Welcome to Barefoot Chamber Concerts. We mostly present short (60-75 minutes with no intermission) programs of really good chamber music in an informal setting. Our regular Friday night programs are either in the wonderful wooden acoustic of the Parish Hall of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, starting at 6 p.m, or at the equally great acoustic of the Swedenborgian Hillside Church in El Cerrito, starting at 6.30 pm. We are presenting the concerts at the venue in which we think they sound best! Ticket prices start, and often stop, at $15, but can vary. However, note that the location, the ticket price, time of concert and even the day of the week, all vary occasionally, so check carefully. One thing you can count on: there will be snax!
2017-2018 will be our ninth season, and we celebrate it with a very unusual (for us) full length evening concert of a genuine international superstar, Paolo Pandolfo (presented in conjunction with MusicSources, the fabulous harpsichord-oriented Berkeley concert series and all-around keyboard resource). This concert, on Friday March 9, will be at 7.30 at St. Mary Magdalene, in Berkeley. Pandolfo (“The Yo-Yo Ma of the viol) will be playing with Amélie Chemin, viol; Markus Hünninger, harpsichord; and Thomas Boysen, theorbo, The group will play “Paris 1689”, music by Couperin and Marais. We are very fortunate to be able to present this concert, and strongly recommend you reserve tickets in advance. Last time Pandolfo played in Berkeley, he sold out a venue four times the size of St. Mary’s.
Our regular season is also full of amazing treats. First up, on three dates spread over 5 days, August 30, September 1 and September 3, local legends New Esterházy Quartet will play a series of 3 different but related concerts spread over 5 days; each concert will feature 2 symphonies by Haydn, a “London” symphony and a “Paris” symphony, accompanied by readings from Dickens. Of course, the entire project is called “A Tale of Two Cities in three concerts.”
On October 27, the fabulous Farallon Recorder Quartet return to Barefoot with a program tba. On December 1, the Sylvestris Quartet, the newest and most exciting entry into the period-instrument quartet scene (but the players will be familiar to you) will play part two of their “Quartet Metamorphosis” program. On December 16 (a Saturday!) we are delighted to present our own Bay Area superstars Musica Pacifica, playing the music of J. S. Bach.
On January 5, the Barefoot All-Stars, the viol consort of your dreams (Peter Hallifax, Julie Jeffrey, Adaiha McAdam-Somer, David Morris, and Lynn Tetenbaum) will play a concert of Pavans and Fantasies by the great Alfonso Ferrabosco. 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.