PM ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, $28
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BLUE HERON, Scott Metcalfe, director
Song of Songs/Songs of Love
The poem known as the “Song of Songs” was written down in the 3rd century BCE and was admitted to the canon of Hebrew Scripture long after the Torah and the Prophets, probably towards the end of the first century CE. The poem is plainly about earthly love, but its sensuous language and imagery have been traditionally interpreted by Jewish and Christian religious exegetes as allegory. This program sets the sensuous verses of “Song of Songs” (translated from the original Hebrew into Latin by St Jerome) beside love songs in Spanish, inviting the listener to consider the many meanings and varieties of love and the complex relationship of the divine and the human, now and in the past. Music from 16th-century Spain by Francisco Guerrero, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Sebastián de Vivanco, Juan Vásquez, Nicolas Gombert, and others.
Cameron Beauchamp, Pamela Dellal, Paul Guttry, Owen McIntosh, Jason McStoots, Martin Near, Aaron Sheehan, Mark Sprinkle, Sumner Thompson, Daniela Tosic, Shari Wilson, Zachary Wilder, voices; Marilyn Boenau, bajón
8 PM, FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, $45/35/25
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Today (June 7th) on EMA Young Performers Festival
University of North Texas Collegium Singers, directed by Richard Sparks
The UNT program will feature the Requiem Mass of Tomas Luis de Victoria, published in1605. In common with other settings of the time, Victoria did not confine his setting to the Mass alone, but also included items from the Office of the Dead and the Great Absolution. The four-part Taedet animam meamcomes from the Offices of Lauds and Matins. The setting of the Mass is scored for six-part choir.
11 AM, ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH. Tickets available at the door for a donation (No advance sales.)
Stanford University Baroque Ensemble, directed by Marie-Louise Catsalis
Alessandro Scarlatti and his circle: cantatas and serenatas
The Stanford program includes works newly edited by the students from primary sources (manuscripts in Munich, Montecassino, and Berkeley). Cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti; Serenata by Severo de Luca; duet by Innocenzo Fede.
2:30 PM, ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH. Tickets available at the door for a donation (No advance sales.)
Today (June 7th) on the Fringe
Farallon Recorder Quartet with soprano Jennifer Paulino and lutenist John Lenti
Amaryllis: Songs and Consorts from the Courts of Renaissance Europe
At the heart of the program will be English Renaissance music drawn from their recent CD From Albion’s Shores, which includes music by the great 16th century lutenist John Dowland and his famous contemporary William Byrd. Spanish music by Diego Ortiz and Antonio Cabezon, German music by Ludwig Senfl and Heinrich Finck, French chansons by Josquin des Prez, and Italian songs by Bartolomeo Tromboncino and Jacob Obrecht complete this whirlwind musical tour.
FARALLON RECORDER QUARTET BIOS:
Annette Bauer, Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Louise Carslake, recorders with Jennifer Paulino, soprano and John Lenti, lute
Trinity Chapel (TRIN): 2320 Dana (at Durant)
Infromation: www.farallonrecorderquartet.com; firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 510-559-4670
The Barefoot All-Stars
“Cries and In Nomines”: Elizabethan Festive Music
“The Cries of London” by Gibbons and “The Country Cries” by Deering are the famous (and hilarious) pieces that anchor this program. Gibbons’ piece rings with the sounds of street food sellers and merchants (“ripe damsons ripe/ hot puddings, hot / have ye any work for a cooper?” etc), while the Deering piece, largely in dialect, reflects a more rural discourse (“Her’ll fling her pisspot on her head, for her play’d all night at whipperginnie”).
The Gibbons “Cries” is also an “In Nomine”, based on the plainsong that inspired dozens of instrumental pieces. The program will also include the original Taverner mass movement, an In Nomine by Tye based on street cries, another (instrumental) In Nomine by Gibbons and a contemporary ballad about a scheming cookmaid, several tailors and a sausage.
THE BAREFOOT ALLSTARS: The Spirit of Gambo, director
Allison Zelles Lloyd, voice; Tonia D’Amelio, voice; Shira Kammen, voice and viol; David Morris, voice and viol; Fred Goff, voice; Peter Hallifax, viol; Julie Jeffrey, viol; and Lynn Tetenbaum, viol
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church/Parish Hall (STM)
Tickets: Gate: $15 General, $13 SFEMS, Seniors, Students.
Online (note the discount!!!): $12 and $10 (www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/231148)
Information: www.Barefootchamberconcerts.com, email@example.com or call 510.220.1195
Women in Song: Adoration, Anguish and Animosity
Eight centuries of glorious vocal music written by and about women and their relationships: Hildegard von Bingen’s devotion to God, a Trouvère song in which a wife longs for the return of her Crusader husband, a Cantiga de Santa Maria sung in adoration of the most famous woman in music history, an Elizabethan complaint about unfaithful men, a duet from Handel’s Julius Caesar in which a mother and son share their anguish over the murder of husband and father, a Sephardic song in which a woman plots revenge against her evil mother-in law, plus vocal music by Machaut and Monteverdi presenting the male point of view (emphasizing the fickleness and hard-heartedness of women, of course!).
