Bay Area Music Groups
The Bay Area is home to literally hundreds of classical music organizations, from community choruses to world-renowned orchestras, opera companies and chamber ensembles. This listing provides all the vital statistics for Bay Area music groups, as well as a summary of what they do best. Search by type of organization or alphabetically. Note to classical music groups: If your organization is not listed here or there is an error in your listing, please email [email protected].
L’Esprit Baroque performs rarely-heard Baroque cantatas and chamber music for voices and period instruments in California and beyond. Their mission is to bring the amazing music of the Baroque era, and historical performance practice, to audiences everywhere.
L.A. Camerata strives to tell the stories of women and "others" silenced throughout history. Our performances highlight works by early-modern women from across the world. Inspired by the original renaissance camerati—philosophical societies that debated aesthetics in the arts and society—we seek to blur the boundaries between music and drama, resurrecting live voices on stage.
La Camerata meets about once a month to learn secular and sacred choral music for our own enjoyment and for public performances. Our primary goal with our concerts is to expose community audiences to standard repertoire in order to educate and to increase interest in the tradition and beauty of choral singing.
"La Marina" is a Renaissance winds ensemble playing cornetto, sackbut, dulcian, and recorder. The group formed in 2015 and specializes in the music of late15th, 16th, and early 17th century. Besides presenting concerts and accompanying vocal ensembles, the group presents educational programs for adults and schools, with demonstrations and explanations of both the music and a variety of wind instruments.
An engaged and enlightened community in which all members have the opportunity to collectively enjoy the rich aesthetic, emotional, intellectual, and cultural experience of opera.
To serve the public by producing world-class opera that preserves, promotes and advances the art form while embodying the diversity, pioneering spirit and artistic sensibility unique to Los Angeles.
In a little over three decades of existence, LA Opera has become, under the leadership of Eli and Edythe Broad General Director Plácido Domingo, the United States' fourth largest opera company and "...stands out as a newly important force in American Opera." (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times).
The chorus was founded based on the Nueva Canción (or "New Song Movement") of Chile. In addition they perform styles based in the folk and social justice movements of all Latin America.
La Peña is a vibrant community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action. As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements. Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American café which complements the organization's mission.