In writing about this season’s activities by San Francisco Renaissance Voices, I observed that several of their concerts at the Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church were being offered free of charge. Those events were part of a series of ten free concerts being offered as part of the Seventh Avenue Performances Tenth Anniversary Celebration. While the entire schedule shows a certain preference for early music, the scope of the repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present day.
The next concert in this series, however, will present a program based firmly in the first half of the seventeenth century. The title of the program is Dawn of the Baroque, and the period is distinguished for the rise of the sonata as a significant musical form. The selections will present the work of less familiar Italian composers from this time: Dario Castello, Biagio Marini, Marco Uccellini, and Alessandro Stradella. Ironically, the name of the ensemble that will perform this music from the “dawn” of the Baroque period is “Sunset Baroque.” It is a trio consisting of Noah Strick on violin, Adaiha MacAdam-Somer on cello, and Adam Cockerham on theorbo.
This concert will take place on Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church (1329 Seventh Avenue). As already observed, this is part of a free concert series; but a $10 donation will be greatly appreciated. There will also be a reception following the concert.