Congratulations Kraig Williams for winning a pair of Season tickets! The correct answer was “Beethoven.” Look for another contest coming soon. 

 

Pre-Season

Sunday, October 9, 2022 ~ 3:00pm ~ Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Hall

Pre-Concert Talk 2:15-2:45

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

Linda Burman-Hall, Director, harpsichord

Shelley Phillips, harp, Baroque oboes, folk flutes

William Coulter, guitar, bodhran

Barry Phillips, ‘cello

Deby Benton Grosjean, traditional fiddle, Baroque violin

John Weed, fiddle

Robin Petrie, hammered dulcimer

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 ~ Messiah Lutheran Church, 801 High St., Santa Cruz

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

Saturday, February 4, 2023 ~ 7:30 pm ~ Holy Cross Church (moved from UCSC Recital Hall)

UCSC Chamber Singers, directed by Michael McGushin;

Endurance Gospel Quartet of Houston, directed by Mike Robertson

Concert Sponsor: Patrick Teverbaugh

 

    Our Golden Anniversary opens with a rainbow of historic musics from all the Americas. UCSC Chamber Singers opens by performing the first printed music to originate in the so-called ‘New World’, a 1631 hymn to the Virgin Mary in the Quechua language used by the ancient Incas, Hanacpachap Cuissicuinin, set to Spanish Renaissance style 4-part polyphony by the Franciscan Friar Juan Pérez Bocanegra. Colonial Sacred Harp singing in square format will bring us to the Northern hemisphere. Celebrating Black History month, the renowned prize-winning Endurance Gospel Quartet of Houston will make their triumphant return to our stage with their ‘archival’ a cappella brand of gospel. A meet-the artists reception honors donors and season ticket holders.

Collage image of Peru Inca and Spanish Royal chronology, Colonial Sacred Harp notation and photos of Endurance by L. Burman-Hall and P. Bryan ©2022

An on-site meet-the-artists reception follows for fully vaccinated donors and season ticket holders.

Saturday, February 25, 2023 ~ 7:30 pm ~ Peace United Church

Janet See, Baroque Flute

Lisa Weiss, Baroque violin

Peter Hallifax, viol

Katherine Heater, harpsichord

Concert Sponsor: Michel & Susan McKay

Adolph von Menzel – A Flute Concert of Frederick the Great at Sanssouci

At the beginning of the Baroque, a new style proudly swept aside the equality of parts that characterized Renaissance counterpoint. Any sensuous or jaunty tune supported by a good bass was considered a proper example of Baroque style, yet quite a few composers went considerably further: inspired by the twining vines and flirting butterflies of Springtime, they could not resist writing two lines turning in close harmonic duet over that strong bass, making a suggestive trio.

Our program tells how this sort of trio grew into the quartet during the Baroque through an exploration of masterful music structures in the Baroque for 3 and 4 to play. Music of visionaries and experimentalists including J. S. Bach, G. P. Telemann, and J. P. Rameau are among the favorites this virtuoso ensemble will showcase in a candlelit concert with diverse arrangements, concluding with Telemann’s exquisite e minor Paris Quartet.

Saturday, March 18, 2023 ~ 7:30 pm ~ Holy Cross Church

Christopher Preston Thompson, Director, tenor, Medieval harp

Clifton Massey, countertenor

David Dickey, countertenor, recorder

Thomas McCargar, baritone

Niccolo Seligmann, vielle

Concert Sponsor: Dean Silvers

 

 

 In their triumphant return to Santa Cruz, Concordian Dawn, the Medieval music ensemble of New York City, presents seldom performed virtuosic Organum Quadruplum by Pérotin of Nôtre Dame de Paris (±1155 – ±1200) and other 4-part treasures of Medieval music from Ars Antiqua to Ars Nova, assisted by Cappella Pérotinus male voices. A concert by candlelight in a magnifient acoustic and visual space.

