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Musica Pacifica's 'Baroque Splendor'

November 5, 2013

Musica Pacifica: Judith Linsenberg (recorder), Charles Sherman (harpsichord), Elizabeth Blumenstock (violin), Josh Lee (viola da gamba)Concluding a year of concerts throughout the Bay Area, as well as tours to Arizona and Hawaii, Musica Pacifica is performing "Baroque Splendor," Nov. 7-10, in Palo Alto, Berkeley, Ukiah, and Gualala. (Had to look that up: "Gualala — formerly, Guadala, Walhalla, and Wallala — is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County. Looking good.)

The concerts will feature Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; John Dornenburg, viola da gamba; and JungHae Kim, harpsichord. Repertoire includes works by Bach, Rameau, Sammartini, Telemann, Turini, and more.

Venues are All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto; Trinity Chapel, Berkeley; Ukiah High School Cafetorium; and the Gualala Arts Center.

Members of San Francisco-based Musica Pacifica perform with Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists, and also appear with prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad.

They have performed at such prestigious concert series as the Frick Collection and Music Before 1800 (NYC), the Getty Museum (LA), Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg), Cleveland Art Museum, and the Berkeley Early Music Festival (four times), among others.

Baroque's last stop: Gualala They have performed at festivals in Germany and Austria, and have been featured on German National radio as well as on National Public Radio’s "Performance Today" and "Harmonia." Musica Pacifica's eight CD releases on the Virgin Classics, Dorian, and Solimar labels have won national and international awards, including Chamber Music America/WQXR’s Record Award, being featured on Minnesota Public Radio, and chosen as "CD of the Month" by the early music journal Alte Musik Aktuell (Regensburg).

For such an accomplished ensemble, it's rather strange not to make the specific concert schedule available anywhere on line. Individual venues refer back to Musica Pacifica's website, and there are only some of the composers named, but not the works to be performed.

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