GRYPHONS WILD BIOS: Sally Terris, Artistic Director; Ellen St. Thomas, Managing Director
Sally Terris, mezzo-soprano, recorder, harp; Ellen St. Thomas, soprano, percussion; Greta Haug-Hryciw, percussion, storyteller, recorder, soprano; Anita Baldwin, guitar, accordion, mezzo-soprano; Carrie Campbell, mezzo-soprano, harpsichord.
Berkeley Piano Club (BPC): 2724 Haste Street
Tickets: $15 General, $10 Seniors/Students/SFEMS/ARS
Information: www.gryphonswild.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408.773.0946
Instrumentalischer Sachen: 17th Century German Chamber Music
In the early 17th century, Italian musicians spread the new Baroque style of music throughout Europe, and musicians from all over Europe came to Italy to study with Italian masters. By the mid-17th century, German-speaking lands were saturated with Italian music and Italian musicians. German and Austrian composers absorbed the new style and adapted it to their own culture well. Works by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Johann Rosenmüller , Matthias Weckmann, and others.
PASSAMEZZO MODERNO BIOS: Jonathan Davis, harpsichord; David Granger, dulcian; Edwin Huizinga, violin; Adriane Post, violin
Loper Chapel (LOP) at First Congregational Church
Tickets: Suggested donation: $10
Information: www.passamezzomoderno.com, email@example.com or call 510.260.6475
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Music of J. S. Bach for violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord
Our program features gorgeous chamber music by J.S. Bach: Sonata in G minor for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1029: Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 904: Sonata in C minor for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1017:Trio sonata in G major for violin, viola da gamba, and continuo, after BWV 1027.
ENSEMBLE MONTICHIARI BIOS: David Wilson, violin; Farley Pearce, viola da gamba; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord
Trinity Chapel (TRIN): 2320 Dana (at Durant)
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 SFEMS/EMA
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510.326.4916
The Dowland-Campion Connection
In its West Coast debut, the duo Well-Tuned Words presents songs by three of the finest lute-song composers in the age of Shakespeare: John Dowland, his friend Thomas Campion, and John Danyel.
WELL-TUNED WORDS BIOS: Amanda Sidebottom, soprano; Erik Ryding, lute
St. Joseph of Arimathea Chapel (STJ)
Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 SFEMS and EMA members, students, seniors
Information: www.welltunedwords.com: email@example.com or call 347-232-9164
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An Uncommon Portion: Music from 18th Century Germany and 21st Century America
Trios and Solos from the 18th to the 21st Centuries: Music of Telemann, Fischer, Maute and Blaker. Solos and trios from Telemann\’s Essercizi musici, and works commissioned by new composers for the recorder including Matthias Maute and Frances Blaker.
BERTAMO TRIO BIOS: Letitia Berlin, recorder; David Morris, viola da gamba; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord
Trinity Chapel (TRIN): 2320 Dana (at Durant)
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510.559.4670
Elaine Thornburgh, solo harpsichord
Musical French Muses
Stanford University harpsichordist Elaine Thornburgh offers an enchanting program of French keyboard music anchored by the eight préludes of François Couperin’s “L’Art de Toucher le Clavecin”. The préludes, a veritable textural dictionary of French style and gesture, introduce us to the music of Louis and François Couperin, Rameau, Duphly and Forqueray performed on a John Phillips two-manual harpsichord. Such pieces as Couperin’s “Les Silvains” (people of the woods), Duphly’s La Pothoüin, and Forqueray’s La Régente provide graceful continuity to the program.
Loper Chapel at First Congregational Church (LOP): Dana at Durant
Tickets: $15 general, $10 SFEMS, EMA and WEKA members, students/seniors
Information: email@example.com or call 415.387.6890
Rebecca Pechefsky, harpsichord
Harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky will present a recital of French and German music, including Francois Couperin’s rarely played 12th Ordre and the rediscovered E-Flat Partita by Bach’s star pupil, Johann Ludwig Krebs.
The harpsichord used for this recital is by Owen Daly after Jean-Claude Goujon, c. 1749, currently in the PARIS Musée de la Musique. The instrument is restrung in the new historical phosphoric iron wire by Stephen Birkett and equipped with new jacks and quilled in wild Canada goose with interior decoration by Adrian Card of San Francisco.
St. Joseph of Arimathea Chapel (STJ), 2543 Durant Street near Bowditch
Tickets $15 general admission; $10 SFEMS and EMA members, students, seniors
Information: www.rebeccapechefsky.com; firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-263-9122
Natur Early Music Ensemble
J’aimerai!: a voyage through heavenly, courtly, and earthly loves
Natur Early Music Ensemble presents “J’aimerai!: a voyage through heavenly, courtly, and earthly loves.” Inspired by the polytextual motets of the Montepellier Codex, this 50-minute program will lead the audience through the three levels of love, using sacred music by French Baroque composers Lully and Couperin, courtly madrigals by Italian Renaissance composers Luzzaschi and Festa, and earthly duets and bawdy catches by English Renaissance composers Purcell, Morley and Eccles.
NATUR EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE: Bianca Hall & Tara Bailey, directors
Tara Bailey (soprano, recorder), Claire Fedoruk (soprano, viola da gamba), Bianca Hall (soprano, recorder, harpsichord), Stacey Helley (mezzo-soprano, French specialist), Stephan Haas (harpsichord, organ, recorder, gemshorn)
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church—Parish Hall (STPM)
Tickets: General $10; Students/Seniors $7
Information: http://naturearlymusic.instantencore.com or email@example.com