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. There will be snacks!
We’re also adding some special events this season: different venues, different times, different days, and different prices. There have been several fabulous concerts that we’ve presented in the past that didn’t fit the traditional Friday night mayhem format, and we’d like to be more flexible to do them justice.
2015-2016 will be our seventh season, and it will be a full year. First up, October 30, we are delighted to present Musa, the newest addition to our local scene, a group of young and unbelievably talented musicians specializing in music of the baroque, playing a concert of French music, Barefoot’s personal favorite stuff, including Rameau and Rebel. Then, November 20 brings the legendary Ensemble Vermillian who (in honor of Barefoot) will play an entire concert of music by composers whose names begin with B. Bach, Biber, Buxtehude,Bertali, and Blow. Be ready for a blast of baroque. Our January concert is very special for us, viol-centric as we are: Lynn Tetenbaum and Katherine Heater will return by popular demand to the Barefoot stage and will play music by the the two greatest French viol composers, Marais and Forqueray. The composers may have hated each other, but playing their music in the same concert is dynamite. February 5 is our harpsichord-of-the-year concert, this time featuring Charles Sherman, he of the Philharmonia and Musica Pacifica fame, with a very special concert of all the Scarlatti you can eat. Leave your own castanets at home, please. February 26 is another one-composer special, featuring music by C.P.E Bach played by local favorites Se Piace (David Morris, Katherine Heater and Anthony Martin), and on April 29, the iconic Barefoot house band Hallifax & Jeffrey are joined with rising harpsichord star Andy Canepa for a concert of (no surprise) French music for viols and harpsichord.
We’re working on some special events this season (see above), we’ll let you know as soon as plans are finalized. There will be some surprises, so make sure you’re on our mailing list. This website is just a work in progress.
All varieties of tickets are $15. We haven’t put up the ticket price for 7 years, and your $15 from 2009 is worth more now, so we eliminated the discount so the musicians can maintain the quality of pizza they are used to. The rumor that we’re doing this because of the Barefoot staff’s legendary math incompetence is purest slander. Of course, no one is turned away for lack of funds, just let us know. We encourage you reserve a seat by buying tickets online. 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.