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SFEMS presents AlKEMIE: Like a Woman—Finding the Feminine in Medieval France

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana), Berkeley, CA

A restless band of Medieval experimentalists, Brooklyn-based ensemble Alkemie explores the other side of courtly love in their SFEMS debut. Featuring 15th-century Medieval French songs from a female or non-gendered poetic perspective, Like a Woman includes readings by the court writer Christine de Pizan (1364–c. 1430), tracing her proto-feminist poetic legacy in works by Gilles de Binchois, Gualterius …

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$20 – $55

SFEMS Presents The New Esterházy Quartet: Beyond the Canon’s Range—Music by the Marginalized

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana), Berkeley, CA

Familiar faces present as-yet-unfamiliar music in this fascinating program! The New Esterházy Quartet—the Bay Area’s beloved period string quartet—will guide us through a program that reinvents the Classical “canon.” Dive into works from the brilliant Italian violinist Maddalena Laura Lombardini; the swashbuckling Guadeloupean Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges; the Brazilian priest José Maurício Nunes …

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$20 – $55

SFEMS presents Calextone: Januario—Music for the New Year

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana), Berkeley, CA

It’s never too soon to ring in the new year! The merry revelers of Calextone present works by Guillaume Dufay, Antoine Busnois, Jacob Obrecht, Baude Cordier, and also from the original Carmina Burana as we party like it’s 1423.

$20 – $55

Holiday Concertos: Bach, Telemann & Vivaldi

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana), Berkeley, CA

Voices of Music presents our signature holiday program of virtuoso concertos, featuring violinists Elizabeth Blumenstock, Chloe Kim, YuEun Kim, Kati Kyme, baroque trumpeter Dominic Favia and baroque oboist Marc Schachman.

SFEMS presents Melody of China: Songs of the Dragon (龍之音)

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana), Berkeley, CA

Travel across the Pacific Ocean in this intriguing survey of Chinese traditional music with Melody of China (漢聲樂團), described in the The San Francisco Chronicle as “innovative and dazzling.” Founded in 1993 and dedicated to promoting Chinese music in the Bay Area and beyond through scintillating concerts and educational outreach, Melody of China will delight SFEMS …

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$20 – $55

Musica Transalpina: Chamber music from Italy and England

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana), Berkeley, CA

The Italians invented the violin, perfected its music, and travelled everywhere. An enchanting evening of Uccellini, Marini, Corelli, Matteis, Purcell & Handel. Elizabeth Blumenstock, Cynthia Miller Freivogel & Augusta McKay Lodge soloists

SFEMS presents: Archetti & Dance Through Time—Forbidden Lust and Passion in the Court

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana), Berkeley, CA

What is forbidden is often the most desirable. The dances and rhythms of its New World colonies created a sensation in the Spanish courts, and were eventually banned for their perceived lasciviousness. In this captivating collaboration, Dance Through Time and Archetti Baroque Strings trace the saga of dances such as the chaconna, zarabanda, and folias from their indigenous beginnings …

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$20 – $55

Metamorphosis: a collaboration with Balam Dance Theatre

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana), Berkeley, CA

Director and choreographer Carlos Fittante returns for a program of metamorphoses with a new composition by Hanneke van Proosdij and pipa virtuoso Yihan Chen.

SFEMS presents: Pacific MusicWorks—L’Orfeo

First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana), Berkeley, CA

Our 46th concert season comes to a grand finale with Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo! Seattle-based ensemble Pacific MusicWorks heads down the coast to present a star-studded concert version of the world’s first great opera, directed by Boston Early Music Festival co-director Stephen Stubbs in two acclaimed venues: San Francisco’s iconic Grace Cathedral and Berkeley’s First Congregational Church, …

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$20 – $70

The EMA Member Concerts & Events Calendar is for time-sensitive events, such as in-person concerts, livestreaming performances or video premieres, and live online events such as webinars. Videos available on-demand (temporarily or permanently) should not be submitted as multi-day events. Please submit Early Music News & Press Releases about these or other activities.

Highlights from this calendar are included in the weekly E-Notes email newsletter (Tuesdays). Selections are made based on variety of event types and geographic regions.

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