First Congregational Church of Berkeley

BFX: Chanticleer & Alkemie – Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA, United States

French composer and poet Guillaume de Machaut was one of the leading minds of the Middle Ages. His Messe de Nostre Dame is one of the first multi-movement, large-scale notated compositions to exist in the Western canon and has been called the “genesis of modern music” (Los Angeles Times). This program features Machaut’s magnum opus […]

BFX: iSing – Vivaldi’s Gloria and more

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA, United States

Join iSing Silicon Valley—World Champions at the 2023 World Choir Games in Seoul, South Korea—as they sing Antonio Vivaldi’s iconic and celebratory Gloria, performed by an elite treble choir as it would have been done in Venice. Coupled with selections from their newest album, “Love & Light” (five stars, BBC Music Magazine), this will be […]

BFX: La Fonte Musica – Dantenova: Music from the Divine Comedy

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA, United States

In 1321, the great poet Dante Alighieri died. At the exact same time, Philippe de Vitry and Johannes de Muris published their treatises on music. Their proclamations about an ars nova heralded the start of a remarkable century of musical creativity. This program—featuring the remarkable medieval ensemble La Fonte Musica in their American debut—showcases the […]

BFX: Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players – Telemann: Paris Quartets

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA, United States

Ever the cosmopolitan, Georg Philipp Telemann continually sought in his music to unify the dominant French and Italian styles of his day. In preparation for a visit to Paris in 1730, Telemann had published six “quartets” as a thank-you gift to his hosts—flautist Michel Blavet, violinist Jean-Pierre Guignon, gambist Jean-Baptiste Forqueray, and a cellist/harpsichordist called […]

BFX: Cantata Collective – Bach Concerti

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA, United States

For the first time in the group’s history, the Cantata Collective is performing an all-Bach instrumental program! Join us for a night featuring several Brandenburg concerti, as well as concertos for various instruments.

BFX: Voices of Music – Convey to me some peaceful shore

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA, United States

Join us for a smile-inducing program of arias and virtuoso concertos by George Frideric Handel and Antonio Vivaldi! Soloists include soprano Amanda Forsythe, recorder player Hanneke van Proosdij, and Baroque violinist Augusta McKay Lodge.

BFX: Cappella Pratensis – Canons of Beauty: Mouton and Desprez

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA, United States

Just over 500 years ago, the Western musical world lost two compositional giants—Josquin Desprez (1521) and Jean Mouton (1522). While it is probably impossible to verify the claims that Mouton was Josquin’s pupil, a great number of other elements show the strong connection between the two. In “Canons of Beauty,” intellectually complexity is hidden behind […]

BFX: Farallon & Parthenia – Antiquæ/Novæ: Early and New Works for Recorders and Viols

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA, United States

Join us for a celebratory Festival finale as the Farallon Recorder Quartet and Parthenia Viol Consort explore works old and new—a program that could only come together at a Festival like this! Revel in the revolutionary shifts of Western music around 1600, as well as indulge in contemporary works for viol and recorder that showcase […]

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