Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


JANINE JOHNSON, harpsichord Bach, student and teacher

Hear what inspired Bach's marvelous keyboard music in a program of his mentors and clear forerunners. Music by Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Bohm, Fischer, Reincken, and a little Bach. This is followed by a big Ouverture (suite) by his star pupil, Johann krebs. If you love Bach, counterpoint and stylus fantasticus, this is the concert for you!
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Price: Suggestion donation of $20, $15 for students and seniors

Jun 4, 10am to 12 noon, TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley

THE ALBANY CONSORT BIG BAND Telemann's Tafelmusik II and Bach's Brandenburg 3: Music to work up an appetite followed by a free sandwich lunch

Bach & Telemann There can be no better way to work up an appetite for lunch than with Telemann's Tafelmusk 2nd Production and Bach's 3rd Brandenburg Concerto. The musical menu will of course be followed by a delicious lunch and a chance to catch up with friends and chat with the musicians. The Albany Consort has a brilliant band lined up for this concert. And of course Brandenburg 3 will have a full slow movement, not to mention added wind parts, based on but not limited to what Bach himself did when including the first movement in a cantata.
THE ALBANY CONSORT BIG BAND: Cynthia Black, Dominic Favia, Rachel Hurwitz, Barbara Krumdieck, Addi Liu, Lindsay McIntosh, Millie Martin, Joyce Park, Alexa Pilon, Marion Rubinstein, Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, Jonathan Salzedo, Shelby Yamin, Ondine Young.

Price: $25

Jun 4, 11am to 1pm, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE ORGANIZATION 2601 Durant Ave., Berkeley

HALLIFAX & JEFFREY with ANDY CANEPA King Charles' Delight: Suites and Fantasies by Coprario and Jenkins for 2 bass viols to the organ Peter Hallifax, viol; Julie Jeffrey, viol; Andy Canepa, organ

This program of the rare and virtuosic repertoire for 2 bass viols and organ was written for the "private music" of King Charles I. Jenkins and Coprario were virtuoso viol players and innovative composers working in an extraordinarily supportive milieu. King Charles loved and played the viol, and spent lavishly on new compositions for the instrument. It was a time of plenty for the viol, such as had never been seen before (and was never seen again) in England.

Hallifax & Jeffrey (viols) and Andrew Canepa (organ) have made a specialty of these pieces, and St. Mark's parish hall is the perfect acoustic for it. If you're not familiar with the music, you'll be astonished. If you know it well, you'll enjoy it even more.
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20, 18 and under free

Jun 4, 11am to 1pm, PARISH HALL OF ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2320 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

L.A. CAMERATA & CONCERTO NoHo On a Quiet Conscience

A quiet conscience, in a quiet breast, Has only peace, has only rest: The music and the mirth of kings Are out of tune, unless she sings. -attrib. Charles I
In the second half of the 17th century, Europe was entering uneasy period of calm. This program examines the work of two composers from this epoch who excelled in uneasy grace: Henry Purcell and Heinrich Biber. These two contemporaries are alike in their flagrant creativity: Purcell is known for his works for the stage; particularly Dido & Aeneas, a short but jewel-perfect opera about the burning of Carthage. Our program includes two of his songs: Music for a While and the Fatal Hour, which are taken from the posthumously-published collection Orpheus Brittanicus. Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber is known for his virtuosic violin works, in particular the Mystery Sonatas. We will be playing his less difficult but equally charming Sonata Representativa. The program will be completed by works by Schmeltzer, Tobias Hume, Mary Dering, and Anne Boleyn.
Price: $15

Jun 4, 12 noon to 2pm, ST. ALBAN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 1501 Washington Avenue, Albany

VOICE OF THE VIOL Five Part Fantasias and Madrigals by John Ward

Voice of the Viol comes together for a concert of five part Fantasias and Madrigals by John Ward. Joanna Blendulf, Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, Farley Pearce, Elisabeth Reed and William Skeen blend together a program not to be missed!
Price: $20, $5 - Student tickets with ID

Jun 4, 12 noon to 2pm, TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley

ACTUS Anticipation and Wonder TACTUS

Sometimes our expectations are overwhelmed, leaving us thunderstruck. Join Tactus of San Francisco for our second anniversary concert, as we present Renaissance choral motets about anticipation and wonder: from the quivering hope of the bridegroom to the astonishment of the Resurrection. Our offerings range from the celestially serene music of Post-Tridentine Roman composer Palestrina, to the pictorial and lively motets of Guerrero and Byrd. Organ interludes by Eugene Petrushansky.

