Concert from the Court of Kangxi - this Sat - June 9 - Berkeley Festival of Early Music
Date: June 6, 2012
Location: California, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Todd Jolly, Music Director) returns to the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition of Early Music with this exciting performance, Concert from the Court of Kangxi, as part of this year's Festival's theme of cross-cultural influences in Early Music. This concert includes the debut of our Dance Early & Ancient troupe and guest artists Adam Cockerham, theorbo and Esther Lam, harpsichord. Featured is Charles D'Ambleville's (c1599-1637) Mass of the Beijing Jesuits performed alternatim using traditional Chinese music and instruments including xiao, ehru, ruan and yangqin and a special surprise to start the concert! This concert celebrates the legendary court of the Chinese Emperor Kangxi, China's longest ruling royal with 61 years on the throne and a reign that brought about long-term stability and relative wealth after years of war and chaos, and an unprecedented collaboration and interest in the West. He initiated the period known as the "Prosperous Era of Kangxi and Qianlong", which lasted for generations after his own lifetime. Pre-concert lecture at 1:30 pm by the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History.
WHO: San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Todd Jolly, Music Director), with guest artists Adam Cockerham, theorbo, Esther Lam, harpsichord, Hao Wei Zhu, ehru, Terry Luk, yangquin, Wing Yuen Chu, xiao and Chun Ho Kwong, ruan
WHAT: Concert from the Court of Kangxi - featuring Charles d'Ambleville's (C1599-1637) "Mass of the Beijing Jesuits" performed alternatim with traditional Chinese instruments and music
Saturday, June 9 - 2:00 pm - St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley (pre-concert lecture at 1:30 pm)
San Francisco Renaissance Voices are Artists-in-Residence with Seventh Avenue Performances (San Francisco) and made their debut in 2004 with a sold-out performance of Victoria's Requiem. Under the leadership of Todd Jolly, Music Director and Katherine McKee, Assistant Music Director, the group has consistently earned praise for our "gossamer sound ... a sound something akin to spiritual levitation" as well as recognition for our imaginative programming and lauded as "a standout within the crowded field of Bay Area early music ensembles" by San Francisco Classical Voice (July 2009). We are dedicated to performing and exploring the a cappella choral music of the Renaissance particularly lesser-known and rarely-performed works, as well as exploring music from this period outside of the traditional European canon and have been featured by such publications as The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Newsday, USA Today and the national magazine Early Music America, among others. Most recently, San Francisco Renaissance Voices was selected as "Best Classical Music" for 2010 by SFWeekly.