Berkeley Baroque Strings

A Potpourri of Baroque Favorites

6:00 PM Monday, June 6

Tickets available at the door. Price: $20 donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

A concert of Baroque favorites including JS Bach’s Third Brandenburg Suite, a Handel Overture, and a Purcell Suite.

Under the direction of the Bay Area’s own Kati Kyme, Berkeley Baroque Strings is a period string orchestra of dedicated amateur players . With thirty members, the orchestra includes instruments from both the violin and viol families, as well as harpsichord.



KATHERINE KYME (violin and viola) received her musical training at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied with Felix Khuner of the Kolisch Quartet, and at Yale University, where she studied with Broadus Erle of the Yale Quartet. For three years, she was a member of the Seattle Symphony, but after a year’s leave to study baroque violin in Vienna, she began to devote her energies to specializing in music before 1850. She has been a member of and frequent soloist and concertmaster with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra since its debut season, as well as a founding member of the American Bach Soloists, the Arcadian Academy, the Streicher Trio, and the Artaria Quartet, performing throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Asia, and making dozens of recordings. In 2006, she founded the New Esterhazy Quartet with her colleagues, Lisa Weiss, Anthony Martin and William Skeen, and they are currently in the middle of the wondrous project of performing and recording all of the string quartets of Franz Joseph Haydn.  In addition to her active performing schedule as a baroque and classical violinist, she is an enthusiastic advocate and performer of music of the 20th Century. In that capacity, she has performed with Earplay, the Stanford New Music Ensemble, the Berkeley Contemporary Players, the Yale New Music Ensemble, the Steve Reich Ensemble, and the Cornish New Music Ensemble in Seattle. As a teacher, she is also energetically engaged in the training and education of young musicians through her work at Yale University, the University of Puget Sound, Cornish Institute of Allied Arts, Sonoma State University, and currently in her capacity as conductor of the Junior and Intermediate level orchestras of the California Youth Symphony.

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