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2018 Fringe Calendar

One of the most exciting and varied components of every Berkeley Festival is The Fringe, a series of self-produced concerts by soloists and ensembles from around the world.
Please note that Fringe events are independently produced and priced. Tickets are available at the door or directly from the artists.

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Sunday June 3 Ι Monday June 4 Ι Tuesday June 5 Ι Wednesday June 6 Ι Thursday June 7 Ι Friday June 8 Ι Saturday June 9 Ι Sunday June 10

Friday, June 1, 2018

BERKELEY BAROQUE STRINGS
The Bach Family

Kati Kyme directs the 40-piece Berkeley Baroque Strings in a program of J.S. Bach and his sons.  Featured are an overture by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, a sinfonia by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, a concerto by Johann Christian Bach (J. Phillips, soloist) and an orchestral suite by J. S. Bach.

7:30 PM
ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH (main sanctuary)
2320 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
Price: $20, students $10, children under 12 free
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Saturday, June 2, 2018

PETER HALLIFAX AND MARY PROUT
The Renaissance Viol

Ortiz, Hume, Simpson, and much more, the renaissance repertoire for the viol.
THE VIOLS: Peter Hallifax and Mary Prout, bass viols, with occasional surprise guests

12:00 Noon
BERKELEY ART CENTER
1275 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
Tickets available at the door. Price: Free, donations gratefully accepted

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THE BARBARY COAST RECORDER ORCHESTRA
Harmony out of Chaos

The Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra (an outreach program of Voices of Music) will perform its 2018 program “Harmony out of Chaos” to jump start the Berkeley Festival with an impressive array of recorders ranging in size from the tiny sopranino to the resonant sub-contrabass.

4:00 PM
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF BERKELEY
2407 Dana Street (between Haste and Channing), Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $15 suggested donation
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BERKELEY BAROQUE STRINGS
The Bach Family

Kati Kyme directs the 40-piece Berkeley Baroque Strings in a program of J.S. Bach and his sons.  Featured are an overture by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, a sinfonia by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, a concerto by Johann Christian Bach (J. Phillips, soloist) and an orchestral suite by J. S. Bach.

5:00 PM
ST CLEMENT’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2837 Claremont Blvd, Berkeley, California
Price: $20, students $10, children under 12 free
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L’ESPRIT BAROQUE
A Tour of Italy

Tour Italy with your ears! Experience the newfound freedom of music in the Baroque era. Now that women were allowed into public performance of music, they began to take the stage as soloists and composers, like Barbara Strozzi. A woman’s voice was now celebrated and in demand. Soloists came into focus as virtuosity became the only thing for a good time. Scarlatti, Geminiani, Platti and more took advantage of this newfound expressive tool. Borders between countries, emotions, performers, words, and music all become more porous as the rise of the soloist brings us through the different cities of Italy. Hear what singer-songwriters sounded like in the 1660s…

7:30 PM
UNIVERSITY LUTHERAN CHAPEL
2425 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: Sliding scale $20-$10. None turned away for lack of funds. Additional donations welcomed.
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Sunday, June 3, 2018

JUNIOR RECORDER SOCIETY
20th Anniversary Concert

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Junior Recorder Society of the Easy Bay. The Junior Recorder Society is an education outreach program of Voices of Music. Recorder players between the ages 7 and 18 are welcome to join us at our monthly meetings.  Louise and Hanneke started the Junior Recorder Society group ot provide a venue for children to have access to music by playing the recorder, beyond their weekly recorder lessons. Louise Carslake grew up in England and Hanneke van Proosdij in The Netherlands where thay had the opportunity to play the recorder in an ensemble. This was a meaningful and joyful experience for them, so they decided to create similar opportunities for children here. www.voicesofmusic.org/jrs

12:00 PM
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM & PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2120 Oxford Street (at Center Street), Berkeley, CA 94720
Price: FREE with admission to BAMFA
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JENNIFER PAULINO & ELAINE THORNBURGH
The Food of Love

This Purcell concert offers songs and solo keyboard works, showcasing his amazingly beautiful ground bass variations. The program begins and ends with “If Music Be the Food of Love” in two distinctly different versions, showing Purcell’s versatility and savvy with text. Also on the program are several of his theater songs, two devotional songs, and the beautiful and haunting “O Solitude”, one of his songs “upon a ground”. The solo keyboard works feature three of his charming suites and two poignant ground bass variations. These were the two grounds that Gustav Leonhardt performed in Paris for his final recital.

ENSEMBLE: Jennifer Paulino, soprano; Elaine Thornburgh, harpsichord

 

3:00 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $10 – 20 suggested donation

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LIAISON
Querelle des Femmes
Liaison Ensemble celebrates women composers of the Baroque in a program by Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, and their contemporaries. The French phrase querelle des femmes, “the woman question”, refers to a debate started in 1500 by the philosopher Agrippa about the virtue of women. He argued that the oppression of women by men was due not to natural reasons, but socially constructed ones. Liaison celebrates the voices of admired female composers of the time, whose music rose to prominence despite adversity. Join them for an afternoon of song and wine at The Musical Offering.

LIAISON: Melinda Becker, mezzo-soprano; Susie Fong, harpsichord; Hallie Marshall-Pridham, viola da gamba and baroque cello; Tatiana Senderowicz, theorbo and baroque guitar

3:30 PM
THE MUSICAL OFFERING
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Price: $20
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VAJRA VOICES with Shira Kammen
The Last Trouvére: Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377)

Vajra Voices, known for their “shimmering resonance and elegantly paced performances” present a program of music of Machaut. Shira Kammen (vielle & harp) joins in this concert of motets, instrumentals, and Machaut’s exquisite Le Lai de la Fonteinne~ The Lay of the Fountain.

4:00 PM
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM & PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2120 Oxford Street (at Center Street), Berkeley, CA 94720
Price: $20
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THREE TRAPPED TIGERS
Looped Local Roads

THREE TRAPPED TIGERS: David Barnett and Tom Bickley, recorders with Guest Tiger Greta Haug-Hryciw, recorders

The recorder duo, Three Trapped Tigers (Thomas Bickley and David Barnett) present Looped Local Roads, an afternoon of pre-modern music for post modern ears and vice versa. The repertory includes familiar and surprising early music and newer music, all prepared to engage and delight you. The program will include favourites from the trecento Italian repertory (Landini et al), canzonas by Thomas Morley,) alongside solos, duos and trios form the 20th and 21st centuries by Frans Geysen, Alun Hoddinot, Will Eisma, Jens Margraff, Jim Wilson and Tom Bickley. TTT will be joined for this performace by guest Tiger, Greta Haug-Hryciw for a performance of Lou Harrison’s Serenade for Three Recorders (1943). Ms. Haug-Hyrciw has joined TTT for past performances, most notably John Cage’s 3 for Three Recorders and we are delighted to be collaborating with her again.

