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SPECIAL EVENTS

As producer of the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, The San Francisco Early Music Society is dedicated to fostering the missions and promoting the events of partner early music organizations.

EARLY MUSIC AMERICA: YOUNG PERFORMERS FESTIVAL

2020 EMA Young Performers Festival

SFEMS welcomes the return of Early Music America’s (EMA) Young Performers Festival to the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition since its last appearance in 2016. Come see the future of early music in action!

Ensembles
Juilliard415, The Juilliard School, New York, NY
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Baroque Ensemble, San Francisco, CA
University of California Los Angeles Early Music Ensemble, Los Angeles, CA
University of Southern California Early Music Ensemble, Los Angeles, CA
Viols of the Creek, Woodcreek Middle School, Houston, TX

Wednesday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. – UCLA Early Music Ensemble

Wednesday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m. – USC Thornton Early Music Ensemble

Thursday, June 9 at 1:00 p.m. – San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Ensemble

Thursday, June 9 at 4:00 p.m. – Juilliard415

Hume Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music (50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA)

WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER JAMBOREE: CELEBRATING 300 YEARS!

J.S. Bach

Join us for a special celebration on Wednesday, June 8 at Hertz Hall for the 300th anniversary of the compilation of the first book of Johann Sebastian Bach’s beloved Well-Tempered Clavier.

This event is generously co-sponsored by the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies.

Ensemble
Matthew Dirst, harpsichord & fortepiano
Janine Johnson, harpsichord
Caroline Jou Armitage, harpsichord
Caitlyn Koester, harpsichord
Charlotte Mattax Moersch, harpsichord
Kathy Perl, harpsichord
Eugene Petrushansky , harpsichord & clavichord
Derek Tam, fortepiano
Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord
David Yearsley, clavichord
Agnieszka Zick , harpsichord

Wednesday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 Hertz Hall (101 Cross-Sproul Path, UC Berkeley Campus)

SPEM IN ALIUM

Local early music choirs Gallimaufry and Tactus form the core of three community-driven, pop-up performances, of Thomas Tallis’ frequently-cited, but not-often-performed 40-part motet Spem in Alium, which has its 452th birthday this year. This spectacular composition will be conducted by Phoebe Rosquist, and performed at the following times:

  • Friday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m. (near the Exhibition area at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church)
  • Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. (before the Chanticleer concert; on stage at First Church Berkeley UCC)
  • Saturday, June 11 at 9:30 p.m. (before the Fire & Grace & Ash concert; near or at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church)

BERKELEY-BUCKNELL CHAMBER MUSIC COLLECTIVE

This year’s Festival also features a collaboration with the new Berkeley-Bucknell Chamber Music Collective, a five-day intensive chamber music program that will happen on the University of California, Berkeley, campus from June 1 through June 5.

LECTURE: THE LIFE AND WORK OF CLARA SCHUMANN

WITH MUSICOLOGIST FRANCES FALLING
Frances Falling

FREE PRE-CONCERT LECTURE

SFEMS welcomes musicologist Frances Falling for a free pre-concert lecture about the life and work of Clara Schumann. This lecture will be held on Monday, June 6, at 6 p.m. in Hertz Hall, Berkeley. The lecture will be followed by a performance of Dark Dreams—Lieder of Franz Schubert, Clara Schumann, & Robert Schumann, featuring soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and fortepianist Nicholas Mathew.