Long before orchestras were common, individuals and small groups of performers played chamber music in homes and castles. As presented in recitals, duets, trios, quartets or in other modest-size groupings, chamber music remains a widespread genre. The Bay Area is especially rich in such events. A significant number of them are moderately priced and many are free.Here is a sampling of a few exceptional offerings this month: Read More
This year marks two interlinked musical milestones: Philharmonia Baroque has announced its 30th season, and music director Nicholas McGegan turned 60 in January.
Both are locals, but they are famous the world over.
Irrepressible McGegan — called “the Energizer Bunny of Baroque” by one reviewer — speaks of the Philharmonia and its distinctive mission in terms unexpected from the leader of “America’s period-instrument orchestra.” Read More