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Thursday, November 1, 2012 – 7:30pm

 

SF State Wind Ensemble

 

The SF State Wind Ensemble is comprised of about 55 musicians, including students, faculty, staff and community members. While offering performers opportunities to expand their technical, intellectual and musical horizons, the Wind Ensemble intends to broaden performance and teaching skills by cultivating an interest in wind music as an integral part of the American music scene. Wind Ensemble alumni perform all across the globe, and hold teaching positions or leadership roles in their respective major areas of concentration throughout the U.S.

 

Wind Ensemble performances feature new compositions for wind band in addition to works from the core wind literature. The ensemble is dedicated to presenting an exciting variety of challenging repertoire from all musical periods, cultures and styles. The ensemble regularly participates in new-music consortia, presents world-premieres and collaborates with renowned guest artists.

 

SFSU School of Music and Dance

Knuth Hall, SF State University Creative Arts Building

San Francisco

FREE

Information: (415) 338-2467

http://www.sfcm.edu

 

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Friday, November 2, 2012 – 6pm

 

Festival Mozaic's WinterMezzo Notable Encounter Insight

 

We think of music as something that moves. Rhythm is the way music moves through time, and this unique program explores different rhythm across time periods and places. Engage with Scott Yoo and John Novacek as they bring these virtuoso rhythms to life. Enjoy a glass of wine and an informal performance and discussion with the audience about rhythm’s crucial role in music.

 

Festival Mozaic

San Luis Obispo

$22

Information: (805) 781-3009

http://www.festivalmozaic.com

 

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Friday, November 2, 2012 – 7pm

 

George Crumb's Apparition, a Day of the Dead Installation

 

George Crumb’s Apparition sets texts from “Death Carol,” a part of Walt Whitman's "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," the poet's most imaginative writing on the experience of death. This 405 Shrader performance occurs within a Day of the Dead installation envisioned by stage director Roy Rallo, light sculptor Heather Carson and Butoh dancer Michael Curran.

 

This past summer Roy Rallo staged The Barber of Seville at the San Francisco Opera Center. In previous seasons he is known for the so-called “Fire Operas” at Oakland’s The Crucile. In Europe he recently staged Ariadne auf Naxos for the Opéra National de Bordeaux and Don Pasquale at the Staatskapelle Weimar. Sculptor Heather Carson investigates the formal and conceptual properties of light, drawing together the historic strands of East Coast Minimalism and West Coast Light and Space. She is represented by the Ace Gallery in Los Angeles.

 

Soprano Greta Feeney-Samuels was an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera where she performed Marzelline in Fidelio and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and at the San Francisco Opera Center she was a Schwabacher Debut Recitalist. She has appeared with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the New Century Chamber Orchestra in the Bay Area, and with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York City. Pianist Robert Mollicone is an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, having previously been a part of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. He has worked as a coach accompanist at Boston Lyric Opera and at the Baltimore Symphony.

 

405 Shrader

FREE

Information: You MUST reserve by email

http://www.405shrader.com

 

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Friday, November 2, 2012 – 7:30pm

 

A Late Quartet by Yaron Zilberman

 

A powerhouse cast — Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir — brings vivid life to Yaron Zilberman's engrossing drama about an illustrious string quartet, whose quarter-century anniversary precipitates a tempestuous (and potentially explosive) release of repressed feelings, long-held resentments and painful betrayals. The film is structured around Beethoven's Op. 131.

November 2nd, 2012 is the opening weekend in the bay area.

For the trailer: www.alatequartet.com

 

Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema

San Francisco

$8 - $10

Information: (415) 267-4893

http://www.alatequartet.com

 

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Friday, November 2, 2012 – 8pm

 

Ultra World X-tet

 

Ultra World X-tet combines jazz, world, experimental and contemporary concert styles in a pioneering fusion of East and West for the 21st Century. The highlight of this concert will be the world premiere performance of a new work titled Magical Adventures of the Monkey King, inspired by Journey to the West, one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature. The piece was composed by Gary Schwantes and could be considered a “tone poem”, evoking the essence of the saga through the unique voice of the X-tet. As it follows the story of the Monkey King and the colorful group of Pilgrims on their perilous journey from the ancient Tang capital of Chang'an to India and then to the mystical conclusion, you will hear elements of traditional and modern Chinese music, jazz, western chamber music, Middle Eastern and Indian music as well as some wild experimental textures that call forth the magical aspects of the tale. The story is a fictionalized account of the legendary pilgrimage to India of the Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang who traveled along the Silk Road circa 627AD. This project made possible in part by support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Ultra World X-tet is a fiscally-sponsored affiliate of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

 

Old First Church

1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Information: (415) 474-1608

$17; $14 students & seniors

http://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

 

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Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 2pm

 

Festival Mozaic's WinterMezzo Notable Encounter Salon

 

We think of music as something that moves. Rhythm is the way music moves through time, and this unique program explores different rhythm across time periods and places. Engage with Scott Yoo and John Novacek as they bring these virtuoso rhythms to life. Explore the grounds at a private Avila Beach home. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine from award-winning Festival Favorite Wineries, then sit down inside with the musicians and other guests. Sit back as Scott Yoo and John Novacek illuminate these works by Soler, Adams and Beethoven.

 

Avila Valley

$85

Information: (805) 781-3009

 

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Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 8pm

 

Calder Quartet

 

Nancarrow at 100:A Centennial Celebration

 

Cal Performances, in collaboration with Other Minds, celebrates the music of Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997) in his 100th birthday year. The remarkable Calder Quartet performs Nancarrow's string quartets, as part of a weekend of performances celebrating Nancarrow's incredible, unexpected, and visionary musical voice. To quote Frank Zappa on Nancarrow's music: "The stuff is fantastic...You've got to hear it."

 

Cal Performances

Hertz Hall, Berkeley

$30

Information: (510) 642-9988

http://calperfs.berkeley.edu

 

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Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 8pm

 

NACUSAsf Presents "A Walk in the Park"

 

On Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 8:00 PM, NACUSAsf (National Association of Composers, USA) will present its 2012 fall concert of new music, “A Walk in the Park” at the San Francisco Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. The concert will be performed by the NACUSAsf Composers Performance Ensemble (violin, saxophone, cello, soprano, baritone & piano), and featured composers will be Adrienne Albert, Mark Behm, John Bilotta, Nancy Bloomer Deussen, Simon Bokman, Cynthia Liuska, Greg Steinke, Ken Mulacelli, Karl Schmidt, Davide Verotta, and Alessandro Rotundo (winner of the 2012 NACUSAsf student composer contest). Come and sample some exciting music written by local contemporary composers. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 and $15. There will be a reception to follow. For more information, contact Dale Victorine at (408) 768-1941.