5:30 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $20.00 requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

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Monday, June 4, 2018

JANINE JOHNSON, harpsichord
Bach, student and teacher

Hear what inspired Bach’s marvelous keyboard music in a program of his mentors and clear forerunners. Music by Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Bohm, Fischer, Reincken, and a little Bach. This is followed by a big Ouverture (suite) by his star pupil, Johann krebs. If you love Bach, counterpoint and stylus fantasticus, this is the concert for you!

About the Artist
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10:00 AM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: Suggestion donation of $20, $15 for students and seniors

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THE ALBANY CONSORT—THE BIG BAND
Telemann’s Tafelmusik II and Bach’s Brandenburg 3:
Music to work up an appetite followed by a free sandwich lunch

There can be no better way to work up an appetite for lunch than with Telemann’s Tafelmusk 2nd Production and Bach’s 3rd Brandenburg Concerto. The musical menu will of course be followed by a delicious lunch and a chance to catch up with friends and chat with the musicians.

11:00 AM
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE ORGANIZATION
2601 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $25
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HALLIFAX & JEFFREY with ANDY CANEPA
King Charles’ Delight: Suites and Fantasies by Coprario and Jenkins for 2 bass viols to the organ

This program of the rare and virtuosic repertoire for 2 bass viols and organ was written for the “private music” of King Charles I.  Jenkins and Coprario were virtuoso viol players and innovative composers working in an extraordinarily supportive milieu. King Charles loved and played the viol, and spent lavishly on new compositions for the instrument. It was a time of plenty for the viol, such as had never been seen before (and was never seen again) in England.

11:00AM
PARISH HALL OF ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2320 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20, 18 and under free
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TACTUS
Anticipation and Wonder
Sometimes our expectations are overwhelmed, leaving us thunderstruck. Join Tactus of San Francisco for our second anniversary concert, as we present Renaissance choral motets about anticipation and wonder: from the quivering hope of the bridegroom to the astonishment of the Resurrection. Our offerings range from the celestially serene music of Post-Tridentine Roman composer Palestrina, to the pictorial and lively motets of Guerrero and Byrd. Organ interludes by Eugene Petrushansky.

 

 

12:00 Noon
ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL
2316 Bowditch, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: Free
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L.A. CAMERATA & CONCERTO NoHo
On a Quiet Conscience

A quiet conscience, in a quiet breast, Has only peace, has only rest: The music and the mirth of kings Are out of tune, unless she sings.  –attrib. Charles I   In the second half of the 17th century, Europe was entering uneasy period of calm.  This program examines the work of two composers from this epoch who excelled in uneasy grace: Henry Purcell and Heinrich Biber. These two contemporaries are alike in their flagrant creativity: Purcell is known for his works for the stage; particularly Dido & Aeneas, a short but jewel-perfect opera about the burning of Carthage. Our program includes two of his songs: Music for a While and the Fatal Hour, which are taken from the posthumously-published collection Orpheus Brittanicus. Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber is known for his virtuosic violin works, in particular the Mystery Sonatas. We will be playing his less difficult but equally charming Sonata Representativa. The program will be completed by works by Schmeltzer, Tobias Hume, Mary Dering, and Anne Boleyn.

12:00 Noon
ST. ALBAN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1501 Washington Avenue, Albany
Price: $15

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VOICE OF THE VIOL
Five Part Fantasias and Madrigals by John Ward

Voice of the Viol comes together for a concert of five part Fantasias and Madrigals by John Ward. Joanna Blendulf, Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, Farley Pearce, Elisabeth Reed and William Skeen blend together a program not to be missed!

12:00 Noon
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $20, $5 – Student tickets with ID
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BLACK-BULWINKLE-MORRIS-TRIO
Purloined Pages

Purloined Pages is a concert of genre-crossing transcriptions and arrangements of Classical keyboard music, as well as a newly-composed work by Mills College composer Fred Frith. We open the program by juxtaposing our arrangement of a Beethoven Bagatelle with Frith’s witty reimagining of the same work.  The program continues with a string duo adapted from an early keyboard sonata by Haydn and concludes with a “new” work by Mozart: a piano trio assembled primarily from unfinished or independent works for piano four-hands.   

Black-Bulwinkle-Morris Trio: Belle Bulwinkle, fortepiano; Cynthia K. Black, violin; David Morris, cello

1:00 PM
UC BERKELEY, MORRISON HALL, Room 125
UC Berkeley, Department of Music, Morrison Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
Price: $15 suggested donation

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SHAK’s EARLY MUSIC YOUTH ACADEMY
Daphne Replies: Reimagining Shakespearean Song
Skilled musicians aged 13-16 present music from the time of Queen Elizabeth I and Shakespeare — elegant instrumental consorts, exhilarating dance tunes with original divisions, and some of the prettiest song melodies ever written.
But we bring a modern ear to the original lyrics of romance and myth. Men and gods pursuing fair maidens? Well, we’ve added a few new verses. After four centuries of being sung about and sung to, praised and entreated and condemned, each of the heroines finally gets a chance to speak for herself.

 

2:00 PM
BERKELEY CITY CLUB (Members Lounge)
2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: Free-will donation (Suggested $10-25 adults, $5-10 youth)

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THE VIRTU ENSEMBLE
Mad About You: Mad Songs and Theater Music from Restoration England

Join The Virtu Ensemble for a concert of passion, both beautiful and insane, as they explore the music of Henry Purcell and John Eccles, including mad songs and instrumental adaptations from Don Quixote, The Tempest, The Spanish Fryar, The Virtuous Wife, and ending with the anonymous “Willow Song” from Othello.

VIRTU ENSEMBLE: Angelique Zuluaga, soprano; Claudia Gantivar, recorder; Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin; Alisa Rata Stutzbach, viola; Maria Brodsky, harpsichord

2:30 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: Suggestion donation of $20, $10 for students and seniors
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EUGENE PETRUSHANSKY, harpsichord
Mundane Music on an Extraordinary Instrument

Eugene Petrushansky plays a demonstration recital of repertoire by Bach, Marchand, and d’Anglebert on a newly-restored copy by the late Ronald Haas, 1978, of the magnificent 1723 Hieronymus Albrecht Hass double-manual harpsichord in the Copenhagen Musikmuseet. This instrument, almost never copied by contemporary harpsichord builders due to its mechanical complexity, has three (!) 8′ registers and one 4′ register, for a very different tonal palette than the customary “northern European double”, as well as sumptuous chinoiserie and gilding for a well-rounded sensory experience.

