I  Concerto delle Donne:
the secret choir of women virtuoso singers at the court of Ferrara

Music of Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Luca Marenzio, Claudio Monteverdi and Barbara Strozzi

Sophie Junker and Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Elizabeth Blumenstock and Alana Youssefian, baroque violin
Elisabeth Reed, viola da gamba
Hanneke van Proosdij, recorder, harpsichord and organ
David Tayler, archlute and baroque guitar

Join us for a concert of virtuoso Italian vocal Music of the Late Renaissance and Early Baroque.

The Concerto delle Donne was created as part of the musica secreta (private court music) of Ferrara in the years just following the marriage of Alfonso II d’Este and Margherita Gonzaga in 1579. Many prominent composers in Italy—among them Luzzasco Luzzaschi, and Luca Marenzio—wrote works for these Ferrarese concerts. Duke Alfonso engaged notable poets to write the texts, including Torquato Tasso.
Word of the incredible virtuosity and secret repertory sung by the Concerto delle Donne spread rapidly across Europe, and soon other female ensembles were created in Mantua and Florence.

Award winning Belgian soprano Sophie Junker and Bay Area favorite Sherezade Panthaki make their debut with Voices of Music.

This concert is part of our Women in Music project

Friday, October 11, 8pm, Palo Alto
First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto

Saturday, October 12, 8pm, San Francisco
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street (at Franklin) San Francisco

Sunday, October 13, 5:00pm, Berkeley
St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman (at Henry) Berkeley

Please note that the Palo Alto concert is on Friday, October 11 at First United Methodist Church and that all Berkeley concerts begin at 5:00 PM.

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II  Virtuoso Aria and Concerto Holiday Celebration

Music by Handel, Locatelli, Platti and Vivaldi

Christopher Lowrey, countertenor
Lisa Grodin, Kati Kyme, Carla Moore, Maxine Nemerovski, Rachell Wong, Alana Youssefian, baroque violin
Maria Caswell and Cynthia Black, baroque viola
Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, William Skeen, baroque cello
Farley Pearce, violone
Hanneke van Proosdij, harpsichord
David Tayler, archlute

Celebrate the holidays and join Voices of Music for a festive evening.

Direct from London, countertenor sensation Christopher Lowrey returns to sing dramatic arias of Handel. Alana Youssefian brings her exciting virtuosity to the Harmonic Labyrinth violin concerto by Pietro Locatelli, and William Skeen will dazzle us with a wonderful cello concerto by Giovanni Benedetto Platti.

Baroque violinst Rachell Wong makes her Voices of Music debut.

Thursday, December 19, 8pm, Mountain View 
CSMA Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View

Saturday, December 21, 8pm, San Francisco
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street (at Franklin) San Francisco

Sunday, December 22, 5:00pm, Berkeley
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana Street), Berkeley

Please note that the Berkeley concert is at First Congregational Church and begins at 5:00 PM.

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III  Stylus Phantasticus

Music by Biber, Castello, Farina, Merula, Schmelzer and more.

Doron Sherwin, cornetto
Augusta MacKay Lodge, baroque violin
Eva Lymenstull, baroque cello
Greg Ingles, Mack Ramsey and Erik Schmalz, sackbut
Hanneke van Proosdij, harpsichord and organ
David Tayler, archlute

Join us for a program of virtuoso Italian and German music of the 17th century. The cornetto is back! An all-star cast joins us in a fascinating program exploring seventeenth-century links between Italy and Germany, in the exuberant style known as Stylus Phantasticus.

Thursday, February 13, 8pm, Palo Alto 
All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

Saturday, February 15, 8pm, San Francisco
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street (at Franklin) San Francisco

Sunday, February 16, 5:00pm, Berkeley
St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman Street (at Henry), Berkeley

Please note that all the Berkeley concerts begin at 5:00 PM.

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IV  Bach and Buxtehude

Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano
Meg Bragle, alto
Brian Thorsett, tenor
Jesse Blumberg, baritone

Join us for a splendid evening of sacred German baroque music by Bach and Buxtehude. This program will feature Bach’s rarely performed Mass in G minor BWV 235 as well as the Buxtehude Cantata Jesu, meines Lebens Leben.

Thursday, April 2, 8pm, Palo Alto
All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

Friday, April 3, 8pm, San Francisco
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street (at Franklin) San Francisco

Sunday, April 5, 5:00pm, Berkeley
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana Street), Berkeley

Please note that the San Francisco concert is on Friday and that the Berkeley concert is at First Congregational Church. All Berkeley concerts begin at 5:00 PM.

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