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2020 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.

This calendar will be updated regularly to reflect additional concerts.

Sat. June 6 Ι Sun. June 7  Ι  Mon. June 8  Ι  Tues. June 9  Ι  Wed. June 10  Ι  Thurs. June 11  Ι  Fri. June 12  Ι  Sat. June 13  Ι Sun. June 14

Saturday, June 6, 2020

BENEATH A TREE: Baroque to Folk

This program weaves together melodies from Bach’s Baroque with traditional folk, Celtic, and bluegrass fiddle repertoire, exploring the connections found between Baroque and folk music.  Our arrangements draw material from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, Violin Partita in E Major, Violin Concerto in A minor, the Hunting Cantata and the Brandenburgs, with a few surprises from Telemann, Gabrieli and other contemporaries. The Baroque selections will be combined with traditional folk and bluegrass fiddle repertoire such as Shady Grove, Foreign Lander, Nellie Kane, and Celtic melodies including Tuttle’s Reel, Sakow’s Jig and more. We highly encourage toe tapping as you experience this treasured music in a different way!

Gail Hernández Rosa, violin
Daniel Turkos, contrabass
Sebastián Quintero, guitar
Al Mireault, banjo

8:00-9:30 p.m. | Berkeley City Club (2315 Durant Ave.)
Tickets: $30

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

NORTH CAROLINA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA CHAMBER PLAYERS: Scordatura Music of Heinrich Biber

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704) was one of the greatest violinists of his generation and remains the undisputed master of the technique called scordatura, the tuning of the strings of an instrument in a non-standard way. Biber’s use of scordatura not only enables the violin to play chords which would be impossible in normal tuning, but also greatly alters the sound of the instrument. This gives each tuning a unique sonority, and gives the performers access to an entirely new world of expressive possibilities. Biber wrote two volumes of music using scordatura, the Rosary Sonatas for one violin and continuo, and Harmonia Artificiosa for two violins and continuo; our program includes selections from both volumes. The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players joyfully returns to this repertoire after touring this program in the fall of 2019.

Martie Perry, violin
David Wilson, violin
Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello
Barbara Weiss, harpsichord

3:00-4:00 p.m. | Berkley City Club, Drawing Room (2315 Durant Ave.)
Tickets: $15

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THE PERALTA CONSORT: Elizabeth to Anne

Kraig Williams, director, recorders
Michele Kelly, recorders
Breene Yuen, traverso
Eric Finley, violin
Margaret Maher, mezzo-soprano
Silvio Rocha, viola
Romola Georgia, cello
Dylan Librande, harpsichord

3:00-5:00 p.m. | Christian Science Organization of Berkeley
(2601 Durant Ave.)
Tickets: $15

LUTEVOX: 6 Courses of Lute Song

Philip Horne, lute
Matthew Royal, tenor
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3:00-4:00 p.m. | St. Joseph of Arimathea Chapel (2316 Bowditch St.)
Tickets: $20 General Admission, $5 Students

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Monday, June 8, 2020

CALEXTONE: The City of Ladies Meets the Decameron

A program of music from 14th century Italy presented in the context of a mashup of Boccaccio’s Decameron and Christine de Pizan’s City of Ladies. The concert includes texts and poems translated into English and projected illuminations from related manuscripts and sources which encourage the audience to immerse themselves in the unfolding drama and engaging music. Calextone specializes in the music of western Europe from the 13th through the 15th centuries.

Shira Kammen – vielle, harp, voice
Letitia Berlin – recorder, douçaine, psaltery, voice
Frances Blaker – recorder, hammered dulcimer
Allison Zelles Lloyd – voice, harp, percussion

4:00-5:00 pm | Berkeley Piano Club (2724 Haste St.)
Tickets: $15

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

BERTAMO TRIO with guest LISA TERRY:
Te (amo!) Ber-Ta-Mo!

Superlative NY gambist Lisa Terry joins local favorites Letitia Berlin (recorders), Yuko Tanaka (harpsichord) and David Morris (viola da gamba) performing odd and excellent chamber works from 17th-century Italy, England and France.  Composers include Legrenzi, Falconieri, Merula, Farina, Jenkins, Locke and Marin Marais.  Tasty, varied and unusual musical delights served up for your pleasure. 

Letitia Berlin, recorder
David Morris, treble and bass viola da gamba
Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord
Lisa Terry, treble and bass viola da gamba

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Berkeley Piano Club (2724 Haste St.)
Tickets: $15

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

ENSEMBLE VERMILIAN: La Favorite

Ensemble Vermillian presents a program of some of their all-time favorite chamber music from the 17th & 18th centuries, including Francois Couperin’s charming “La Favorite!” We have chosen works by Leclair, Förster, Couperin, Purcell and Bach. Come share in the fun and let us know about your favorites after the concert.

Frances Blaker, recorders
David Wilson, violin
Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello
Barbara Weiss, harpsichord

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Berkeley City Club, Drawing Room (2315 Durant Ave.)
Tickets: $15

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BERKELEY BAROQUE STRINGS: Season Highlights

The Berkeley Baroque Strings present a concert of 2019-2020 Season Highlights, including BWV 55 “Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht” and Harpsichord Concerto, Opus 7, No. 5 in E-flat Major.

Amateur baroque string players gather in Berkeley to rehearse under the leadership of Kati Kyme, who conducts, instructs, coaches and inspires us in the essence of Baroque style, technique and elegant musicianship. We play on gut strings, with A at 415 Hz. Our orchestra consists of string players, including violins, violas, cellos, gambas, violones and harpsichord.

Barrie Cowan, tenor
John Phillips, harpsichord
Berkeley Baroque Strings

5:30-6:30 p.m. | St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (2300 Bancroft Way)
Tickets: $20 General Admission, $10 Students, Children under 12 — FREE

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

LES VIOLETTES & ENSEMBLE VERMILLIAN

Two great groups that sound great together. Bay Area’s Les Violettes 
and Ensemble Vermillian come together again to bring you ‘Nuns and Roses’, a program of works by Hildegard of Bingen, Isabella Leonarda, Buxtehude, Bernhard and Bach. The years-long relationship between the two groups brings an added energy to their concerts that has delighted audiences from the East Bay to Napa. Program includes: O viridissima virga (Hildegard), O dulcis Jesus and Trio Sonata Opus 2, No. 7 (Buxtehude), Cara Regina (Leonarda), Trio Sonata No. 1, BWV 525 (Bach), and Furchtet euch nich (Bernhard).   

Violet Grgich, harpsichord
Colin Shipman, viol
Corey Carleton, voice
David Wilson, violin
Frances Blaker, recorders
Barbara Krumdieck, cello

12:30-1:30 p.m. | St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (2300 Bancroft Way)
Tickets: $20 General Admission, $10 SFEMS members & students

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Sunday, June 14, 2020


THE 2020 BERKELEY FESTIVAL & EXHIBITION IS PRESENTED BY THE SAN FRANCISCO EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY