May 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 

4:15 Melody Hui-Chi Lin, harpsichord.   Claremont Graduate University and Claremont School of Theology announce the next performance in the spring 2017 series, CGU Concerts at CST.  Kresge Chapel Claremont School of Theology 1325 N College Ave., Claremont, CA

FREE  Contact Debbie Flores Molina at 909-607-3289 or   


Sunday, May 7, 2017

3:00  Jouyssance : An Iberian Spring. Jouyssance hosts a cocktail party! Join Jouyssance for a cocktail party celebrating our current season and the recent release of our CD, Cantiga: An Early Music Journey through Iberia. We'll be gathering in an historic Pasadena home for Mediterranean appetizers, sangria, good company, and musical interludes featuring members of Jouyssance. $75 per person; Please RSVP by April 30 by visiting or by calling 213-533-9922. All proceeds go to support the programs of Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble and the Foundation of the Neo-Renaissance. 2975 Lake Avenue, Pasadena


Friday May 12, 2017

8:00 pm - Terri Richter (Soprano), Wessex Consort and Friends present  “Witches, Whores, and Virgin Martyrs: Women as portrayed in 17th c. Opera.”  Concert features works by Caccini, Monteverdi, Cavalli, Falconieri, Mazzocchi, Strozzi, and more. In the mysogynistic society of the seventeenth century, women were portrayed on the opera stages as powerful, sexual, and eloquent, and even a little bit dangerous. Terri Richter, in this extravagant DMA recital, performs and presents a period instrument ensemble consisting of organ, lute, theorbo, baroque guitar, renaissance winds, violin, gamba, harpsichord, cornetto, and a few other auditory surprises! UCLA Schoenberg Hall Popper Auditorium FREE. Parking: Self-parking ($6 for 2 hours) in Structure 2 off Hilgard (east side of UCLA)


Sunday May 14, 2017

5:00 All Saints’ Choir Pilgrimage Preview Concert.  All Saints’ Choir has been invited to sing in residence at two of the most famous seats of the Anglican choral tradition in England:  Wells Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral, singing the daily services of Evensong, as well as the principal Sunday morning services. This concert features these works from four centuries of the English and American Choral tradition. Tickets:  $25 adults / $15 students & seniors. Online ticket sales end May 12, 2017. Tickets may be purchased at the door (availability permitting). All Saints’ Episcopal Church  504 N Camden Dr  Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Sunday May 14, 2017

4:30pm/6:00 Solemn Evensong with the Choir of St. James’, James Buonemani, director, St. James’ Church, Los Angeles*.  Organ recital by Weicheng Zhao follows at 6:00pm.  FREE. St. James’ Episcopal Church3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010 213.388.3417


Thursday, May 25 

7:30 Choral Eucharist sung by All Saints’ Choir  Schola: MISSA MYSTICA ON ASCENSION  DAY

G.P. da Palestrina,  Missa Papae Marcelli, Peter Philips, Ascendit Deus.  FREE All Saints’ Episcopal Church  504 N Camden Dr  Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Sunday, May 28, 2017

3:00  Tesserae:  Polychoral Jam Session.  Tesserae would like to welcome all period instrumentalists and singers to come play through some gorgeous poly-choral music from both the Old World and the New World.  The pitch will be A440. To receive music in advance, email  Trinity Lutheran Church, 997 East Walnut St., Pasadena 91106   Free entrance, donations welcome. 

Please note that SCEMS does not present or sponsor concerts.

The listings below include early music related concerts and events offered by organizations throughout the Southern California area.  Readers are advised to call ahead to verify events, times, and ticket availability, which are subject to change.


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