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. Among our participating & some guest musicians are those described on the About page.

2020: The pandemic has 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.

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 Mertens (voice flute) on terrace.

Unfortunately, in early December 2020 the increased restrictions on personal gatherings have forced us to suspend playing. We hope to resume as soon as feasible.

2019: Pictured below is our 2019 Open Mike performance.

Divertimenti Open Mike 2019

Above, left to right: Nick Jones, Art Ungar, Mary Ellen Reed, Suzanne Siebert, Alyssa Quiogue & Karen Lassen.

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: