The San Diego Early Music Society has announced its 37th year of concerts exploring the musical treasures of Europe’s medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods.
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The nonprofit will open the season on Oct. 12 with the French ensemble Les Talens Lyriques and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset performing 350-year-old music by François Couperin. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at St. James by-the-Sea in La Jolla.
Other concerts this season are:
Sunday, Nov. 18 — Cappella Pratensis, a Dutch group that specializes in the vocal polyphony of its namesake, Josquin des Prez, who lived from 1450 to 1521. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at St. James.
Saturday, Feb. 9 — The Italian Accademia Bizantia will devote an evening to the great master Vivaldi and his city of Venice. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at St. James.
Friday, April 5 — The Constantinople ensemble with tenor Marco Beasley presents Italian, Persian, and Ottoman songs from the early 17th century, music bridging East and West. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at St. James.
Sunday, May 5 — Hopkinson Smith plays Elizabethan music by John Dowland, John Johnson and Athony Holborne on the lute, a popular instrument of the era. The concert is at 3 p.m. in Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre at Cuyamaca College.
Tickets are available at www.sdems.org or by calling 619-291-8246.
The society was established in 1981 and has presented concerts in churches, small halls, museums, and homes—settings for which the music was composed.
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