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May 2021

Tales from the Decameron

May 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
$5 – $50

For its final video concert of the season, TEMP will present stories from an extremely timely source: The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375). The book is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales told by a group of a group of young adults who shelter in a secluded villa just outside Florence in order to escape the Black Death during the 1348 epidemic. The librettist for our production is Dr. Larry Rosenwald, Professor of American Literature and of English…

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Beneath a Tree: My Cup of Tea

May 15 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
$15 – $20

Travel across centuries and genres with this upbeat presentation from Beneath a Tree, a San Francisco-based ensemble specializing in historically informed eclecticism, drawing in particular from the Baroque period and various folk traditions. This concert will explore the music of Georg Philipp Telemann—a prodigious style-crosser himself—as well as works by Domenico Gabrielli. There will also be delicious arrangements of traditional Scottish works arranged by ensemble members. Gail Hernández Rosa, Baroque violin, viola, and vocals; Daniel Turkos, contrabass, cittern/Irish bouzouki, and vocals; Paul Holmes…

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Idyll & Intrigue

May 21 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
$10

Our final program of the season features a delightful cantata a due by the youthful George Frideric Handel. A 1708 commission from the Arcadian Academy, Aminta e Fillide tells the story of two lovers who need a little help from Cupid. Handel fleshes out this endearing pastoral courtship for two voices and strings with great panache and charm. Its arias proved so popular that he reused some of them the very next year in Agrippina. Join us for this timeless retelling of an ageless love story as we bring our 2020/21 Side by Side season to a harmonious conclusion.     On the program: G. F. Handel,  Aminta & Fillide     Featuring: Lauren Snouffer, soprano  Abigail Fischer, soprano…

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Cantio Polonica

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

Note: The date for this concert has been changed from Saturday, May 8 at 6 pm to Sunday, May 23 at 6 pm. An exemplary selection of Polish Baroque music illustrates this culture’s significant and little-known contribution to European musical practice during the “golden age” of the 17th and 18th centuries. Curated by lutenist and scholar Arash Noori, this program on the musical heritage of Poland also features Ars Lyrica Artistic Director and harpsichordist Matthew Dirst, violinists Stephanie Raby and…

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June 2021

Calextone: A Pandemic Pentameron – Music of 14th-Century Italy

June 5 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
$15 – $20

Great art is often forged in the cauldron of great misery. This was certainly true of mid-14th century Italy, which in the grip of the Black Death nonetheless produced some of the most important European writers and composers of the time. In this timely program, the medieval specialists of Calextone will weave together visual art, music, and the written word to resurrect a world uncannily like our own. This concert takes Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron—one hundred tales of wit, eroticism, tragedy, and much else—as…

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Cantata Collective: BWV 35 and 169 featuring Reginald Mobley, countertenor and Nicholas McGegan, organ

June 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
$15 – $20

Join SFEMS for our season finale featuring the Cantata Collective and two superstars of the early music firmament: countertenor Reginald Mobley and Nicholas McGegan in a special appearance on organ! These combined forces bring many decades of performing the works of Johann Sebastian Bach at the highest level to two special (and extremely demanding) cantatas written in 1726 for an alto soloist: Geist und Seele wird verwirret (BWV 35) and Gott soll allein mein Herze haben (BWV 169). Mobley’s consummate artistry is equally matched by the…

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