May 30th benefit recital: Gilbert Martinez, harpsichord

Gilbert Martinez, harpsichord

Gilbert Martinez, harpsichord

Join us for a wine and food reception and recital on Friday evening, May 30th, in support of the Festival of the Hours (www.festivalofthehours.org). Featuring harpsichordist Gilbert Martinez, the event will be held at 863 Vermont St., Oakland, the home of the Festival artistic director.

Gilbert Martinez, named “a formidable soloist” by the San Francisco Chronicle, will present a program of 17th-Century music from England, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, including music of Cabezon, Picchi, Buxtehude and others, as well a number of late 18th-Century pieces by Scarlatti and Rameau. The recital will be performed on a harpsichord modeled on a large Italian instrument of Carlo Grimaldi (17th Century).

Soprano Tonia D’Amelio also joins Mr. Martinez on pieces by Purcell and Grandi. In addition, composer Frank La Rocca will be present to talk about the Festival commission Anima Christi for mixed choir.

Gilbert Martinez is artistic director of MusicSources, Center for Historically Informed Performance, and is highly in demand as a recitalist and lecturer and conductor. He divides his residency between the San Francisco Bay Area and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Food and beverages will be served starting at 7 p.m., and the recital will begin at 8 p.m. Reservations are required, and a donation of $75 or more is requested for admission.

To reserve your seat at this limited event, please contact the Festival of the Hours at info@festivalofthehours.org / 510-473-7736. Advance payment may be made by check or by PayPal to this same email address.

We look forward to seeing you!

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