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"The Berkeley Festival & Exhibition has become a remarkable institution on
the American musical scene."
- The New York Times
Come and experience the magnificence of Italian music in and around 1610,
from the glories of St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice to the haunting spiritual
cloisters of Milan, a golden age filled with the glorious sounds of centuries past.
At this year's twentieth anniversary festival we have a very exciting
Main Stage performance calendar featuring some of the
early music performance ensembles.
Main Stage tickets are available online from the
BFX Ten Box Office or by calling
Main Stage Festival Highlights
will probe the heart and mind in a performance
of the awe-inspiring and terrifying Tenebrae Responsoria by Carlo Gesualdo.
¡Sacabuche! With Paul Elliott & Nigel North
will offer a program
that explores the stunningly beautiful double-choir writing of the
composers associated with St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice in the decades
surrounding the turn of the seventeenth century.
The Marion Verbruggen Trio
will appear in a dazzling concert of
masterpieces from the Baroque: a musical tour of music from Germany and France.
will recreate the angelic voices of nuns
singing Chiara Margarita Cozzolani's passionate and ecstatic motets.
Recognized during her lifetime as one of the finest composers in Italy,
Cozzolani spent her entire adult life within the four walls of the
musically famous convent of Santa Radegonda in Milan.
will present the most distinguished
English composers in the mid-seventeenth century before Henry Purcell.
Included will be English fantasias and suites by John Jenkins,
William Lawes and Matthew Locke.
will present an exciting, dramatic and fluid exploration
of "The Perfection of Modern Music" as expounded in a reading from
Zarlino's Rules of Composition (1558) and exemplified by Claudio
Monteverdi's Madrigals, Book V.
Festival Finale Celebration Concert
Vespers in Venice from Monteverdi to Vivaldi
in a program designed to showcase
each of the ensembles participating in the festival and include
soloists Marion Verbruggen, Laura Heimes, Jennifer Ellis Kampani,
Barbara Hollinshead, Meg Bragle, Christopher LeCluyse, and Peter Becker.
One of the most exciting components of BFX Ten is the Fringe – a series of
self-produced concerts by soloists and ensembles from around the world.
The Fringe concerts are listed on the
calendar of all BFX Ten events.
If you are a performer or group interested in listing your Fringe event, here's
how to do it.
The Early Music America (EMA) Conference & Exhibition
As part of BFX Ten, Early Music America
will hold an early music conference June 10-12, 2010.
The conference, "400 Years of Vespers," will commemorate the 400th anniversary
of Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, a masterpiece that has sparked
numerous performances across North America in 2010.
The conference, which will be part scholarly "academy" and part
participatory workshop, will provide an opportunity for scholars,
teachers, professional and amateur performers, and early music enthusiasts to
interact with and learn from each other in an informal setting.
Check Early Music America
The exhibition, as part of the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition (June 6-13, 2010),
features publishers, instrument builders, service organizations,
universities and other early music practitioners.
Free and open to the public, the exhibition is presented by Early Music America.
Thursday, June 10
12noon-6pm: Exhibition Open
Friday, June 11
10am-6pm: Exhibition Open
Saturday, June 12
10am-5pm: Exhibition Open
EMA is also presenting Early Music Discovery for Children, ages 5-15,
Saturday June 12, 10am-12noon.
This is an opportunity
for kids to try out early music instruments, supervised by skilled practitioners.
Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Early Music America
at 888.SACKBUT (888-722-5288) or visit
The Berkeley Festival & Exhibition is presented by San Francisco Early Music Society
in association with Early Music America, Cal Performances,
Magnificat, Ave, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the
American Recorder Society.
Last updated 06/10/2010.
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