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Sunday, June 5, 2016

DAVITT MORONEY in Recital
Davitt MoroneyFor Alan Curtis: Music by Louis Couperin, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, and François Couperin

A musical tribute to a pioneer of early music, featuring works by three giants of the baroque harpsichord.

 12:00pm
International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley

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¡SACABUCHE!, Linda Pearse, Artistic Director
Sacabuche_200webIntimate Voices—Seventeenth-Century Italian Motets with Trombones

The polyphonic motets on this program are some of the first music to include explicit, idiomatic instrumental parts. These exquisite works will be contrasted with virtuosic, Italian instrumental music. Voices, cornetto, recorder, violins, sackbuts, theorbo and organ offer a feast for the ears and soul.

4:00pm
BAMPFA (Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive)
2155 Center St, Berkeley

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 Monday, June 6, 2016

ARCHETTI BAROQUE STRING ENSEMBLE, John Dornenburg and Carla Moore, Directors
Archetti web200Concerti Teatrali—Scherzi and Burlesques of the Baroque

The dynamic string ensemble Archetti presents a festive extravaganza of theatrical and imaginative music highlighted by the Bay Area premier of Giovannni Antonio Guido’s remarkable Le Quattro Staggioni dell’Anno—inspired by Antonio Vivaldi’s ever-popular Four Seasons. Alongside these two virtuosi of harmony and invention will be wildly theatrical introductions by Locatelli and Zavateri, charming grotesques by François Couperin, and musical portraits of Commedia dell’Arte characters in Telemann’s entertaining Ouverture Burlesque.

 8:00pm
First Congregational Church,  2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant)

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 Tuesday, June 7 , 2016

DAVIS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL BAROQUE ENSEMBLE, Angelo Moreno, Director
Davis Senior High School Baroque Ensemble. Photo by Stephanie Yang_web200Concerti by Bach and Handel

Davis Senior High School, located just northeast of the Bay Area in Davis, CA, established the first Baroque orchestra in a public high school in the US. They made their Berkeley Festival debut in 2014. They return to the Festival stage this year with a program of ebullient favorites: Bach’s Concerto for Two Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1060; and Handel’s Concerto Grosso in G Major, Op. 6 No. 1.

5:00pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church2300 Bancroft Way

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PARTHENIA, Age of Shakespeare
Parthinia_web200Music With Her Silver Sound—Viol Consorts in the Age of Shakespeare

In Shakespeare’s world, viols lent their silver sound to mirth, meditation, and mourning. Parthenia explores this rich and varied repertoire from the luminous fantasies of William Byrd to the artful reworking of folk tunes, and the boisterous music of the eccentric Tobias Hume.

 8:00pm
First Congregational Church2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant)

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

ROBERT MEALY with JUILLIARD 415
alice20150131-10.jpgCirca 1680: Music of Purcell, Muffatt, Corelli, and Lully

Virtuosic and passionate chamber music from the late 17th century by students of the Juilliard Historical Performance program, led by director Robert Mealy.

5:00pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way

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CONCERTO PALATINO—De profundis
Palatino2 web200Sacred Music for Bass and Wind Instruments, 1580–1650

In the late 16th and early 17th centuries the bass register was especially favored for virtuoso singing, and some of the greatest soloists of the new expressive Baroque style were basses. Though basses were cautioned to be prudent in the use of ornaments (since their part was the “foundation of all music”) these solo pieces often defy such admonitions, indulging in exuberant passage-work while at the same time showing great subtlety of expression. At times the voice will be accompanied by a sonorous consort of trombones, and at other times by the luminous contrast of a cornetto and a violin.

8:00pm
First Congregational Church – 2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant)

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

KRISTIAN BEZUIDENHOUT — Fortepiano
Kristian Bezuidenhout 2010, Photo: Marco BorggrevePhoto: Marco BorggreveIn Recital

The winner of numerous honors and awards, and described as “Mozart Reincarnated,” Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of the most important keyboard artists of his generation. His West Coast debut at BFX 2014 was a revelation, both into Classical keyboard music and into the fortepiano as a means of interpreting it. Don’t miss this chance to hear him again, live.

