Friday February 15, 2013, 6 pm at the Parish Hall of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley
Hallifax & Jeffrey (viols), with David Wilson, violin
and Dominic Schaner, theorbo
Chamber Music by Matthew Locke
Matthew Locke: Irascible, Francophobic, Brilliant, Eccentric, and wildly imaginative in his melodic and harmonic style. It’s time to bring him to a wider audience. Barefoot’s house band, Hallifax & Jeffrey (aka Peter Hallifax & Julie Jeffrey viols, with guests David Wilson, violin, and Dominic Schaner, theorbo) reaches even further into their violist closet and comes up with some amazing surprises.
Locke ((c. 1621 – 1677) was England’s most celebrated composer at the time of the Restoration, in spite of his quarrelsome nature. Like Christopher Simpson, who also dominated the mid-century English Musical Scene, he was a catholic and a violist, both unpopular activities from the government’s point of view during the commonwealth. Unlike the angelically disposed Simpson, Locke was intemperately choleric, and given to furious written attacks on well-connected but ultimately forgettable musical figures.
The program sample’s Locke’s many moods: from the graceful and elegant “Little Consort” to the daring and virtuosic “Flatt Consort” to the intimate jewel-like “Duos for 2 Bass Viols.”
you already know Locke’s music, you will want to come, if you don’t, you’ll be amazed.
To order tickets, go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/314397
Concert, $15 at the door (students, seniors and SFEMS members $13)
18 and under admitted free
$3 discount for online orders