North rose window of Notre-Dame de Paris (ca 1250), Rayonnant Architecture. Photo Julie Ann Workman (2010)

Sunday, April 16, 2023 ~ 3:00 pm ~ UCSC Recital Hall

Joanna Blendulf, Julie Jeffrey, Annalisa Pappano and Elisabeth Reed, viols

Concert Sponsors: Friends of Lawrence Selman, Marti Edwards Selman, Robert V. Taylor, H. Ernest Fox, RCA O’Neal, Donald K. Wilson, and The Stocker Family Fund of The Community Foundation

Abraham Bosse (1604–1676) Sociedade Musical https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lute-viol_ ABosse_Fr_1635.jpg

As perfectly crafted tonal illusions, Seventeenth Century viol fantasies are a curious and wild ride. Like an ant running over a patchwork quilt toward unknowable destinations, this ‘quixotic’ form passes deftly through improvisatory moods and textures, by turns entertaining, distracting, and compelling. Viols, similar to guitars, have six strings, tuned in perfect fourths and major thirds, but are bowed expressively like violins and ‘cellos. For our program, Wildcat Viols celebrates their first album with
a complete performance of the Fantazias by Henry Purcell, complete viol sonatas of Giovanni Legrenzi, and selections from Matthew Locke’s ‘Magnifick Consort of Four Parts.’

Saturday, May 6, 2023 ~ 7:30 pm ~ UCSC Recital Hall

Lisa Weiss and Katy Kyme, Classical violins

Anthony Martin, Classical viola,

William Skeen, Classical ‘cello

Concert Sponsor: Linda Burman-Hall, Brian Johnston, and Michael Tierra

 

The early music world’s foremost Classical string quartet playing contrasting early and late works by the greatest masters of the Classical String Quartet, Franz Josef Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Anonymous: Joseph Haydn Playing Quartets (before 1790) in Schloss Esterhazy. Collection of StaatsMuseum, Vienna (detail).

An on-site meet-the-artists reception follows for fully vaccinated donors and season ticket holders.

Post-Season

Sunday, May 14, 2023 ~ 1:00-5:00 pm

Our special Mother’s Day treat will be held in a private Seabright jewel of a garden, brimming with exotic blooms, rare tropical palms, uncommon non-invasive clumping bamboos, and a wide variety of sub- tropical species, all surrounding a large boulder-strewn pond filled with exceptional aquatic plantings.

Join us for gourmet treats to suit all tastes while you relax outdoors sipping fine wines or other beverages, listening to exquisite early and traditional musics.

The Baroque Festival will be following the recommendations of our local Health Department at this fully outdoor event. Masks may be optionally worn.

Italian anonymous 16th century. Painted panel Musée de l’Hôtel Lallemant, Bourges, France. Partial.

~ Pre-sales: $54 ~ At door: $59

Sunday, May 21, 2023 ~ 7:00 pm ~ Holy Cross Church

EAS Sponsor: Dean Silvers

One of the most rewarding pursuits of great artists is discovering young talent — finding the children and young adults blessed with that natural ability to bring music fully to life! Since 2002, our YOUTH CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION has invited talented young artists to compete performing classical and Baroque music.

At our EMERGING ARTISTS SHOWCASE, we award $1000 in prize money to the top three groups in our 5-county area in public concert.Share the joy of discovery with us! Guaranteed to be memorable and inspiring.

Anonymous 18th Century engraving of J. S. Bach’s student collegium

Admission FREE ($10 donation requested)

Saturday, July 8, 2023 ~ 1:00-5:00 pm ~ Bonny Doon

Our annual celebration of Bastille Day, replete with wine, dance, and music of ages past, the Boomeria Organ and Brass Extravaganza, is not to be missed! Preston Boomer’s unique Chapel Royale in the Bonny Doon redwoods houses a large Baroque-style, tracker-action pipe organ, on which expert organists perform their art. Reed Street Brass and the Bonny Doon Baroque consort provide additional musical delights, including Martin Gaskell’s Ceremonial Music for Organ and Brass. Costumed Baroque-era dancing adds to the spectacle. Inquisitive minds can satisfy their curiosity about the organ’s workings with our ‘organ crawl’ into the depths of the beast while in full play. Delicious snacks and fine wines round out the festivities. Proceeds benefit the operations of Santa Cruz Baroque Festival.

$59 presale and $70 at door

Buy your tickets early to ensure your presence at this legendary event!