Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


PRESCOTT & JONES Purcell's Dido and Aeneas: a collaborative lecture on music and text

This lecture features musicologist John Prescott and literary scholar Nicholas Jones in collaborative exploration of the beauties and peculiarities of Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate's wonderful opera. Dido and Aeneas, being performed twice at the Festival, offers literary and musical pleasures and perplexities: well known for Dido's heart-rending lament at the end, the opera strangely mixes the tragic with the near-comic and bizarre in the lively songs of merry sailors and cackling witches. Basing their opera on a famous episode in Virgil's epic Aeneid, one of the classic explorations of heroic fate and personal sorrow, Purcell and Tate radically changed their source text through both poetic and musical innovations. The lecture will include musical examples from the opera and other music of the times, as well as a discussion of current issues in interpretation and performance of the opera.
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15

Jun 7, 10am to 11am, TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley

THE ALBANY CONSORT Bach Goldberg Variations - a brilliant new orchestration by Jonathan Salzedo

Jonathan writes - When Laura came back from Juilliard and proposed that we perform an orchestrated version of the Goldbergs, I was of course shocked. But I got over it... And why not? Bach's original, for one harpsichordist, is a visual tour-de-force of the hands, and it seemed that our group could provide a similarly amazing visual spectacle. The concert will be followed by lunch, a chance to chat, and to take a look at the score
Price: $25

Jun 7, 11am to 12 noon, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE ORGANIZATION 2601 Durant Ave., Berkeley

ALPHABET BAROQUE CLUB Alphabet Baroque: Coffee and Doughnuts!

Alphabet Baroque Club serves up a delicious concert featuring both real and musical coffee and doughnuts! Take a break with us, grab a cup of coffee or tea and a doughnut (included with admission), and enjoy a lovely and somewhat whimsical program featuring coffee related pieces, and even one or two tangentially related to doughnuts! We will be serving up a brew of music from South America, France, England, Germany, and Italy, with notes of bittersweetness, spice, and, of course, chocolatl! It goes without saying that a program about coffee will reference Bach's Coffee Cantata, but did you know that Nicolas Bernier wrote Le Caffé, a charming and witty French secular cantata? Arias without words from both cantatas will be featured in our program, along with Marais's Le Saillie du Café. Finding references to doughnuts proved much more challenging. Aside from a historical note that Bach ate crullers , we were reduced to looking for puns. And after that, we just looked for anything. And that is how we found some absolutely gorgeous music to share with you, starting with Fontana's Sonata Ottavo (that "O" looks suspiciously like a fried dough treat), continuing with Buxtehude's settings of the chorale tune "Mit Fried und Freud" (read the title like an ignorant American) and Klagelied, and then an ABC arrangement of Venite Filii by Ignaz Donati (closest we got to doughnut). We fill in the holes with a suite of pieces from South America, where, of course, excellent coffee is grown. The Alphabet Baroque Club is known for its beautiful and seriously enjoyable programs, and this one will be no different
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15

Jun 7, 11am to 12 noon, BERKELEY PIANO CLUB 2724 Haste St., Berkeley

SF Medicine Ball


Jun 7, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

ENSEMBLE BIZARRIA Three's a Crowd: No Keyboard Attached!

Despite the near ubiquitous presence of a harpsichord in performances of early music on modern concert stages, the historical record presents a different story. The classic harpsichord-cello continuo duo was far from normal, particularly in the seventeenth century. In this lunchtime lecture-recital early baroque specialists Lindsey Strand-Polyak and Alexa Haynes-Pilon will discuss and perform - with no keyboard attached - "sonate e ciaconne senza cembalo o chitarrone" by late seventeenth-century Italian composers such as Vitali, Cima, Uccellini and Colombi. By removing the sonic backup of a keyboard or plucked instrument, the audience will be drawn in by the heightened risk of the performance, foregrounding the true sense of "sonate a due". ENSEMBLE BIZARRIA: Lindsey Strand-Polyak, baroque violin; Alexa Haynes-Pilon, baroque cello
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15 General Admission

Jun 7, 12 noon to 1pm, TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley

JOHANNESSON, KRUEGER, LION, MELIN, SEE Á la Fontaine; Renaissance Consorts and Baroque Trios, Quartets and Quintets for Traversi, from Willaert to Boismortier

Spend this lunch-time concert delighting in the rich legacy of music for multiple flutes. Esteemed traverso players from both coasts come together to perform a program of early renaissance flute consorts and baroque chamber works, including the charming concerti for five flutes by Boismortier. ENSEMBLE MEMBERS: Lars Johannesson, Christopher Krueger, Na'ama Lion, Vicki Melin, Janet See; renaissance and baroque flutes
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20 general admission; $15 seniors and students

Jun 7, 12 noon to 1pm, ST. CLEMENT'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2837 Claremont Blvd ( near Ashby), Berkeley

THE BAREFOOT ALL-STARS Sweet Melancholy-Lacrimae, Lamentations, and other Sad Pavans by John Dowland

The third of Barefoot's three contributions to this year's Berkeley Festival Fringe will be a program based around John Dowland's famous "Lacrimae or Seaven Teares figured in Seaven Passionate Pavans." The pavans are all reconfigurations of the most well-known of all Elizabethan pavans which Dowland set to words as "Flow, my Tears." We have chosen to supplement the seven pavans with two more pavans, "Sir Henry Umpton's Funeral" and the astonishing "Semper Dowland, semper dolens" and have added some of Dowland's settings from the "Lamentations for Sir Henry Noel his Funeral Psalms (1597)."
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20, 18 and under free

Jun 7, 12 noon to 1pm, PARISH HALL OF ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2320 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Program 1: AGAVE BAROQUE WITH DANIELLE SAMPSON Poet to the Stars Danielle Sampson Pietro Metastasio was easily the 18th century's most illustrious and influential poet, librettist, and political pundit. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart set many works to Metastasio texts near the beginning of his career, but Metastasio was nearing the end of his long life, and his style soon became associated with the overly florid musical line of singers from the previous generation. This program explores Metastasio's influence through the lens of a succession of musical icons: Nicola Porpora, who taught and mentored the young Joseph Haydn, who in turn mentored several generations of young composers, including the rising star, Mozart. AGAVE BAROQUE: Aaron Westman and Anna Washburn, violins; Gretchen Claassen, cello; Kevin Cooper, lute; Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord with Danielle Sampson, soprano Program 2: SYLVESTRIS QUARTET Brahms's Library Immediately following Agave Baroque, San Francisco's gut-string era Sylvestris Quartet presents Brahms's Library, an exploration of the amazingly diverse influences of the iconoclastic 19th century composer Johannes Brahms. Brahms reached back into the late 16th and17th centuries for influence, and this program begins with the Venetian polychoral master composer Giovanni Gabrieli, and his student, Heinrich Schütz, who brought the style north to the German speaking countries.

SYLVESTRIS QUARTET: Anna Washburn and Tyler Lewis, violins; Aaron Westman, viola; Gretchen Claassen, cello

Price: $20 for one show, or $35 for both, or as able to pay.

Jun 7, 1pm to 3pm, BERKELEY CITY CLUB (Drawing Room) 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley

CANOVA WINDS An Afternoon Spritz

The composers featured on this concert, Cambini and Danzi, were respected innovators during the classical era. Much like champagne or prosecco, the joyful and sparkling wind quintets to be presented on this program reflect the beauty and exemplify the changes in the style of wind instrument performance in the classical era.
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20 Suggested Donation

Jun 7, 1:30pm to 2:30pm, HOUSE CONCERT (Private Home) 1828 Virginia St., Berkeley

IFSHIN WINHELD DUO Lute Duets, Lute Solos: Music by Francesco, Terzi, and Dowland

DUO: Dan Winheld & Leslie Ifshin; Renaissance lutes
Price: $15 suggested donation (benefit for the Musical Offering)

Jun 7, 2pm to 3pm, THE MUSICAL OFFERING 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

INGRID MATTHEWS & JOHN LENTI Ingrid Matthews and John Lenti In Recital

Two beloved artists offer a sumptuous program of sonic intimacy and musical grandeur. From the great D Minor Partita of Bach to Handel's beautiful Lascia ch'io pianga (arr. by John) to a magnificent Suite by Jean-Fery Rebel, this promises to be an extraordinary hour of music.
Tickets available at the door. Price: $20 or as able