5:00pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way

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RACHEL PODGER with VOICES OF MUSIC
RachelclientStock_web200The Art of the Baroque Violin

“Queen of the Baroque Violin” joins Voices of Music for an evening of dazzling concertos by Bach and Vivaldi. Highlights include Bach’s concerto for two violins, with Elizabeth Blumenstock joining Rachel, and Brandenburg concerto No. 4, using Bach’s unique instrumentation including two fiauti d’echo (“echo flutes”).

8:00pm
First Congregational Church – 2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant)

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Friday, June 10, 2016

10-034 Yale Music - Robert MealyPARTHENIA CONSORT with ROBERT MEALY & SHIRA KAMMEN
Musical Games

Parthenia’s viols join the violins and vielles of Shira Kammen and Robert Mealy in a romp through 500 years of the BEST music for string ensemble. From 14th c. estampies and laments, to Franco-Flemish gems by Isaac, Brumel and Moulu, Elizabethan masterpieces by Byrd, Taverner and Parsons, the ensemble takes a peek into the baroque with 6-part works by Brade, Scheidt and Lawes, including a frisky canzona from Samuel Scheidt’s collection, “Ludi Musici.”

5:00pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 2300 Bancroft Way

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VOX LUMINIS
Vox-Luminis-2014_web200The Bach Dynasty

The remarkable Belgian ensemble who astonished Festival audiences in 2014 returns with a program spanning a century of music by the great Bach family—from Johann (1604–1673) to Johann Sebastian (1685–1750), whose monumental motet Jesu meine Freude concludes the program.

8:00pm
First Congregational Church – 2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant)

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

SHIRA KAMMEN & FRIENDS
Margriet Tindemans_web200A Concert In Honor of Margriet Tindemans

This celebration honoring a luminary of the Early Music world will include medieval, Renaissance, and baroque music that Margriet loved and played, as well as her own compositions, performed by friends and colleagues, including Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Shira Kammen, Larry Lipnik, Peter Maund, Robert Mealy, Rosamund Morley, David Morris, and others.

10:30am
First Congregational Church – 2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant)

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CONCERTO PALATINO
Palatino2 web200The Hamburger Ratsmusik— German Consort Music in the English Style

In 17th-c. Hamburg, Johann Schop and especially William Brade English transformed consort dance music, to create an elaborate personal style.  Concerto Palatino alternates their entertaining works with virtuoso ensemble music from later in the century, such as Matthias’ elaborate, fiendishly difficult sonatas for mixed string and wind ensemble, starkly contrasting with the foot-tapping Galliards and poignant Pavans of earlier composers.

1:00pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church2300 Bancroft Way

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PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE PLAYERS with JUILLIARD 415, Nicholas McGegan, Conductor
Nic.McGegan.Web200V1_Music of Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s plays inspired English composers throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Maestro McGegan leads the combined forces of two fine ensembles in incidental music and arias from Purcell’s Fairy Queen, plus songs from the plays set by Arne, Chilcot, and Linley, and sung by soprano Sherezade Panthaki.

4:00pm
First Congregational Church – 2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant)

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RACHEL PODGER with KRISTIAN BEZUIDENHOUT
Rachel_Podger_KBEZ_WEB200Bach Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

Two of the world’s great interpreters, and virtuosi, of baroque chamber music join to perform some of Bach’s most lyrical works, the sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord. Their program also will feature the Toccata for solo harpsichord in D minor, BWV 913, and the Sonata for solo violin No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003.

8:00pm
First Congregational Church – 2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant)

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

VOX LUMINIS with PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE PLAYERS & CONCERTO PALATINO
vox luminis6web200Purcell & Handel—A Celebration of Two Great Masters

Purcell & Handel—A Celebration of Two Great Masters
The Festival concludes with two grand sacred works from the turn of the 18th century, Henry Purcell’s Music for the funeral for the Queen Mary (1695) and George Frideric Handel’s Dixit Dominus (1707), the earliest surviving work in Handel’s autograph.

4:00pm
First Congregational Church – 2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant)

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THE 2016 BERKELEY FESTIVAL & EXHIBITION IS PRESENTED BY
THE SAN FRANCISCO EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY

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