4:00 PM
ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL
2316 Bowditch, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $10 suggested donation

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CALEXTONE
The Lady and the Falcon: German Music from the Cusp of the Renaissance

Temmo Korisheli, voice

German music from the cusp of the Renaissance, featuring works by that fiery diplomat and Minnesinger Oswald Von Wolkenstein, Maximilian I’s court composer Ludwig Senfl, and from the quintessential song books of the mid-15th century: Glogauer, Schedelsche and Lochamer. Bawdy lyrics, heavenly melodies, Meistersinger and Minnesinger, high art and low-brow, this program highlights exciting musical currents of the 15th century in Germany.

CALEXTONE: Letitia Berlin, recorder, douçaine; Frances Blaker, recorder, hammered dulcimer; Shira Kammen, vielle, harp, voice; Allison Zelles Lloyd, voice, harp with special guest Temmo Korisheli, voice

4:30 PM
BERKELEY PIANO CLUB
2724 Haste St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15

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FRANKLIN LEI, Baroque lute.
Bach in Dornheim (zum 333. Bach-Geburtstag)

To commemorate J.S. Bach’s 333th birth year, “Bach in Dornheim” is a repeat of Franklin Lei’s November 17, 2017 performance at St. Bartholomäus in Dornheim, Germany. In this small church Bach was married on October 17, 1707 to his second cousin Maria Barbara. Both BWV 995, which Bach himself transcribed from his Fifth Cello Suite, and BWV 1004 which concludes with the famous Chaconne, were composed in times of great sorrow in 1720, when Maria Barbara died. Both will be played on a 13-course Baroque lute of the type Bach himself owned.

5:00 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $10
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BLEILE, LIU & SOLINAS
Goldberg Variations (arr. String Trio)

Bach’s beloved Goldberg Variations — played on gut!

ENSEMBLE: Addi Liu, baroque violin; Sarah Bleile, baroque viola; Eugenio Solinas, baroque violoncello

 

6:00 PM
ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL
2316 Bowditch, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15 General Admission; $10 Student

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COSTANOAN TRIO
Forming a Genre: Boccherini, Reicha, and Beethoven

Frédéric Rosselet, cello; Cynthia K. Black, violin;
Derek Tam, fortepiano;

Recently chosen by Early Music America as part of its inaugural Emergin Artists Showcase, the Costanoan Trio presents a pastiche piano trio featuring movements from three works by composers of different origins and backgrounds from the turn of the 19th century. It showcases the diversity and transition of styles during that time, from Boccherini’s galant style in the royal court of Spain to young Beethoven’s boldness and virtuosity.

This program also features music from a trio by the well-traveled Anton Reicha, friend of Beethoven and teacher of Liszt, Berlioz, and Franck, who mingled German and French aesthetics with flavors from his Czech origins.  

10:15 PM
LOPER CHAPEL—FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $15 suggested donation

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

THE MARION CONSORT & ADELFOS ENSEMBLE
Not Your Father’s Norton Anthology

Vocal ensembles, The Marion Consort (Chicago, IL) & Adelfos Ensemblse (Santa Barbara, CA), team up for an eclectic concert of vocal music spanning the decades – of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This concert will feature a timeline of music circa 900-1650 exploring beyond the classics of the Norton Anthology of Western Music, every music majors’ favorite textbook. Selections include music from the Codex Las Huelgas, the Cantigas de Santa Maria, Guillaume Dufay, Orlando di Lasso, Ludwig Senfl, and more! There will even be a Very Special Guest: the hurdy-gurdy!

 

11:00AM
PARISH HALL OF ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2320 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
Tickets available at the door. Price: $10 Suggested Donation
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SE PIACE
Bach to Bach

Continuing their exploration of the music of J.S. Bach and his sons, Se Piace presents a concert of sonatas and fantasies for harpsichord and violin by Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel. Works include Sonata in E minor BWV 1023, Sonata in C minor BWV 1017 and C.P.E. Bach’s Sanguineus and Melancholicus H. 579, Empfindungen H.536, and Fantasia in C minor H.75.

 

PERFORMERS: Katherine Heater, harpsichord; Anthony Martin, violin

11:00 AM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $15

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ENSEMBLE VOCATRIX
Songs and Hymns of Hildegard

In TWO concerts on June 5 (12:30 PM and 2:00 PM), the all-female Ensemble Vocatrix performs ecstatic songs and hymns by Hildegard von Bingen.

Along with medieval harp and vielle, this program features both solo and ensemble singing in arrangements of virtuosic medieval music, from the rapturous meditation of “O quam mirabilis est” to the theatrical story of St. Ursula in “O Ecclesia.” Featuring some of Hildegard’s lesser-performed works, this program is not to be missed!

 

12:30 PM & 2:00 PM
ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL
2316 Bowditch, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $20 General Admission, $10 Senior/Student
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CAROLINE JOU ARMITAGE, harpsichord
A Harpsichord Soundscape: Froberger, Bach, Couperin, and more

A delightful solo harpsichord concert of toccatas, including Bach’s dramatic Toccata in d minor BWV 913, and a lovely Louis Couperin suite. Special guest appearance by local favorite, violinist Anthony Martin. Caroline will also share a musical secret — her personal discovery of the origin of the theme of her chosen Bach toccata.

1:00 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: FREE
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CORO CICONIA
Praise Band

Musical paeans rarely damn with faint praise. Our program is organized around Du Fay’s joyous late Ave Regina cælorum Mass setting, a self-parody which takes his immodest motet even a step further in mingling abject piety with a plea for his own immortal soul. Along the way, Ockeghem’s rondeau D’un autre amer insists that self-subjugation to courtly love protects one’s honor; Josquin writs this stance large by quoting the chanson while extolling the divine in his Tu solus qui facis mirabilia. We next pair Machaut’s rarely sung, nearly textless Hoquetus (to King David) with his effusive Biauté parée de valour, an ode to the patroness the mere thought of whom sustains him. Obrecht’s flamboyant setting of the Magnificat aptly renders unto all the Marian trust in the divine; Landini’s isorhythmic motet, the homage-piece Sì dolce non sonò, honors the great composer de Vitry as seemingly mythological in stature. Finally, Ciconia’s O felix templum conjures a stuffy fanfare to a bishop into a playful romp, while his Una Panthera shamelessly flatters a visiting noble from Lucca by depicting him as the armored leopard who cofounded that city along with, obviously, Mars.

