2018 Season

45 years of concerts in Santa Cruz!


Concert One

Cupid's Gift –
Love Songs & Enchantments

Saturday February 10, 2018
7:30 P.M.
UCSC Music Recital Hall

Love Songs, spells and enchantments just in time for Valentine's Day! The soprano that won hearts and a standing ovation at her Baroque Festival debut in 2016 is back from London to share her favorites from the English Renaisance and Baroque.


Perhaps the most elegant and ornate music manuscript of all time! Made half a millennium ago fas a gift from Pope Leo X to his nephew, Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Urbino on the occasion of his wedding to a French princess, this elaborate choir-book contains 53 motets from the French Chapelle Royale composed by the most celebrated of Renaissance masters.

Concert Two

500th Birthday Celebration –
Medici Codex

Saturday March 3, 2018
7:30 P.M.
Holy Cross Church


Concert Three

The Musical Offering –
J. S. Bach

Sunday April 8, 2018
3:00 P.M.
UCSC Music Recital Hall

Selections from the best compositional gift of all time! A souvenir of J.S. Bach's 1747 visit to Emperor Frederick the Great's court at Potsdam., where the Ruler invited 'Old Bach' to demonstrate his contrapuntal craftsmanship by immediately improvising on Frederick's complex and chromatic theme, The Musical Offering is a transcendent collection of canons and fugues that resulted from this challenge. Performed with other works by Bach by these Baroque Festival favorites.


This Folk & Baroque concert highlights the remarkable links between older Spanish Flamenco vocals and Moorish music, from Martinetes to Sevillanas and Fandangos. Featuring preludes by the Tunisian master Jassar Haj Youssef and a sonata by Domenico Scarlatti and played on the 7-stringed viola d'amore

Concert Four

Trading Gifts –
Iberia & the Arab World

Sunday April 29, 2018
7:30 P.M.
UCSC Music Recital Hall


Concert Five

Eternal Baroque –
New Music in Old Styles

Saturday May 12, 2018
7:30 P.M.
Peace United Church of Christ

Original works in Baroque style by Nicola Canzano, Mark Moya, and Martin Gaskell.