TACTUS, Tanmoy Laskar, Director:

Caroline Armitage, Thomas Ayres, Janet Bailey, Carol Henri, Kyle Randall, John Renken, Daniel Schenk, Larry Schmehl, Susan St Martin, Susan Swerdlow, Serena Weitershausen, Barb Westree, Melike Yersiz with Eugene Petrushansky, Organ

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Jun 4, 12 noon to 2pm, ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL, 2316 Bowditch, Berkeley

A Master Class in Silent Film Musical Accompaniment With Donald Sosin

For one day only Donald Sosin, renowned composer and musician, will offer a master class in the art of accompanying silent film. Read more at

Jun 4, 1pm to 3pm,


Purloined Pages is a concert of genre-crossing transcriptions and arrangements of Classical keyboard music, as well as a newly-composed work by Mills College composer Fred Frith. We open the program by juxtaposing our arrangement of a Beethoven Bagatelle with Frith's witty reimagining of the same work. The program continues with a string duo adapted from an early keyboard sonata by Haydn and concludes with a "new" work by Mozart: a piano trio assembled primarily from unfinished or independent works for piano four-hands. Black-Bulwinkle-Morris Trio: Belle Bulwinkle, fortepiano; Cynthia K. Black, violin; David Morris, cello
Price: $15 suggested donation

Jun 4, 1pm to 2pm, UC BERKELEY, MORRISON HALL, Room 125

SHAK's EARLY MUSIC YOUTH ACADEMY Daphne Replies: Reimagining Shakespearean Song

SHAK's EARLY MUSIC YOUTH ACADEMY Skilled musicians aged 13-16 present music from the time of Queen Elizabeth I and Shakespeare - elegant instrumental consorts, exhilarating dance tunes with original divisions, and some of the prettiest song melodies ever written. But we bring a modern ear to the original lyrics of romance and myth. Men and gods pursuing fair maidens? Well, we've added a few new verses. After four centuries of being sung about and sung to, praised and entreated and condemned, each of the heroines finally gets a chance to speak for herself. A mixed consort of bowed and plucked string players is joined by four vocal soloists from SHAK's original adaptation of Handel's Serse, presented by the Festival the day before.
This playful, timely, and thought-provoking one-hour program is open to all ages.
Admission is by free-will donation (suggested: $10-25 adults, $5-10 youth).
The Early Music Youth Academy is part of Seattle Historical Arts for Kids, which is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike.
Price: Free-will donation (Suggested $10-25 adults, $ youth)

Jun 4, 2pm to 4pm, BERKELEY CITY CLUB (Members Lounge) 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley

Mad About You: Mad Songs and Theater Music from Restoration England The Virtu Ensemble

Moments of madness make for the best theater: think Hamlet, King Lear or Lady Macbeth. While philosophers, psychologists and even some politicians have tried to make sense of the continuing appeal of folly, the dramatic arts have consistently appealed to folly to make better sense of life's many hurts. Perhaps not surprisingly, the theme of madness and irrationality ran particularly high in Restoration England as it was ravaged by social turmoil and changing leadership.

