Founded in 2006, Divertimenti is an ensemble in Northern California which plays Baroque chamber music on period instruments and draws upon its participating & guest musicians, as the changing repertoire requires and schedules permit.

2020-2022: The pandemic had forced changes, of course, and we began playing once or twice a week "en plein air" except for household members who could sit in a room with French doors opening onto a open-air terrace where they sat spaced apart. But then at the end of 2020 the weather and the pandemic situation caused a hiatus and we were forced to cease playing.

However, by the spring of 2021 all of us had been fully vaccinated, and we were able to resume playing with appropriate precautions (e.g. ventilation). Indeed, we gave two garden concerts in July in conjunction with other groups in which the musicians played on the rear terrace and the (limited) audience was seated in the rear garden.

Divertimenti en plein air 2Divertimenti en plein air 2

Pictured above left: Art Ungar (on terrace, Baroque bassoon), Jack O'Neill (in libary, recorder) and Mary Ellen Reed (on terrace, harpsichord); and above right Suzanne Siebert (in library, Baroque oboe), Alyssa Quiogoe (in library, violin) and Mardi Sicular (voice flute) on terrace.

And then in early 2022 and again in late December 2022 we were able to perform at the respective Open Mics, pictured below:

Divertimenti April 2022

Pictured above, left to right: Suzanne Siebert (Baroque oboe), Mary Ellen Reed and Barry Hirsch (recorders), Mardi Sicular (harpsichord) and Heather Wilson (bass viola da gamba).

Divertimenti 12-22

Pictured above, left to right: Heather Wilson (bass viola da gamba), Mary Ellen Reed (digital harpsichord), Barry Hirsch (alto recorder) Karen Lassen (violin) and Suzanne Siebert (tenor recorder)

2017/2018 Concerts

In 2017 we gave a House Concert April 23, which was shared with several other musicians, played at a Town & Gown Club luncheon April 24, and participated in an Amphion Club meeting May 21. We played in another House Concert September 2 shared with several other groups.

In the spring we played at the EBRS member's recital and in 2018 early summer we gave a house concert June 23.

2016 Concerts

We played in an Amphion Club concert in April and held a House Concert in May--shared with two other groups and concluding with an outdoor "oboe band" pictured on the About page. (download the program here).

2015 Concerts

We played in a February 28, 2015 concert in San Jose and held a house concert shared with other early music groups June 13, 2015 (download the program here).

2014 Concerts

We played a house concert in March 2014 (download the program here) and also participated in the March recital of the East Bay Recorder Society. Then we ended 2014 with a house concert shared wtih other groups on Novmber 30th (download the program here).


Concert programs for some of our earlier concerts can be downloaded here: