Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


ENSEMBLE DRACA Bird on the Wing

Start your day with a program of music from Scotland, including traditional melodies as well as gems from the Duncan Burnett virginal book, the Thomas Wode Partbook, the Skene manuscript, the Straloch lute manuscript, and more!
Tickets available at the door. Price: $12 general admission, $10 student/senior

Jun 6, 10am to 11am, TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley


Jun 6, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

BURNING RIVER BAROQUE At a Crossroad: Will You Live, Love, or Die?

Many composers in the baroque era were inspired by figures and stories from ancient writings, and they used such mythological and fictional characters as the subjects for their compositional creativity. As twenty-first-century audience members, we are in a unique position to enjoy these musical works as pieces of a multi-faceted history. We can engage with them as commentaries on cultural norms in the 18th century as well evaluating how they relate to our current society. Each protagonist on 's program is faced with at least one ethical dilemma, and their choices result in complicated scenarios concerning, life, love, and death...
Tickets available at the door. Price: Suggested Donation $15-$20

Jun 6, 1pm to 2pm, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE ORGANIZATION 2601 Durant Ave., Berkeley

TEKLA CUNNINGHAM, VIJAY CHALASANI, NATHAN WHITTAKER Rolla Derby - String Trios by Alessandro Rolla and Ludwig van Beethoven

Tekla Cunningham, violin, Vijay Chalasani, viola, and Nathan Whittaker join forces in celebration of the string trio. Often neglected next to its "big brother" the string quartet, string trios allow space for a playfulness that is sure to delight. Featuring the Trio Concertant in B-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1 by Alessandro Rolla and Beethoven's String Trio in G Major, Op. 9 No. 1.
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15

Jun 6, 2pm to 3pm, PARISH HALL OF ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2320 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

SEAN SMITH Petrucci and the Lute - Apotheosis of the Burgundian Chanson

Between 1500 and 1510, the Petrucci publishing house printed an amazing number of chansons, masses and motets archiving the vocal works of the previous 50 years. Ottavio Petrucci followed this with 4 books of lute music that also serves as testaments to music as might have been heard of this repertory. Of those 4 books, the first two are chanson reductions, the third is sadly lost and the fourth book is a collection of dance and frottole (light, catchy songs of the current day). This will be music from the generation of Antoine Busnois, Josquin des Pres, Juan de Urrede and Hayne de Ghizeghem at their most celebrated era as interpreted by those who played them best. Until now very few of these Burgundian chanson pieces have ever heard the light of day (so to speak). They are complex, deply personal and fully exploit the creative nature of the late 15th century. On a personal note, this has been my primary focus through my last two decades with various singers and previous work with Theatrum Musicum. I will give a short talk beforehand to help understand this wonderful source. I will also include a number of dances from the 4th Petrucci lutebook just for the fun of it all.
Price: $20

Jun 6, 2pm to 3pm, ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL 2316 Bowditch, Berkeley


The Bertamo Trio is putting a strange and delicious collection of musical oddities up on the auction block. Among our selections will be a vintage sparkling work from Marais, a complex German pressing from JS Bach and a bright and fruity Rhenish specialty from Telemann, as well as a smattering of other delightful musical potations from Italy, England and Spain. A votre santé, Prost and Cheers!
BERTAMO TRIO: Letitia Berlin, recorder; David Morris, viola da gamba; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord
Price: $15

Jun 6, 2pm to 3pm, TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley

THE BRIARBIRD CONSORT The Battle of the Century (the 18th C, that is): Bach v Telemann

Hear two Giants of the Baroque go Head to Head, using the keys E major and E minor, in a Contest for Supremacy in composing Sontatas for Flute and Continuo, and You, the Fan, will determine the Winner!!! Your reward will be lovely arias for Soprano with flute obliggato in B minor by each contestant. Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann, colleagues and close friends, might have been amused by this marketing ploy, but they'd have understood. BRIARBIRD CONSORT: Nina Bailey, harpsichord; Peter Fisher, baroque flute; Paul Hale, baroque violoncello; Kaneez Munjee, soprano
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20; $5 with current student ID

