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Music at Oakmont deeply regrets announcing that Musica Pacifica has cancelled its Jan. 13 performance at Berger Center, because of Covid concerns. Every effort is being made to reschedule this concert, if possible during the 2021-22 season, and an update will be provided as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

On January 13, at 1:30 PM in Berger Center, Music at Oakmont welcomes the New Year with the return of the lauded Baroque music ensemble Musica Pacifica. The group will present a most interesting program entitled “Hijinks of the High Baroque,” and will feature recorders, violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord.

Here is how Musica Pacifica describes their upcoming appearance: “Diving into the ultra-fashionable High Baroque scene of mid-18th century Europe, “[we] explore the works of composers who struggled with keeping their composure throughout their careers. Come hear a program of quirky and appealing music along with the stories that shed light on the often crazy lives of composers such as Veracini and Leclair–whose brilliant compositions belie their darker sides. The program includes a seldom-heard violin sonata by the “unstable genius” Veracini; an unusual trio for violin, viola da gamba, and keyboard, by Purcell; a virtuosic recorder sonata by Handel; a flamboyant harpsichord piece by the French composer Royer; a haunting chaconne by Rameau; and an elegant trio sonata by Leclair, all framed by two of Telemann’s delightful Paris Quartets replete with their own musical hijinks.”

Since its founding in 1990, San Francisco-based Musica Pacifica has become widely recognized as one of America’s premier Baroque ensembles. They have been described as “some of the finest Baroque musicians in America” (American Record Guide) and “among the best in the world” (early music journal Alte Musik Aktuell). They have performed on some of the most prestigious concert series in the US, 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, as well as festivals in Germany and Austria, on German National Radio, NPR’s “Performance Today,” 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 being chosen CD of the Month by Alte Music Aktuell. Their most recent CD, “Dancing in the Isles,” was praised by the British journal Gramophone as “one of the zestiest recordings of recent vintage,” and touted as “one of the most exciting Baroque recordings I’ve heard” on Audiophile Audition.

Please note: Sonoma County guidelines will be followed at this concert. Please wear your mask and have ready your proof of vaccination, which will be checked at the door.

WHAT: Music at Oakmont
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, 1:30 PM
WHERE: Berger Center
ADMISSION: $25, cash or check made out to Music at Oakmont, or your season pass