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Friday, March 1, 2013 – 1pm

 

Dolci by the Bay

 

Dolci will perform nine short, free mid-day concerts in the San Francisco Senior Center's Bay View Room at 890 Beach St., San Francisco, Fridays, February 22 - April 19 at 1:00 to 1:30 pm. This program will include Mozart's Sonata in F, KV 376, and Schubert's song "The Trout," transcribed by Dolci for piano and oboe.

 

San Francisco Senior Center

San Francisco

FREE

http://dolciduo.us/dolciconcerts.html

 

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Friday, March 1, 2013 – 6pm

 

Festival Mozaic's WinterMezzo Notable Encounter Insight

 

On March 26, 1827, Ludwig Van Beethoven died in Vienna. The day after, a twelve-year-old boy took a lock of his hair as a souvenir. 167 years later, the lock of hair was sold to two Americans. Author Russell Martin investigated the incredible journey in his book “Beethoven’s Hair.” Join author Russell Martin and the Festival musicians as they explore the historic and scientific journey of one of the world’s greatest composers with musical examples in this unique event that also explores history, science, literature, and politics on the global stage.

 

In this interactive short concert presentation, author Russell Martin will explain his investigative journey from the national bestselling book “Beethoven’s Hair,” and the Festival musicians will accompany with musical examples.

 

Festival Mozaic

San Luis Obispo

$22

Information: (805) 781-3009

http://www.festivalmozaic.com

 

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Friday, March 1, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

Concertante

 

Stars convene from around the world for Gold Coast Chamber Players concert!

 

LAFAYETTE, CA

World-renowned musicians from the Amati Ensemble, based in the Netherlands, join Bay Area superstar musicians on March 1st and 2nd in an unusual program of music by Mozart and Haydn. Violinist Gil Sharon, leader of the Amati Ensemble, is one of the leading chamber musicians and soloists in Europe and first performed with Gold Coast Chamber Players in 2011. Joining him is Amati violist Ron Ephrat, former principal violist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Their return marks the continued effort by GCCP to bring the world’s finest classical musicians to the Lamorinda area.

 

This concert is filled with superstar local musicians as well. Cellists Jennifer Culp (formerly of the Kronos Quartet) and Robert Howard (a GCCP regular) join violinist Mariya Borozina (SF Opera and SF Ballet) and violist and GCCP Artistic Director, Pamela Freund-Striplen for superstar collaboration, for two evenings of music making at the highest level.

 

The program offers two great works usually performed with orchestra in unusual and effective sextet arrangements. Mozart’s famed Sinfonia Concertante is transformed in this delightful chamber arrangement made during Mozart’s lifetime. It will be hard to imagine only six musicians can sound alternately like a full orchestra and also a chamber group. The Haydn Sinfonia Concertante was arranged specially for the Amati Ensemble and their recording of the piece will be available at the concert. Beginning this program will be Mozart’s youthful quintet for two violins, two violas and cello, K. 174. Focusing on the classical style, this program showcases the tremendous inventiveness and variety of the two superstar composers, Mozart and Haydn.

 

Gold Coast Chamber Players

Orinda

$10-35

Information: (925) 283-3728

http://www.gcplayers.org

 

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Friday, March 1, 2013 – 8pm

 

Bach, Handel, & Vivaldi

 

American Bach Soloists presents a pair of glorious works that represent the epitome of 18th-century Roman and Venetian traditions. Two exuberant psalm settings for soloists, chorus, and orchestra by Handel and Vivaldi will feature the acclaimed American Bach Choir. Concertos for oboe d’amore and viola d’amore—instruments known for their especially beautiful timbres—will be performed by ABS virtuosi Debra Nagy and Elizabeth Blumenstock. An evening of captivating music!

 

American Bach Soloists

St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere

$20-$60

Information: (415) 621-7900

http://www.americanbach.org

 

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Friday, March 1, 2013 – 8pm

 

Giacomo Fiore: New and Recent Music for Classical and Electric Guitar

 

Works by A. J. Kernis, H. W. Henze, Lanier Sammons, Christian Wolff, Anthony Porter, West Coast Premiere by Dai Fujikura, and a World Premiere by Larry Polansky.

 

Join Italian guitarist Giacomo Fiore in an exploration of new and recent music for classical and electric guitar. His multi-faceted program will include selections in different styles from the late 20th and early 21st century, and feature both established and younger composers from the Bay Area and beyond. Equally at home in a variety of musical styles, Italian guitarist Giacomo Fiore has performed professionally across the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Europe, and presented world premieres of pieces by Matthew Grasso, Ron Nagorcka, Larry Polansky, and Lanier Sammons. He has produced three independently-released recordings, and published articles in the Journal of the Society for American Music and ClassicalGuitar.org. Currently Giacomo is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Musicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he focuses on U.S. experimental music and alternative intonations. He is also especially adept at keeping his biography under one hundred words.

 

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, March 1, 2013 – 8pm

 

Volti concert: "Wear Flowers in Your Hair"

 

Volti presents the premiere of Dan Visconti's "Wear Flowers in Your Hair," a celebration of the culture, diversity and tolerance of San Francisco from the winner of Volti's annual young-composer competition. Also the premiere of "Pacific Beach," a new work from Harold Meltzer setting poetry by Kenneth Rexroth -- sometimes called the "father of the beat poets," though Rexroth didn't like that title. Plus more groundbreaking new choral music from San Francisco composer Mark Winges, and from Kirsten Broberg and Huang Ruo.

 

Volti presents new & experimental choral music:

Friday March 1, 8 PM, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston, Berkeley;

(come early for a glass of wine and chat with composers at 7:30);

 

Volti

David BrowerCenter

Berkeley

$10 - $30

Information: (415) 771-3352

http://www.voltisf.org

 

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Friday, March 1, 2013 – 8pm

 

Other Minds 18 Festival

 

Other Minds returns to the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco for the 18th edition of their annual festival. Offerings this year include a remarkable variety of wooden winds, from the soprano recorder of the world’s most widely-hailed Baroque recorder player, Michala Petri to the ultra-long Indian bansuri, producing a remarkably tender low register sound in the hands of the great classical music master G.S. Sachdev.

 

Also on tap will be the genre-busting Scandinavian folk music trio Gáman (violin, recorder and accordion). Drama and excitement will arrive with world premieres by Korean-American performance artist Dohee Lee, featuring the newly-invented Eye Harp, and by Canadian composer Aaron Gervais (for vocalist Amy X Neuburg and percussionist Willie Winant). They will also feature the U.S. premieres of Mattias Petersson's multichannel audio/visual work Ström, three pieces for paetzold contrabass recorder with Anna Petrini and two works by our first invited composer from the Faroe Islands, Sunleif Rasmussen. New York’s hottest new jazz pianist Craig Taborn will make his Other Minds debut and the electroacoustic experimentalist and installation artist Paula Matthusen will be featured alongside Bay Area's own Pamela Z.

 

Panel Session at 7:00 PM

 

Dohee Lee, Eye Harp & Voice

ARA (2013, World Premiere) by Dohee Lee

for Eye Harp (custom made instrument), voice and electornic processing

 

Anna Petrini, Paetzold Contrabass Recorder

Split Rudder (2011, U.S. Premiere) by Malin Bång

for amplified paetzold contrabass recorder and electronics

 

Seascape (1994) by Fausto Romitelli

for amplified paetzold contrabass recorder

 

INTERMISSION

 

Sinew0od (2008, U.S. Premiere) by Mattias Petersson

for paetzold contrabass recorder and electronics

 

Craig Taborn, Piano

Avenging Angel Solos by Craig Taborn

for piano

 

Other Minds

Kanbar Hall, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

San Francisco

$20-$45

Information: (415) 934-8134

http://www.otherminds.org

 

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Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 7pm

 

Opening Night of the Jewish Music Festival, March 2-12, 2013

 

World Premiere of Vilna Poems, a song cycle of works by the great Yiddish poet, Avrom Sutskever, composed by David Garner in memory of Sylvie Braitman. With Bay Area-based soprano Lisa Delan, pianist Kristin Pankonin; cellist Matt Haimovitz, an award-winning former student of Yo Yo Ma, and clarinetist David Krakauer, who has appeared with the Tokyo, Kronos and Emerson quartets, among others. With Akoka, a project inspired by Olivier Messaien's Quartet for the End of TIme and developed by Haimovitz and Krakauer for the Banff Centre for the Arts.