Jun 6, 4pm to 5pm, BERKELEY CITY CLUB 2315 Durant Avenue, between Ellsworth and Dana, Berkeley

THE PARIS QUARTET Bach, Rameau and Telemann

This is simply a program of the best of the late baroque chamber music by Bach, Rameau and Telemann. Rameau's "Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts" bring operatic style and Rameau's extraordinary harmonic language to the French chamber idiom, and this program centers around the 3rd of these pieces, 2 contrasting movements and then a spectacular Tambourin to end. Bach is represented by the lovely triosonata BWV 525, and the program is bookended by Telemann's iconic Paris Quartet in E minor, so that the famous chaconne ends the program. The players need no introduction to Bay Area audiences: the group was formed specifically to play this repertoire, and their previous concerts in the area have played to packed audiences.
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20 general, $15 students and seniors.

Jun 6, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley

Kenan Obrien

Jun 6, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

GALLIMAUFRY CHAMBER CHORUS, Shira Kammen Artistic Director Shira Kamman Wild Things

Gallimaufry Chamber Chorus presents a concert celebrating "Wild Things": early, traditional and 20th-century songs about beasts, great and small, imaginary and real, terrestrial, aerial, and amphibian; including works by Janequin, di Lasso, Gibbons, Senfl and Menotti.
Price: $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students

Jun 6, 5pm to 6pm, BERKELEY PIANO CLUB 2724 Haste St., Berkeley

De Anza College-BUXTEHUDE BAND, Loren Tyerle, Director Mini Bach Festival

The Buxtehude Band is the HIP component of the Chamber Orchestra program at De Anza College in Cupertino California. The program includes music by Uccelini, Merula, Marini and the spectacular J.S. Bach, Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in C Major.
Tickets available at the door. Price: $10

Jun 6, 5:30pm to 6:30pm, ST CLEMENTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2837 Claremont Blvd, Berkeley

LUTEVOX, Philip Horne: 6 course lute; Matthew Royal: voice Pop Songs from the Court of Isabella D'Este

Petrucci published at least 61 books of music, including books of songs, masses, motets, and madrigals. He published 11 books of frottola, but of these only 9 remain. From these 9 books we have 647 songs. This is a repertoire that has unfortunately not been thoroughly explored. The songs for this program are a snapshot of songs composed by Cara and Tromboncino from the 9 books of frottola published by Ottaviano Petrucci between the years 1504 and 1509.
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15; $5 with current student ID

Jun 6, 5:45pm to 6:45pm, ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL 2316 Bowditch, Berkeley

Stitch 'n Bitch

Jun 6, 6pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., BErkeley

Kasey Knudsen Trio

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Jun 6, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Balkan Folkdance

This monthly event is a revival of '70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience

Doors at 6:30 pm; Dance at 7:00 pm
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Tickets are $7

Jun 6, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Jun 6, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Anthony Thomas Martinez Trio

Making his Jupiter debut, Anthony Thomas is a saxophonist, musician, producer & composer from San Antonio, TX. Currently, Anthony Thomas is living in New York City promoting his sophomore release, "Live At The Palladium." In his words: "My music is expression, heavily rooted in the jazz language but nonetheless, it is my emotions presented in sound waves."

Jun 6, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

THE RUNAWAYS Bicinia: Lassus duets on voice and flute

THE RUNAWAYS: Melike Yersiz, Alto; Tanmoy Laskar, Flute & Baritone Tanmoy and Melike will be performing twelve duets from the Cantiones Duarum Vocum by Orlandus Lassus. Come and enjoy this delightful set of pieces to wrap up your Wednesday evening.
Price: FREE

Jun 6, 9:30pm to 10:30pm, THE MUSICAL OFFERING 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley