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“Before the Deluge": Shockingly Elegant French Music for Two Bass Viols and Harpsichord

Barefoot Chamber Concerts

Barefoot Chamber Concerts “Before the Deluge

Barefoot Chamber Concerts (“an enterprise noted for both its quality and informality” – San Francisco Classical Voice) presents really good music in the right acoustic and without the formality of most classical music events.

For this concert, Barefoot’s House Band, the eponymous Hallifax & Jeffrey (Peter Hallifax and Julie Jeffrey, viols), with the fabulous addition of Andrew Canepa, harpsichord, bring you the fruits of their latest foraging in the sun-kissed fields of French musical elegance of the time of Louis XIV. As well as Marais and Forqueray, they have found some rare arrangements of Rameau, and even some amazingly doleful Couperin. In a year (2018-19 season) when none of the Bay Area’s soi-disant early music organizations are presenting any French baroque music at all, Barefoot’s November concert is your home-grown island of overwhelming French elegance.

Hallifax & Jeffrey and Andrew Canepa have made a specialty of this repertoire, and St. Mark’s parish hall is the perfect acoustic for it. If you’re not familiar with the music, you’ll be astonished. If you know it well, you’ll enjoy it even more.

There will be snax.

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Peter Hallifax

Viola da Gamba

Julie Jeffrey

Viola da Gamba

Andrew Canepa