CORO CICONIA: Asher Davison, Director; Cheryl Koehler, Dorothy Manly, Jean McAneny, Ralph Prince, Scott Robinson, and Helen Wolfe-Visnick

2:00 PM
BERKELEY CITY CLUB— Members Lounge
2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $20 general, $15 senior, $10 student

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EUGENIO SOLINAS, baroque cello
Bach Cello Suites 3 & 4

The program will feature both Cello Suite n° 3, in C major BWV 1009 and Cello Suite n° 4, in Eb major BWV 1010 in their entirety.  Unlike the suites and sonatas for solo violin, often passionate and more varied, the cello suites follow a constant sobriety, which infuses the instrument, especially in the medium-serious register, with a solemn tone.

2:30 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $15 General Admission, $10 Student

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LES VIOLETTES
Render Unto Caesar: Music from the court of Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I was a a patron of the arts, and was himself a musician. His court employed some of the top musicians in 17th-century Europe. Les Violettes presents a concert of music written under the patronage of Leopold by Antonio Bertali, Giovanni Felice Sances, Giovanni Bononcini, and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer.

 

5:30 PM
ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL
2316 Bowditch, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $20 General Admission, $10 Senior/Student, Kids are free
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

ENSEMBLE DRACA
Bird on the Wing

Start your day with a program of music from Scotland, including traditional melodies as well as gems from the Duncan Burnett virginal book, the Thomas Wode Partbook, the Skene manuscript, the Straloch lute manuscript, and more!

10:00 AM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $12 general admission, $10 student/senior
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BURNING RIVER BAROQUE
At a Crossroad: Will You Live, Love, or Die?

Many composers in the baroque era were inspired by figures and stories from ancient writings, and they used such mythological and fictional characters as the subjects for their compositional creativity. As twenty-first-century audience members, we are in a unique position to enjoy these musical works as pieces of a multi-faceted history. We can engage with them as commentaries on cultural norms in the 18th century as well evaluating how they relate to our current society. Each protagonist on today’s program is faced with at least one ethical dilemma, and their choices result in complicated scenarios concerning, life, love, and death…

1:00 PM
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE ORGANIZATION
2601 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: Suggested Donation $15-$20
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BERTAMO TRIO
Odd Lots

The Bertamo Trio is putting a strange and delicious collection of musical oddities up on the auction block. Among our selections will be a vintage sparkling work from Marais, a complex German pressing from JS Bach and a bright and fruity Rhenish specialty from Telemann, as well as a smattering of other delightful musical potations from Italy, England and Spain. A votre santé, Prost and Cheers!

BERTAMO TRIO: Letitia Berlin, recorder; David Morris, viola da gamba; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord

 

2:00 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $15

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SEAN SMITH
Petrucci and the Lute – Apotheosis of the Burgundian Chanson
Between 1500 and 1510, the Petrucci publishing house printed an amazing number of chansons, masses and motets archiving the vocal works of the previous 50 years. Ottavio Petrucci followed this with 4 books of lute music that also serves as testaments to music as might have been heard of this repertory. Of those 4 books, the first two are chanson reductions, the third is sadly lost and the fourth book is a collection of dance and frottole (light, catchy songs of the current day). This will be music from the generation of Antoine Busnois, Josquin des Pres, Juan de Urrede and Hayne de Ghizeghem at their most celebrated era as interpreted by those who played them best. Until now very few of these Burgundian chanson pieces have ever heard the light of day (so to speak). They are complex, deply personal and fully exploit the creative nature of the late 15th century. On a personal note, this has been my primary focus through my last two decades with various singers and previous work with Theatrum Musicum. I will give a short talk beforehand to help understand this wonderful source. I will also include a number of dances from the 4th Petrucci lutebook just for the fun of it all.

 

2:00 PM
ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL
2316 Bowditch, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $20

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TEKLA CUNNINGHAM, VIJAY CHALASANI, NATHAN WHITTAKER
Rolla Derby – String Trios by Alessandro Rolla and Ludwig van Beethoven

Tekla Cunningham, violin, Vijay Chalasani, viola, and Nathan Whittaker join forces in celebration of the string trio. Often neglected next to its “big brother” the string quartet, string trios allow space for a playfulness that is sure to delight. Featuring the Trio Concertant in B-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1 by Alessandro Rolla  and Beethoven’s String Trio in G Major, Op. 9 No. 1.

2:00 PM
PARISH HALL OF ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2320 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15
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THE BRIARBIRD CONSORT
The Battle of the Century (the 18th C, that is): Bach v Telemann

Hear two Giants of the Baroque go Head to Head, using the keys E major and E minor, in a Contest for Supremacy  in composing Sontatas for Flute and Continuo, and You, the Fan, will determine the Winner!!! Your reward will be lovely arias for Soprano with flute obliggato in B minor by each contestant.  Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann, colleagues and close friends, might have been amused by this marketing ploy, but they’d have understood.

BRIARBIRD CONSORT: Nina Bailey, harpsichord; Peter Fisher, baroque flute; Paul Hale, baroque violoncello; Kaneez Munjee, soprano

4:00 PM
BERKELEY CITY CLUB
2315 Durant Avenue, between Ellsworth and Dana
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20; $5 with current student ID
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THE PARIS QUARTET
Bach, Rameau and Telemann

This is simply a program of the best of the late baroque chamber music by Bach, Rameau and Telemann.   Rameau’s “Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts” bring operatic style and Rameau’s extraordinary harmonic language to the French chamber idiom, and this program centers around the 3rd of these pieces, 2 contrasting movements and then a spectacular Tambourin to end.   Bach is represented by the lovely triosonata BWV 525, and the program is bookended by Telemann’s iconic Paris Quartet in E minor, so that the famous chaconne ends the program.

The players need no introduction to Bay Area audiences: the group was formed specifically to play this repertoire, and their previous concerts in the area have played to packed audiences.

4:30 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20 general, $15 students and seniors.
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GALLIMAUFRY CHAMBER CHORUS, Shira Kammen Artistic Director

Shira Kamman

Wild Things

Gallimaufry Chamber Chorus presents a concert celebrating “Wild Things”: early, traditional and 20th-century songs about beasts, great and small, imaginary and real, terrestrial, aerial, and amphibian; including works by Janequin, di Lasso, Gibbons, Senfl and Menotti.

 

 

5:00 PM
BERKELEY PIANO CLUB
2724 Haste St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students

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De Anza College—BUXTEHUDE BAND, Loren Tyerle, Director
Mini Bach Festival

The Buxtehude Band is the HIP component of the Chamber Orchestra program at De Anza College in Cupertino California.  The program includes music by Uccelini, Merula, Marini and the spectacular J.S. Bach, Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in C Major.

 

 

5:30 PM
ST CLEMENTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2837 Claremont Blvd, Berkeley, CA 94705
Tickets available at the door. Price: $10
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LUTEVOX, Philip Horne: 6 course lute; Matthew Royal: voice
Pop Songs from the Court of Isabella D’Este

Petrucci published at least 61 books of music, including books of songs, masses, motets, and madrigals. He published 11 books of frottola, but of these only 9 remain. From these 9 books we have 647 songs. This is a repertoire that has unfortunately not been thoroughly explored. The songs for this program are a snapshot of songs composed by Cara and Tromboncino from the 9 books of frottola published by Ottaviano Petrucci between the years 1504 and 1509.

5:45 PM
ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL
2316 Bowditch, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15; $5 with current student ID
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THE RUNAWAYS
Bicinia: Lassus duets on voice and flute

THE RUNAWAYS: Melike Yersiz, Alto; Tanmoy Laskar, Flute & Baritone

Tanmoy and Melike will be performing twelve duets from the Cantiones Duarum Vocum by Orlandus Lassus. Come and enjoy this delightful set of pieces to wrap up your Wednesday evening.

9:30 PM
THE MUSICAL OFFERING
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Price: FREE

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

PRESCOTT & JONES
Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas: a collaborative lecture on music and text

This lecture features musicologist John Prescott and literary scholar Nicholas Jones in collaborative exploration of the beauties and peculiarities of Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate’s wonderful opera.  Dido and Aeneas, being performed twice at the Festival, offers literary and musical pleasures and perplexities: well known for Dido’s heart-rending lament at the end, the opera strangely mixes the tragic with the near-comic and bizarre in the lively songs of merry sailors and cackling witches. Basing their opera on a famous episode in Virgil’s epic Aeneid, one of the classic explorations of heroic fate and personal sorrow, Purcell and Tate radically changed their source text through both poetic and musical innovations. The lecture will include musical examples from the opera and other music of the times, as well as a discussion of current issues in interpretation and performance of the opera. 

10:00 AM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15
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ALPHABET BAROQUE CLUB
Alphabet Baroque: Coffee and Doughnuts!

Alphabet Baroque Club serves up a delicious concert featuring both real and musical coffee and doughnuts! Take a break with us, grab a cup of coffee or tea and a doughnut (included with admission), and enjoy a lovely and somewhat whimsical program featuring coffee related pieces, and even one or two tangentially related to doughnuts! We will be serving up a brew of music from South America, France, England, Germany, and Italy, with notes of bittersweetness, spice, and, of course, chocolatl! It goes without saying that a program about coffee will reference Bach’s Coffee Cantata, but did you know that Nicolas Bernier wrote Le Caffé, a charming and witty French secular cantata? Arias without words from both cantatas will be featured in our program, along with Marais’s Le Saillie du Café. Finding references to doughnuts proved much more challenging. Aside from a historical note that Bach ate crullers on the 3rd of May, 1716, we were reduced to looking for puns. And after that, we just looked for anything. And that is how we found some absolutely gorgeous music to share with you, starting with Fontana’s Sonata Ottavo (that “O” looks suspiciously like a fried dough treat), continuing with Buxtehude’s settings of the chorale tune “Mit Fried und Freud” (read the title like an ignorant American) and Klagelied, and then an ABC arrangement of Venite Filii by Ignaz Donati (closest we got to doughnut). We fill in the holes with a suite of pieces from South America, where, of course, excellent coffee is grown. The Alphabet Baroque Club is known for its beautiful and seriously enjoyable programs, and this one will be no different

11:00 AM
BERKELEY PIANO CLUB
2724 Haste St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15
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THE ALBANY CONSORT
Bach Goldberg Variations – a brilliant new orchestration by Jonathan Salzedo

Jonathan writes – When Laura came back from Juilliard and proposed that we perform an orchestrated version of the Goldbergs, I was of course shocked. But I got over it… And why not? Bach’s original, for one harpsichordist, is a visual tour-de-force of the hands, and it seemed that our group could provide a similarly amazing visual spectacle.  The concert will be followed by lunch, a chance to chat, and to take a look at the score.

11:00 AM
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE ORGANIZATION
2601 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $25
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THE BAREFOOT ALL-STARS
Sweet Melancholy—Lacrimae, Lamentations, and other Sad Pavans by John Dowland

The third of Barefoot’s three contributions to this year’s Berkeley Festival Fringe will be a program based around John Dowland’s famous “Lacrimae or Seaven Teares figured in Seaven Passionate Pavans.” The pavans are all reconfigurations of the most well-known of all Elizabethan pavans which Dowland set to words as “Flow, my Tears.”   We have chosen to supplement the seven pavans with two more pavans, “Sir Henry Umpton’s Funeral” and the astonishing “Semper Dowland, semper dolens” and have added some of Dowland’s settings from the “Lamentations for Sir Henry Noel his Funeral Psalms (1597).”

12:00PM
PARISH HALL OF ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2320 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20, 18 and under free
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ENSEMBLE BIZARRIA
Three’s a Crowd: No Keyboard Attached!

Despite the near ubiquitous presence of a harpsichord in performances of early music on modern concert stages, the historical record presents a different story. The classic harpsichord-cello continuo duo was far from normal, particularly in the seventeenth century. In this lunchtime lecture-recital early baroque specialists Lindsey Strand-Polyak and Alexa Haynes-Pilon will discuss and perform – with no keyboard attached – “sonate e ciaconne senza cembalo o chitarrone” by late seventeenth-century Italian composers such as Vitali, Cima, Uccellini and Colombi. By removing the sonic backup of a keyboard or plucked instrument, the audience will be drawn in by the heightened risk of the performance, foregrounding the true sense of “sonate a due”.

