Welcome to Barefoot Chamber Concerts. We present short (60-75 minutes with no intermission) programs of really good chamber music in an informal setting. Most of our regular Friday night programs are in the wonderful wooden acoustic of the Parish Hall of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, and start at 6 p.m. The usual ticket price is $15. The location, and the ticket price, and even the day of the week, can vary occasionally, so check carefully; but one thing you can count on: there will be snax!
2016-2017 will be our eighth season, and it will be a very exciting year. First up, September 30, we are delighted to present Pluribus Fidibus, (Carla Moore, David Wilson, Yuko Tanaka and John Dornenburg) playing the scordatura music of Biber. On October 28, Gilbert Martinez will play the great harpsichord music of Rameau. After the seasonal break (when we step aside for the traditional period of orchestras, carols, trumpets, tuxedos, and overspending) we will return, bringing our usual informal elegance, on January 6 with a program of a Elizabethan music by house band Hallifax & Jeffrey with guest star Shira Kammen. February 10 brings a fabulous combination of local bands: the legendary Ensemble Vermillian (Frances Blaker, David Wilson and Barbara Blaker Krumdieck) join forces with the equally celebrated Les Violettes (Corey Carelton, Colin Shipman and Violet Grgich) in an international program filled with choice delicacies from the French, German and Italian baroque. On March 17, Anthony Martin and Andrew Canepa will play a very special program (at the Swedenborgian Hillside Church in El Cerrito) of Beethoven, Brahms and Bach/Kreisler. April 21 brings The Paris Quartet (Lisa Weiss, Janet See, Katherine Heater and Peter Hallifax) playing “Only the Best: Bach, Rameau, and Telemann. Our year will close out with a very special concert of Shira-esque fiddle based fabulousness entitled fydylstyks on June 9, featuring Shira Kammen with guest stars tba.
Well, there you have it. It’s cheap, it’s local, it’s chamber music in the right space, it’s fabulous, and there are snax.
We encourage you to reserve a seat by buying tickets online. If you click the link at the bottom of the page which has the detailed description of the concert for which you’d like to buy tickets, you will arrive at the BrownPaperTickets site for that particular concert. You can pay by credit card on their secure site and then BPT can snail-mail you the tickets or we’ll hold them for you at will-call at the door.