 

Jewish Music Festival

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Berkeley

$26 general, $24 JCC Member, Senior and Student

Information: (510) 848-0237 x118

http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org

 

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Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 7pm

 

Alpine Chamber Music

 

An evening of Alpine Chamber Music presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival. Following a complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre reception in the Italian Cultural Institute’s gallery-style venue in North Beach, the Alpine Chamber Music program includes music from each of the three presenting communities: Switzerland, Italy, and California’s own Trinity Alps. Performers include Ian Scarfe, piano; Indre Viskontas, soprano; Charles Akert, cello; and Lux Brahn, clarinet.

 

Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival

Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco

FREE; Suggested Donation of $20 benefits TCMF's 2013 season

http://www.trinityalpscmf.org

 

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Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

Concertante

 

Stars convene from around the world for Gold Coast Chamber Players concert!

 

LAFAYETTE, CA

World-renowned musicians from the Amati Ensemble, based in the Netherlands, join Bay Area superstar musicians on March 1st and 2nd in an unusual program of music by Mozart and Haydn. Violinist Gil Sharon, leader of the Amati Ensemble, is one of the leading chamber musicians and soloists in Europe and first performed with Gold Coast Chamber Players in 2011. Joining him is Amati violist Ron Ephrat, former principal violist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Their return marks the continued effort by GCCP to bring the world’s finest classical musicians to the Lamorinda area.

 

This concert is filled with superstar local musicians as well. Cellists Jennifer Culp (formerly of the Kronos Quartet) and Robert Howard (a GCCP regular) join violinist Mariya Borozina (SF Opera and SF Ballet) and violist and GCCP Artistic Director, Pamela Freund-Striplen for superstar collaboration, for two evenings of music making at the highest level.

 

The program offers two great works usually performed with orchestra in unusual and effective sextet arrangements. Mozart’s famed Sinfonia Concertante is transformed in this delightful chamber arrangement made during Mozart’s lifetime. It will be hard to imagine only six musicians can sound alternately like a full orchestra and also a chamber group. The Haydn Sinfonia Concertante was arranged specially for the Amati Ensemble and their recording of the piece will be available at the concert. Beginning this program will be Mozart’s youthful quintet for two violins, two violas and cello, K. 174. Focusing on the classical style, this program showcases the tremendous inventiveness and variety of the two superstar composers, Mozart and Haydn.

 

Gold Coast Chamber Players

Lafayette

$10-35

Information: (925) 283-3728

http://www.gcplayers.org

 

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Saturday. March 2, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

San Francisco Wind Ensemble Announces Its Third Concert of Inaugural Season

 

SAN FRANCISCO - It took over ten years of development and a solid year and a half of tireless recruitment, but last October San Francisco Wind Ensemble Artistic Director Martin Seggelke finally enjoyed the fruits of his labors by convening 50 of the best Bay Area musicians to perform some of the most challenging and iconic music in the wind ensemble repertoire. Today the San Francisco Wind Ensemble proudly announces the program for the third concert of its inaugural season.

 

San Francisco Wind Ensemble

San Francisco State University - Creative Arts Building

$8 - $12

Information: (650) 992-7584

 

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Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 8pm

 

Voices of Afghanistan

 

Ustad Farida Mahwash's "beautifully expressive voice retains remarkable range, flexibility, and soul-searing intensity. And her spirit continues to soar"

—The New York Times

 

"Fiercely virtuosic"—San Francisco Chronicle (of Homayoun Sakhi)

 

"The passionate mixing of sensual and sacred was uncontainable...these gifted artists left us cheering for the art that endures devastation."

—Opera News/SF Magazine

 

Ustad Farida Mahwash, Afghanistan's best-loved singer and internationally renowned Afghan composer/rubâb master Homayoun Sakhi and his ensemble of luminary musicians return to explore their country's rich musical heritage. Voices of Afghanistan is a celebration of both the past and future of Afghan music, from the sacred to the secular, and the traditional to the contemporary.

 

Cal Performances

Wheeler Auditorium, Berkeley

$36

Information: (510) 642-9988

http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu

 

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Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 8pm

 

Bach, Handel, & Vivaldi

 

American Bach Soloists presents a pair of glorious works that represent the epitome of 18th-century Roman and Venetian traditions. Two exuberant psalm settings for soloists, chorus, and orchestra by Handel and Vivaldi will feature the acclaimed American Bach Choir. Concertos for oboe d’amore and viola d’amore—instruments known for their especially beautiful timbres—will be performed by ABS virtuosi Debra Nagy and Elizabeth Blumenstock. An evening of captivating music!

 

American Bach Soloists

First Congregational Church, Berkeley

$20-$60

Information: (415) 621-7900

http://www.americanbach.org

 

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Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 8pm

 

Other Minds 18 Festival

 

Other Minds returns to the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco for the 18th edition of their annual festival. Offerings this year include a remarkable variety of wooden winds, from the soprano recorder of the world’s most widely-hailed Baroque recorder player, Michala Petri to the ultra-long Indian bansuri, producing a remarkably tender low register sound in the hands of the great classical music master G.S. Sachdev.

 

Also on tap will be the genre-busting Scandinavian folk music trio Gáman (violin, recorder and accordion). Drama and excitement will arrive with world premieres by Korean-American performance artist Dohee Lee, featuring the newly-invented Eye Harp, and by Canadian composer Aaron Gervais (for vocalist Amy X Neuburg and percussionist Willie Winant). They will also feature the U.S. premieres of Mattias Petersson's multichannel audio/visual work Ström, three pieces for paetzold contrabass recorder with Anna Petrini and two works by our first invited composer from the Faroe Islands, Sunleif Rasmussen. New York’s hottest new jazz pianist Craig Taborn will make his Other Minds debut and the electroacoustic experimentalist and installation artist Paula Matthusen will be featured alongside Bay Area's own Pamela Z.

 

Amy X Neuburg, Voice & Live Looping Electronics

William Winant Percussion Group

Work Around the World (2012, World Premiere) by Aaron Gervais

for percussion quartet, voice and live looping electronics

 

Michala Petri, Recorder

Vogelstimmung (2011, U.S. Premiere) by Sunleif Rasmussen

for recorder

 

sparrows in supermarkets (2011) by Paula Matthusen

for recorder and multichannel electronics

 

INTERMISSION

 

Mattias Petersson, Surround Sound Electronics & Video

Ström (2006, U.S. Premiere) by Mattias Petersson

for multichannel electronics and video

 

Paula Matthusen, Live Electronics

…and, believing in… (2004) by Paula Matthusen

for live processing and solo performer

 

Pamela Z, Voice and Electronics

Improvisation with Paula Matthusen and Pamela Z

 

Scared Song (1986, arr. Pamela Z) by Meredith Monk

for voice and electronics

 

Other Minds

Kanbar Hall, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

San Francisco

$20-$45

Information: (415) 934-8134

http://www.otherminds.org

 

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Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 8pm

 

Passamezzo Moderno

 

Simfoniæ Romanæ: 17th Century Instrumental Music From Rome

 

Rome was a vibrant musical center during the seventeenth-century, primarily due to the Catholic Church's patronage. Great instrumentalists, such as Girolamo Frescobaldi and Hieronymus Kapsberger, made Rome their home. Other famous instrumentalists, like the lutenist Lelio Colista, became fabulously wealthy. Works also by G. A. Leoni, Alessandro Stradella, C. A. Lonati and Carlo Mannelli.

 

Trinity Chamber Concerts

Trinity Chapel, Berkeley

$15, $10

Information: (510) 549-3864

http://www.trinitychamberconcerts.com

 

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Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 8pm

 

Jazz and Improvised Music (JIM) Benefit Concert

 

Preconcert talk 7:15pm with the guest artists

Jazz and Improvised Music (JIM) Benefit Concert

Featuring the duo of two rising stars in contemporary jazz from New York City: pianist Dan Tepfer and woodwind player Ben Wendel, with an opening set by the Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective.

 

UC Berkeley Music Department

Hertz Hall, Berkeley

GA: $20, Seniors: $15, Students: $10

Information: (510) 642-9988

http://music.berkeley.edu

 

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

 

From Baroque to Jazz

 

Pacific Chamber Symphony, Lawrence Kohl Conductor, presents "From Baroque to Jazz" with master mandolinist Mike Marshall, formerly of the Montreux Band, performing in both styles. The program includes Telemann's Don Quixote Suite with narration from the Cervantes, Christopher Caliendo: Cross Cultures No. 1 - String symphony - world premiere, J S Bach: Concerto for Mandolin and Strings G minor; arranged from the from Harpsichord Concerto in F minor and Mike Marshall: Mandolin Concerto No. 1 in G Major.

 

Mike Marshall is an American mandolin player and multi-instrumentalist who grew up in central Florida and now lives in Oakland, California. Marshall has been a part of New Acoustic Music since the early 1980s. He has performed and recorded with many musicians in a variety of styles, including bluegrass, classical, jazz and Brazilian music.

Throughout Telemann's Don Quixote one hears little "Spanish" touches, as in the movement "Don Quixote awakens," to the strum of the guitar, apparently. The attack on the windmills is carried out with sharp syncopations. In the following movement, Quixote sighs with love for Dulcinea, and one can hear the rhythm of the beloved's name in the music. After that, Sancho Panza gets tossed in a blanket, and Telemann gets you to see him flung up in the air and landing hard on the way down. A particular delight is the movement "The galloping of Rosinante and that of Sancho's mule."

 

Pacific Chamber Symphony

Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, Mill Valley

$35 Adult; $30 Senior; $10 Student; Children under 13 free

Information: (800) 838-3006 Brown Paper Tickets

http://www.pacificchambersymphony.org

 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013 – 4pm

 

The Latin American Flute

 

Flutists Diane Grubbe, of Quinteto Latino, and Jane Lenoir, of Berkeley Choro Ensemble and Primavera Latin Jazz, are joining forces to present a concert of works showcasing the history and traditions of flute playing in Latin America. The concert will open with composed works, including works by Astor Piazzolla, Radames Gnattali, Roberto Sierra, Mario Lavista and Heitor Villa-Lobos. After intermission the program will turn to popular and folk idioms of Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Argentina, including choro, samba, baiao and tango.

 

The concert will feature guest artists Frank Johnson &, Anne Sajdera, piano; Ricardo Peixoto, 7-string Brazilian guitar; Dahna Rudin, cello; and Brian Rice, percussion.

 

Garden Gate Creativity Center

Berkeley

$20 - $25

Information: (415) 794-2575

 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013 – 4pm

 

Trio Falso Baiano W/ La Voz De Tres

 

With New York based LA VOZ DE TRES, Bay Area Brazilian choro group TRIO FALSO BAIANO team up for a very special double bill concert featuring choro and samba music from Brazil, Chile and Argentina.

 

Piedmont Piano Company

Oakland

$15

Information: (510) 547-8188

 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 7pm

 

 “Voices from the East”

Inspired by the hypnotic rhythms of Khachaturian’s Trio for clarinet, violin & piano, this concert features compelling new works by Armenian composers using the folk idiom as the root to their compositions. Presenting works by Khachaturian, Manukyan, Arutiunian and Hovhannes. Performing are Kay Stern, concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Natalie Parker, principal clarinet of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra & pianist, Ava Soifer, artistic director. Jace Wittig, artistic director of Chanticleer will share his thoughts and commentary.

 

Music on the Hill

St Aidan’s Church

101 Gold Mine Dr., Diamond Hts. San Francisco

$15/$9 students & seniors

Information: 415-820-1429

http://www.musiconthehill.org

 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013 – 4:30pm

 

John Daversa Small Band

 

LA Trumpeter, John Daversa is a versatile and internationally respected performer (Trumpet/EVI), composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, and BFM Jazz recording artist. He has performed on The Today Show, Late Nite with David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and festivals around the world. He added his distinctive musical perspective working with artists such as Fiona Apple, Michael Bublé, Dori Caymmi, Sheryl Crow, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and The Yellowjackets. He is a winner of many prestigious awards and was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. His Progressive Big Band, is one of the leading forces of modern jazz in L.A. today and won Best in Show in The Global Music Awards. Daversa is currently a full-time faculty member at California State University, Northridge, where he teaches Jazz Studies and Media Composition.

 

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society Douglas Beach House

Half Moon Bay

$35

Information: (650) 726-2020

http://www.johndaversa.com

 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013 – 7pm

 

Pictures

 

The Fry St. String Quartet joins the San José Chamber Orchestra in an evening of eclectic, visually inspired works for strings. Music by Laura Kaminsky, Clarice Assad and Modest Mussorgsky. Reception following.

 

San Jose Chamber Orchestra

Le Petit Trianon, San Jose

$35-60 ($10 age 22 and under)

Information: (408) 295-4416

http://www.sjco.org

 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013 – 7pm

 

Voices from the East

 

Inspired by the hypnotic rhythms of Khachaturian’s Trio for clarinet, violin & piano, this concert features compelling new works for Piano Trio. These 20th century Armenian composers have created music using the folk idiom as the root to their compositions. Kay Stern, concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Natalie Parker, principal clarinet of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra & pianist, Ava Soifer, artistic director performing. Jace Wittig, current artistic director of Chanticleer will share his thoughts and commentary about the history and cultural relevance of this program.

 

Music on the Hill

St. Aidan's Church, San Francisco

$15/$9

Information: (415) 820-1429

http://www.musiconthehill.org

 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013 – 7pm

 

Trio Trouve

 

The Trio Trouve, comprised of cello, flute , and piano, will give a chamber music concert at Cardinal Point Senior Residence on Sunday, March 3, at 7 pm. The program includes works by Haydn, Debussy, and Mozart as well as Elegy, a piece by Berkeley composer Matthew Owens. Formerly principal cellist of the Santa Rosa Symphony, Owens studied at both the SF Conservatory of Music and the Julliard School. For over a decade, he has been featured as soloist and composer on the Distinguished Artist Series of Four Seasons Concerts.

 

Owens wrote Elegy in response to the U.S. led invasion of Kuwait in the spring of 1991.

 

Cardinal Point Chamber Music Series

Cardinal Point Retirement Community, Alameda

FREE

Information: (510) 337-1033

 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

Virtual Assembly & Noertker's Moxie @ SIMM Series

 

7:30pm Virtual Assembly

Bob Marsh - cello; Jim Ryan - flute; Eli Wallace - piano

8:30pm Noertker's Moxie

Annelise Zamula - tenor sax, flute; Jim Peterson - alto sax, flute; John Vaughn - baritone sax, flute; Bill Noertker - contrabass; Dax Compise - drums

 

Virtual Assembly is a chamber trio that doesn’t know what it’s going to play before it plays. But when it plays, the problem of all the capacities and ideas it has within turns into live music. Before that the music is not actual, it’s virtual; yet real . . . i.e. concentrated in the assembly like the dream of a butterfly in the cocoon. Bob Marsh is a veteran multi-instrumentalist and master cellist active on the Bay Area experimental scene since the turn of the century. Jim Ryan has also been performing in the Bay Area for many years. Eli Wallace is a recent MFA graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. “The reality of the virtual consists of the differential elements and relations along with the singular points which correspond to them. The reality of the virtual is structure.” Gilles Deluze Difference and Repetition.

 

Outsound Presents

Musicians Union Hall, San Francisco

$8/$10

http://www.outsound.org

 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013 – 8pm

 

28th Annual Jewish Music Festival, March 3

 

Folk music, jazz and contemporary classical music drawing attention to a thousand years of Jewish life and legacy in Poland will be the focus of the 28th Jewish Music Festival, scheduled March 2-12 in Berkeley and San Francisco. Festival Director Eleanor Shapiro has announced an impressive array of artists including Theodore Bikel, David Krakauer, Matt Haimowitz, European Yiddish diva Shura Lipovsky, the world premiere of Bay Area composer David Garner’s Vilna Poems, the West Coast debuts of the Polish ensembles Shofar and Polesye, and more in nine performances.

 

Sunday, March 3, offers the premiere collaboration of two top local women’s ensembles, Real Vocal String Quartet, recently returned from a State Department tour of Azerbaijan and Eastern Europe, and True Life Trio, veterans of the acclaimed vocal ensemble Kitka.