ENSEMBLE BIZARRIA: Lindsey Strand-Polyak, baroque violin; Alexa Haynes-Pilon, baroque cello

12:00 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15 General Admission

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JOHANNESSON, KRUEGER, LION, MELIN, SEE
À la Fontaine; Renaissance Consorts and Baroque Trios, Quartets and Quintets for Traversi, from Willaert to Boismortier
Spend this lunch-time concert delighting in the rich legacy of music for multiple flutes. Esteemed traverso players from both coasts come together to perform a program of early renaissance flute consorts and baroque chamber works, including the charming concerti for five flutes by Boismortier.
ENSEMBLE MEMBERS: Lars Johannesson, Christopher Krueger, Na’ama Lion, Vicki Melin, Janet See; renaissance and baroque flutes

 

12:00 PM
ST. CLEMENT’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2837 Claremont Blvd ( near Ashby), Berkeley, CA 94705
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20 general admission; $15 seniors and students
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AGAVE BAROQUE WITH DANIELLE SAMPSON AND SYLVESTRIS QUARTET “DOUBLE-BILL”
Program 1: AGAVE BAROQUE WITH DANIELLE SAMPSON
Poet to the Stars

Danielle Sampson

Pietro Metastasio was easily the 18th century’s most illustrious and influential poet, librettist, and political pundit. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart set many works to Metastasio texts near the beginning of his career, but Metastasio was nearing the end of his long life, and his style soon became associated with the overly florid musical line of singers from the previous generation. This program explores Metastasio’s influence through the lens of a succession of musical icons: Nicola Porpora, who taught and mentored the young Joseph Haydn, who in turn mentored several generations of young composers, including the rising star, Mozart.

AGAVE BAROQUE: Aaron Westman and Anna Washburn, violins; Gretchen Claassen, cello; Kevin Cooper, lute; Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord with Danielle Sampson, soprano

Program 2: SYLVESTRIS QUARTET
Brahms’s Library

Immediately following Agave Baroque, San Francisco’s gut-string era Sylvestris Quartet presents Brahms’s Library, an exploration of the amazingly diverse influences of the iconoclastic 19th century composer Johannes Brahms.  Brahms reached back into the late 16th and17th centuries for influence, and this program begins with the Venetian polychoral master composer Giovanni Gabrieli, and his student, Heinrich Schütz, who brought the style north to the German speaking countries.

SYLVESTRIS QUARTET: Anna Washburn and Tyler Lewis, violins; Aaron Westman, viola; Gretchen Claassen, cello

Program 1: 1:00 PM
Program 2: 2:00 PM
BERKELEY CITY CLUB (Drawing Room)
2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $20 for one show, or $35 for both, or as able to pay.
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CANOVA WINDS
An Afternoon Spritz

The composers featured on this concert, Cambini and Danzi, were respected innovators during the classical era. Much like champagne or prosecco, the joyful and sparkling wind quintets to be presented on this program reflect the beauty and exemplify the changes in the style of wind instrument performance in the classical era.

1:30 PM
HOUSE CONCERT (Private Home)
1828 Virginia St., Berkeley, CA 94703
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20 Suggested Donation
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INGRID MATTHEWS & JOHN LENTI
Ingrid Matthews and John Lenti In Recital

Two beloved artists offer a sumptuous program of sonic intimacy and musical grandeur.  From the great D Minor Partita of Bach to Handel’s beautiful Lascia ch’io pianga (arr. by John) to a magnificent Suite by Jean-Fery Rebel, this promises to be an extraordinary hour of music.

 

2:00 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20 or as able
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IFSHIN WINHELD DUO
Lute Duets, Lute Solos: Music by Francesco, Terzi, and Dowland

DUO: Dan Winheld & Leslie Ifshin; Renaissance lutes

2:00 PM
THE MUSICAL OFFERING
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Price: $15 suggested donation (benefit for the Musical Offering)

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ANSÁMBL LYTHON
Music of Renaissance Prague

Ansambl Luython will perform Jan Campanus Vodňanský’s Odes and Psalms, Jakob van Kerle’s Primum Responsorium Pro Consilio, and Karel Luython’s Missa Quodlibetica

Ansámbl Luython is the USA’s premier performing group of Eastern European Renaissance music, using original instruments, pitch, and temperament. The group relies on extensive musicological, organological, iconographical, and linguistical research in an attempt to perform the music in its original spirit. We consider ourselves as spiritual descendants of pioneer groups and individuals from the dawn of the early music revival movement.

ANSÁMBL LYTHON: Doris Williams, soprano; Leandra Ramm, alto; Robin Lee, tenor; Richard Mix; Bass; Kit Robberson, Bass Gamba; Gesine Lohr, Harpsichord; Vince Ho, Regal

3:00 PM (PLEASE NOTE THE NEW CONCERT START TIME!)
ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL
2316 Bowditch, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $20

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SAN FRANCISCO BACH CHOIR
Bach and Brew: A BFX Sing-In at Fieldwork Brewing

The San Francisco Bach Choir brings its popular San Francisco event to the Berkeley Festival!  SFBC is taking over Fieldwork Brewing for an evening of socializing and singing.  Explore Early Music choral gems (including some drinking songs) at this informal singing workshop led by SFBC Artistic Director Magen Solomon.

Join us before or after your BFX concert!
Singing will run from about 5:15-6:15 PM. Come early to lubricate your vocal cords, or stay after for more beer and socializing with other Early Music lovers. Open to singers (or would-be singers) of all levels.  Music will be provided.

5:15 PM
FIELDWORK BREWING
1160 Sixth St., Berkeley, CA 94710
Tickets available at the door. Price: FREE EVENT Register in advance at https://bpt.me/3386455
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ELAINE THORNBURGH, harpsichord
Musical Reflections: 50 Years of Harpsichord Inspiration
This program, “Musical Reflections”, offers my favorite pieces, invoking the broad emotional range possible on the harpsichord. It travels five decades of harpsichord exploration, from my first lessons with Alan Curtis while a student at UCB, through lessons with Gustav Leonhardt concurrent with studying with Laurette Goldberg at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This study launched an active performing career both as soloist and in ensemble, along with a teaching career at Stanford that has lasted over a score of years. Music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries from throughout the continent and England will be performed in gratitude to both the harpsichord and my teachers. The program will be performed on a stunningly beautiful and resonant copy of the 1707 Nicolas Dumont harpsichord built by John Phillips in 2006.

5:45 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $10 – 20 suggested donation

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Friday, June 8, 2018

LOS ANGELES BAROQUE
Escape the Ordinary: LAB Road Trip

Join Los Angeles Baroque as we road trip across Europe (and California) for a light-hearted program of works from Poland to England via Austria, Italy and France.

12:30 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15
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FLAUTI DIVERSI
Music in the Garden of Delight: Song and Dance of the Medieval Mediterranean

Selected songs and dances of the 13th and 14th centuries, both monophonic and polyphonic, devotional and rowdy, from the cantigas and Llibre Vermell manuscripts, laude and estampies, as well as Arabic repertoire.