 

NACUSA San Francisco

Community Music Center, San Francisco

$10 - $15

Information: (408) 768-1941

http://nacusasf.org

 

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Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 8pm

 

ETHEL with special guest Todd Rundgren: Tell Me Something Good

 

The 1970s was a restless, intelligent, dissatisfied time—a decade of contradictions, a decade of loss, a decade of discovery. Visionary string quartet ETHEL celebrates this vibrant era with an explosive, beautiful collaboration with 1970s icon Todd Rundgren—a visionary in his own right—in a program that is scheduled to include Lou Harrison’s String Quartet Set (1972), Kimo Williams’s Quiet Shadows, arrangements of music by Sun Ra and a fascinating new work by rising star Judd Greenstein.

 

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Jackson Hall, UC Davis

$58 / $47 / $35

Information: (866) 754-2787

http://www.mondaviarts.org

 

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Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 8pm

 

Classical Collective

 

The Classical Collective brings together musicians who share a commitment to fostering the understanding and appreciation of classical music and illuminating the relevance of the great works of the past to contemporary audiences. In this concert, the group will revitalize masterpieces in engaging and refreshing ways and explore connections between works of classical music and their historical and cultural contexts. Music for piano, French horn and violin will be featured in this exciting and dynamic program.

 

Trinity Chamber Concerts

Trinity Chapel, Berkeley

$15-10

Information: (510) 549-3864

http://www.trinitychamberconcerts.com

 

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 – 2pm

 

Three Ladies Who Strauss. Another Lieder Alive Event

 

A beautiful Strauss Lieder Sunday Brunch with wine champagne, delicacies.

 

With soprano Marcelle Dronkers, soprano Heidi Moss, mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich, and pianist Bryan Baker.

 

Salle Events

Salle Pianos & Events, San Francisco

$25-30

Information: (415) 240-2181

http://www.salleevents.com

 

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 – 3pm

 

Festival Mozaic's WinterMezzo Concert

 

We think of music as something that moves. Rhythm is the way music moves through time, and this unique program explores different rhythm across time periods and places. Engage with Scott Yoo and John Novacek as they bring these virtuoso rhythms to life. Experience all three works as they come together in a traditional concert setting at Congregation Beth David.

 

Festival Mozaic

Congregation Beth David, San Luis Obispo

$29.00 - $51.00

Information: (805) 781-3009

http://www.festivalmozaic.com

 

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 – 4pm

 

Emerging Artists Concert: The Delphi Trio

 

This up-and-coming piano trio, recent graduates of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, have been taking the Bay Area by storm. Their program will include works by Haydn, Grieg, Dvorak (Op. 65) and Jalbert (1998).

 

Musical Conversations will begin at 3:15pm.

 

Noe Valley Chamber Music

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco

$18 - $25

Information: (415) 648-5236

http://www.nvcm.org

 

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 – 4pm

 

Sundays @ Four: David Requiro and Roy Bogas

 

Crowden Music Center presents Sundays @ Four: David Requiro and Roy Bogas.

 

Raised locally in Oakland, fêted internationally, cellist David Requiro is a Crowden School alumnus and winner of some of the classical world’s most prestigious awards. He will be joined by renowned pianist Roy Bogas in a lively evening of cello masterworks. The program is a study of different obsessions of 19th and 20th century composition: the chorales of J. S. Bach in Felix Mendelssohn’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58; traditional folksongs in Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze’s Five Pieces on Folk Themes; and innovations of sonata form in Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A Major.

 

Please join us for a free "Meet-the-Artists" reception following the concert.

 

Crowden Music Center

Berkeley

$18; $15 seniors/students over 18; free for kids 18 & under.

Information: (510) 559-6910

http://www.crowden.org

 

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 – 5pm

 

Mill Valley Chamber Music Society:

Prazak Quartet

 

The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society continues its 34th season with Prazak Quartet performing Sunday, Nov. 4,2012. The members of the quartet are Pavel Hula, Vlastomil Holek, violins; Josef Kluson, viola; and Michal Kanka, cello.

 

The Prazak Quartet musical program will feature Haydn: Qt. op. 71, #1; Smetana: Qt. #1, e minor "From my Life", Dvorak: Qt. op. 106 in G major

 

The Prazak Quartet—one of today´s leading international chamber music ensemble was established in 1972 while its members were students at the Prague Conservatory. Since then, the quartet has gained attention for its place in the unique Czech quartet tradition and its musical virtuosity.

 

Mill Valley Chamber Music Society

Mt. Tamalpais Church, Mill Valley

$15 - $30

Information: (415) 381-4453

http://www.chambermusicmillvalley.org

 

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 – 4:30pm

 

The Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society presents

 

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet

 

Wayne Wallace – trombone,  Murray Low – piano,  David Belove – bass,  Michael Spiro – percussion,  Colin Douglas - drums

 

Trombonist Wayne Wallace and his Latin Jazz Quintet have released three albums to date (including the Grammy nominated Bien Bien) representing the gamut of Latin music, from Latin jazz to cha cha cha, cu-bop, samba, bolero, and bomba. Performing original compositions and Jazz and Latin standards from composers such as Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Tito Puente, Moises Simon, and Juan Tizol, the quintet is a world wide musical trip to be enjoyed by all. Wallace was voted 2011 Latin Jazz Trombonist Of The Year by the Latin Jazz Corner Best Of The Year Awards!

 

Douglas Beach House

307 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay

$35

http://www.bachddsoc.org

 

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Monday, November 5, 2012 – 7pm

 

Jazz Behind the Scenes - Chris Robinson / A Pat Metheny Tribute

 

Watch, Ask, Listen, Learn! ...Each month, the CSU East Bay Jazz Studies Program will host an evening of jazz performance and interaction where the audience is invited to explore the unique processes, interpretations, and inspiration behind the scenes of jazz with guest artists from the Bay Area jazz scene. November's artist is jazz guitarist Chris Robinson presenting a Pat Metheny Tribute.

 

Cal State University East Bay (Hayward) Dept. of Music

CSUEB Music Building, Room 1039

Hayward

FREE

Information: (510) 885-3167

http://music.csueastbay.edu/jazzbts.php

 

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Monday, November 5, 2012 – 8pm

 

Prazak Quartet

 

Haydn’s Op.71 Quartets are charming, masterful examples of the string quartet form he invented. • Pictorial composer Smetana intended in his 1876 quartet “to paint a tone picture of (the major events of) my life” -youthful ardors, fervent nationalism, and catastrophic deafness. • In Dvorak’s 1895 quartet, written upon returning from America, he reverted to a more Classical outlook and Czech flavor.

 

The Prague-based Prazak Quartet’s March 2011 debut here was a hit! We booked their only Fall 2012 tour opening - the Monday before Election Day - so their sublime music-making could mark the end of the 2012 political campaign!.

 

“The kind of virtuosity that does not call attention to itself, but leaves a listener feeling secure that the music is in capable hands...” - The N.Y. Times

 

Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm by: To be announced

 

Free parking in City garage across from Trianon concert hall

 

San Jose Chamber Music Society

Le Petit Trianon, San Jose

$27 - $42

Information: (408) 286-5111

http://www.sjchambermusic.org

 

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – 12:30pm

 

Eliane Lust, piano

 

Tangos Americano for Election Day!

