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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival 2020
Post-Season Events

Music in the Garden

Sunday, May 10, 2020 ~ 1-5pm

Richard Josephson, host

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

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

Limited tickets are available to this fun-raising fund-raiser, so get yours early to secure your spot. $45 presale and $50 at door.
Purchase tickets: or at the concerts.

Emerging Artist Showcase

Saturday, May 16, 2020 ~ 7:30pm ~ Holy Cross Church

Our 7th annual presentation features the top laureates of our Youth Chamber Music Competition. The 2020 winners will perform a variety of Baroque and Classical music, and receive their cash awards onstage.

We’re certain you’ll be amazed at the quality of our winners. Year after year, the winners of Santa Cruz Baroque Festival’s Youth Chamber Music far exceed the limited expectations some may hold. Simply put, young musicians can yet be astonishing performers. Guided in their interpretation by experienced coaches who are themselves wonderful musicians, they are capable of communicating musical ideas of the masters with great uency, responsiveness, and grace. Combining the vigor and enthusiasm of youth and a spirit of healthy competition, the Showcase presents an afternoon of breathtaking performances. It is also a chance to support the festival and its efforts to uplift emerging artists.

Guaranteed to be memorable and inspiring! Admission FREE ($10 donation requested)

Boomeria & Brass ~ Organ Extravaganza

Saturday, July 11, 2020 ~ 1-5pm ~ 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!

New this year: Original music for Brass and Pipe Organ.

This amazing fund-raiser is $50 presale and $60 at door. Purchase tickets: or at the concerts.

Beethoven 250thBirthday Celebration!

Sunday, November 15, 2020 ~ 3pm ~ UCSC Recital Hall

A joint presentation by Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Distinguished Artists Concert Series, and UCSC Music Department.

The year 2020 marks the 250th birthday of Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770— 1827). 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 signi cantly over the course of his life, in a way that in uenced the course of musical culture. Equally in uential was the piano itself, whose rapid transformations during the early 19th century not only re ected composers’ changing musical values but also made newmusicalthoughtspossible. Totracetheintertwineddevelopmentof Beethoven’s music and that of the piano is our inspiration for this concert.

Proceeds will bene t 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. ~ $25 General ~ $21 Seniors ~ $10 Students