 

Jewish Music Festival

Freight and Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley

$22-$24

Information: (510) 848-0237 ext 126

http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org

 

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Monday, March 4, 2013 – 7pm

 

Bach, Handel, & Vivaldi

 

American Bach Soloists presents a pair of glorious works that represent the epitome of 18th-century Roman and Venetian traditions. Two exuberant psalm settings for soloists, chorus, and orchestra by Handel and Vivaldi will feature the acclaimed American Bach Choir. Concertos for oboe d’amore and viola d’amore—instruments known for their especially beautiful timbres—will be performed by ABS virtuosi Debra Nagy and Elizabeth Blumenstock. An evening of captivating music!

 

American Bach Soloists

Davis Community Church, Davis

$20-$60

Information: (415) 621-7900

http://www.americanbach.org

 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – 12:30pm

 

Ivan Sokolov, piano

 

Tchaikovsky: The Seasons

Alexander Scriabin: Two Poems, Op. 32

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

 

Old Saint Mary's Cathedral

660 California Street

San Francisco

Donation: $5

http://www.NoontimeConcerts.org

 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – 8pm

 

Berkeley Chamber Performances Presents The Lee Trio

 

The internationally acclaimed Lee Trio returns to Berkeley Chamber Performances (BCP) on Tuesday, March 5 with a world premier by American composer Laurence Rosenthal , along with a program of music by Janacek and Schubert. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Berkeley City Club. 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.

 

Praised for ‘musical insight,” “engaging musicianship,”and “deep expressive capacity,” The Lee Trio made its Wigmore Hall London debut in 2002. This dymanic ensemble is comprised of sisters and native San Franciscans: Lisa Lee, violin; Angela Lee, cello, and Melinda Lee Masur, piano.

 

Prizewinners in numerous international competitions and with degrees from Juilliard, Yale, Curtis, and Harvard, the members of the Trio are also accomplished solists as well as chamber and orchestral musicians. The Trio has performed throughout the world and has made several tours to China, giving master classes in Hong Kong, Macao, and Shanghai along the way.

 

The program opens with the world premier entitled Heptad ( a reference to the number seven) by renowned film and orchestral composer Laurence Rosenthal (Clash of the Titians, Man of La Mancha, Becket). String Quartet No. I, “The Kreutzer Sonata,” by Leos Janacek will follow the premier. The quartet has been arranged for piano trio by Julian Yu. Inspired by Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata, the piece , as Janeck described it, imagines a “ woman tormented and run down,” just like the one in the Russian tale.The program concludes with Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 100, D. 929. This four movement piece was one of Schubert’s last compositions and written to celebrate the wedding of a close friend.

 

Berkeley Chamber Performances, now in its 20th season, sponsors intimate chamber concerts with a range of musical styles, from early music of the 16th and 17th centuries to modern and contemporary works. The concerts are held in the Ballroom of the historic Berkeley City Club. Designed by Julia Morgan, and completed in 1929, this ornate yet stately building is known as Morgan’s “little castle.”

 

The Berkeley City Club is located at 2315 Durant Avenue between Dana and Ellsworth Streets. For directions or for information about dining at the Club before the performance, call (510) 848-7800. General Admission for the concert is $25; students through high school, free; post-secondary students, $12.50. For additional information about the March 5th concert, either call (510) 525-5211 or check the website at

 

Berkeley Chamber Performances

Berkeley City Club

2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

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

Information: (510) 525-5211

http://www.berkeleychamberperform.org

 

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 8pm

 

Julian Lage Group

 

Julian Lage made quite a first impression at his Mondavi Center debut (with Mark O’Connor, 2010), with a jaw-dropping solo piece that dazzled the crowd. He returns fronting his own group, behind a stellar album, Gladwell, that reflects Lage’s wide-ranging musical interests and talents: chamber music, American folk and bluegrass, Latin, world, string-band tradition and modern jazz. Lage’s fluid improvisations and rich, beautifully captured tone on electric and acoustic guitars anchor the music at every step, while the contributions of his band create a compelling, cohesive musical statement.

 

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, UC Davis

Davis

$42 / $38

Information: (866) 754-2787

http://www.mondaviarts.org

 

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 12pm

 

Aeolus Quartet

 

The St. Lawrence String Quartet presents the Aeolus Quartet, participants in the SLSQ’s Emerging String Quartet Program. Praised by Strad Magazine for “high-octane” performances, the Aeolus Quartet is among the finest young string quartets performing today. In addition to the noon recital, the group will also present a masterclass for Department of Music chamber music students on Friday, March 8, from 4–6 p.m. in Campbell Recital Hall (free and open to the public).

 

Stanford University Music Department

Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford

FREE

Information: (650) 723-3811

http://music.stanford.edu

 

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 8pm

 

Bach, Biber and Buxtehude

 

“soprano Laura Heimes alone was worth the price of a ticket. Her clear, expressive sound soared beautifully above the ensemble.” – San Francisco Classical Voice

 

Two internationally renowned soloists star in Voices of Music's concerts from March 7 to 10. Soprano Laura Heimes, praised by The New York Times for her “warm, strong voice,” and trumpeter John Thiessen join the instrumental Early Music ensemble for Bach's glorious cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, his Violin Concerto in A Minor, and works by Biber and Buxtehude.

 

With an online audience of ten million viewers, San Francisco’s instrumental ensemble Voices of Music is one of the most popular classical music ensembles in the world today. The group performs Renaissance and Baroque music in the San Francisco Bay Area and concert highlights are broadcast in full high-definition video in two hundred countries.

 

Voices of Music

Laura Heimes, soprano

John Thiessen, baroque trumpet

Elizabeth Blumenstock, Lisa Grodin, Kati Kyme, Carla Moore, Maxine Nemerovski, William Skeen and Farley Pearce, baroque strings; David Tayler, archlute and Hanneke van Proosdij baroque organ.

 

Voices of Music

All Saints' Episcopal Church, Palo Alto

$5-$35

http://www.voicesofmusic.org

 

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 8pm

 

Tango Apasionado

 

MUSIC AT THE MISSION presents “Tango Apasionado”, in a performance showcasing the influences surrounding the music of Astor Piazzolla, who revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed: Tango Nuevo. The concert will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2013 beginning with a 7:15pm pre-concert talk followed by the 8:00pm concert featuring Bay Area Nuevo tango group, Quinteto Quilombo which consists of bandoneonista, Seth Asarnow; violinist, Ertan Torgul; pianist, Aileen Chanco; guitarist, Paul Binkley; and Bill Everett, double bassist. They will be joined by organist, Ron McKean; clarinetist and saxophonist, Michael Corner; and tango dancers, Count Glover and Tatjana Greiner.

 

Tango Nuevo, which infuses classical forms and jazz elements into the traditional tango music of Argentina, was so controversial in the beginning that Piazzolla had his life threatened on numerous occasions. Born out of the bordellos of Buenos Aires, its passion and its sensuality characterize its music. With his innovative style and desire to “legitimize” the tango, Piazzolla was persuaded by his composition teacher, the renowned pedagogue, Nadia Boulanger, to concentrate on the music of his heritage and develop his own style rather than continue on as a purely classical composer. He changed the face of music forever with the birth of his new genre, “Tango Nuevo”. Not only did Piazzolla revolutionize tango through the infusion of classical and jazz elements but also by including unusual instrumentation, often fusing electronic and acoustic sounds such as the saxophone and electric guitar.

 

The program will begin with the Organ Prelude and Fugue, BWV. 549 by J.S. Bach, performed by organist Ron McKean on Old Mission San José’s famed Spanish-style organ, op. 14 built in 1989 by Manuel Rosales. It will be followed by California-based Argentine composer, Pablo Ortiz’s Hipermilonga for Clarinet, Violin and Piano. Ortiz is currently on faculty at UC Davis and has received numerous prizes and commissions worldwide for his compositions, which have been described as “grounded” in the popular music of his native Argentina. Also included will be a piece for solo bandoneon entitled, “Golondrinas” (Swallows), composed by legendary tango musician Carlos Gardel, who once invited the young Piazzolla to tour with him and his orchestra before perishing in a plane crash that would have also killed Piazzolla had his father allowed him to join them on tour. The remainder of the program will feature some of Astor Piazzollas most admired works including Adios Nonino, Tangata and Rough Dancer which will be depicted in part by the choreography of Bay Area dancers, Count Glover and Tatjana Greiner.