 

Old Saint Mary's Cathedral

660 California Street

San Francisco

Donation: $5

http://www.NoontimeConcerts.org

 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012 – 6pm

 

A Concert with Conversation with Quatuor Ebene

 

Quator Ebene or The Ebene Quartet is perhaps the most creative ensemble on the international chamber music scene today. Their tendency to delve into the “other side” of music inspires them as they untangle and give new life to classical works. They have been heard throughout the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, Canada and the U.S., including Wigmore Hall London, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Berliner Philharmonie and New York’s Carnegie Hall. The quartet’s Debussy, Ravel and Faure recording on the Virgin Classics label was awarded several prizes, including “Recording of the Year” by Gramophone. A Jazz and World Music album, entitled “Fiction,” was released in Fall 2010 and The Ebenes nearly hit the top of the charts! More info at: www.quatuorebene.com. CMC thanks San Francisco Performances for bringing these world-class artists to our stage for a free community concert.

 

Community Music Center

San Francisco

FREE

Information: (415) 647-6015

http://www.sfcmc.org

 

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Thursday, November 8, 2012 – 7:30pm

 

The Future of Jazz is Now!

 

FACULTY JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Doug Leibinger, director

Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Weill Hall

The SSU faculty jazz ensemble is an assembly of some of the finest musicians in the bay area, including Kasey Knudsen, saxophone; Dave Scott, trumpet; Randy Vincent, guitar; Ken Cook, piano; George Marsh, drums; Cliff Hugo, bass; and Director of Jazz Studies, Doug Leibinger, trombone. The group uses improvisational games to bring a new level of thrilling spontaneity to their music. The future of jazz is now!

$15 general; $12 SSU faculty, alumni and staff; $10 seniors & students; SSU students Free w/ID

 

Sonoma State University

Green Music Center, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park

$10-$15

Information: SSU Box Office (707) 664-2353

http://www.sonoma.edu/performingarts

 

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Thursday, November 8, 2012 – 8pm

 

Quatuor Ebène with Richard Héry, drums

 

This charming and edgy ensemble from Paris began performing Haydn and Debussy before quickly adding its own arrangements of music from the film Pulp Fiction into their quirky and hip repertoire. Last season the Ebène made its memorable SF Performances debut on the Chamber Music series—this year its alter ego, “the Other Ebène”, joins the jazz lineup.

 

San Francisco Performances

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

$25-55

Information: (415) 392-2545

http://www.performances.org

 

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Friday, November 9, 2012 – 12pm

 

Noon Concert: Violin, Clarinet, Piano

 

UC Berkeley Music Department

Hertz Hall, Berkeley

FREE

Information: (510) 642-4864

http://music.berkeley.edu

 

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Friday, November 9, 2012 – 7pm

 

Copland Violin Sonata plus some Gypsy Music

 

Violinist Petr Masek and pianist Ian Scarfe play the Copland Violin Sonata (1944), plus Gypsy music for the violin — Dvorak’s Sonatina, Vittorio Monti’s Czàrdàs and Fritz Kreisler’s La gitana.

 

Copland’s 1944 Violin Sonata, with touches of Appalachian pastoral, sounds of war (his friend was killed), and hints of the hermetic, radical Copland never too far away. And “gypsy" violin music by Kreisler, Monti, and Dvorak. Here’s the link to Copland: Dvorak's late chamber music, including the violin Sonatina, were written during his extensive stay in the US when he was experimenting with at "American" sound. Monti's "Czardas" is, like Copland's "Hoe-Down," a virtuosic folk-fiddle piece.

 

Violinist Petr Masek was a winner in the National Violin Competition of the Czech Republic, and performed as a soloist with the Prague Chamber Symphony Orchestra and the Pilsen Symphony Orchestra. In the U.S. he has performed with the New World Symphony in Miami, with the Fresno, Stockton, Monterey symphony orchestras, and with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. Pianist Ian Scarfe is on the staff at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is the founder of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival and performs extensively as a collaborative artist in the Bay Area.

 

405 Shrader

San Francisco

FREE

Information: 405Shrader@gmail.com

http://www.405shrader.com

 

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Friday, November 9, 2012 – 7:30pm

 

Classically Untraditional

 

Pianist Rudolf Budginas brings a great deal of enjoyment and fun to the stage and to his audiences as he brilliantly expands the borders of classical music. With amazing flair and sensibility he beautifully translates music that is hundreds of years old and makes it meaningful to modern audiences.

 

The LIthuanian born Budginas has dazzled audiences from Denmark to Japan and countless places in between. His stops compare to that of a tourist's highlight list. Performances in Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Budapest, Salzburg, Cologne, Copenhagen, Tokyo and Moscow are just a few of the stops along the way.

 

Mr. Budginas has crafted a program that is sure to please. Just a sample of his stunning program include Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata", Chopin's " Revolutionary Etude", Brubeck's "Take 5", Liszt" "Hungarian Rhapsody", Gershwin's " Rhapsody In Blue" and "Black Swan" by Tchaikovsky.

 

Santa Rosa Jr. College Chamber Concert Series

Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa

$15 - $25

Information: (415) 392-4400

http://www.santarosa.edu/communityeducation/chamberconcerts

 

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Friday, November 9, 2012 – 8pm

 

Jerry Kuderna: Berkeley, The Bay Area, and Beyond

 

Jerry Kuderna received his initial training in piano and conducting in Denver with Antonia Brico. While studying the music of Webern and Schoenberg with Rudolf Kolisch he performed works by the 2nd Viennese school with soprano Bethany Beardslee. He has premiered works by American composers including Milton Babbitt, Richard Swift, Alden Jenks, Robert Helps, Richard Swift, and Herb Bielawa, whose concerto Discorso he performed with Sounds New in 2005. In January 2006 he gave the West Coast Premiere of Elliott Carter’s Piano Concerto with the Berkeley Symphony under the baton of George Thomson. His program for Old First Concerts includes the US Premiere of Allan Crossman's Sonata fLux, along with works by Roger Sessions, Robert Helps, Martin Boykan, Ross Bauer, Richard Swift, Laurie San Martin, and Herb Bielawa.

 

Old First Church

1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Information: (415) 474-1608

$17; $14 students & seniors

http://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

 

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Friday, November 9, 2012 – 8pm

 

Black Cedar on the Second Friday Concert Series in Kensington

 

With Steve Lin on guitar, and Kris Palmer on flutes and recorders, Black Cedar uses this versatile mix to explore and create repertoire ranging from Renaissance love songs, to Appalachian folk songs, to recent compositions from Asia and our own local composers. “They perform beautifully together: perfect synchronization of subtle rhythms and phrases,” writes the South Bay Guitar Society.

 

The duo presents three English lute songs by the Elizabethan Renaissance master, John Dowland. Flow My Tears, If My Complaints, and Come Away, Come Sweet Love are some of the finest examples of Dowland’s sensitive and melancholy love songs. Black Cedar performs them on recorder and guitar at this concert.

