Boomeria Organ Extravaganza ~ July 9, 2022 1-5pm.

Organ music in the redwoods ~ Swordfighting ~ Wine ~ Treats ~ Brass ensemble ~ Viola da gamba ~ Bastille Day festivities

Saturday, July 9, 2022 ~ 1:00-5:00pm ~ Bonny Doon

Castle, catacombs, galleries, and a wonderful pipe organ inside the Chapel Royal! That’s BOOMERIA in the redwoods of Bonny Doon celebrating Bastille Day, where our French-themed organic snacks, local wines, and continuously uplifting music is sure to delight!

Special this year:

  • Fencing demonstrations
  • Bonny Doon Baroque plays mixed consort music for viols, recorders, and crumhorns
  • Penny Hanna, virtuoso solo lyra viol 

This amazing fund-raiser is $55 presale and $65 at door. Purchase tickets: or at the concerts. Buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.



Boomeria organ upper console and partial pipework with watchful geese.

Sunday, October 9, 2022 ~ 3:00pm ~ location TBA

Celebrating the 350th Birthday of Turlough O’Carolan, Ireland’s Most Famous Composer

Linda Burman-Hall, Director, harpsichord, virginal

Shelley Phillips, harp, Baroque oboes, folk flutes

William Coulter, guitar, bodhran

Barry Phillips, ‘cello

Deby Benton Grosjean, traditional fiddle, Baroque violin

Steve Coulter, harp

Turlough O’Carolan, blind harper, unknown artist, 19th Century.

A contemporary of J.S. Bach, Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738) was Ireland’s most famous harper. Though blinded by smallpox at age 18, a patron gave him a harp, a horse and a guide, and he supported himself for 50 years as an itinerant harpist, becoming the most famous of all Celtic composers. O’Carolan composed in part by improvising, his works transcribed by others. The melodic lines that have come down often run through an ornate chordal harp texture. To play the tunes, musicians must decide suitable tempos, rhythms, harmonies, textures, and ornaments, and like O’Carolan, never repeat anything exactly. His music includes the most joyous tunes in the entire ‘6 Celtic Nations’ repertoire as well as airs of extraordinary melancholy. This project is supported by UCSC, in honor of Linda Burman-Hall’s award of an Edward A. Dickson Emerita Professorship (2019-2023). The performance will be eventually released as a CD recording. Thanks to UCSC Emeriti Associates, the Committee on Emeriti Relations, the Vice Chancellor, Chancellor, UCSC Endowments, and Music Department for support.

Saturday, November 19, 2022 ~ 7:30pm ~ location TBA
A joint presentation by Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Distinguished Artists Concert Series, and UCSC Music Department.

Nicholas Mathew, 19th Century style fortepianos

The year 2020 marked the beginning of the 250th birthday celebrations of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), which are still continuing worldwide. We honor the span of his creative life with two different fortepianos representing the middle and late periods of his musical style. UC Berkeley Music Professor Nicholas Mathew will perform Beethoven pieces from these periods, with a thoughtful and historically informed performance practice.

The earlier piano is a replica of an 1800 model by the Schanz brothers. The instrument is part of UCSC’s collection, and is lightweight, with a range of 5 1/3 octaves. UC Berkeley contributes the second instrument, a reconstruction of Conrad Graf’s 1820 model — a somewhat heavier and larger piano, with a range of 6 1/2 octaves.

Beethoven’s style evolved significantly over the course of his life, in a way that influenced the course of musical culture. Equally influential was the piano itself, whose rapid transformations during the early 19th century not only reflected composers’ changing musical values but also made new musical thoughts possible. To trace the intertwined development of Beethoven’s music and that of the piano is our inspiration for this concert.


August von Klober. Study of Beethoven’s Face, 1818. Charcoal with chalk. Formerly Collection C. F. Peters, Leipzig, disappeared 1945.

Proceeds will benefit equally the three collaborating presenters. Thanks to the UCSC Division of the Arts for their generous support.

A pre-concert talk will be held 45 minutes prior to the concert.
$28 General ~ $24 Seniors ~ $11 Students