First violinist Rachel Hurwitz has been a concertmaster with California Bach Society for several of our memorable programs. Rachel has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area’s historical performance community for over 20 years, performing regularly with such ensembles as the American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Jubilate Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Bach Choir, Marin Baroque, and the Albany Consort. As a modern violinist, Ms. Hurwitz serves as Principal Second Violin for the San Francisco Opera Center Orchestra, and completed six national tours with San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater. A native of Eugene, OR, Ms. Hurwitz has been a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra for 32 years, and has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra since its inaguration in 2014. She holds degrees from Oberlin College and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Both Bach’s Magnificat as well as Zelenka’s Missa Divi Xaverii prominently feature oboist Marc Schachman in several arias. A native of Berkeley, Marc Schachman moved back to the Bay Area three years ago after nearly 50 years in New York City, where he founded two of America's seminal original instrument chamber groups, The Aulos Ensemble and The Amadeus Winds, and performed as soloist and principal with nearly all this country's major early music orchestras including Philharmonia Baroque, American Classical Orchestra, Boston Baroque, and the Handel and Haydn Society. As an oboist, the music of Bach has been central to his life and is well represented on his extensive discography. Mr Schachman is a founding member of Berkeley's Cantata Collective, now in its 3rd season.
Especially virtuoso are the parts for trumpet I and II in Zelenka’s Missa Divi Xaverii. In our concerts these parts will be performed by Baroque trumpet players Dominic Favia and William Harvey. Watch Dominic Favia play the Baroque trumpet in this video, courtesy of Voices of Music.