 

The duo’s rendition of Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, one of the most beautiful sonatas of the early Romantic period, is also on the program. Originally written for piano and arpeggione (a rare, six-stringed musical instrument that was fretted and tuned like a guitar but bowed like a cello), Dr. Palmer and Mr. Lin perform the work on African wood flute and guitar.

 

Also on the program, Toru Takemitsu's meditative Toward The Sea for alto flute and guitar. Written in homage to Hermann Melville's novel, Moby Dick, Takemitsu emphasizes the spiritual dimension of the book, stating, "meditation and water are wedded together…The music is a homage to the sea which creates all things and a sketch for the sea of tonality.” This work was commissioned in 1981 by Greenpeace to support their Save the Whales campaign.

 

The concert concludes with the Appalachian folk song tradition and the Negro-American experience from excerpts of Robert Beaser's Grammy-nominated 1986 collection, Mountain Songs: lyric ballads from the southern mountains of Appalachia, and Negro-American spirituals from the Deep South.

 

Black Cedar

Arlington Community Church, Kensington

$18 - $35

Information: (510) 868-0695

 

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Saturday, November 10, 2012 – 7:30pm

 

J.C. Smith Band

 

J.C. Smith Band with Special Guests presents

A Musical Tribute to Blues Masters

Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith,

Etta James, and Honeyboy Edwards, with

Special Piano Tribute to Pinetop Perkins

 

Montalvo Arts Center (Previously Villa Montalvo)

Saratoga

$37 - $42

Information: (408) 961-5858

http://www.montalvoarts.org

 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 – 7:30pm

 

Noertker's Moxie

 

(CD release for Little Bluedevil: Blue Rider Suite, vol. 2)

 

Annelise Zamula - tenor sax, flute

John Vaughn - baritone sax, flute

Bill Noertker - contrabass

Dax Compise - drums

 

music inspired by the Blue Rider artists (Paul Klee, Vassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc)

 

Outsound presents the SIMM Series

Musicians' Union Hall

116 Ninth Street (near Mission) San Francisco CA 94103

$10 general • $8 students & seniors

http://www.noertker.com

http://www.outsound.org

 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 – 4:30pm

 

The Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society presents

 

Dori Caymmi - "Poesia Musicada" CD Release

esteemed Brazilian jazz/world music artist "Poesia Musicada" CD Release

 

Dori Caymmi - guitar/vocals, Bill Cantos - piano & keyboard, Mike Shapiro

– drums,

Jerry Watts – bass

 

Rooted in Bossa Nova with a sound all his own, Dori Caymmi is a

world-class, Grammy-winning jazz musician.  Following in the footsteps of

his iconic father, Dorival Caymmi, his music is a fusion of jazz, pop, and

Brazilian strokes that merge into a soothing sound that echo the history

of his family.  After numerous releases and multiple awards, including the

Comenda Tiradentes (the highest honor granted by the Legislature of the

Brazilian state of Minas Gerais), Dori continues to write, arrange, and

play music in his inimitable way, recently releasing Poesia Musicada, a

tender memoir to his late father’s memory -- flowing, acoustic

guitar-based songs: a calling card back to an intimate place and time in

Dori’s artistry.  www.doricaymmi.com/ingles/cd18.php

 

THE DOUGLAS BEACH HOUSE

307-311 Mirada Road, Miramar Beach, Half Moon Bay

Information: (650) 726-2020

http://www.bachddsoc.org

 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 – 7pm

 

Music at Kohl:

Ying Quartet

 

The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today's world. Active in touring, commissioning and recording, the Ying enjoys a busy teaching schedule as quartet- in-residence at the Eastman School of Music. New first violinist Ayano Ninomiya joined the Quartet in 2010.

 

Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with Kai Christiansen; Complimentary Meet the Artists reception following concert.

 

Kohl Mansion

Burlingame

Adult: $45; Senior: $42; Gen Y&Z (30 & under): $15

Information: (650) 762-1130

http://www.musicatkohl.org

 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 – 7pm

 

The Chucho Valdés Quintet

 

Sonoma State University

Green Music Center, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park

$70 - $20

http://www.sonoma.edu/performingarts

 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 – 7pm

 

Fortnightly Music Club

 

Enjoy an evening of solo violin music by Ysaye, vocal music by Brahms and Wolf, and piano pieces by Chopin! Performers will include violinist Norine Chang, soprano Peggy Spool, pianist Stephen Boniface, and pianist Mizue Hishinuma. Refreshments will be served following the program. Free parking is available in adjacent lots and nearby streets.

 

Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom

Palo Alto

FREE

Information: (408) 475-8942

http://www.fortnightlymusicclub.org

 

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Monday, November 12, 2012 – 8pm

 

Triple Forte Piano Trio

 

This dynamic piano trio brings together three of Canada’s most renowned young soloists: violinist Jasper Wood, cellist Yegor Dyachakov, and pianist David Jalbert. Individually, all three have performed throughout North America and internationally, have been winners of prestigious awards and have made numerous recordings. DVFA audiences likely remember David Jalbert’s outstanding performances for us in 2003 and 2007 (the latter in duet with cellist Denise Djokic). Long-time close friends with shared musical sensibilities, together the trio has been capturing attention for the passion, intelligence and sensitivity of their performances. “…the musicians are very hip and very young. The performance was spellbinding… their energy could barely be contained.” [The Welland Tribune]

 

Del Valle Fine Arts

Bankhead Theater, Livermore

$35-$29-$23 high school free

Information: (925) 373-6800

http://www.delvallefinearts.org/2012-13/DVFA12-13.html

 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 – 12:30pm

 

Robert Howard, cello

 

J. S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV. 1007, more!

 

Old Saint Mary's Cathedral

660 California Street

San Francisco

Donation: $5

http://www.NoontimeConcerts.org

 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 – 8pm

 

BERKELEY CHAMBER PERFORMANCES PRESENTS THE NEEMAN-GRABER DUO

 

Berkeley Chamber Performances (BCP) continues its 20th season of intimate chamber concerts with the dazzling NEEMAN-GRABER DUO on Tuesday, November 13, at 8 p.m. at the Berkeley City Club. The concert , featuring violin-piano partners Joe Neeman and Miles Graber, includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky and others. Audience members are invited to attend a complementary wine and cheese reception following the concert with an opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians.

The program opens with Mozart’s Sonata in B flat major, K 454, to be followed by Beethoven’s Sonata in C minor, Op 30, Nov. 2. After intermission, the Neeman and Graber will perform . Duo Concertante, by Igor Stranvinsky, and Fratres, by Estonian composer Avo Part. A short piece with versions for various instrumental combinations, Fratres, according to Part, merges melody and the accompaniment as one. The program concludes with Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski‘s Subito. The last complete piece that he wrote before his death in 1992, Lutoslawski compsed the piece of Anne Sofie Mutter.

 

Pianist Miles Graber, among the most widely sought accompanists in Northern California, is associationed with Midsummer Mozart, The Oakland-East Bay Symphony, and the Berkeley Symphony, among other ensembles. A faculty member at the Crowden School and the San Dominico Conservatory, Graber is also a chamber music coach at the Preparatory Division of the San Franscioso Conservatory of Music.

 

Violinist Joe Neeman, a PhD. student in the UC Berkeley Department of Statistics, received his Bachelors’s degree in Austrailia where he was a finalist in the National Youth Concerto Competition. He has twice been a soloist with the UC Symphony orchestra , performing works by Britten and by Milhaud. Known for his astonishing violinist mastery and musical ease, Neeman has also perfomed in the Hertz Hall Noon Concerts to multiple curtain calls.

 

Berkeley Chamber Performances

Berkeley City Club, Berkeley

$12.50 - $25. Students via high school, FREE

Information: (510) 525-5211

http://www.berkeleychamberperform.org

 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 – 8pm

 

Pavel Haas Quartet

 

Over the last decade, the Pavel Haas Quartet has become one of the most avidly-watched chamber ensembles in the world. The Quartet's 2011 SF Performances debut caused a flood of positive audience feedback; "I thought this was the most exciting concert I've attended this year!"

 

San Francisco Performances

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

$25-62

Information: (415) 392-2545

http://www.performances.org

 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 – 8pm

 

Composers, Inc. presents Brass de Deux

 

Be embraced by the San Francisco Opera brass section, and a variety of outstanding works for small ensembles. The program will include the World Premieres of Frank La Rocca’s Exaudi and a new work by Jeffrey Miller, as well as the 2012 Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Award winning composition You’ve Been Talking in Your Sleep by David Biedenbender. Composers, Inc. was formed in 1984 to present the music of living American composers, and seeks to increase public awareness of contemporary American music.

 

Old First Church

1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Information: (415) 474-1608

$17; $14 students & seniors

http://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – 12pm

 

Noon Concert: Berkeley Brass Quintet

 

UC Berkeley Music Department

Hertz Hall, Berkeley

FREE

Information: (510) 642-4864

http://music.berkeley.edu

 

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 – 8pm

 

Chamber Music Masters | Menahem Pressler, piano

 

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco

$20/$15

Information: (415) 503-6275

http://www.sfcm.edu

 

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Friday, November 16, 2012 – 6pm

 

Telemann’s Paris Quartets and other delicacies from 1737

 

Barefoot Chamber Concerts continues its mission to help you start the weekend right. The series (“an enterprise noted for both its quality and informality” – San Francisco Classical Voice) presents really good music in the right acoustic and without the formality of most classical music events. Our concerts start at 6 on Fridays and last no more than 75 minutes. Kids are very welcome if quiet, and admission under 18 is free. Light refreshments are available before, during, and after the concert. There will be ample time to move on to other evening entertainments.

 

For the second concert of Barefoot’s regular season we are delighted to be able to present a program based on Telemann’s celebrated Paris Quartets. In 1737 Telemann travelled to Paris and stayed for a year, bringing a set of 6 quartets with him, which were both published, and played in public, to great critical acclaim. The original players were the finest musicians available at the court: Blavet, Guignon, J-B Forqueray, and Eduardo.

 

Today’s players are the modern equivalent. Flutist Janet See, violinist Carla Moore, violist Peter Hallifax, and harpsichordist Katherine Heater, all well known to Bay Area audiences will play 2 of these justly celebrated suites, together with other pieces by Boismortier and Marais that date from that supremely elegant epoch in Parisian history.

 

In Baroque chamber music, the trio sonata and the solo sonata with continuo had already emerged as the dominant small ensemble forms. Telemann, ever an independent spirit, wrote his share of these staples, but he is unique in that he wrote at least 24 very substantial quartets as well. Not only is the form unusual, the style also is unique. Telemann succeeded in incorporating an entirely French sensibility into his own eclectic compositional language.

 

The program will be approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. The usual light refreshments will be available.

 

Barefoot Chamber Concerts

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Berkeley

$13 - $15

Information: (510) 220-1195

http://www.barefootchamberconcerts.com

 

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Friday, November 16, 2012 – 7pm

 

"Tales from the Silent Lands"

 

The program will feature works by John Cage and his friend Morton Feldman—composers were prominent figures in music development of the later 1900's. Both experimented with music in terms of length, instrumentation, electronics, and improvisation.

 

Also featured will be two recently composed works by Ken Ueno (Composer and Professor of Music at UC Berkeley) and Lei Liang (Composer and Professor of Music at UC San Diego, and who composer-in-residence for the "Migration" festival early 2013 at the Mondavi Center). All three (Röder, Ueno, and Liang) were all greatly influenced and inspired by Cage's works.

 

UC Davis Music Department

Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

UC Davis, Jackson Hall

Davis

$8 Students & Children, $20 Adults | Classical Cabaret Seating

Information: (530) 754-2787

http://music.ucdavis.edu

 

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Friday, November 16, 2012 – 8pm

 

Vladimir in Butterfly Country

 

Vladimir Nabokov was a respected and dedicated naturalist, who studied blues, a group of species of small iridescent blue butterflies that exists worldwide. The program opens with a selection of readings from Nabokov’s writings about butterflies. The second half of the program is the one-act opera, Vladimir in Butterfly Country, with score by Ann Callaway and libretto by Jaime Robles. Written for bass Richard Mix and soprano Erina Newkirk, the opera opens with Vladimir searching for the perfect specimen for his collection of blue butterflies. When he finds the butterfly, newly released from her chrysalis, he poignantly explains to her his desire to preserve her beauty. She however wants to be free—to fly and to live. The ensemble, comprised of some of the Bay Area’s finest chamber musicians, was assembled for this production and the opera’s World Premiere.

 

Old First Church

1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Information: (415) 474-1608

$17; $14 students & seniors

http://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

 

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Friday, November 16, 2012 – 8pm

 

Les Sirènes

 

Virtuosi Italiani: The florid style of Monteverdi and Handel

 

Early Music America’s Baroque Performance Competition finalist, Les Sirènes make their west coast debut performing florid and passionate symphonies for the voice. Arias and duets by two of the greatest composers of the flamboyant baroque style, from the beginning and the end of the tradition, including Handel's "no, di voi non vo fidarmi" and selections from Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea.

 

San Francisco Early Music Society

First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto

$28 - $35

Information: (510) 528-1725

http://www.sfems.org

 

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Friday, November 16, 2012 – 8pm

 

Alex Conde

 

“Flamenco pianist Alex Conde’s music has an endless virtuosism, dedication, and passion,” says iconic Latin jazz artist, Ruben Blades. Conde graduated in Classical music from the Jose Iturbi Conservatory of Music in Valencia and Piano Jazz by el Liceu de Barcelona. He moved to Boston in 2007 with a scholarship to attend the Berklee School of Music and studied with top jazz artisis such as Danilo Perez, Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider, Joe Lovano, Dave Santoro, and many others. Alex Conde has performed all over the United states and Canada in numerous flamenco festivals, collaborating with artists such as Nino de los Reyes, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Kina Mendez, Coral de los Reyes, Jose Valle”Chuscales”, Jesule de Utrera. He has also been featured at Yoshi’s, the SF Jazz Hotplate, and the Cowell Theater in San Francisco.

