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    BFX 2020 main stage artists

    (from top left) Tesserae Baroque, Cantata Collective, Fire & Grace & Ash, Vox Luminis, Rachel Podger, Voices of Music, Cappella Pratensis, Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble

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    BFX 2020 main stage artists

    (clockwise from left) Nicholas McGegan, David Kim, ARTEK, Sollazzo Ensemble, Corey Jamason/Elisabeth Reed/Elizabeth Blumenstock, Barefoot All-Stars

June 1, 2020—It is our pleasure to announce the schedule for the Virtual Young Performers Festival and Emerging Artists Showcase. From June 8–14—during the week the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition (BFX) was to have taken place—SFEMS and Early Music America (EMA) will broadcast made-to-order, pre-recorded concerts featuring some of the brightest lights from the next generation of early music performers! We hope you will join us as we endeavor to bring the festival spirit into your home as we share some of talented musicians who would have been featured on various BFX stages. We are also delighted to welcome Sunday Baroque as a media partner for this collaboration.

"We hope this will provide inspiration during this challenging period, as we seek to connect the national early music community through the vibrant-music making of these young musicians," EMA executive director Karin Brookes said.

While we realize that nothing can replace a live performance, we are nonetheless committed to supporting and nurturing these young performers whose career paths will certainly be altered by the course of the current crisis.

We are also grateful to announce that through generous funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, EMA will sponsor SFEMS's virtual workshop sessions the weekend of June 12–14. Several of that weekend's sessions will be made free and open to the public.

Performances will be streamed on Facebook! Join the Watch Party on SFEMS and EMA‘s Facebook pages at the times listed below. SFEMS Executive Director Derek Tam and EMA Executive Director Karin Brookes, along with performers from each concert, will be watching along, chatting and taking your questions live in the comments. Performances will also be archived on EMA’s YouTube Channel.

Young Performers Festival

All performances at 10AM Pacific Time unless otherwise noted.

Monday, June 8
USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia—Los Angeles, California
Tuesday, June 9
Tonos del Sur (Indiana University)—Bloomington, Indiana
Wednesday, June 10
Early Music Youth Academy—Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, June 10 (11AM PT)
Davis Senior High School Baroque Ensemble—Davis, California
Thursday, June 11
McGill University Baroque Orchestra—Montréal, Quebec
Friday, June 12
Juilliard415—New York, New York

Emerging Artists Showcase

Both performances at 11AM Pacific Time.

Saturday, June 13
L.A. Camerata: Marylin Winkle, director—Los Angeles, California
Lyracle: Ashley Mulcahy, James Perretta—Boston, Massachusetts
Thursday, June 14
Trobár: Allison Monroe, Elena Mullins, Karin Weston—Cleveland, Ohio
Gili Loftus, fortepiano—Montréal, Quebec

Yours in music,

Derek Tam Executive Director, San Francisco Early Music Society & Artistic Director, Berkeley Festival and Exhibition
Karin Brookes Executive Director, Early Music America