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 present 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 8 pm 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; 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 “Boreas Blows”: German music by Senfl, Finck, Isaac, Hofhaimer, Buxtehude, Bach, Fux, and more. 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 and others, and introducing Ingrid Mattews as the new violinist, who will join Elizabeth Blumenstock on stage for a musical changing of the guard.
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 February 16 we sponsor radical musical alchemy, mixing fabulously disparate local icons Judith Linsenberg, Shira Kammen, Katherine Heater and Peter Maund. There will be a prize for the first person to guess what kind of music they will come up with, although we know it’ll be wildly exciting. On March 9 we have our super special Pandolfo and Friends concert (see above) in conjunction with MusicSources at St. Mary’s Church, and on March 16, staying with the viol theme, we’re delighted to welcome back Quaver (Not your Parent’s Viol Consort). They will have a delicious new program of old and new music; anything is likely, we’ll keep you posted as soon as we know exactly what. On April 6, Katherine Heater and Maia Silberstein play Bach Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin, aka the best music ever written outside of the viola da gamba repertoire. We can’t wait to hear them again. Finally, but by no means leastwise, a program of a Elizabethan music by house band Hallifax & Jeffrey with guest stars Shira Kammen and Rita Lilly. Last season we had a program with Hallifax and Jeffrey and Kammen, which was so well received, we added Rita Lilly to sing consort songs about birds, spring, life and death. You’ll love this!
Well, there you have it. It’s (mostly) 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.