 

Concerts at the Collins

Sister Caroline Collins, DC, Theater

San Francisco

$10/$20

Information: (415) 775-6626 x750

 

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Friday, November 16, 2012

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Solemn Vespers (Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339)

Gabriel Faure: Requiem, Op. 48

 

Two of the most treasure sacred works in the choral/orchestral literature will combine for an inspiring program in the glorious splendor of Stanford University’s Memorial Church.

 

Holiday Concert

Stanford Memorial Church

450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 500, Stanford University, Palo Alto

$20 General Admission

Information: (650)941-5291; info@peninsulasymphony.org

http://peninsulasymphony.org

 

***

 

Saturday, November 17, 2012 – 7pm

 

New Music from the British Isles

 

Empyrean Ensemble: New Music from the British Isles

Mika Pelo and Kurt Rohde, directors |Matilda Hofman, conductor

Elspeth Brooke: Lullaby for Cello and Electronics

Naomi Pinnock: String Quartet

Jonathan Harvey: The Riot for Flute, Cello, and Piano

Stuart MacRae: Equilibrium for Solo Viola, Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Violin, and Cello

Robert Saxton: Sentinel of the Rainbow for Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Violin, and Cello

 

UC Davis Music Department

Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

UC Davis, Jackson Hall

$8 Students & Children, $20 Adults | Classical Cabaret Seating

Information: (530) 754-2787

http://music.ucdavis.edu

 

***

 

Saturday, November 17, 2012 – 7:30pm

 

Les Sirènes

 

Virtuosi Italiani: The florid style of Monteverdi and Handel

 

Early Music America’s Baroque Performance Competition finalist, Les Sirènes make their west coast debut performing florid and passionate symphonies for the voice. Arias and duets by two of the greatest composers of the flamboyant baroque style, from the beginning and the end of the tradition, including Handel's "no, di voi non vo fidarmi" and selections from Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea.

 

San Francisco Early Music Society

St. John's Presbyterian Church, Berkeley

$28 - $35

Information: (510) 528.1725

http://www.sfems.org

 

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 – 8pm

 

Brasil Guitar Duo

 

After a resounding success here in 2010, the Brasil Guitar Duo returns to San Francisco. "Moving with versatility through the classical and popular universes, they show maturity, talent, and perfect technique...unmatched in their execution of intricate Brazilian rhythms." –Brazilian guitarist and composer, Paolo Bellinati

 

Brasil Guitar Duo, a 2006 winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for its "maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity," is equally at home on a classical or a world-music series. Its innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works, resulting in a full global touring schedule and a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. The Duo has appeared internationally on major concert series and at festivals in Germany, England, South Korea, Colombia, Brazil, Austria, Panama, Poland, and Bermuda. Engagements in the U.S. have included recitals in such major cities as New York, Santa Barbara, Miami, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, St. Louis and Tucson, as well as in Chautauqua and Cooperstown, N.Y.; Stowe, Vt.; and Lancaster, Ohio.

 

Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts

Green Room of the War Memorial Building, San Francisco

Information: (415) 242-4500

http://www.omniconcerts.com

 

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 – 8pm

 

Music and Art. The Art and Artistry of Millicent Tomkins

 

A celebration of Music and Art featuring the work of renowned Marin County artist Millicent Tomkins. FREE Admission.

 

Katherine Heater, Corey Jamason, Gilbert Martinez, Katherine Roberts Perl, Hanneke van Proosdij, harpsichords and Tanya Tomkins, baroque cello.

 

Harpsichords by Kevin Fryer and Joop Klinkhamer.

 

FREE Admission and reception to follow the concert.

 

Please invite your friends and family to come to this special evening.

 

Voices of Music

St. Mark's Lutheran Church

San Francisco

FREE

Information: (415) 260-4687

http://www.voicesofmusic.org

 

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 – 8pm

 

Palo Alto Philharmonic Chamber Music Concert

 

String quartets, trios, duets and quintets - brass and wind ensembles

– it’s always different! Varied and sometimes unusual combinations

of small groups performing old favorites and pieces you may not

have heard before.

 

Our chamber music concerts present orchestra musicians and

their friends performing in an intimate setting. Please join us for

these delightful concerts!

 

Palo Alto Philharmonic

First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, Palo Alto

$ 20/17/10

http://www.paphil.org

 

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 – 8pm

 

Temescal Quartet with Tom Rose

 

Each performance by the Temescal Quartet reflects a shared love of chamber music and a commitment to building and nurturing an ensemble voice. Formed in 2004 by musicians who also play in the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet Orchestras, the Temescal String Quartet, joined by clarinetist Tom Rose, will present two of Brahms' masterpieces: his second string quartet, op. 51, no. 2, and the autumnal Clarinet Quintet, op. 115.

 

Trinity Chamber Concerts

Trinity Chapel, Berkeley

$15, $10

Information: (510) 549-3864

http://www.trinitychamberconcerts.com

 

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 – 8pm

 

BluePrint | Danzas Breves

 

Pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m.

 

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco

$20/$15

Information: (415) 503-6275

http://www.sfcm.edu

 

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Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 12pm

 

Chamber Music Day. Live + Free 2012: Big Sounds on a Small Scale

 

WHAT IS CHAMBER MUSIC DAY . LIVE + FREE ?

 

Chamber Music Day 2012 will take place on Sunday, November 18th at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - from noon to early-evening. Throughout the day there will be performances on the two main stages: twenty-four professional small ensembles playing music ranging from classical to the latest avant-garde music, from early baroque to living composers, from jazz and improvisation to crossover music that bridges genres and cultures. The Screening Room will present nine film makers, whose collaboration with nine composers and live ensemble performances offer a feast for both the ears and eyes. In the Young Artist At Work Lounge, 6 youth ensembles will present "Next Generation." In addition, local chamber music presenting organizations are invited to publicize their upcoming 2012-2013 seasons and visitors can learn about the extraordinary range of small ensemble concerts in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Admission to Chamber Music Day is free to the public.

 

Chamber Music Day offers musicians, local chamber music presenting organizations and audiences an unusual opportunity to gather at one venue in a casual atmosphere. Programs are presented in half-hour segments and are organized so that audience members are encouraged to move from venue to venue within the museum, enjoying a variety of musical styles and enhancing their overall experience by discovering unfamiliar repertoire, genres or ensembles.

