San Diego Early Music Society 2019-2020 International Concert Series

Now in its 38th season, the San Diego Early Music Society has presented some of the biggest names in early music and historically informed performance in the world today. This season, the Society will feature some returning artists as well as three long-anticipated San Diego debuts. In addition, the Society is pleased to bring one of its concerts to a new location - the PHAME! Center at Patrick Henry High School.

San Diego, CA, August 23, 2019 --( San Diego Early Music Society
Laurent Planchon, Artistic Director

Sunday, October 27, 2019, 7:30pm, St. James by-the-Sea
Vox Luminis (Belgium)
The Bach Dynasty | 150 years of motets by Johann Bach, Johann Michael Bach, Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Ludwig Bach and Johann Sebastian Bach
For their long-awaited San Diego debut, Belgian ensemble Vox Luminis, under the direction of Lionel Meunier, will bring the music of Johann, Johann Michael, Johann Christoph, Johann Ludwig, and Johann Sebastian Bach. The ensemble received critical acclaim for their album featuring the vocal music of the Bachs, “a must for anyone with a curiosity about the Bach dynasty” (The Classical Review, 2019). Vox Luminis has rightly earned a reputation for making music vibrant, engaging, and accessible.

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:30pm, St. James by-the-Sea
The Baltimore Consort with José Lemos, countertenor, and Danielle Svonavec, soprano (U.S.)
A Glorious Light | Old Carols and Dance Tunes from the British Isles, France, Spain, Germany, and Appalachia
With more than a dozen recordings and almost 40 years of performing together, The Baltimore Consort has become synonym with effervescence and excellence in the exploration of the music of the 1600s and beyond. For this performance, the ensemble will bring a holiday program of old carols and dance tunes from the British Isles, France, Spain, Germany, and Appalachia.

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 7:30pm, St. James by-the-Sea
Concerto Italiano with Rinaldo Alessandrini, harpsichord and direction, and Sonia Tedla, soprano (Italy)
Venice, Rome, Naples | Music by Arcangelo Corelli, Vivaldi, Marcello, Scarlatti, Handel, Niccolò Porpora, and Leonardo Leo
Founded almost 40 years ago, the ensemble, under the direction of Rinaldo Alessandrini, has been recognized with numerous awards, including four Gramophone awards, the first one in 1994 for their recording of one of Monteverdi's book of madrigals; Concerto Italiano was the first Italian early music ensemble to receive this prestigious award. The group has recorded extensively, with over 30 albums to their credit. Making their long-anticipated San Diego debut, Concerto Italiano will perform music of Corelli, Vivaldi, Marcello, Scarlatti, Handel, Porpora and Leo, and present two cantatas for soprano and natural trumpet.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 7:30pm, St. James by-the-Sea
Concerto Köln (Germany)
A Quattro Violini | Concerto Köln returns with their four concertmasters to present music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Locatelli and Geminiani
Concerto Köln returns to San Diego with a stunning program of concerti for four violins. One of the world's most notable early music ensembles, the group has made the news recently with their latest project investigating Wagner's Ring cycle from an early music perspective -- a testament to their fearless and innovative approach to making music. With four virtuoso concertmasters leading the orchestra -- Mayumi Hirasaki, Jésus Merino Ruiz, Shunske Sato, and Evgeny Sviridov -- the program they will present in San Diego includes concerti for four violins and music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Locatelli, and Geminiani.

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 3:00pm, Samuel M. Ciccati Theater, Cuyamaca College
Rachel Barton Pine, violin, & Jory Vinikour, harpsichord (U.S.)
Back to Bach | Works for violin and harpsichord, solo violin and solo harpsichord by J.S. Bach
Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation. In addition to his activities as a performer and conductor, Jory is also a strong advocate for historically informed performance practice and for expanding access to world-class performances of early music. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has received numerous awards, honors, and acknowledgements. Adding to her full calendar of performances, Rachel is behind the Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation, a nonprofit committed to research, commission, and compile music and collect related information for The String Student’s Library of Music by Black Composers, which introduces students to the rich heritage of classical string music by composers of African descent. On their San Diego debut, the acclaimed duo will perform two of Bach’s sonatas for violin and harpsichord, the partita in D minor for solo violin, and the French Overture in B minor for harpsichord.

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 7:30pm, St. James by-the-Sea
Stile Antico (UK)
Breaking the Habit | Music by and for women in Renaissance Europe
One of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles, Stile Antico often shines new light on previously neglected works. In Renaissance Europe, the 16th century saw an unprecedented number of female rulers, many of whom used their patronage to promote new music and first publications of music by women composers. This concert will highlight this female influence by featuring works by and for women.

Saturday, May 9, 2020, 7:30pm, PHAME! Patrick Henry High School
The English Concert (UK)
A Grand Concert of Musick | Music by Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, dall'Abbaco and Hellendaa
Founded by Trevor Pinnock in 1972, The English Concert set a standard for historically informed performance early on. For their San Diego visit, the ensemble will perform music by composers known to us all and revive two formerly neglected figures: Hellendaal and d’Albacco. Come celebrate all the glory and musical fireworks of horns, winds, and string concerti.

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San Diego Early Music Society
Pamela Narbona
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