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SFCM to begin 2014–15 season with historically-informed performance

Adam Cockerham (right) as a student performing with the SFCM Baroque Ensemble
Adam Cockerham (right) as a student performing with the SFCM Baroque Ensemble
courtesy of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

As usual, the new season of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) will get off to an early start at the very beginning of next month. This season things will begin with a focus on historically-informed performance featuring faculty members from the Historical Performance Program, directed by Corey Jamason. There will be five of these faculty performances over the course of the season. Dates and specifics are as follows:

  1. September 3, 8 p.m.: Jamason on harpsichord will be joined by Elisabeth Reed, his co-director of the Baroque Ensemble, on baroque cello. Baroque violinists Elizabeth Blumenstock and Catherine MacIntosh will also perform. The program will feature works by Dario Castello (whose music has only recently begun to enjoy increasing interest, in spite of the fact that almost nothing is known about him), Henry Purcell, Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, and Jean-Marie Leclair.
  2. November 23, 2 p.m.: Baroque cellist Jennifer Morsches will join Jamason for a somewhat belated celebration of the 300th birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach with a program featuring his sonatas.
  3. February 5, 8 p.m.: This will be a program of piano trios by Joseph Haydn with Reed on cello joined by violinist Ian Swensen and Kenneth Slowik performing on fortepiano.
  4. February 19, 8 p.m.: Jamason will give a solo harpsichord recital of Johann Sebastian Bach’s BWV 988 set of 30 variations on an aria theme, best known as the “Goldberg” variations.
  5. April 10, 8 p.m.: Reed will play gamba along with Jamason on harpsichord and Cynthia Freivogel on baroque violin in a program of works by Sebastian Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau.

All of these performances will be free. However, reservations will be required for all but the February 5 Haydn recital. Tickets may be obtained by visiting or calling the Box Office at 415-503-6275. The Box Office is located in the SFCM lobby at 50 Oak Street; and its hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In addition the Baroque Ensemble will showcase student work in its own series of concerts as follows:

  1. November 10, 8 p.m.: arias and ensemble pieces for early operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  2. November 16, 7:30 p.m.: orchestral music by Purcell, Mozart, and Jean-Baptiste Lully
  3. March 7, 7 p.m., and March 8, 2 p.m.: Claudio Monteverdi’s opera L’incoronazione di Poppea will be given two concert performances
  4. April 19, 2 p.m.: Elinor Armer’s “Leonardo’s Riddle” will be given its world premiere, featuring alumnus Adam Cockerham (’13) on archlute and winners of the Baroque Ensemble Concerto Competition
  5. April 27, 8 p.m.: chamber music for strings, winds, and continuo
  6. May 4, 1 p.m.: performances by baroque cello students

All Baroque Ensemble concerts are free, and no tickets will be required.