Mostly Motets, which rehearses in San Francisco and Berkeley on Sunday afternoons, is auditioning singers for all parts. Email the group at Auditions@MostlyMotets.com; audition details are here....San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Todd Jolly, Dir.) has another great season of Renaissance choral music and early opera coming. There's a Spanish music concert built around two major works by Juan de Esquival Barahona; a Boar's Head concert and feast; a program called The Music of Joy, featuring works of Josquin, Victoria, Byrd, Gibbons, Banchieri, Tallis, and Purcell (it doesn't get much better than that lineup); and an early opera program....For that matter, catch SFRV's opening gala concert, on October 2 at 7 p.m.: An Evening at Elizabeth's Court.Music, food, and drink will be involved....At 8 p.m. tonight, Sunday, September 12, Nic McGegan hosts a one-hour program on Mozart on KDFC, 102.1. It's an advance for Phil Baroque's opening program, which features fortepianist and improviser extraordinaire Robert Levin. Additional radio shows follow, all at 8 p.m. on Sundays on KDFC, except when that slot is taken by San Francisco Opera broadcasts...Dane Ruhdyar week is coming up at Other Minds: Monday, September 27 at Swedenborgian Church (2107 Lyon St., SF, 7 p.m. panel, 8 p.m. concert) and Wednesday, September 29, at Valley Presbyterian Church (945 Portola Road, Portola Valley, 7:30 concert).
Out of Town
Met benefactor and board member Dr. Agnes Varis donated $250,000 to Opera Orchestra of New York (OONY) to support their upcoming production of Meyerbeer's L'Africaine. The performance is in memory of tenor Richard Tucker and dedicated to Dr. Varis's late husband Karl Leichtman. Marcello Giordani and Chiara Taigi star in the March 2, 2011 performance....One World Symphony of NYC opens its season on September 17 and 19 in Brooklyn and Manhattan, respectively, with a program that includes Lennon (John), Strauss, Messiaen, Shostakovich, Sung Jin Hong, and others. I am intrigued especially by the orchestration of part or all of the great Quartet for the End of Time.