Chamber music celebrating "Dutch and Flemish Masterworks" by Musica Pacifica

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The Legion of Honor partners with the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music for a live concert by Musica Pacifica, San Francisco's sizzling baroque ensemble, consisting of Judith Linsenberg, recorders; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Shirley Hunt, cello/viola da gamba; and Charles Sherman, harpsichord.

Sparks fly when these high-energy performers get together! Musica Pacifica combines world-class musicianship with a spirited and communicative performing style and brings exuberant vitality to the intimate chamber music of the Baroque. 

The group will perform a program of works by Jacob van Eyck (1589-1659), Nicolao a Kempis (1600-1676), Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621), Philippe van Wichel (1641-1673), Carolus Hacquart (1640-1701), Tarquinio Merula (1594-1665), Johannes Schenck (1660-1725), and Johann Jakob Walther (1650-1725).

Musica Pacifica has, since its founding in 1990, become widely recognized as one of America’s premier baroque ensembles, lauded for both the dazzling virtuosity and the warm expressiveness of its performances.  They have been described by the press as "some of the finest baroque musicians in America" (American Record Guide) and "among the best in the world" (Alte Musik Aktuell).  At home in the Bay area, the artists perform with Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists and appear with many other prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad.

They have performed on some of the most prestigious concert series in the United States. including Music Before 1800 and the Frick Collection (NY), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), the Cleveland Art Museum, the Pittsburgh Renaissance and Baroque Society, the Seattle Early Music Guild, the Houston Early Music Society, and the Los Angeles County Museum, among many others; and they have been featured at the Berkeley Early Music Festival three times. The ensemble has performed at festivals in Germany and Austria and has been heard on German national radio, National Public Radio’s "Performance Today" and "Harmonia," and Minnesota Public Radio.

Musica Pacifica's eight CD releases on the Virgin Classics, Dorian, and Solimar labels have won national and international awards, including the highest ratings in several CD magazines and a selection as "CD of the Month" by the early music journal Alte Musik Aktuell (Regensburg).  Their CD Fire Beneath My Fingers was touted as “one of the most exciting Baroque recordings . . . heard” on Audiophile Audition. Their Telemann CD won Chamber Music America/WQXR's 2003 Record Award, honoring the best chamber music recordings of the year, and their Mancini recording was cited as a "Noteworthy Disc" in the 2000 International Antonio Vivaldi Awards for Italian Early Music in Venice.

Online, Musica Pacifica may be heard on radio station 1.fm, Last.fm, Celtic Radio, and Recorder-radio.com. Listen to a sample here.

Ticket Information

Program is free after museum admission. Seating is limited and first come, first served.


Contact Information

Andrea Martin
amartin@famsf.org