Join The Virtu Ensemble for a concert of passion, both beautiful and insane, as they explore the music of Henry Purcell and John Eccles, including mad songs and instrumental adaptations from Don Quixote, The Tempest, The Spanish Fryar, The Virtuous Wife, and ending with the anonymous "Willow Song" from Othello. The Virtu Ensemble was founded by a group of ladies, all specialized in Baroque music, who like their tuning and temperament to be adventurous, bold, and not always Baroque. As a South Bay based ensemble, Virtu made their debut in October of 2017 at Tateuchi Hall in Mountain View. For information on their upcoming season and performances, please visit

VIRTU ENSEMBLE: Angelique Zuluaga, soprano; Claudia Gantivar, recorder; Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin; Alisa Rata Stutzbach, viola; Maria Brodsky, harpsichord
Price: Suggestion donation of $20, $10 for students and seniors

Jun 4, 2:30pm to 4:30pm, TRINITY CHAPEL, 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley

EUGENE PETRUSHANSKY, harpsichord Mundane Music on an Extraordinary Instrument

Eugene Petrushansky plays a demonstration recital of repertoire by Bach, Marchand, and d'Anglebert on a newly-restored copy by the late Ronald Haas, 1978, of the magnificent 1723 Hieronymus Albrecht Hass double-manual harpsichord in the Copenhagen Musikmuseet. This instrument, almost never copied by contemporary harpsichord builders due to its mechanical complexity, has three (!) 8âe² registers and one 4âe² register, for a very different tonal palette than the customary "northern European double", as well as sumptuous chinoiserie and gilding for a well-rounded sensory experience.
Price: $10 suggested donation

Jun 4, 4pm to 5pm, ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL, 2316 Bowditch, Berkeley

CALEXTONE The Lady and the Falcon: German Music from the Cusp of the Renaissance Temmo Korisheli, voice

German music from the cusp of the Renaissance, featuring works by that fiery diplomat and Minnesinger Oswald Von Wolkenstein, Maximilian I's court composer Ludwig Senfl, and from the quintessential song books of the mid-15th century: Glogauer, Schedelsche and Lochamer. Bawdy lyrics, heavenly melodies, Meistersinger and Minnesinger, high art and low-brow, this program highlights exciting musical currents of the 15th century in Germany. CALEXTONE: Letitia Berlin, recorder, douçaine; Frances Blaker, recorder, hammered dulcimer; Shira Kammen, vielle, harp, voice; Allison Zelles Lloyd, voice, harp with special guest Temmo Korisheli, voice
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15

Jun 4, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, BERKELEY PIANO CLUB 2724 Haste St., Berkeley

FRANKLIN LEI, Baroque lute.

"Franklin Lei brought together the wisdom of interpretation and simultaneous dynamic shadings with speed and acrobatics of the left hand, in a perfect performance presented standing up, as in Bach's time" Judith Lebküchner-Neugebauer, Thüringer Allgemeine (Erfurt, Germany), 6 December 2017

FRANKLIN LEI, Baroque lute Bach in Dornheim (zum 333. Bach-Geburtstag) To commemorate J.S. Bach's 333th birth year, "Bach in Dornheim" is a repeat of Franklin Lei's November 17, 2017 performance at St. Bartholomäus in Dornheim, Germany. In this small church Bach was married to his second cousin Maria Barbara. Both BWV 995, which Bach himself transcribed from his Fifth Cello Suite, and BWV 1004 which concludes with the famous Chaconne, were composed in times of great sorrow in 1720, when Maria Barbara died. Both will be played on a 13-course Baroque lute of the type Bach himself owned.
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Jun 4, 5pm to 7pm, TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley

MICHAEL POLLAN presents HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.

A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both struggle and beauty, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.

Jun 4, 7pm to 8pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

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Jun 4, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo, Berkeley

COSTANOAN TRIO Forming a Genre: Boccherini, Reicha, and Beethoven

Frédéric Rosselet, cello;
Cynthia K. Black, violin;
Derek Tam, fortepiano;

Recently chosen by Early Music America as part of its inaugural Emergin Artists Showcase, the Costanoan Trio presents a pastiche piano trio featuring movements from three works by composers of different origins and backgrounds from the turn of the 19th century. It showcases the diversity and transition of styles during that time, from Boccherini's galant style in the royal court of Spain to young Beethoven's boldness and virtuosity. This program also features music from a trio by the well-traveled Anton Reicha, friend of Beethoven and teacher of Liszt, Berlioz, and Franck, who mingled German and French aesthetics with flavors from his Czech origins.
Price: $15 suggested donation

Jun 4, 10:15pm to 11:15pm, LOPER CHAPEL—FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley