Welcome to Barefoot Chamber Concerts. We present short  (60-75 minutes with no intermission) programs of really good chamber music in an informal setting.  All 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. Light refreshments are available.

Additionally, for two of our concerts this year (Agave Baroque, and Musica Pacifica) we are adding a performance in Petaluma.  We hope that “Barefoot North” will become a regular part of the Barefoot experience.

Also, returning in response to popular (or rather, riotous) demand, multi-instrumentalist and singer Shira Kammen will reprise her role as mistress of the preseason, this time with a trio of wonderful Bay Area sopranos, Allison Zelles Lloyd, Tonia d’Amelio, and Rita Lilly.  They will present a concert of entirely eclectic (what else did you expect?) music entitled “Celestial Pursuits, Earthly Pleasures.”  Like last year, the show will be in the Hillside Swedenborgian Church in El Cerrito, against the backdrop of the sunset.  We hope you can make it, and we’re sure you’ll have a great time if you do.

Our regular 2013-14 Season brings you ten concerts from very different spheres of chamber music, from soloists to large groups.  In September, local doyennes Wildcat Viols (Joanna Blendulf, Julie Jeffrey, and Elisabeth Reed) will be joined by three recent and fabulous additions to the already legendary Bay Area viola da gamba scene, Hallie Pridham, Adaiha MacAdam-Somer and Gretchen Claassen (the Wildkittens).   Together, they will, of course, present the finest of the English 6 part viol consort repertoire, and some surprises you haven’t heard before.   In October, Bertamo (Letititia Berlin, recorders; David Morris, viol; and Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord) play a concert of 17th and 18th century gems entitled “An Uncommon Portion.”    In November, Janine Johnson plays a truly inspired program of French harpsichord music, one suite by D’Anglebert and one by Rameau.   In December, Ensemble Montichiari (David Wilson, violin; Farley Pearce, viol; and Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord) play a lovely concert of music by Bach, Buxtehude and Graun.    In January, the very talented Agave Baroque (Aaron Westman, violin; Shirley Hunt, viol; Kevin Cooper, guitar; and JungHae Kim, harpsichord) bring us a concert from the circle of the Holy Roman Emperor entitled “Friends of Ferdinand.”   February  brings a concert we have looked forward to for some time, Bach’s Art of Fugue realized by viol players Marie Dalby Szuts, Julie Jeffrey, Josh Lee and Lynn Tetenbaum.  At the other end of February, Musica Pacifica (Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Josh Lee, viol and ‘cello; and Charles Sherman, harpsichord) with surprise guest artists will present a concert of “Concertos of Sundry Kinds.”  In March, Carla Moore returns, due to popular demand, with a concert of fantasias, variations, and assagi  (really) for violin solo entitled “L’Arte Del Arco.”  In April, the fabulous Hallifax & Jeffrey with special guest John Lenti, theorbo, will get back to their roots with a program of drippingly elegant French Music by Marais, Dollé, Boismortier and Caix D’Hervelois, and finally but just in time for the end of the rainy season, Les Violettes (Violet Grgich, harpsichord; Colin Shipman, viol; David Wilson, violin; and Corey Carleton, soprano) bring us an entire program of music by the great and underserved Buxtehude.

Tickets have not gone up (unlike almost every other concert series we know): they will be $15 at the door (Seniors and SFEMS members $13), ages 18 and under admitted free. We encourage you to buy tickets online; all online tickets are less than the door price.    If you click the link next to the description of the concert for which you’d like to buy tickets, you will arrive at the BrownPaperTickets (fabulous efficient easy online “fair trade ticket service”) 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.