 

At FORUM, the following 12 chamber music groups will be performing:

 

Aleron Trio

Agave Baroque

Clerestery

Ensemble Mirable

Francis Wong Unit

Knudsen - Arkin - Coleman Trio

LaNote

The Living Earth Show

MUSA

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

Vocallective

WiENER KiDS

 

San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

FREE

www.ybca.org

 

***

 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Solemn Vespers (Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339)

Gabriel Faure: Requiem, Op. 48

 

Two of the most treasure sacred works in the choral/orchestral literature will combine for an inspiring program in the glorious splendor of Stanford University’s Memorial Church.

 

Holiday Concert

Stanford Memorial Church

450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 500, Stanford University, Palo Alto

$20 General Admission

Information: (650)941-5291; info@peninsulasymphony.org

http://peninsulasymphony.org

 

***

 

Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 4:30

 

The Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society presents

 

George Brooks and Summit

 

twenty-first century global music, grounded in jazz, focused on groove and informed by the rhythmic and melodic traditions of five continents

George Brooks – saxophone (USA); Kai Eckhardt –bass (Liberia/Germany);  Osam Ezzeldin - keyboards (Egypt/USA); Celso Alberti - drums (Brazil); Mahesh Kale - guest vocalist (India)

 

From the US, BROOKS has performed with John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Larry Coryell, Etta James, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Kronos Quartet.  KAI ECKHARDT is a Liberian/ German bassist and composer best known for his pioneering work with the John Mclaughlin Trio in the 80's. North African-born keyboardist OSAM EZZELDIN received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music after his first U.S. appearance. He has played with Zakir Hussain and Steely Dan bass legend Chuck Rainey.  Drummer CELSO ALBERTI, born in Southern Brazil  has toured the globe and performed with Steve Winwood, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Herbie Mann.  MAHESH KALE is an accomplished vocalist is firmly positioned on the national and international radar of the North Indian Classical Music community.

 

The Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Douglas Beach House

307 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay

$35

www.bachddsoc.org

 

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Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 12pm

 

Chamber Music Day. Live + Free 2012: Mission Eye & Ear [SCREENING ROOM]

 

WHAT IS CHAMBER MUSIC DAY . LIVE + FREE ?

 

Chamber Music Day 2012 will take place on Sunday, November 18th at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - from noon to early-evening. Throughout the day there will be performances on the two main stages: twenty-four professional small ensembles playing music ranging from classical to the latest avant-garde music, from early baroque to living composers, from jazz and improvisation to crossover music that bridges genres and cultures. The Screening Room will present nine film makers, whose collaboration with nine composers and live ensemble performances offer a feast for both the ears and eyes. In the Young Artist At Work Lounge, 6 youth ensembles will present "Next Generation." In addition, local chamber music presenting organizations are invited to publicize their upcoming 2012-2013 seasons and visitors can learn about the extraordinary range of small ensemble concerts in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Admission to Chamber Music Day is free to the public.

 

Mission Eye & Ear

 

Mission Eye & Ear is a "live cinema" series organized by San Francisco

bassist Lisa Mezzacappa in collaboration with the beloved Mission

District film space, Artists' Television Access (ATA). Bay Area and

West Coast experimental filmmakers are paired with local jazz and

experimental music composers to create new short film/video and music

works, performed live by Bay Area ensembles. The films span pop

culture and Hollywood mashups, collage animation, noir thriller and

abstract, immersive textures using found-footage. The music ranges

from noise, to avant-pop, free jazz, pseudo country and delicate

chamber sounds.

 

Filmmaker-Composer collaborations presented

at Chamber Music Day 2012:

 

Konrad Steiner and Matt Ingalls

Phillip Greenlief and Mike Kuchar

Linda Scobie and Aaron Novik

Kathleen Quillian and Ava Mendoza

Carl Diehl and Randy McKean

Nara Denning and Kasey Knudsen/John Arkin

Sylvia Schedelbauer and Lisa Mezzacappa/Noah Phillips

Paul Clipson and Darren Johnston

Bill Basquin and Cory Wright

 

San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

FREE

http://www.sffcm.org

 

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Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 7pm

 

Takács Quartet with Marc-André Hamelin, piano

 

The celebrated Takács Quartet returns after opening the 2012-13 Chamber Music series to be joined by an SF Performances favorite, pianist Marc-André Hamelin. The brilliantly precise and committed ensemble playing of the Takács is beautifully matched by Hamelin’s masterful technique and sophisticated style.

 

San Francisco Performances

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

$38-68

Information: (415) 392-2545

http://www.performances.org

 

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Monday, November 19, 2012 – 8pm

 

Faculty Artist Series | Paul Hersh, piano & viola

 

Chamber music of Brahms

 

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Sol Joseph Recital Hall, San Francisco

$20/$15

Information: (415) 503-6275

http://www.sfcm.edu

 

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012 – 12pm

 

Violin Sonatas of the French Impressionism

 

Salle Pianos and Events invites you to join the Eusebius Duo and friends for a Sunday brunch and concert featuring the Ravel and Debussy Violin Sonatas.

 

12pm French Wine Tasting

1pm Performance by the Eusebius Duo and friends

French Vietnamese buffet, La boulange desserts, and more wine following the concert.

 

Eusebius Duo

Salle Pianos & Events, San Francisco

$25-$30

Information: (415) 240-2181

http://www.eusebiusduo.org

 

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012 – 12:30pm

 

EUSEBIUS DUO

Monika Gruber, violin / Hillary Nordwell, piano with guest artist Alex Rosenfeld, French horn

 

Johannes Brahms: Trio in E-flat for Piano, Violin and French horn

Martha Stoddard: Outbursts (An Homage to Johannes Brahms)

 

Old Saint Mary's Cathedral

660 California Street

San Francisco

Donation: $5

http://www.NoontimeConcerts.org

 

***

 

Friday, November 23, 2012 – 7:30pm

 

Canadian Brass

 

Five tremendous brass musicians — each a virtuoso in his own right — form the legendary Canadian Brass. With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.”

 

Friends Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts first came together in 1970 to form a brass quintet — a chamber music setting not entirely new, but never before having garnered the success and storied career Canadian Brass would achieve over the next 40 years. Initially, Gene took on the role of developing new repertoire while Chuck was the moving force in marketing, publishing and managing the group. Three empty chairs were quickly filled and together, the group’s imagination and consummate musicianship elevated the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. Here was not only an opportunity to explore the possibilities of an all-brass chamber group but a challenge to bring the sound and the excitement of brass music to new audiences.

 

The varied Canadian Brass repertoire features brass standards as well as a wide-ranging library of original arrangements created especially for them. These include the works of Renaissance and Baroque masters, Classical works, marches, holiday favorites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway and Christian music as well as popular songs and standards. Having started with a very limited base, Canadian Brass has created their own musical world by transcribing, arranging and commissioning more than 200 works, including critically acclaimed compositions from Michael Kamen, Luther Henderson, Bramwell Tovey, Don Gillis and more. They have transformed a previously neglected group of instruments with a limited repertoire into a versatile and vital ensemble that can play everything from Gabrieli to Gershwin!

