Barefoot Chamber Concerts presents great music in the right setting. We are committed to musical excellence, but without the formality of the conventional concert setting. Our regular Friday concerts usually start at 6 pm or 6.30 depending on location, because that’s when people tell us they’d like to listen to the music. The concerts are usually quite short, lasting about 60-75 minutes without intermission, or with just brief breaks, again in response to popular demand. There will be snacks. You don’t need to come barefoot, but you won’t see many people in tails, either. People 18 and under are admitted free and welcome as long as they don’t make too much noise. Tickets are modestly priced, and will stay that way. It’s chamber music, and we love it.
Occasionally we present more extravagant full-length affairs such as this season’s Paulo Pandolfo concert on March 9 (in conjunction with MusicSources).
Most of our concerts are in Berkeley in the Parish Hall of St. Mark’s Church, and in the Hillside Community Church in El Cerrito. The reason is very simple, the acoustics are good, and we like to find the right room for each concert. We present mostly 17th and 18th century chamber music, and these are places the music sounds really good. For our regular concerts we have wine and bread and olives available before, during and after the concerts, and we find the music is the better for this, too.
As the name might suggest, we are a simple operation, we’re not subsidized by grants from corporations or government entities, and we don’t have donors. This has one main advantage: we don’t have to program stuff that corporate donors, granting agencies or rich donors want to hear (or more accurately, wish their names to be associated with), and we don’t have to present it the way they would like, either. The downside is the musicians only get the gate minus the cost of the room. We try to break even on the snacks, and we have a lot of wonderful volunteers to help out when we need. There is no advertising budget. Somehow, it works. Occasionally very generous people will give us extra money, or contributions in kind of various sorts. We’re always grateful for that, and we pass the benefit right on where to it should go, to the musicians. We are extremely lucky that the Bay Area is home to many wonderful musicians who have been very supportive of Barefoot from the start. This is the one place in the country where there is no need to import chamber music, because there is so much already here. We hope you’ll enjoy the music as much as we do.
Barefoot Chamber Concerts. Throwing the fun back into Chamber Music.