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Sunday, April 14, 2013 4:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall


The Morning Star—Music from Northern Europe
This program spans the centuries from the anonymous works of Medieval England to the German Baroque of Johann Sebastian Bach, with a sprinkling of lively polyphonic dances from the 15th century and a healthy dose of sublime prayers, earthy songs, and instrumental compositions by Ludwig Senfl, William Byrd and others.

FARALLON RECORDER QUARTETFarallon Recorder Quartet is a California-based early music group that brings the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern Eras to today’s audiences with polish, verve, and precision. They employ a fascinating array of recorder sizes ranging from 6 inches to 6 feet tall, modeled after medieval, renaissance and baroque originals. Their most recent CD recording, From Albion’s Shores, has been described by Early Music America as “the sound one would get if one could turn honey into wood or stand underneath a caramel fountain.”

The Farallon Recorder Quartet has performed on concert series throughout the United States, including the American Recorder Society Festival in St Louis, Missouri in 2009, the Echo Early Music Festival in North Carolina, and Early Music at Las Positas College. In 2012 they performed at the Neskowin Chamber Music Series (Oregon), the Amherst Early Music Festival, and Early Music in Columbus (Ohio). In 2011 Farallon was awarded a professional development grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music to develop and present a program with a soprano and lute player.

Letitia Berlin is a sought-after teacher at early music workshops across the US. She is a founding member of Farallon and performs with other groups including Tibia Recorder Duo, the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and Bertamo. She has appeared as a guest artist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Carmel Bach Festival and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. Ms. Berlin received a M.A. in early music performance practices from Case Western Reserve University and a B.M. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a three-time recipient of the Recorder Residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Oregon.

Frances Blaker received Performance and Music Pedagogical degrees from the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen. She also studied with Marion Verbruggen in the Netherlands. Ms. Blaker has performed as a soloist and with various ensembles in the United States and Europe. Besides the Farallon Recorder Quartet, she is a member of Ensemble Vermillian and the Tibia Recorder Duo, and is the conductor of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra. She teaches privately and at workshops throughout the United States and is the author of “The Recorder Player's Companion”. She can be heard on recordings with Ensemble Vermillian and Farallon Recorder Quartet.

Louise Carslake is well known to Bay Area audiences as a performer on the baroque flute and the recorder. She is a member of the baroque ensemble Music's Re-creation, the Farallon Recorder Quartet, Magnificat, and the Jubilate Baroque Orchestra. She has performed widely in her native Britain, as well as in New Zealand, Poland, Ireland, China and the Netherlands. She has recorded for radio and television internationally, and has made over a dozen compact disc recordings. Louise teaches early music performance on the faculty at Mills College, and coaches baroque flute at U.C. Berkeley.

Rotem Gilbert, recorder and double reeds is a native of Haifa, Israel and a founding member of Ciaramella. As a member of Piffaro (1996-2007), she toured the United States, Europe and South America. Rotem has appeared with many American and European early music ensembles including Chatham Baroque, King's Noyse, Newberry Consort and Capilla Flamenca, and has been featured as a soloist for the Pittsburgh Opera (Corronatione di Poppea) , the LA Opera (Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, Handel’s Tamerlano, and the Play of Daniel), and Musica Angelica (Brandenburg #4; Telemann Concerto). Last season she performed as soloist in an all Handel program with the LA Phil as well as previous concerts including Living Toys by Thomas Adès and The Flowering Tree with John Adams. After studies on recorder at Mannes College of Music in New York, she earned her solo diploma from the Scuola Civica di Musica of Milan where she studied with Pedro Memelsdorff. She earned her doctorate in Early Music performance practice at Case Western Reserve University. She is an assistant professor at the USC Thornton School of Music where she teaches Baroque and Renaissance performance practice courses and is an instructor of early music winds. Rotem received the 2012 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at USC. She has been a regular faculty member of early music workshops in San Diego, Seattle, Madison, Amherst, and Israel's Ayala and is currently the co-director of SFEMS Recorder Workshop. Rotem can be heard on the Deutsche Grammophon's Archiv, Passacaille, Musica Americana, Dorian, Naxos and Yarlung labels.

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