1:00 PM
CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY
2040 Addison @ Shattuck, Berkeley CA 94704
(across from Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Price: $20 Buy Tickets
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GALAX QUARTET (with guests)
(re)Constructions—of Bach, Bach/Busoni, PJ Meyer, plus a world premiere by N. Galbraith

(re)Constructions: The Galax Quartet— with guest soloists Stephen Schultz (Baroque flute) and Cheryl Ann Fulton (harp) — performs the world premiere of Nancy Galbraith’s Rustic Breezes, and Jacques Meyer’s Sonata for harp and string quartet with new reconstructions of the lost string parts, rounding out the concert with a portion of Art of the Fugue with both the CPE Bach and the Busoni versions of JS Bach’s unfinished final fugue.

1:00 PM
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM & PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2120 Oxford Street (at Center Street), Berkeley, CA 94720
Price: $15
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LAUDAMI ENSEMBLE
A Baroque Wedding Feast!

Laudami musicians Katie Hagen and Michael Peterson will be getting married in mid-June!  So to celebrate we will be hosting a concert of festive music with some of our best friends.  Enjoy Bach’s Cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51, and Handel’s “Let the Bright Seraphim” with soprano Rita Lilly and trumpeter Dominic Favia.  We will also be performing Baroque wedding favorites such as selections from Bach’s Wedding Cantata and Pachelbel’s Canon and Gigue. Wedding cake will be served at the performance.  Please join us to celebrate!

 

LAUDAMI ENSEMBLE: Rita Lilly, soprano; Dominic Favia, trumpet; Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo and Sarah Wood, violins; Katie Hagen, viola; Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cello; Michael Peterson, harpsichord

1:00 PM
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE ORGANIZATION
2601 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $25 General Admission

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KAREN CLARK, contralto & CAROLINE JOU ARMITAGE, soprano
Devotion and Deceit: Handel Opera Arias and Duets

Experience flashy and fiery arias as well as lustrous and luscious duets from Handel operas, including Giulio Cesare, Radamisto, Tolomeo, and Orlando.

2:00 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: FREE
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GESINE LOHR, harpsichord
Music from 1517 to the mid-1600s

Gesine Lohr will play harpsichord music from 1517 to the mid-1600s, including anonymous dances from Tabulatura Jan z Lublina (1540) and a Venetian manuscript (1540), an Andrea Antico piece published in Frottole intabulate da sonare organi (1517) [earliest printed keyboard music in Italy], pieces by Byrd, Randall, Gibbons, Sweelinck and Farnaby, and a piece from the Camphuysen manuscript (c1652).

2:00 PM
ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL
2316 Bowditch, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: Free admission (any donations will be happily accepted, but are utterly not required)
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AMY & FRIENDS, MARAIS & MORE
The Parisian and the Dutch Master

Music for viola da gamba and continuo by Marin Marais and Johannes Schenck, music for two flutes and continuo by Marais, a duo for two violas da gamba sans continuo by Schenck, and a lute solo.

AMY’s FRIENDS: Amy Brodo, viola da gamba; Roy Whelden, viola da gamba; Lars Johannesson, Alissa Roedig, flutes; Tatiana Senderowicz tiorba, lute,

5:30PM
BERKELEY PIANO CLUB
2724 Haste St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15/12
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MUSICA PACIFICA with Ingrid Matthews  & special guest, Peter Maund
Over the Mountains: Virtuosic sonatas from 17th-century Italy and Germany

Passionate, dazzling and infrequently heard sonatas for recorder, violin, and continuo, by composers including Tarquinio Merula, Antonio Bertali, Heinrich Schmelzer, Johann Rosenmüller, P.J. Bödecker, Dario Castello, and Marco Uccellini.

MUSICA PACIFICA: Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Ingrid Matthews, violin; Gretchen Claassen, cello/viola da gamba; John Lenti, theorbo/guitar and special guest Peter Maund, percussion

5:30PM
PARISH HALL OF ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2320 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20 or as able
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NA’AMA LION, LYNN TETENBAUM, KATHERINE HEATER TRIO
Fusion: a Baroque Flute Recital

Solo and trio sonatas of Couperin, Leclair, Jacquet de la Guerre, Telemann, and J.S. Bach, plus the world premier of Frances Blaker’s “Dark and Starry Night.”

THE TRIO: Na’ama Lion, traverso, with Lynn Tetenbaum, viola da gamba, and Katherine Heater, harpsichord

6:00 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15
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Saturday, June 9, 2018

BUD ROACH, tenor, baroque guitar
Love’s Torment

The Musica Omnia recording label presents Canadian tenor Bud Roach accompanying himself on the Baroque guitar, performing arias from his critically acclaimed recordings of Grandi and Sances, as well as Saracini, Manzolo, and, for an English perspective on the nature of love, some Henry Lawes as well. With projected text translations and readings from the period, Bud’s programs have earned international praise.

 

9:30 AM
LOPER CHAPEL, FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant)
Tickets available at the door. Price: Free Event (donations accepted)
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THE AMERICAN RECORDER SOCIETY Recorder Relay

Recorder Students, high-level amateurs, pre-professionals and professionals play in a continuous concert of 15-minute performances by soloists and ensembles, whether all-recorder or mixed. The music performed is from many genres and eras. This event is a big hit in the ever-expanding community of recorder players as well as with listeners who are charmed by the beauty of this simple, yet noble instrument.

9:30 AM-12:00 Noon
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: Suggested Donation: $15
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THE PERALTA CONSORT
Blackbeard Is Dead!

“Blackbeard Is Dead!” was the talk on the streets in 1718.  300 years ago the “Golden Age of Piracy” was in full swing, bedeviling the great powers of Europe, and providing titillating fodder for news, gossip and fiction for the wider European population.  The most famous of these pirates was Edward Teach, a.k.a. “Blackbeard”, and in 1718 Blackbeard’s career – and life – came to a climactic and sudden end.  BUT, in 1718 Europe was also in the midst of what would become known as the “High Baroque” period of Music. Let the Peralta Consort transport you back 300 years, performing music heard in the churches, chambers, and coffee houses of early 18th century Europe, featuring works by Telemann, Bach, Quantz, Vivaldi, and more.

The Peralta Consort

PERALTA CONSORT: Kraig Williams, recorder; Mike Megas, recorder, flute; Breene Yuen, traverso; Marie Park, violin; Kathleen Thompson, violin; Yu-Ting Wang, viola; Romola Georgia, cello; Amy Hunter, harpsichord, flute & Dylan Librande, harpsichord, organ

 

11AM
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE ORGANIZATION
2601 Durant, Berkeley, CA
Tickets available at the door. Price: $10

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PETER HALLIFAX AND MARY PROUT
The Renaissance Viol

Ortiz, Hume, Simpson, and much more, the renaissance repertoire for the viol.
THE VIOLS: Peter Hallifax and Mary Prout, bass viols, with occasional surprise guests

12:00 Noon
BERKELEY ART CENTER
1275 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
Tickets available at the door. Price: Free, donations gratefully accepted

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ANNA MARSH, AARON WESTMAN, AND HENRY LEBEDINSKY
All That [Baroque] Jazz

Henry Lebedinsky

At the turn of the 17th century, a new style of music began to push the boundaries of instrumental writing, demanding more from both musicians and their instruments. A significant amount of this new music was based on improvisation on popular songs of the time, much like American classic Jazz. Baroque violinist Aaron Westman and baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh join organist Henry Lebedinsky for a fun, illuminating, and even breathtaking exploration of this repertoire, including music from Italy, England, Germany, and Poland.  Features works by Farina, Böddecker, Falconieri, Jarzebski, Merula, Rossi, Rosenmüller, Selma y Salaverde, and Uccellini. 

PERFORMERS: Aaron Westman, baroque violin; Anna Marsh, baroque bassoon; Henry Lebedinsky, organ and harpsichord

12:30 PM
CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY
2040 Addison St, Berkeley
(across from Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15 or as able.

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SAL’S OPERA COMPANY
Carpentier’s “La Descents D’Orphee Aux Enfers” in a semi staged production

Colorful costuming, inventive semi staging, dramatic and thrilling scenes,will greet your eyes!
Exquisite and charming music, bold and moving singing will delight your ears!  Costumed dancers will express gladness and joy, sorrow and doom!
Free refreshments

3:00PM
PARISH HALL OF ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2320 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15 ($10 seniors and students) at the door
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SIKH HERITAGE SYMPHONY
Sikh heritage Symphony – North Indian Classical

Sikh heritage symphony will be playing North Indian Classical Raag compositions on ancient instruments – Rabab, Dilruba, Taus, Saranda, Sarangi, Tanpura, Surmandal, Tabla and Pakhawaz. These are the instruments that are used in Sikh music from hundreds of years, most of these instruments started more than 500 years back. Some of the compositions: Raag-Mala that includes Raags from ten main Raag forms that constitute Indian classical music. Also, compositions that are known to be from old times in 31-Raags from Sikh music will be performed. Performers are advanced students and teachers who have been playing these instruments for many years.

5:30 PM
TRINITY CHAPEL
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $20 General Admission
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LINDSEY STRAND-POLYAK, violin, and VIJAY CHALASANI, viola
Happy Hour “au Conservatoire”!

Galant Duos with Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin, and Vijay Chalasani, viola
Lindsey Strand-Polyak and Vijay Chalasani invite you to wind down on your BFX Saturday with a happy hour program of galant duos, featuring music from the Parisian salons of pre-revolution France as well as early 19th century works from the conservatory tradition.  In the late 18th and early 19th-century, the two-melody instrument duo was one of the most popular and diverse chamber music combinations, suitable for amateurs and professionals alike to be performed in intimate house concerts—but with the convenience of only needing two people, and no large keyboard instrument! String duos in the Paris and Milan conservatories were crucial pieces of a young musician’s repertoire, suitable for performing alongside with one’s teacher (or in our case – with a good friend!). From the “Grand Duo” of Pleyel’s Op. 69 to the inventiveness of Mozart’s K. 423 and the virtuosic bravura of Rolla, join us as we present some of our favorite pieces that showcase the wit, charm, and elegance of this under-performed repertory in the way it should be enjoyed – with drinks among friends! Beer/Wine and Viola Jokes provided, or BYOB!

5:30 PM
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE ORGANIZATION
2601 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $15 general suggested donation
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

 

LA FOOLIA
‘The History of Western Music’

The Morning After Concert La Foolia presents ‘The History of Western Music’ Back again by popular demand after years of exile!  An historical and exhausting survey of Western music from the Big Bang to June 10, 2018.  Erudite international scholar Herr Doktor Doktor Professor Dietrich von Moritz and his lovely assistants guide you on this exhilarating, oftern dangerous romp through the anals of time.    

LA FOOLIA: David Morris, Susan Rode Morris, Shira Kammen, Katherine Westine, Phebe Craig

11:00 AM
BERKELEY PIANO CLUB
2724 Haste St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20

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NASH BAROQUE with Jennifer Paulino, soprano and the San Francisco Renaissance Dancers
The Dancing Master; Solo Soprano Cantatas of J.S. Bach and French Dance of the 18thc

On the closing day of Berkeley Festival Fringe, Nash Baroque and guest soprano, Jennifer Paulino, will explore with period dance troupe, the San Francisco Renaissance Dancers, influences of 18th century French dance forms on the music of J.S. Bach.

1:00 PM
ST. CLEMENT’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2837 Claremont Blvd ( near Ashby), Berkeley, CA 94705
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20 general admission; $15 seniors and students
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BUD ROACH, tenor & baroque guitar
Love’s Torment

The Musica Omnia recording label presents Canadian tenor Bud Roach accompanying himself on the Baroque guitar, performing arias from his critically acclaimed recordings of Grandi and Sances, as well as Saracini, Manzolo, and, for an English perspective on the nature of love, some Henry Lawes as well. With projected text translations and readings from the period, Bud’s programs have earned international praise.

 

 

1:30 PM
CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY
2040 Addison St, Berkeley
(across from Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
Tickets available at the door. Price: Free Event (donations accepted)

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FAVOLARE ENSEMBLE
French Melodies from the 12th thru the 17th century

Come take a musical journey with us through the lilting melodies of Blanche de Castille, Machaut, Binchois, Dufay, Chardevoine, Costely, Couperin, Bacilly, Chapentier, Campra, Lully, and Anonymous. 

FAVOLARE: Jennifer Ashworth, soprano; Phoebe Jetovic Rosquist, soprano; Valentina Osinsky, mezzo; Stacey Helley, alto; Andy Canepa, harpsichord, organ, percussion; Arthur Omura; harpsichord, organ

 

2:00 PM
ST. MARY MAGDALEN CHURCH
2005 Berryman (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94709
Price: $20 General Admission

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THE 2018 BERKELEY FESTIVAL & EXHIBITION IS PRESENTED BY
THE SAN FRANCISCO EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY