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Musica Pacifica - presented by Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series
Gualala Arts Center
Gualala, CA
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Musica Pacifica - presented by Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series
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. They have been described by the press as "some of the finest baroque musicians in America" (American Record Guide) and "among the best in the world" (Alte Musik Aktuell). At home in the San Francisco Bay area, the artists perform with Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists, and appear with many other prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad.

They have performed on some of the most prestigious concert series in the U.S., 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, among many others. The ensemble has been featured at the Berkeley Early Music Festival three times, and their first appearance there was cited in Early Music (UK) as "perhaps the standout of the entire festival." They have performed at festivals in Germany and Austria and have been heard on German National radio as well as on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and "Harmonia" and on Minnesota Public Radio.

The ensemble is made up of four talented musicians, all with a wealth of training and experience.

Judith Linsenberg, recorder, is one of the leading exponents of the recorder in the U. S. and has been acclaimed for her "virtuosity," "expressivity," and "fearless playing." She has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including solo appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center; and has been featured with such leading American ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco and Los Angeles Operas, the Oregon Symphony, LA Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, the Portland and Seattle Baroque Orchestras, the Oregon and Carmel, Bach Festivals, Musica Angelica of Los Angeles, and others. Ms. Linsenberg has recorded for Virgin Classics, Dorian, harmonia mundi usa, Koch International, Reference Recordings, Musical Heritage Society, Drag City Records (with Joanna Newsom), and Hännsler Classics. A Fulbright scholar to Austria, she was awarded the Soloist Diploma with Highest Honors from the Vienna Academy of Music. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, holds a doctorate in early music from Stanford University, and has been a visiting professor at the Vienna Conservatory and Indiana University's Early Music Institute in Bloomington.

Baroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock is widely admired as a performer of interpretive eloquence and technical sparkle. A frequent soloist, concertmaster, and leader with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, the Italian ensemble Il Complesso Barocco, and the Goettingen Handel Festspielorchester, she is also a member of several of California's finest period instrument ensembles, including Musica Pacifica, the Arcadian Academy, and Trio Galanterie. She has appeared with period orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States and abroad, and has performed for the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, Los Angeles Opera, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Oulunsalo Soi festival in Finland, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, among many others. Her numerous recordings for harmonia mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Classics, Dorian, BMG, Reference Recordings, and Koch International have included prize-winning discs with several of the above-named ensembles. She is instructor of baroque violin at the University of Southern California, teaches at the International Baroque Institute at Longy, Oberlin's Baroque Performance Institute and the Austrian Baroque Academy, and has coached university Baroque ensembles at USC, Roosevelt University, the University of Virginia, and California Institute of the Arts.

Shirley Hunt, cello/viola da gamba, is known in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond as a rising star in the field of historical performance. Ms. Hunt performs on baroque cello and viola da gamba with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the American Bach Soloists, Musica Pacifica, Agave Baroque, Sonoma Bach, and the cello duo Bradamante. Other recent engagements include performances with Portland Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Berkeley Opera, Archetti, Bach Collegium San Diego, and Faire Violls. In addition to orchestral and chamber performances, Ms. Hunt also appears as a recitalist and concerto soloist across the U. S. and Europe. She performs jazz and contemporary works with the new music ensemble AnyWhen, and has been featured on numerous pop/rock albums and film scores for major motion pictures. For more information, please visit

Charles Sherman, harpsichord, is recognized as one of the leading harpsichord soloists and continuo players in the country and has been called a "fluent virtuoso" by The Los Angeles Times. Since 1997, he has been a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Musica Pacifica. Previously, as a member of the Aulos Ensemble (NY) for many years, he toured regularly throughout North America and overseas and recorded extensively. He has also performed with such acclaimed ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, American Baroque (SF), Musica Angelica (LA), Handel & Haydn Society and Emmanuel Music (Boston), St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and Concert Royal (NY), and at well-known music festivals, including Marlboro, Saratoga, the New England Bach Festival, the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, and Aston Magna. Mr. Sherman holds degrees in History and Musicology from The University of Chicago and in Harpsichord Performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Albert Fuller. He is one of today's leading exponents of the art of basso continuo realization and frequently teaches master classes on Baroque accompaniment. His recordings appear on the Dorian, Musical Heritage Society, Koch International, Reference Recordings, and BMG labels.

Musica Pacifica's eight CD releases on the Virgin Classics, Dorian and Solimar labels have won national and international awards, including the highest ratings in several CD magazines and being chosen as "CD of the Month" by the early music journal Alte Musik Aktuell (Regensburg). The prestigious Gramophone Magazine (UK), called Dancing in the Isles "one of the zestiest recordings of recent vintage." Fire Beneath My Fingers was touted as "one of the most exciting Baroque recordings I've heard" on Audiophile Audition. Their Telemann CD won Chamber Music America and WQXR's 2003 Record Award honoring the best chamber music recordings of the year, and their Mancini recording was cited as a "Noteworthy Disc" in the 2000 International Antonio Vivaldi Awards for Italian Early Music in Venice.

Online, Musica Pacifica may be heard on radio station,, Celtic Radio, and; and seen at More information on the ensemble can be found on their website

Tickets are $25 advance; $5 more day of concert (buy your tickets early!). Children and young people ages 7 through 17 are admitted free with adult. To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.



Gualala Arts Center (View)
46501 Gualala Road
Gualala, CA 95445
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