Saturday November 12, 2011 @8pm Holy Family Episcopal Church, Rohnert Park
Sunday November 13, 2011 @4pm Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Windsor
Join LOBO and local countertenor favorite Christopher Fritzsche- on the heels of their successful debut collaboration in February- for our opening recital, a program of early English lute songs and consorts from John Dowland's sensational 1604 collection Lachrimae or seaven teares...for the lute, viols, or violins, in five parts. Experience why artists today (such as Sting, who recently recorded an all-Dowland program) are still mesmerized by the joy and sorrow of Dowland's music. The program also features works of Simpson, Brade, Johnson, Schein and Campion.
Friday November 18, 2011 @8pm St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Petaluma
Saturday November 19, 2011 @8pm Cathedral of St. Eugene, Santa Rosa
Monday November 20, 2011 @8pm
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Windsor
Bach and Handel were born in 1685; both were 22 years old in 1707, and writing some of their finest and most exciting music; Handel was composing Latin sacred music in Rome, Bach German cantatas in Mühlhausen. The four Psalm settings presented in this concert (Handel: Dixit Dominus and Laudate Pueri; Bach: Cantata 131 and Cantata 196), balance each other by alternating sacred gravity and exuberant outbreaks. The thrilling Laudate Pueri is a showcase for the soprano voice. Part of the Donald & Maureen Green Orchestral Choral Series
Friday December 2, 2011 @8pm St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Petaluma
Saturday December 3, 2011 @8pm Holy Family Episcopal Church, Rohnert Park
Circa 1600, joined by the young voices of the Santa Rosa Children's Chorus and the period instruments of LOBO, perform exquisite German Baroque music in memoriam, including works by Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz and JS Bach. This incredibly optimistic and uplifting music is offered as a complement to the following week's Brahms Requiem; Brahms was and early-music aficionado, and used many of the same texts and musical gestures as his predecessors.
Wondrous to Hear: Brahms and More Presented by the Santa Rosa Symphony Santa Rosa Symphony, Sonoma Bach Choir SRJC Chamber Singers, SRHS Chamber Singers Karen Clift, soprano; Jubilant Sykes, baritone Directed by Bruno Ferrandis
Saturday December 10, 2011 @8pm Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa
Sunday December 11, 2011@3pm Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa
Monday December 12, 2011 @8pmWells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa
Prepare to get chills listening to the compelling, almost shamanistic power of baritone Jubilant Sykes! In addition to singing some of the most moving spirituals in the repertoire, he will join with soprano Karen Clift to lift Brahms' beloved Ein deutsches Requiem into the stratosphere. Three fine choirs, including our own Sonoma Bach Choir, join with the orchestra to present a masterpiece of exceptional warmth and comfort. Concert opens with Brahms' Tragic Overture.
Saturday January 7, 2012 @8pm Angela Center, Santa Rosa
World-renowned Baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie, former first violinist of the Philadelphia String Quartet and associate Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera, became a pioneer in the early music movement. He founded such groups as Duo Geminiani and the Mozartean Players; has performed as guest director and soloist with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and The Academy of Ancient Music; and for 30 years has directed the Baroque strings program at Indiana University. Acclaimed ensemble director and violist da gamba Mary Springfels was for 25 years artist-in-residence at Chicago's Newberry Library, where she founded and directed the Newberry Consort, and taught at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. These legendary performers will join their former students- LOBO associate directors Aaron Westman and Shirley Hunt- and keyboardist Phebe Craig for an unforgettable evening of string playing. The concert is a fundraiser for our education programs, with wine and hors d'œuvres.
Saturday February 11, 2012 @ 8pm Holy Family Episcopal Church
Sunday February 12, 2012 @ 4pm St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
The Monteverdi Consort performs spiritual music in which the solfege syllables -ut-re-mi-fa-sol-la- pla a structural and often symbolic role. Including the Missa La sol fa re mi (Josquin Deprez); an Ut re mi a sol la compilation mass, with movements by Burton, Brumel, Morales, Palestrina, Roussel; and a pair of Josquin motets: Ut Phoebi, which uses a rising scale to symbolize the 'stairway to heaven', and Illibata Dei, in which Josquin conceals his own name and place of birth. Please join us for his sublime music, perfectly balanced between head and heart. Note: This concert will be repeated in San Francisco on Sunday February 19, in he Candlelight Concert Series at St Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, corner of Union and Steiner Streets.
Friday March 16, 2012 @8pm Penngrove Clubhouse, Penngrove
Saturday March 17, 2012 @8pm Penngrove Clubhouse, Penngrove
Sunday March 18, 2012 @4pm Penngrove Clubhouse, Penngrove
Join us as we break down the walls of the standard classical music concert! In the beautiful acoustics and flat-floor space of the Penngrove Clubhouse, we will create a lively, intimate experience in which audience members, provided with Italian refreshments and libations, will be mere feet from the performers as they recreate music which might have been heard in early 17th-century Bologna. Featured is Adriano Banchieri's famous Festino nella sera del Giovedi grasso avanti cena, which purports to be the entertainment for such a house party, and features songs and entertainments performed by various attendees and passers-by. The segments of the Banchieri will be interspersed with instrumental dances, sonatas and other brilliant northern Italian works, including Carlo Farina's animal-themed Capriccio Stravagante.
Sonoma Early Music Festival: Musica Poetica
Musica Transalpina: A 17th Century Alpine Adventure! Monteverdi Consort Live Oak Baroque Orchestra Directed by: Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
Saturday April 28, 2012 @ 8pm Holy Family Episcopal Church, Rohnert Park
Sunday April 29, 2012 @4pm St. Andrew Presbyterian, Sonoma
powerful collision of cultures occurred across and around the Alps.
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, the 17th century's greatest violin virtuoso,
was a Bohemian working in Salzburg; his rustic style comes from Eastern
European fork fiddle playing, and his devilish violin virtuosity was
unmatched until Paganini. Biber's battle depiction (Battalia a 10) is foot-stomping fun, and in Der Nachtwachter, a
nightwatchman bumbles his way through the evening in an increasingly
drunken stupor! Italians held posts all over Europe,, such as Antonio
Bertali in Vienna, and the Germans held posts in Italy, such as Johann
Rosenmuller in Venice. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer championed Italian and
other international styles in Vienna at the court of the Hapsburg
Emperor Leopold I. LOBO will perform his depiction of Polish Bagpipes,
and will join the Monteverdi Consort for Schmelzer's wedding
celebration, Missa Nuptialis, featuring six voices, violin band, and viol consort.
Schein and Schütz: Four Months and Eighty Kilometers Circa 1600 Charles Rus, Organ
Friday May 4, 2012 @8pm St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Petaluma
Saturday May 5, 2012 @8pm Holy Family Episcopal Church, Rohnert Park
Johann Hermann Schein (Bach's predecessor by some hundred years at Leipzig) and Heinrich Schütz, both born in 1585 and within 80 kilometers of each other, were close friends. In 1630, Schütz visited Schein on his deathbed, and at Schein's request wrote a memorial motet. In this concert, we will explore the music of these two ast friends: the secular music of Schein, including brilliant and touching selections from the madrigalistic Diletti pastorali and the Studenten-Schmauss; and the sacred music of Schütz, including the memorial motet to Schein and selections from Cantiones sacrae, Kleine geistliche Konzerte and the Psalms of David. Charles Rus will play continuo and obbligato pieces on our own Klop organ.
Great-grandfathers of the Baroque: Charles Rus in Recital Charles Rus, Organ
Sunday May 6, 2012 @4pm Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa
Charles Rus returns from Seattle to perform his annual recital on our series, this time taking full advantage of the fine Casavant pipe organ at Santa Rosa's Church of the Incarnation. The focus of the recital will be early Germanic masterworks for organ, including elaborate chorale fantasias by Bruhns, Scheidt, and Michael Praetorius. Other composers featured will be Sweelinck (psalms from the Geneva Psalter), Scheidemann (Toccata in echo style), Dietrich Buxtehude and - last but not least- JS Bach!
Saturday May 12, 2012 @8pm Holy Family Episcopal Church, Rohnert Park
Sunday May 13, 2012 @ 4pm St. Andrew Presbyterian, Sonoma
Our festival finale features two of the greatest German composers of the early Baroque: Michael Praetorius and Samuel Scheidt. We will feature a broad range of their output, including grand motets for multiple choirs, both Latin and German works, and dances and other exciting instrumental works. The early brass instruments of the Whole Noyse, combined with the Baroque strings and organ of LOBO, will serve as an ideal foil for the Bach Choir, arrayed at times in multiple smaller ensembles around the hall. Featured works include Praetorius' brilliant Magnificat Ut re mi fa sol la, and Scheidt's Angelus ad pastores ait.