 

This concert is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and the San Francisco Grants for the Arts

 

Music at the Mission

Old Mission San Jose, Fremont

$23 - $28.50

http://www.musicatmsj.org

 

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 8pm

 

Matt Herman, CJ Borosque, dead western @ LSG New Music Series

 

8:00 Matt Herman - solo guitar

8:40pm CJ Borosque - solo analog electronics

9:15pm dead western

 

Matt Herman has logged about twenty years on the electric guitar, and has employed live looping techniques since 2001. Matt's guitar style and setup has increasingly been influenced by the concept of extended range guitar (as explored by Emmett Chapman with the Stick): a lower baritone range that extends through a guitar's standard upper range...augmented with live loops.

 

Outsound Presents

San Francisco

$6-10 sliding

http://www.outsound.org

 

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 8pm

 

28th Annual Jewish Music Festival: Theodore Bikel, Merima Ključo & Shura Lipovsky

 

Folk music, jazz and contemporary classical music drawing attention to a thousand years of Jewish life and legacy in Poland will be the focus of the 28th Jewish Music Festival, scheduled March 2-12 in Berkeley and San Francisco. Festival Director Eleanor Shapiro has announced an impressive array of artists including Theodore Bikel, David Krakauer, Matt Haimowitz, European Yiddish diva Shura Lipovsky, the world premiere of Bay Area composer David Garner’s Vilna Poems, the West Coast debuts of the Polish ensembles Shofar and Polesye, and more in nine performances.

 

On Thursday, March 7, legendary singer, film and theater actor and activist Theodore Bikel will share the stage with Europe’s diva of Yiddish song, Shura Lipovsky, direct from Amsterdam, and Merima Ključo, whose unique accordion sound derives from her native Sarajevo.

 

Jewish Music Festival

Freight and Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley

$26-$28

Information: 510-848-0237 ext 126

http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org

 

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 8pm

 

Julian Lage Group

 

Julian Lage made quite a first impression at his Mondavi Center debut (with Mark O’Connor, 2010), with a jaw-dropping solo piece that dazzled the crowd. He returns fronting his own group, behind a stellar album, Gladwell, that reflects Lage’s wide-ranging musical interests and talents: chamber music, American folk and bluegrass, Latin, world, string-band tradition and modern jazz. Lage’s fluid improvisations and rich, beautifully captured tone on electric and acoustic guitars anchor the music at every step, while the contributions of his band create a compelling, cohesive musical statement.

 

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, UC Davis

$42 / $38

Information: (866) 754-2787

http://www.mondaviarts.org

 

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 8pm

 

Signal Flow 2013

 

Graduating degree candidates participate in Mills' New Music and Intermedia Festival—Signal Flow—an annual four-day musical event. Student composers, performers, programmers, conceptual artists, and collaborators bring together a wide range of cultural backgrounds and musical and multimedia interests to create a festival on the cutting edge of contemporary music practices.

 

Signal Flow typically features compositions and improvisations for ensembles of all sizes, electronic works, interactive concerts via the Internet, installations of all descriptions, dance and theater pieces, video works, meditations, songs, and more. Signal Flow is the place to get a glimpse of what the future has in store in the fields of electronic, experimental, and visionary music, led by the next generation of musicians.

 

Mills College Dept of Music

Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall, Oakland

FREE

Information: (510) 430-2334

http://www.mills.edu/music

 

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Friday, March 8, 2013 – 12pm

 

William Parker in Conversation

 

Bassist, bandleader, composer and musical visionary William Parker speaks about musical community, and the big issues that inspire his work, in a conversation presented by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA).

 

Stanford Live (formerly Stanford Lively Arts)

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford

FREE

Information: (650) 725-2787

http://live.stanford.edu

 

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Friday, March 8, 2013 – 1pm

 

Dolci by the Bay

 

Dolci will perform nine short, free mid-day concerts in the San Francisco Senior Center's Bay View Room at 890 Beach St., San Francisco, Fridays, February 22 - April 19 at 1:00 to 1:30 pm. This program will include Madeleine Dring's "Italian Dance," and a medley of show tunes by George Gershwin, transcribed by Dolci for piano and oboe.

 

San Francisco Senior Center

San Francisco

FREE

http://dolciduo.us/dolciconcerts.html

 

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Friday, March 8, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

Larry Ochs & Nate Wooley

 

Larry Ochs will be joined by Nate Wooley, Sam Ospovat, and Jason Hoopes for an evening of improvisation. This will be Nate Wooley's only appearance in San Francisco.

 

Center for New Music

San Francisco

General Admission $15, Members $10

 

 

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Friday, March 8, 2013 – 8pm

 

Melodiya Chamber Ensemble

 

Nino Rota Intermezzo

Béla Bartók Two Slavic Dances

Sergei Prokofiev Tales of the Old Grandmother and Devilish Suggestion

Robert Schumann Fair Tale Pictures

Feodor Druzhinin Variations for viola solo

Franz Schubert Sonata for Viola and Piano (Arpeggione)

 

Sergey Rakitchenkov and Arkady Serper are both graduates of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory who began their distinguished careers in the major concert halls of Europe and Russia before immigrating to the United States. Rakitchenkov is a long-standing member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Serper a prominent pianist, composer, and faculty member at the Crowden School. Their performances are well known for a colorful, literate style, as well as an exacting technical precision.

 

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, March 8, 2013 – 8pm

 

Cançonièr

 

CHOREOMANIA: Music for the Dancing Plagues of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

 

From fiery tarantellas to penitential prayers, music to appease divine wrath, or just the ultimate Dance Fever!

 

Cançonièr, an ensemble devoted to music from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, will perform a fascinating program featuring instrumental and vocal dance music, flagellant songs, penitential prayers, tarantellas, and more.

 

Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and Cançonièr co-founder Tim Rayborn explains the context for a program of music devoted to the so-called “dancing plague”: “During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, certain areas experienced brief outbreaks of manic, ‘contagious’ dancing that often afflicted dozens, or even hundreds. Otherwise ordinary people would succumb to a compulsion to dance furiously for days or weeks on end, some to their deaths. Many feared that they had been cursed by saints, and perhaps gave in to mass hysteria; the true causes are still debated. Music was offered for the dancers in the hope that it would ease their suffering, or appease divine wrath.”

 

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, March 8, 2013 – 8pm

 

Bach, Biber and Buxtehude

 

“soprano Laura Heimes alone was worth the price of a ticket. Her clear, expressive sound soared beautifully above the ensemble.” – San Francisco Classical Voice

 

Two internationally renowned soloists star in Voices of Music's concerts from March 7 to 10. Soprano Laura Heimes, praised by The New York Times for her “warm, strong voice,” and trumpeter John Thiessen join the instrumental Early Music ensemble for Bach's glorious cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, his Violin Concerto in A Minor, and works by Biber and Buxtehude.

 

With an online audience of ten million viewers, San Francisco’s instrumental ensemble Voices of Music is one of the most popular classical music ensembles in the world today. The group performs Renaissance and Baroque music in the San Francisco Bay Area and concert highlights are broadcast in full high-definition video in two hundred countries.

 

Voices of Music

Laura Heimes, soprano

John Thiessen, baroque trumpet

Elizabeth Blumenstock, Lisa Grodin, Kati Kyme, Carla Moore, Maxine Nemerovski, William Skeen and Farley Pearce, baroque strings; David Tayler, archlute and Hanneke van Proosdij baroque organ.

 

Voices of Music

St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere

$5-$35

Information: (415) 260-4687

http://www.voicesofmusic.org

 

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Friday, March 8, 2013 – 8pm

 

Signal Flow 2013

 

Graduating degree candidates participate in Mills' New Music and Intermedia Festival—Signal Flow—an annual four-day musical event. Student composers, performers, programmers, conceptual artists, and collaborators bring together a wide range of cultural backgrounds and musical and multimedia interests to create a festival on the cutting edge of contemporary music practices.

