Details have now been finalized for the San Francisco Renaissance Voices (SFRV) events to take place in the first three months of 2013. As has already been announced, February will begin with A Prelude to Valentine’s Day, featuring the duo Jarring Sounds, consisting of lutenist Adam Cockerham and mezzo Danielle Reutter-Harrah. This will be the second free concert of the season. The selections will cover the repertoire from the fifteenth century to the twentieth, all organized around the theme of Valentine’s Day. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9.
This will be followed by a concert entitled MADRIGALI: The Music of Gesualdo & Monteverdi. The program will feature some of the finest examples of madrigals from sixteenth-century Italy. As the title implies, the composers to be featured will be Carlo Gesualdo, whose chromatic harmonies were daring enough to impress many twentieth-century composers, and Claudio Monteverdi. The vocal ensemble will consist of sopranos Cheryl Cain, Julia Earl, Lisa May, and Diana Pray, altos Twila Ehmcke, Elisabeth Eliassen, and Monica Frame, tenors Will Betts, Colby Roberts, and Dan Stanley, and basses Raymond Martinez, Jefferson Packer, and Joey Valkevich, all under the direction of Katherine McKee. Instrumental support will be provided by Cockerham, along with Cain and Stanley on violin and harpsichordist Phebe Craig. The San Francisco performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 23.
Finally, in response to the success of last year’s Baroque Dance Workshop, there will be two dance workshops in the month of March. The first will be a Renaissance Dance Workshop conducted by Judith Kennedy. Then Philippa Waite will return to offer another Baroque Dance Workshop. The first workshop will take place on Saturday, March 9, and the second on the following Saturday, March 16. Both workshops will begin at 8:30 a.m. The Renaissance workshop will run to 5:30 p.m., and the Baroque will conclude a 6 p.m.
All 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. Admission for MADRIGALI will be $25 for general admission, with a $20 rate for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online from Brown Paper Tickets at the concert’s event page. Each of the workshops is priced at $85 for the full day, with a $45 rate for those wishing to attend for only half a day. Because class size is limited, early registration is highly recommended; and there will be a surcharge for paying at the door. Brown Paper Tickets is managing registration for both the Renaissance and the Baroque workshops. Further information may be found on the SFRV Spring Dance Workshop page on the SFRV Web site.