 

Yoshi's Jazz Club

Yoshi's Oakland, Oakland

$40

Information: (510) 238-9200

http://www.yoshis.com

 

***

 

Saturday, November 24, 2012 – 4pm

 

Haydn and His Students V

 

With Beethoven’s great Quartet in Bb, Op. 130, the New Esterházy Quartet continue their series of "Haydn & His Students" with two concerts on Thanksgiving weekend. As for a holiday meal, Beethoven has put extra leaves in the table; instead of the usual four movements we have six, encompassing song, dance, prayer, and frequent changes of subject. Most noteworthy is the Cavatina, a movement that Beethoven himself considered his best work. The New Esterházy Quartet—violinists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen—are internationally-known period-instrument specialists and often occupy the front seats of Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists.

 

New Esterházy Quartet

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco

$25 (discounts for seniors and students)

Information: (415) 520-0611

http://www.newesterhazy.org

 

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Saturday, November 24, 2012 – 7:30pm

 

Canadian Brass

 

Five tremendous brass musicians — each a virtuoso in his own right — form the legendary Canadian Brass. With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.”

 

Friends Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts first came together in 1970 to form a brass quintet — a chamber music setting not entirely new, but never before having garnered the success and storied career Canadian Brass would achieve over the next 40 years. Initially, Gene took on the role of developing new repertoire while Chuck was the moving force in marketing, publishing and managing the group. Three empty chairs were quickly filled and together, the group’s imagination and consummate musicianship elevated the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. Here was not only an opportunity to explore the possibilities of an all-brass chamber group but a challenge to bring the sound and the excitement of brass music to new audiences.

 

The varied Canadian Brass repertoire features brass standards as well as a wide-ranging library of original arrangements created especially for them. These include the works of Renaissance and Baroque masters, Classical works, marches, holiday favorites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway and Christian music as well as popular songs and standards. Having started with a very limited base, Canadian Brass has created their own musical world by transcribing, arranging and commissioning more than 200 works, including critically acclaimed compositions from Michael Kamen, Luther Henderson, Bramwell Tovey, Don Gillis and more. They have transformed a previously neglected group of instruments with a limited repertoire into a versatile and vital ensemble that can play everything from Gabrieli to Gershwin!

 

Yoshi's Jazz Club

Yoshi's Oakland, Oakland

$40

Information: (510) 238-9200

http://www.yoshis.com

 

***

 

Sunday, November 25, 2012 – 4pm

 

Haydn and His Students V

 

With Beethoven’s great Quartet in Bb, Op. 130, the New Esterházy Quartet continue their series of "Haydn & His Students" with two concerts on Thanksgiving weekend. As for a holiday meal, Beethoven has put extra leaves in the table; instead of the usual four movements we have six, encompassing song, dance, prayer, and frequent changes of subject. Most noteworthy is the Cavatina, a movement that Beethoven himself considered his best work. The New Esterházy Quartet—violinists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen—are internationally-known period-instrument specialists and often occupy the front seats of Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists.

 

New Esterházy Quartet

All Saints' Episcopal Church, Palo Alto

$25 (discounts for seniors and students)

Information: (415) 520-0611

http://www.newesterhazy.org

 

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Monday, November 26, 2012 – 8pm

 

Classical at the Freight: Squid, Inc.

 

What has eight arms and is totally awesome? Squid, Inc.—the Bay Area’s hottest string quartet. Violinists Hrabba Atladottir and Jory Fankuchen, violist Darcy Rindt, and cellist Beth Vandervennet give us their own versions of Björk to bossa nova with some classical too! Join us for this offbeat and upbeat concert.

 

Delve deeper into the works of classical’s masters, while keeping tabs on the latest developments in the genre, all in a casual setting. Complete with trivia and lurid backstories. Doors open one hour before concert time. Concerts are approximately one hour.

 

Classical at the Freight is the monthly chamber music series from the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. See our complete schedule at sfchamberorchestra.org/events/freight.

 

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

Freight and Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley

$4.25 - $10.50

Information: (510) 644-2020

http://www.sfchamberorchestra.org

 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012 – 12:30pm

 

Mariya Borozina, violin / Miles Graber, piano

 

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer Sonata”

 

Old Saint Mary's Cathedral

660 California Street

San Francisco

Donation: $5

http://www.NoontimeConcerts.org

 

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 – 6:30pm

 

Haydn and His Students V

 

With Beethoven’s great Quartet in Bb, Op. 130, the New Esterházy Quartet continue their series of "Haydn & His Students" with two concerts on Thanksgiving weekend. As for a holiday meal, Beethoven has put extra leaves in the table; instead of the usual four movements we have six, encompassing song, dance, prayer, and frequent changes of subject. Most noteworthy is the Cavatina, a movement that Beethoven himself considered his best work. The New Esterházy Quartet—violinists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen—are internationally-known period-instrument specialists and often occupy the front seats of Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists.

 

New Esterházy Quartet

Hillside Community Church, El Cerrito

$10

Information: (510) 220-1195

http://www.newesterhazy.org

 

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Friday, November 30, 2012 – 6pm

 

Haydn and His Students V

 

With Beethoven’s great Quartet in Bb, Op. 130, the New Esterházy Quartet continue their series of "Haydn & His Students" with two concerts on Thanksgiving weekend. As for a holiday meal, Beethoven has put extra leaves in the table; instead of the usual four movements we have six, encompassing song, dance, prayer, and frequent changes of subject. Most noteworthy is the Cavatina, a movement that Beethoven himself considered his best work. The New Esterházy Quartet—violinists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen—are internationally-known period-instrument specialists and often occupy the front seats of Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists.

 

New Esterházy Quartet

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Berkeley

$10

Information: (510) 220-1195

http://www.newesterhazy.org

 

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Friday, November 30, 2012 – 8pm

 

Lawrence Ferrara presents a Holiday Guitar Solo & Ensemble Concert

 

Come and hear Lawrence Ferrara, soloist and ensemble director for the annual San Francisco Holiday Guitar Concert presenting works that bring cheer and delight to the holiday season and new year. The program will feature well-known solo guitar works by Agustín Barrios and Astor Piazzolla, Verano and Otono Portenos arranged for 4 guitars by Sergio Assad, as well as holiday classics such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Holst’s St. Paul Suite arranged for 4 guitars. Transcriptions of harpsichord works by Jean Phillip Rameau, and solo guitar works by Philip Rosheger will also be performed.

 

Old First Church

1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Information: (415) 474-1608

$17; $14 students & seniors

http://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

 

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Friday, November 30, 2012 – 8pm

 

Musica Pacifica

 

Noël, Noël! Christmas Music from 18th-century Italy, France and Germany

 

Guest artists McClain and Rottsolk enrich the sonorities of one of the Bay Area's most colorful and lauded chamber ensembles. Featured works include Antonio Vivaldi's concerto "La Pastorella," H.I.F. Biber's "Nativity" Sonata, and Alessandro Scarlatti's Christmas Cantata.

 

San Francisco Early Music Society

First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto

$28 - $35

Information: (510) 528-1725

http://www.sfems.org

 

 







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