 

Signal Flow typically features compositions and improvisations for ensembles of all sizes, electronic works, interactive concerts via the Internet, installations of all descriptions, dance and theater pieces, video works, meditations, songs, and more. Signal Flow is the place to get a glimpse of what the future has in store in the fields of electronic, experimental, and visionary music, led by the next generation of musicians.

 

Mills College Dept of Music

Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall, Oakland

FREE

Information: (510) 430-2334

http://www.signal-flow.org

 

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Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 10am

 

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian-in-Residence

 

"The String Quartet at a Time of War: Benjamin Britten and His Contemporaries"

 

World War II (1939-1945) was the single most harrowing and devastating event of the twentieth century. Framed by the string quartets of Benjamin Britten, whose centennial will be celebrated in 2013, this series will explore works that reflect the broader European experience of the War years, as well as the period immediately before (Program 1) and after (Program 4). Aside from Britten’s superb quartets, the series will feature some of the most important string quartets composed during the twentieth century, including quartets by Pavel Haas (who perished in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944), Béla Bartók, William Walton and Dmitri Shostakovich.

 

San Francisco Performances

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

$15-50

Information: (415) 392-2545

http://www.performances.org

 

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Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 2:30pm

 

Nadia Blank and Dale Tsang-Hall, Duo-Piano Recital

 

Nadia Blank and Dale Tsang-Hall will be performing a wonderful recital of music for two pianos by Brahms, Garner, Infante, Rachmaninoff and Milhaud. Both competition-winning pianists frequently perform locally and internationally. This is their encore performance after a sold-out concert in February. Proceeds to benefit the choral group Chora Nova.

 

Berkeley Piano Club, Berkeley

$20 suggested donation at the door

 

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Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 3pm

 

'By Daylight: A Chamber Concert with Gautam Tejas Ganeshan'

 

Dubbed a "local treasure" by SF Classical Voice, and "a magnet for local Indian classical musicians" by the SF Chronicle, Gautam Tejas Ganeshan sings classical Carnatic music with distinction, innovation, and an inimitable personal style. He has galvanized the local scene, his compelling musicality and unique approach enabling him to inflect a tradition through himself so that listeners feel it speaks directly to them, and that its subtle beauty has grown new roots. Gautam's music expresses authenticity more than ethnicity, immediacy more than nostalgia - it is "new music from an old tradition" (SFJAZZ), representing the "ecstatic edge of contemporary Indian classical music" (SF International Arts Festival).

 

Sangati Center

ODC Theater, San Francisco

$12 - 28

http://sangaticenter.org

 

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Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

Cançonièr

 

CHOREOMANIA: Music for the Dancing Plagues of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

 

From fiery tarantellas to penitential prayers, music to appease divine wrath, or just the ultimate Dance Fever!

 

Cançonièr, an ensemble devoted to music from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, will perform a fascinating program featuring instrumental and vocal dance music, flagellant songs, penitential prayers, tarantellas, and more.

 

Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and Cançonièr co-founder Tim Rayborn explains the context for a program of music devoted to the so-called “dancing plague”: “During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, certain areas experienced brief outbreaks of manic, ‘contagious’ dancing that often afflicted dozens, or even hundreds. Otherwise ordinary people would succumb to a compulsion to dance furiously for days or weeks on end, some to their deaths. Many feared that they had been cursed by saints, and perhaps gave in to mass hysteria; the true causes are still debated. Music was offered for the dancers in the hope that it would ease their suffering, or appease divine wrath.”

 

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, March 9, 2013 – 8pm

 

Essence of Ellington, William Parker's Special Edition

 

“When I was 9 years old my father would come home from work and play the Ellington recording Live at Newport 1957 almost every night. My brother and I would dance to this glorious music until we were exhausted . . . There was this feeling of jubilation attached to each rhythm and melody as it moved across space. It was at that time that I heard the Essence of Ellington, the jump, the freedom, all layered in the blues.” —William Parker

 

Composer/bassist William Parker has the rare artistic capacity to look forward and backward at once—combining freedom and experimentation with blues feeling and groove, joyful ensemble interplay, and virtuosic improvising. His “Essence of Ellington” project makes its U.S. debut at Stanford, featuring nine shining lights of the jazz world—including veteran Parker collaborators Hamid Drake (drums) and Roy Campbell (trumpet)—in a concert that inventively interprets Ellington standards alongside original compositions inspired by and dedicated to the Duke.

 

Stanford Live (formerly Stanford Lively Arts)

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford

$10 - $56

Information: (650) 725-2787

http://live.stanford.edu

 

***

 

Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 8pm

 

Bach, Biber and Buxtehude

 

“soprano Laura Heimes alone was worth the price of a ticket. Her clear, expressive sound soared beautifully above the ensemble.” – San Francisco Classical Voice

 

Two internationally renowned soloists star in Voices of Music's concerts from March 7 to 10. Soprano Laura Heimes, praised by The New York Times for her “warm, strong voice,” and trumpeter John Thiessen join the instrumental Early Music ensemble for Bach's glorious cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, his Violin Concerto in A Minor, and works by Biber and Buxtehude.

 

With an online audience of ten million viewers, San Francisco’s instrumental ensemble Voices of Music is one of the most popular classical music ensembles in the world today. The group performs Renaissance and Baroque music in the San Francisco Bay Area and concert highlights are broadcast in full high-definition video in two hundred countries.

 

Voices of Music

Laura Heimes, soprano

John Thiessen, baroque trumpet

Elizabeth Blumenstock, Lisa Grodin, Kati Kyme, Carla Moore, Maxine Nemerovski, William Skeen and Farley Pearce, baroque strings; David Tayler, archlute and Hanneke van Proosdij baroque organ.

 

Voices of Music

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco

$5-$35

Information: (415) 260-4687

http://www.voicesofmusic.org

 

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Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 8pm

 

28th Annual Jewish Music Festival: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial Concert

 

Folk music, jazz and contemporary classical music drawing attention to a thousand years of Jewish life and legacy in Poland will be the focus of the 28th Jewish Music Festival, scheduled March 2-12 in Berkeley and San Francisco. Festival Director Eleanor Shapiro has announced an impressive array of artists including Theodore Bikel, David Krakauer, Matt Haimowitz, European Yiddish diva Shura Lipovsky, the world premiere of Bay Area composer David Garner’s Vilna Poems, the West Coast debuts of the Polish ensembles Shofar and Polesye, and more in nine performances.

 

March 9 marks the world premiere of Bay Area composer David Garner’s new work, "Vilna Poems." The piece commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising through the poetry of Avrum Sutzkever, who is regarded as one of the greatest poets to come out of the Holocaust. The performers are soprano Lisa Delan, pianist Kristin Pankonin, clarinetist David Krakauer and cellist Matt Haimowitz. "The Vilna Poems" will be performed with "Akoka: the End of Time," composed by David Krakauer and Matt Haimowitz, musicians acclaimed in both jazz and classical worlds, for the Banff Center for the Arts. Crushed a month after it began on April 19, 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the largest and symbolically most important Jewish uprising in World War II, and the first urban uprising in German-occupied Europe.

 

Jewish Music Festival

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Berkeley

$24-$26

Information: 510-848-0237 ext 126

http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org

 

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Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 8pm

 

Julian Lage Group

 

Julian Lage made quite a first impression at his Mondavi Center debut (with Mark O’Connor, 2010), with a jaw-dropping solo piece that dazzled the crowd. He returns fronting his own group, behind a stellar album, Gladwell, that reflects Lage’s wide-ranging musical interests and talents: chamber music, American folk and bluegrass, Latin, world, string-band tradition and modern jazz. Lage’s fluid improvisations and rich, beautifully captured tone on electric and acoustic guitars anchor the music at every step, while the contributions of his band create a compelling, cohesive musical statement.

 

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, UC Davis

$42 / $38

Information: (866) 754-2787

http://www.mondaviarts.org

 

***

 

Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 8pm

 

Signal Flow 2013

 

Graduating degree candidates participate in Mills' New Music and Intermedia Festival—Signal Flow—an annual four-day musical event. Student composers, performers, programmers, conceptual artists, and collaborators bring together a wide range of cultural backgrounds and musical and multimedia interests to create a festival on the cutting edge of contemporary music practices.

 

Signal Flow typically features compositions and improvisations for ensembles of all sizes, electronic works, interactive concerts via the Internet, installations of all descriptions, dance and theater pieces, video works, meditations, songs, and more. Signal Flow is the place to get a glimpse of what the future has in store in the fields of electronic, experimental, and visionary music, led by the next generation of musicians.

 

Mills College Dept of Music

Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall, Oakland

FREE

Information: (510) 430-2334

http://www.signal-flow.org

 

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Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 8pm

 

Sarah Chang, violinist

 

Once a jaw-dropping prodigy, Ms. Chang is now one of the world's top violinists, a glamorous celebrity wo works with such conductors as Kurt Masur, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel and Mariss Jansons, and plays with such artists as Ashkenazy, Bronfman, Zukerman, Argerich, Lynn Harrell, and Yo-Yo Ma.

 

Chamber Music San Francisco

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

$55/$40

Information: (415) 392-4400

http://www.chambermusicSF.org

 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 2pm

 

Sundays with the St. Lawrence

 

“Remarkable . . . for the joy they take in the act of connection.” — New Yorker

 

In the second of this season’s pair of Sunday-afternoon SLSQ performances, Stanford’s eminent resident ensemble is joined by guest oboist James Austin Smith for Mozart’s Oboe Quartet (oboe, violin, viola, and cello), composed for Mozart’s friend, the Munich oboe virtuoso Friedrich Ramm—and still considered one of the most demanding pieces in the oboe repertoire. The program also includes another technically challenging work for its day, Beethoven’s third “Rasumovsky” string quartet, plus additional works to be announced.

 

Stanford Live (formerly Stanford Lively Arts)

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford

$12.50 - $60

Information: (650) 725-2787

http://live.stanford.edu

 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 3pm

 

Sierra Chamber Society 26th Concert Season Program 4

 

The Sierra Chamber Society, members of the SF Symphony and distinguished guests, will perform the 4th concert of its 26th season at 3 PM on Sunday March 10, 2013 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. The program will include Erno Dohnanyi's Serenade for Strings, Franz Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock, with special guest, soprano Esther Rayo, concluding with Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings K. 581, with SF Symphony clarinetist Jerry Simas soloist.

 

Sierra Chamber Society

Grace Presbyterian Church, Walnut Creek

$16-$24

Information: (925) 930-8880

http://www.sierrachamber.com

 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 3pm

 

Sierra Chamber Society 26th Concert Season Program 4

 

The Sierra Chamber Society, members of the SF Symphony and distinguished guests, will perform the 4th concert of its 26th season at 3 PM on Sunday March 10, 2013 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. The program will include Erno Dohnanyi's Serenade for Strings, Franz Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock, with special guest, soprano Esther Rayo, concluding with Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings K. 581, with SF Symphony clarinetist Jerry Simas soloist.

 

Sierra Chamber Society

Grace Presbyterian Church, Walnut Creek

$16-$24

Information: (925) 930-8880

http://www.sierrachamber.com

 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 4pm

 

Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto with Murasaki Ensemble and guests

 

photo, left: Murasaki Ensemble; right: Masahiro Nitta

 

A selection of contemporary to modern works featuring Japanese instruments, shamisen, koto and shakuhachi, composed by the featured artists.

 

The Murasaki Ensemble is a musical experience of sounds unlike any other—elements of traditional Far Eastern subtleties, Near Eastern, and Latin American rhythms with improvisational jazz converging, producing a sound that is extremely vibrant and innovative yet still familiar. For this performance, they are joined by Masahiro Nitta, who has been dubbed “the greatest shamisen player in the world.” Born in Sapporo, Hokkaido in 1984, Masahiro Nitta started to play tsugaru shamisen at the age of fourteen from the influence of his father, Hiroshi Nitta. Masahiro learned how to play shamisen in an unbelievably short time of only seven months. Soon after, he won a championship at the junior high and high school division in nationwide contests. Since then, Masahiro dominated national tsugaru shamisen tournaments in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

 

Old First Church

1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Information: (415) 474-1608

$17; $14 students & seniors

http://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 4pm

 

Sundays @ Four: Sor Ensemble

 

Crowden Music Center presents Sundays @ Four: Sor Ensemble.

 

The Sor Ensemble’s players (Wei He, Karen Shinozaki Sor, Jory Fankuchen, Eugene Sor, Miles Graber) T are some of the Bay Area’s most beloved performers and teachers. These local favorites will serve up a special crowd-pleaser featuring Dvorák’s monumental Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81.

 

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, March 10, 2013 – 4pm

 

Signal Flow 2013

 

Graduating degree candidates participate in Mills' New Music and Intermedia Festival—Signal Flow—an annual four-day musical event. Student composers, performers, programmers, conceptual artists, and collaborators bring together a wide range of cultural backgrounds and musical and multimedia interests to create a festival on the cutting edge of contemporary music practices.

 

Signal Flow typically features compositions and improvisations for ensembles of all sizes, electronic works, interactive concerts via the Internet, installations of all descriptions, dance and theater pieces, video works, meditations, songs, and more. Signal Flow is the place to get a glimpse of what the future has in store in the fields of electronic, experimental, and visionary music, led by the next generation of musicians.

 

Mills College Dept of Music

Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall, Oakland

FREE

Information: (510) 430-2334

http://www.signal-flow.org

 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 4:30pm

 

Joan Kwuon, Violinist in Recital with Piano

 

American violinist JOAN KWUON is widely recognized for her commanding interpretations, graceful flair and deeply communicative voice. Kwuon made her Tanglewood Music Festival concerto debut at the invitation of Sir André Previn in 2000 and her recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall the following season. She has since appeared with Previn and leading orchestras of North America, Europe and Asia and in recital and chamber music internationally. Ms. Kwuon’s virtuosity and radiant stage presence have been recognized by media ranging from The Today Show, CBS News and Lifetime Television to National Public Radio. She has taught at The Juilliard School and has been guest artist/faculty at numerous music festivals. In 2009, Ms Kwuon was appointed to the violin faculty of The Cleveland Institute of Music. Her program for this performance,

 

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society Douglas Beach House

Half Moon Bay

$40

Information: (650) 726-2020

http://www.bachddsoc.org

http://www.joankwuon.com

 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 5pm

 

Ives Quartet with cellist Bonnie Hampton

 

Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents Ives Quartet with cellist Bonnie Hampton on Sunday, March 10

Cellist Bonnie Hampton joins Ives Quartet performing Franz Schubert Quintet in C

 

PRODUCER: Mill Valley Chamber Music Society

 

WHO: Ives Quartet with cellist Bonnie Hampton

 

The Ives Quartet has established a reputation for passion, precision and provocative programming while winning accolades for playing that demonstrates super-refinement and visceral, rock-and-roll intensity. Ives Quartet members are Bettina Mussumeli, violin; Jodi Levitz, viola; Susan Freier, violin; and Stephen Harrison, cello. This Mill Valley Chamber Music Society concert also featured cellist (and Berkeley native) Bonnie Hampton.

 

The program will include Henry Cowell, Qt. # 4 "United"; Tchaikovsky: Qt. # 1 in D major, op. 11; and Schubert: String Quintet in C major (D. 956, op. posth. 163).

 

Mill Valley Chamber Music Society

Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, Mill Valley

$15 - $30

Information: (415) 381-4453

http://www.chambermusicmillvalley.org

 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 7pm

 

MasterGuild Concert

 

MasterGuild Series presents a cello recital by David Requiro with pianist Roy Bogas, Sunday, March 10, at 7:15 P.M. in the Regents' Theater on the campus of Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, off Highway 13 at the Redwood Road exit. The program is entirely in C Major: Bach Solo Suite No.3, Beethoven Sonata Op. 102 No.1, Prokofieff Sonata. Admission at the door, cash or check only, $20., $15. seniors,$5 students. Further information at 510-559-8535

 

MasterGuild Series

Regents Theatre at Holy Names University

Oakland

$5 - $20

Information: (510) 559-8535

http://www.masterguild.org

 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 7pm

 

March Concert

 

This concert will feature piano solos by Haydn and Brahms, vocal selections by Bach, Dvorak and Bizet, and Copland's sextet for clarinet, string quartet and piano. The performers will include Corinne Barkin, Meredith Kennedy, Andrew Lan, Kevin Jim and Karen Heather.

