VOICES OF MUSIC – In concert, “Concerto Barocco”, January 28th–30th

The San Francisco Early Music Society presents the ensemble – Voices of Music – in a dazzling evening of virtuoso Baroque concerti for violin, cello, recorders and strings by Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, and Francesco Geminiani

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The San Francisco Early Music Society begins the New Year with dazzling concerti by Voices of Music, promising the strongest historically informed chamber music and solo performances on any concert stage this season. Voices of Music, directed by David Tayler and Hanneke van Proosdij, is hailed for their passion, artistry and technical brilliance. Featuring some of the Bay Area’s best performers in early music, the ensemble is dedicated to the idea of the importance of the individual voices of the musicians in performance.

Performances are scheduled for:
Friday, January 28th, at 8:00 pm – First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto (600 Homer Street at Webster)
Saturday, January 29th, at 7:30 pm – St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley (2727 College at Garber)
Sunday, January 30th, 4:00 pm – St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco (1111 O’Farrell Street) 

CONCERTO BAROCCO showcases Voices of Music’s talent in a beautiful collection of Baroque concerti, each one highlighting a different combination of instruments in a variety of moods, colors and techniques of composers of this genre. Experience the fleet and colorful “Alla Rustica” of Vivaldi, the stormy intensity of his Concerto in G minor for two cellos and the light and airy Concerto for Recorder. Languish in the sound of Corelli’s most classical and serene Christmas Concerto and J.S. Bach’s sublime Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 and more.
Click here to order tickets on-line: Voices of Music 

Voices of Music’s Concerto Barocco CD was released in December 2009 and has been in the top 5 on Instant Encore ever since (based on streaming audio-popularity). No other ensemble, including all the major symphony orchestras, has achieved this. Voices of Music is an affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society.

MEET THE ARTISTS

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VOICES OF MUSIC

CYNTHIA MILLER FREIVOGEL, Baroque Violin
Cynthia Miller Freivogel performs regularly on period instruments and the modern violin. She received a B.A. in Musicology at Yale University and an M.M. in violin performance at the San Francisco Conservatory. In addition to being a member of Philharmonia Baroque, Cynthia is also the concertmaster and leader of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and the lead violinist with Brandywine Baroque in Delaware. She is second violinist with the Novello Quartet, which is dedicated to the performance of the string quartets of Haydn and his contemporaries on classical instruments. Cynthia frequently performs at early music venues in the San Francisco Bay Area with such ensembles as Magnificat, Mirabile, and American Bach Soloists, and on concert series at Old First, San Francisco Early Music Society, and MusicSources.

KATHERINE KYME, Baroque Violin
Katherine Kyme received her musical training at UC Berkeley and Yale University. She became a member of the Seattle Symphony in 1979. Following a year’s leave to study baroque violin in Vienna, she began to specialize in music before 1850. She is a founding member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the American Bach Soloists, the Arcadian Academy and the Artaria Quartet, performing throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and has made dozens of recordings. A passionate chamber music player, Katherine performs with The Streicher Trio, the modern quartet String Circle, and the recently formed New Esterhazy Quartet. The group is preparing Haydn’s sixty-eight string quartets. Katherine conducts the Junior and Intermediate orchestras of the California Youth Symphony.

CARLA MOORE, Baroque Violin
Carla Moore enjoys exploring and performing the repertoire for baroque and classical violin. Moore moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from New York City in 1991 when she joined Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. She now serves as one of the Orchestra’s concertmasters and soloists, performs and solos with American Bach Soloists, and serves as concertmaster of the Portland Baroque Orchestra (Oregon). In 1989, Moore won First Prize in the Erwin Bodky Competition for early music, and she has since traveled with many leading baroque orchestras and chamber groups throughout North America, Britain, Europe and Asia. She has recorded extensively for a wide range of labels, which include highly praised solo performances of music by Telemann and C.P.E. Bach, as well as chamber music by, among others, Luigi Boccherini, William Lawes, and Clara Schumann.

HANNEKE VAN PROOSDIJ, Recorder and Harpsichord
Hanneke van Proosdij performs regularly as soloist and continuo specialist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Festspiel Orchester Goettingen, Voices of Music, Concerto Palatino, Magnificat and American Bach Soloists. She has appeared as a guest artist with Hesperion XX, Concerto Koln, Chanticleer, Orchestre d’Ambronnay, Gewandhaus Orchester and the Arcadian Academy.  She received her solo and teaching diplomas from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she studied recorder, harpsichord and composition. Hanneke has recorded over fifty discs for Magnatune, BIS, Koch, Musica Omnia, Carus, AVIE and Delos. She teaches recorder at UC Berkeley and has been guest professor at Stanford, Oberlin, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Wisconsin and the University of Vermont.

TANYA TOMKINS, Baroque cello
Cellist Tanya Tomkins returned to the United States in 1998 after living in Holland for 14 years, where she toured and recorded extensively as a chamber musician. The first cellist ever to win the international Bodky Competition for Early Music Soloists, she is equally at home on baroque and modern instruments. Tanya has performed to critical acclaim at a variety of venues including the Frick Collection, Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, San Francisco Performances, and the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal. She is principal cellist and featured soloist for Philharmonia Baroque and Portland Baroque Orchestra. She is featured on Philharmonia’s season’s highlights CD in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Colin Jacobsen and Eric Zivian. She also performs with the American Bach Soloists, the Oregon Bach Festival, Music in the Vineyards Festival, Olympic Chamber Music Festival, and the Moab Chamber Music Festival.

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