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Musica Pacifica – February 25, 2017, 8pm

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Dancing in the Isles – Rousing Baroque Folk and Dance Music from Scotland, Ireland, and England features in Musica Pacifica’s most popular program. Something for everyone! This program includes Musica Pacifica’s arrangements of traditional Irish and Scottish folk tunes, dance suites from the English theater, Jacobean masque music, trio sonatas by Scots Oswald and McGibbon, as well as works with a Scottish flavor by Matteis and Veracini, and Purcell’s famous “Three Parts upon a Ground.” Dancing in the Isles has been reviewed as “little short of sensational … astonishing … breath-taking throughout.” (Steven Ledbetter, The Boston Musical Intellegencer, June 13, 2015.)

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.  Called “the crème de la crème of the West Coast early music scene” by Alte Musik Aktuell (Regensburg, Germany), these four highly accomplished musicians – Judith Linsenberg (recorder), Elizabeth Blumenstock (baroque violin), Josh Lee, (viola da gamba), and Charles Sherman (harpsichord) – are genuine friends, who clearly relish the music and the time they spend together with their audiences.  At home in the San Francisco Bay Area, these artists are masters of their repertoire who regularly perform with Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, and other prominent early music ensembles across the country and around the world.  Musica Pacifica combines this world-class musicianship with imaginative programming and a spirited performing style, bringing electricity, brilliance, and exuberant vitality to its performances of the intimate chamber music of the Baroque.  The San Diego Reader described it this way:  “Musica Pacifica communicated the outer and inner life of this music with such panache that their playing produced an irresistible feeling of joy.”

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