Gilbert Martinez is the Artistic Director of MusicSources, a Berkeley-based resource center, founded in 1986 by harpsichordist and teacher Laurette Goldberg. As described on the MusicSources Web site, Goldberg’s mission was “to broaden awareness and appreciation for historically informed performances of western classical music.” Resources include a “hands on” collection of keyboard instruments, as well as selected early keyboards available for sales and rental. There is also a publication series directed at teachers, performers, and students.
Martinez is currently preparing a new authoritative edition of the keyboard music of Jean-Philippe Rameau for such publication. In the spirit of a growing effort at MusicSources to put the results of theoretical studies into practice, this month Martinez will perform the musical contents of his new edition in a series of two concerts. The event will be a “moveable feast” with one concert given in San Francisco and the second in Berkeley.
The San Francisco concert will feature the two suites contained in Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin publication of 1724, the first in E minor and the second in D major. At this concert Martinez will also perform those unpublished compositions available only in manuscript. This event will take place at 2 PM on Saturday, March 24, at Most Holy Redeemer Church in the Castro (100 Diamond Street).
The Berkeley concert will take place the following afternoon (March 25) at 5 PM. This recital will offer the suites from 1704 and 1728. The venue will be St. Mary Magdalen Church (2005 Berryman Street).
Tickets will be available to provide admission to both concerts as a series. The price will be $35 with a $30 rate for seniors and members of MusicSources, the San Francisco Early Music Society (SFEMS), and the Western Early Keyboard Association (WEKA) and $15 for students with ID. Admission to a single concert will be $25. The seniors and members rate will be $20 with $10 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door at each venue.