Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday Miscellaney

In penance for scarce posting the last couple of weeks:

If you are at all interested in English history and environmental studies, take a look at Jason Peters's site Posthumous Plans. He started life as a landscape designer and became interested in the intersection of the natural landscape, history, and our environment today. He has reconstructed the extent and other characteristics of the historical English forests and environment and is offering maps showing these things...The New Music for Treble Voices Festival 2013 will feature a number of choruses, including the Peninsula Women's Chorus, Vancouver's Elektra and Musae....The Cypress Quartet and the lovely soprano Christine Brandes, last seen in drag as Nerone in Poppea at West Edge Opera, premiere a new work by Jennifer Higdon at Herbst Theater, SF, on Friday, April 19....San Francisco Renaissance Voices had a Renaissance dance workshop yesterday that I forgot to blog and would have loved to attend. If you also missed that, they have a Baroque dance workshop coming up on Saturday, March 16....The St. Lawrence String Quartet has a free performance on Good Friday, March 29, at 5 p.m. at Stanford's Memorial Church. They'll be performing Haydn's Seven Last Words...

News from Celeste Winant

The excellent alto Celeste Winant sends news about some performances she is in. St. Mary the Virgin is an absolutely gorgeous little church whose pastor has the most wonderful speaking voice; if you are Episcopal, you might want to try services there.

San Francisco Lyric Opera's "little match girl passion" open rehearsal
Tuesday March 12, 7 PM
St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, 2325 Union Street at Steiner, SF
--please enter on Union Street
admission: Free

Karen Clark's Baroque Masterclass and Studio Recital
Works of Caldarra, Luzzaschi, Michel, Handel, JS Bach, Purcell, and others
Friday March 15, 6-9 PM, Masterclass
Sunday March 17, 3-5 PM, Studio Recital (+ reception from 5-6) (Note, start time is LATER than previously advertised)
Both events at the Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste St., Berkeley CA
A suggested cash donation of $5-10 for each event, taken at the door.  No one turned away for lack of funds.

AVE: concerts for Holy Week
1. Sunday March 24, 4 PM
Noe Valley Chamber Music @ Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 455 Fair Oaks, in San Francisco
General Admission: $22.50, Students & Senior: $18.00
Tickets & Information: http://nvcm.org/next-concert/
2. Tuesday March 26, 12:30 PM
Noontime Concerts at Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St. SF
Suggested donation: $5

Kickstarter Campaigns of Interest

Matt Parry writes to me about his campaign to get children listening to classical music, featuring Brian Blessed and Rory Bremner. Looks cute, features a cartoon, and a variety of approaches...Tuba player Stephanie Frye of Madison has raised enough money to record a CD of works for tuba composed by women. Very cool!

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