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Hell came to us first

In late October, Sonoma County, home to the Alphabet Baroque Club, was burning. Due to a high wind event, Public Safety Power Outages, and the Kincaid Fire much of where the Alphabet Baroque Club lives was under mandatory evacuation orders. The image above shows the fire, but especially shows how the wind was blowing the fire closer and closer to the towns of Healdsburg, Windsor, Geyserville, and Santa Rosa. Had it hopped the 101 freeway it could have burnt all the way to the coast, perhaps taking towns such as Sebastopol, Freestone, and Occidental with it.

We are so very grateful it did not hop the 101! However, we had to cancel our October 27 concert at the wonderful Iota Printworks in Sebastopol. Thankfully, we have been able to reschedule for January 25, 4 pm, at the Iota Press Printworks once again! Thank you so much, Eric Johnson, for working with us.

This event did make me wonder if we wanted to bring our audiences with us to hell….

The good news is, we will never quite get there! Come hear our concert, and find out!

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An Amazing, and tasty, year!

The Alphabet Baroque Club had a great year! We started off in August 2017 at the Iota Press in Sebastopol with our Country Gardens/All British Concert, inspired by the obtaining of Masters Degrees in the English Country house by our very own Judiyaba and Gwyneth Davis! We presented this concert another four times, in Mill Valley, in Berkeley as part of the SFEMS  series at the Jazz School, at the SFEMS Garden Party benefit for the BFX, and at the home of Ruth and Steve Escher,  all to great audience reviews. I mean, what’s not to like about a concert that ends with Phebe banging on the harpsichord and waving a British flag?

At the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition we presented our Coffee and Doughnuts program to a nearly full house, that is, full of coffee and doughnuts! Also full of people, including one amazing baby, who made not a peep during the show. Despite a broken and irreparable string breakage near the end of the show, we again had wonderful audience response. We have fun, and so does the audience.

We have great ideas for next year. Watch this space for more action, after we have a nice summer slowdown! Happy summer to everyone, and see you in October at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and the Throckmorton Theater noon concert series in Mill Valley!

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Berkeley Festival, Coffee and Donuts!

Well, here we are in Berkeley Early Music Festival week! The ABCers are diligently practicing their parts while tucking Wagner Ring rehearsals around the edges. Our Thursday June 7 concert at 11 A.M. at the Berkeley Piano Club will be tasty and tasteful. (Mostly!) You should just come to hear the Louis Heudelinne Chaconne!

Here is Judiyaba, fresh off the Rheingold boat, rehearsing that Heudelinne right now. You can almost hear it, but not quite, so be there on Thursday, so you will hear it!

Meanwhile……..Gwyneth Davis and Phebe Craig are rehearsing Marais’ Saillie de Café!

Yours truly is usually behind the camera, so here is a photo of her working detritus: (note important teacup!)


As you see, we work hard for your applause. So, be there on Thursday and have some coffee, doughnuts, maybe tea, and definitely beautiful music!

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ABC is looking forward to playing at the Garden Party benefit for the BFX. This time we are doing a condensed version of the Country Gardens program.  Nicola Matteis, who walked across Europe to England with a violin on his back under his cloak (was rich for a while and died a pauper), Tobias Hume, a soldier, (who died in poverty), Orlando Gibbons, organist and composer (died of a sudden apoplexy), John Jenkins (well loved by all), Daniel Purcell ( a mysterious relative of Henry), and Thomas Arne (Rule, Brittannia!). If you can not attend this event, we are performing the whole concert at a house concert in June.

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Coffee and Doughnuts!


Alphabet Baroque Club is delighted to present a concert programmed around Coffee and Doughnuts! We will be presenting it twice, once at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (without free coffee and doughnuts) on May 27, and once with complimentary coffee and doughnuts with your $15 admission charge . This will be part of the Berkeley Early Music Festival (BFX) fringe concerts, and will take place at the Berkeley Piano Club. More information at