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San Francisco Renaissance Voices announces details for winter quarter events

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San Francisco Renaissance Voices (SFRV) just announced further details for the San Francisco performances in their 2013–14 season during the first three months of the coming year. Unless otherwise noted, events will take place at the Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church (1329 Seventh Avenue), just south of Golden Gate Park and near the Muni N Line stop at the corner of Irving Street and Seventh Avenue. Dates and specifics are as follows:

January 4, 7:30 p.m.: This will be the San Francisco performance of the fourth annual Boar’s Head Festival & Mid-Winter Gala. This is an evening of music, merriment, and morsels in the court of Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I. The evening begins with a silent auction for fundraising, accompanied by appetizers and both mead and wine for libations. The concert will feature the SFRV singers conducted by Assistant Music Director Katherine McKee, along with two guest instrumentalists, Adam Cockerham on lute and theorbo and Margaret Davis on folk harp and recorders. An additional special guest artist will be magician Heather Rogers, appearing as the sorceress Morgana le Fey. The program will conclude with the procession of the boar’s head, which will lead the audience to a traditional feast of wassail, king’s cake, and meat and vegetable pies. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $35 for students and seniors, and $25 for children aged twelve and under. They may be purchased online through a Brown Paper Tickets event page.

February 1, 7:30 p.m.: Jarring Sounds, the duo of Cockerham and mezzo Danielle Reutter-Harrah, will return for their second annual Prelude for Valentine’s Day concert. This promises to become a yearly tradition; and the program will consist of madrigals, villancicos, sonnets, and canciónes from the Renaissance through the contemporary periods. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. This concert has its own Brown Paper Tickets event page for online purchases.

February 16, 4 p.m.: The next program on the schedule is entitled Klezmer Baroque. The instrumentalists for this performance will be the members of the Sunset Baroque Ensemble, consisting of Cockerham on theorbo, along with Noah Strick on violin and Adaiha MacAdam Somer on cello. The featured artists will be the San Francisco Renaissance Dancers, the SFRV resident dance company directed by Jennifer Meller. The first half of the program will consist of traditional Renaissance and Baroque dances performed to music by Jewish composers of the period. Following the intermission, the dancers will be joined by students of the Tikvah School of Music & Dance at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center. They will perform traditional and contemporary Jewish dances set to klezmer music performed by the Veretski Pass trio (Cookie Segelstein on violin, Joshua Horowitz on cimbalom, and Stuart Brotman on bass cello). This concert will take place at Congregation Beth Israel-Judea at 625 Brotherhood Way. Specific information about tickets has not yet been announced.

March 22, 7:30 p.m. The Jewish holiday of Purim will be celebrated with the United States premiere of the opera Esther by the eighteenth-century composer Cristiano Giuseppe Lidarti. This concert is being prepared as part of the SFRV Opera Early & Ancient series. The opera was composed in 1774 and rediscovered in 1999. In contrast with George Frideric Handel’s HWV 50 Esther, probably first presented in 1718, which was his first major setting of an English libretto, Lidarti’s text was written in Hebrew by Rabbi Jacob Saraval for the Jewish community of Amsterdam. This production is being supported through a funding campaign on the GoFundMe Web site. Because fund-raising is currently in progress, details about tickets have not yet been finalized.

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