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Agave

Saturday December 4th, 2021 • 1pm

Community Church of Sebastopol
1000 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Program: Heinrich Biber and Seasonal Works

You may have had the good fortune to catch the Agave’s first appearance with Redwood Arts on February 28, 2020 via a Zoom presentation.  Now they appear in the Community Church of Sebastopol on December 4 at 1:00 pm.  The program includes Heinrich Biber’s Joyful Mystery and Rosary Sonatas, and some Christmas baroque repertoire.  The ensemble for this performance includes two violins, cello, organ and theorbo.

Early Music America Magazine calls Agave, based in the Bay Area,  “an energized, free-spirited group”. Agave has received numerous awards and gained national attention for its “rapturous music,” “brilliant... profound playing” (EMA Magazine), and growing discography. Now in its eleventh season, Agave continues its fruitful affiliations with InterMusic SF, and continues to be a unique and innovative voice in the chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries.

During its initial season, Agave was selected by Early Music America to perform in a showcase concert at the APAP Convention in New York. In 2009, The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles commissioned Cold Genius: The music of Henry Purcell, which Agave subsequently recorded. The San Francisco Early Music Society chose Agave to present a main stage concert on the 2012 Berkeley Early Music Festival. For the 2014-15 season, Agave became an ensemble in residence at the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music/Presidio Trust's Presidio Sessions.  With Mr. Mobley, Agave has released Queen of Heaven: music of Isabella Leonarda and Peace in Our Time which marked the 400th anniversary of the start of the Thirty Years' War. The 2018 -19 season featured Agave and Mobley in the first ever baroque program in UCLA's Chamber Music at the Clark Library series in Los Angeles.

Agave has performed at the Barefoot Chamber Concerts, Chamber Music Day, Chattanooga Chamber Music, Sonoma Bach, as well as at Fresno City College, Fresno Pacific University, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Jacaranda, The Arizona Early Music Society, Seattle Early Music Guild, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Appalachian State University, and the Berkeley Early Music Festival. Agave has also presented two programs to groups of K-12 educators as part of the San Francisco Symphony's "Keeping Score" program.

Agave’s core lineup features Aaron Westman and Anna Washburn, baroque violins; William Skeen, baroque cello and viola da gamba; Kevin Cooper, baroque guitar and theorbo; and Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord and organ. They are joined regularly by Natalie Carducci and Katherine Kyme on baroque violin and viola, and Gretchen Claassen on baroque cello.

Visit their website: www.agavebaroqueorg