Jun 7, 2pm to 3pm, TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley

ANSÁMBLY LYTHON Music of Renaissance Prague

Ansambl Luython will perform Jan Campanus VodÅ^anský's Odes and Psalms, Jakob van Kerle's Primum Responsorium Pro Consilio, and Karel Luython's Missa Quodlibetica Ansámbl Luython is the USA's premier performing group of Eastern European Renaissance music, using original instruments, pitch, and temperament. The group relies on extensive musicological, organological, iconographical, and linguistical research in an attempt to perform the music in its original spirit. We consider ourselves as spiritual descendants of pioneer groups and individuals from the dawn of the early music revival movement. ANSÁMBLY LYTHON: Doris Williams, soprano; Leandra Ramm, alto; Robin Lee, tenor; Richard Mix; Bass; Kit Robberson, Bass Gamba; Gesine Lohr, Harpsichord; Vince Ho, Regal
Price: $20

Jun 7, 2pm to 3pm, ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL, 2316 Bowditch, Berkeley

Free Live Jazz

Jun 7, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Jimbo Trout and the Fish People

Folk Rock

Jun 7, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

SAN FRANCISCO BACH CHOIR Bach and Brew: A BFX Sing-In at Fieldwork Brewing

The San Francisco Bach Choir brings its popular San Francisco event to the Berkeley Festival! SFBC is taking over Fieldwork Brewing for an evening of socializing and singing. Explore Early Music choral gems (including some drinking songs) at this informal singing workshop led by SFBC Artistic Director Magen Solomon. Join us before or after your BFX concert! Singing will run from about 5:15-6:15 PM. Come early to lubricate your vocal cords, or stay after for more beer and socializing with other Early Music lovers. Open to singers (or would-be singers) of all levels. Music will be provided.
Tickets available at the door.
Price: FREE EVENT Register in advance at

Jun 7, 5:15pm to 6:15pm, FIELDWORK BREWING 1160 Sixth St., Berkeley

ELAINE THORNBURGH, harpsichord Musical Reflections: 50 Years of Harpsichord Inspiration

This program, "Musical Reflections", offers my favorite pieces, invoking the broad emotional range possible on the harpsichord. It travels five decades of harpsichord exploration, from my first lessons with Alan Curtis while a student at UCB, through lessons with Gustav Leonhardt concurrent with studying with Laurette Goldberg at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This study launched an active performing career both as soloist and in ensemble, along with a teaching career at Stanford that has lasted over a score of years. Music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries from throughout the continent and England will be performed in gratitude to both the harpsichord and my teachers. The program will be performed on a stunningly beautiful and resonant copy of the 1707 Nicolas Dumont harpsichord built by John Phillips in 2006.
Price: $10 - 20 suggested donation

Jun 7, 5:45pm to 6:45pm, TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley

Jim Grantham Quartet

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

Amelia Hogan, DJ Hamouris, Eileen Hazel

Three singers with many years of song-catching, and song-writing! Two sets in the round, with each of us collaborating on the other's songs. Look for lots of harmony, guitar, mountain dulcimer, ukulele and a cappella in the repertoire.

Amelia Hogan was singing before she could walk. She sings traditional Irish songs of the Sean-Nos or Old Style, plus Scottish, British, American, and Contemporary folk music with lilting grace and a subtle power. Much of this music is meant to be sung by the fire to a very intimate audience. You'll be transported into another time and place where the banshee cries and lovers embrace. Haunting melodies, stirring passion, and evocative storytelling is what you'll find. Transplants: From the Old World to the New is her 2013 recording with guitarist Ray Frank. She has performed from Oregon to New York, Ireland to San Francisco and back again. Slàinte!

Deborah Hamouris ("DJ" to her friends) is a singer-songwriter with a long performance and recording history in the Bay Area. Musically versatile, she performs as both a jazz vocalist and (on her mountain dulcimer) as a traditionally-influenced song smith. Deborah just released her 2nd recording with jazz guitarist Mimi Fox, 1 in 8, original songs she wrote during successful cancer treatment.

Eileen Hazel is a bard of the human soul. Her songs will make you laugh and maybe cry, and perhaps sing along! She has released two CDs of original music, My Interesting Condition and Spark. Eileen also sings with the Reclaiming Spiral Dance Chorus and sings and strums the ukulele with AHAmele Hawaiian Music Ensemble.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun 7, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Blame Sally, Thompsonia, Jenner Fox - River of Song - A Musical Celebration of California's Life-Giving Waters

River of Song
The second annual River of Song benefit concert brings together celebrated folk, bluegrass, old time, and Americana musicians from the Bay Area and beyond to celebrate California's life-giving waters. This year's lineup features Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Blame Sally, Thompsonia, and Jenner Fox. Proceeds benefit Friends of the River and the Foothill Conservancy.

Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum -- Website

Not only has the International Bluegrass Music Association twice named Laurie the Female Vocalist of the Year - not only did she win a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe - but she also graduated from Berkeley High. Since graduation, she's recorded more than 20 albums - with the Good Ol' Persons, Grant Street, Kathy Kallick, and her current band Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, as well as several solo projects - and is now working with many talented new artists, helping them find their way in the recording business.
Northern California-based American bluegrass mandolinist and singer. Born January 21, 1951. Best known for his long-time collaboration with partner Laurie Lewis. A native New Englander, Tom first joined forces with Laurie in 1986 as an original member of Grant Street, and may well be the rightest of all the Right Hands. He and Laurie collaborated on a beautiful, Grammy-nominated album of duets, The Oak and the Laurel, and he also has released a wonderful solo album, Jubilee, recorded with an all-star cast of musicians including Laurie, Mike Marshall, Herb Pederson, and Darol Anger.

Blame Sally --  Website
Blame Sally is the combination of four Bay Area songwriters, Pam Delgado, Renee Harcourt, Jeri Jones, and Monica Pasqual. Though each is accomplished in their own right, it's the blend of their prodigious talent that creates a powerful sound that transcends genres. From country-pop ballads to rock and roll barn-burners, Blame Sally infuses each song with rolicking energy for an electrifying performance.

Thompsonia -- Website
Thompsonia combines Eric & Suzy Thompson's deep devotion to southern roots music with daughter Allegra's fresh perspective, creating feel-good music that richochets between the rowdy and the sentimental, with an abundance of groove and a bit of a quirky edge. They are celebrating the release of their second CD, "Nothing But Rain", an old-time romp ranging from epic ballads to red-hot ragtime to topical songs of the Depression (all too apt for 2018!) to blues harmonies. Suzy and Allegra's genetically-matched vocals (dubbed "The Everly Sisters sound" by Geoff Muldaur) are featured, along with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar and Suzy's fiery fiddling. In addition to the Cajun, blues and old-time music for which Eric and Suzy have long been acclaimed, the trio also performs witty originals alongside obscurities in styles ranging from rockabilly to hokum to Americana.
"Thompsonia makes the listener feel like the guest of honor at a party!"
Joe Newberry
"Thompsonia sounds like Hazel and Alice had joined forces with Memphis Minnie and recorded with Sam Phillips at Sun Studio."
Dave Alvin
"effortless-sounding instrumental virtuosity, buoyant ensemble playing, soulful singing, and a sense of humor desperately needed in these grim times"
Derk Richardson, Peghead Nation
"A beautiful and colorful trip through the Thompsons' vast musical world, with the sense of joy and humor that always bubbles under everything they play!"
Bruce Molsky

Jenner Fox --    Website
"Jenner combines the lyricism of Joni Mitchel and the commentary of Neil Young to represent the next generation of singer songwriters." - Grammy nominated producer and engineer Cookie Marenco
"Music that made me like me more and want to find the heart of it when I am not." - Tara Prokop
Jenner is a singer and songwriter on the river and the road. His musical delivery ranges from a soft mandolin melody to full blown passion at its peak, with words that will make you laugh and cry, and songs you'll want to take home. Jenner spends part of his time writing, touring, and recording, and the other part playing his music while working as a river guide in the US, Canada, and Chilean Patagonia. He draws his influence from river canyons, urban communities, John Prine, Josh Ritter, and the people, roads, and stories in between.

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$35 ADV / $40 DOOR (plus fees)

    All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

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Jun 7, 8pm to 11pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ.

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: "Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level."

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm
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Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door / $10 Students

Jun 7, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

DJ B Wiley w/ Seriyus Wheeler

Patio-atmospherics from Jupiter's own Ben Wiley, aka B Wiley, displaying heavy influences from electronic, hip hop, blues, funk, soul and reggae. Tonight, he welcomes in special guest MC Seriyus Wheeler!

Jun 7, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley