Early Music on Film 2018

June 2–16, 2018

In conjunction with the Berkeley Festival, this series features live musical performances along with films meant to be heard, not just seen.

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  • L'Orfeo

  • Barry Lyndon

  • Facing Agrippina

  • Amadeus

  • Upcoming
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Past Events

  • Friday, June 8, 1 PM

    Galax Quartet

    The Galax Quartet performs works by Nancy Galbraith, Jacques Meyer, J. S. Bach, and others with guest soloists Stephen Schultz (baroque flute) and Cheryl Ann Fulton (harp).

  • Sunday, June 3, 12 PM

    Junior Recorder Society

    In celebration of the group’s twentieth anniversary, the Junior Recorder Society returns to BAMPFA to delight us with period music performed on wind instruments of various sizes.

  • Sunday, June 3, 4 PM

    Vajra Voices

    Vajra Voices, known for their “shimmering resonance and elegantly paced performances” (Choir and Organ), present a program of music by Guillaume de Machaut. With Shira Kammen on vielle and harp.

Past Films

  • The Magic Flute

    • Saturday, June 16 4:30 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1975

    This witty, loving adaptation of Mozart’s exuberant opera revels in its own theatricality, revealing the joy and wonder in Bergman’s metaphysics. “A blissful present, sensuous, luxuriant” (New Yorker).

  • Amadeus

    • Wednesday, June 13 7 PM
    Milos Forman
    United States, 1984

    BAMPFA Collection Print
    Director’s Cut

    This adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s “black opera” reinterprets the life of Mozart (Tom Hulce) as seen through the eyes of his envious rival Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham). Winner of Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay, and Sound Design.

  • The Color of Pomegranates

    • Friday, June 8 2:30 PM
    • Saturday, June 9 8:15 PM
    Sergei Paradjanov
    USSR, 1969

    Digital Restoration

    This magical work, rich in period music, reimagines Armenian history and culture through the life and writings of its greatest poet. “Watching [it] is like opening a door and walking into another dimension, where time has stopped and beauty has been unleashed” (Martin Scorsese).

  • Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno

    • Thursday, June 7 1:30 PM
    Stéphane Metge
    France, 2016

    Handel’s allegorical first oratorio comes alive in stage director Krzysztof Warlikowski’s contemporary adaptation. Emmanuelle Haïm conducts her ensemble Le Concert d’Astrée, with Sabine Devieilhe, Franco Fagioli, Sara Mingardo, and Michael Spyres.

  • L’Orfeo

    • Wednesday, June 6 1:30 PM
    Emanuele Garofalo
    Italy, France, 2009

    L’Orfeo showcases Robert Wilson’s wonderful minimalist interpretation of Monteverdi’s seminal first opera, based on Ovid’s Metamorphosis. Performed by the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala and Concerto Italiano under the direction of Rinaldo Alessandrini.

  • Facing Agrippina

    • Sunday, June 3 2 PM
    Nayo Titzin
    Bulgaria, 2010

    This behind-the-scenes look at an opera production documents a performance of Handel’s Agrippina by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, as conducted by René Jacobs and performed at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

  • Barry Lyndon

    • Saturday, June 2 7 PM
    Stanley Kubrick
    United States, 1975

    Digital Restoration

    Kubrick’s historical drama follows the travails of a young Irishman (Ryan O’Neal) determined to rise in the world. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Soundtrack. “A movie at once florid in its realism and brazenly, gluttonously formalistic” (New York Times).