 

Fortnightly Music Club

Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom, Palo Alto

FREE

Information: (408) 475-8942

http://www.fortnightlymusicclub.org

 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

Cançonièr

 

CHOREOMANIA: Music for the Dancing Plagues of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

 

From fiery tarantellas to penitential prayers, music to appease divine wrath, or just the ultimate Dance Fever!

 

Cançonièr, an ensemble devoted to music from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, will perform a fascinating program featuring instrumental and vocal dance music, flagellant songs, penitential prayers, tarantellas, and more.

 

Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and Cançonièr co-founder Tim Rayborn explains the context for a program of music devoted to the so-called “dancing plague”: “During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, certain areas experienced brief outbreaks of manic, ‘contagious’ dancing that often afflicted dozens, or even hundreds. Otherwise ordinary people would succumb to a compulsion to dance furiously for days or weeks on end, some to their deaths. Many feared that they had been cursed by saints, and perhaps gave in to mass hysteria; the true causes are still debated. Music was offered for the dancers in the hope that it would ease their suffering, or appease divine wrath.”

 

San Francisco Early Music Society

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco

$28 - $35

Information: (510) 528-1725

http://www.sfems.org

 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

Bach, Biber and Buxtehude

 

“soprano Laura Heimes alone was worth the price of a ticket. Her clear, expressive sound soared beautifully above the ensemble.” – San Francisco Classical Voice

 

Two internationally renowned soloists star in Voices of Music's concerts from March 7 to 10. Soprano Laura Heimes, praised by The New York Times for her “warm, strong voice,” and trumpeter John Thiessen join the instrumental Early Music ensemble for Bach's glorious cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, his Violin Concerto in A Minor, and works by Biber and Buxtehude.

 

With an online audience of ten million viewers, San Francisco’s instrumental ensemble Voices of Music is one of the most popular classical music ensembles in the world today. The group performs Renaissance and Baroque music in the San Francisco Bay Area and concert highlights are broadcast in full high-definition video in two hundred countries.

 

Voices of Music

Laura Heimes, soprano

John Thiessen, baroque trumpet

Elizabeth Blumenstock, Lisa Grodin, Kati Kyme, Carla Moore, Maxine Nemerovski, William Skeen and Farley Pearce, baroque strings; David Tayler, archlute and Hanneke van Proosdij baroque organ.

 

Voices of Music

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, Berkeley

$5-$35

Information:(415) 260-4687

http://www.voicesofmusic.org

 

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Monday, March 11, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

Music at Meyer: Lee Trio

 

Since their critically acclaimed Wigmore Hall London debut in 2002, The Lee Trio's "gripping immediacy and freshness" and "rich palette of tone colours" [The Strad] continue to inspire and move audiences and critics around the world, establishing the dynamic ensemble made up of sisters and native San Franciscans--Angela, cello; Lisa, violin; and Melinda, piano--as one of the the premier chamber ensembles on the international stage. The Trio won 2nd Prize at the 2004 Gaetano Zinetti Competition in Italy and the Recording Prize at the 2004 Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition in Finland and was awarded the 2007 Gotthard-Schierse-Stiftung grant in Berlin for rising international artists.

 

Congregation Emanu-El

Martin Meyer Sanctuary of Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco

$22 - $25

Information: (800) 838-3006

http://www.theleetrio.com

 

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 – 12:30pm

 

Kay Stern, violin / Joan Nagano, piano

 

Beethoven: Sonata in F, Op. 24 “Spring”

Amy Beach: Romance

Camille Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre, Op. 40

 

Old Saint Mary's Cathedral

660 California Street

San Francisco

Donation: $5

http://www.NoontimeConcerts.org

 

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 – 5:30pm

 

28th Annual Jewish Music Festival: "A Sweet Diaspora Song: Paths of Jewish Music in America"

 

Folk music, jazz and contemporary classical music drawing attention to a thousand years of Jewish life and legacy in Poland will be the focus of the 28th Jewish Music Festival, scheduled March 2-12 in Berkeley and San Francisco. Festival Director Eleanor Shapiro has announced an impressive array of artists including Theodore Bikel, David Krakauer, Matt Haimowitz, European Yiddish diva Shura Lipovsky, the world premiere of Bay Area composer David Garner’s Vilna Poems, the West Coast debuts of the Polish ensembles Shofar and Polesye, and more in nine performances.

 

Leading ethnomusicologist, Professor Mark Slobin, presents "History of American Jewish Music," followed by closing concert, "A Sweet Diaspora Song: Paths of Jewish Music in America" by Michael Alpert, in conversation with Francesco Spagnolo (The Magnes).

 

Jewish Music Festival

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley

FREE

Information: (510) 848-0237 ext 126

http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org

 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – 7pm

 

SF State chamber music ensembles

 

Student chamber music ensembles perform, coached by quartet-in-residence the Alexander String Quartet.

 

SFSU School of Music and Dance

Knuth Hall, SF State University Creative Arts Building

San Francisco

FREE

Information: (415) 338-2467

http://musicdance.sfsu.edu

 

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 – 7pm

 

Master Class: Trio con Brio Copenhagen

 

Observe the members of Trio con Brio Copenhagen working intensively and individually with students on interpretation and performance of masterworks from the chamber music repertoire.

 

For Trio con Brio Copenhagen, family ties, cultural blending and musical connections converge to color, shape and energize its concerts worldwide. It won the 2002 Munich-ARD Competition and 2005 Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award. American Record Guide writes: "Melodies sing with an aching sweetness, or seduce with wild eroticism, or haunt with impenetrable mystery." Gramophone writes: "Airtight ensemble...a superb, greatly gifted chamber group."

 

SF State’s Morrison Chamber Music Center is home to the Morrison Artists Series, the longest running chamber music concert series in San Francisco, featuring superb, admission-free performances by some of the world’s most acclaimed ensembles since 1955. The San Francisco Chronicle writes: “indispensable.” The center also provides educational opportunities to students and the community including lectures, master classes, artist residencies, mentoring and school outreach. The Morrison Chamber Music Center is funded, in part, by a generous gift from the May Treat Morrison Trust. Professor Richard Festinger serves as artistic director of the Morrison Artists Series.

 

Morrison Artists Series

Knuth Hall, SF State University Creative Arts Building

San Francisco

FREE

Information: (415) 338-2467

http://morrison.sfsu.edu

 

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Friday, March 15, 2013 – 8pm

 

The City of Tomorrow

 

Virtuosic works by renowned composers re-imagining the wind quintet, including Magnus Lindburg, Luciano Berio, and a US Premiere by British composer Rob Keeley.

 

The only wind quintet to win a gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in ten years, The City of Tomorrow advocates for the quality and expansion of wind quintet repertoire and performance. Dedicated to highlighting new and forgotten masterworks, The City of Tomorrow gave the North American premiere of Franco Donatoni's piece Blow in 2010, almost thirty years after it was written. The group continues to be the only ensemble in the western hemisphere to perform this remarkable piece. The City of Tomorrow's name comes from a poem by former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, which evokes the idea of an optimistic vision of the far future. In much the same way, this quintet believes that wind chamber music can be the expressive ideal of the future.

 

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, March 15, 2013 – 8pm

 

Trio con Brio Copenhagen

 

For Trio con Brio Copenhagen, family ties, cultural blending and musical connections converge to color, shape and energize its concerts worldwide. It won the 2002 Munich-ARD Competition and 2005 Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award. American Record Guide writes: "Melodies sing with an aching sweetness, or seduce with wild eroticism, or haunt with impenetrable mystery." Gramophone writes: "Airtight ensemble...a superb, greatly gifted chamber group."

 

SF State’s Morrison Chamber Music Center is home to the Morrison Artists Series, the longest running chamber music concert series in San Francisco, featuring superb, admission-free performances by some of the world’s most acclaimed ensembles since 1955. The San Francisco Chronicle writes: “indispensable.” The center also provides educational opportunities to students and the community including lectures, master classes, artist residencies, mentoring and school outreach. The Morrison Chamber Music Center is funded, in part, by a generous gift from the May Treat Morrison Trust. Professor Richard Festinger serves as artistic director of the Morrison Artists Series.

 

Morrison Artists Series

McKenna Theatre at SFSU, San Francisco

FREE

Information: (415) 338-2467

http://morrison.sfsu.edu

 

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Friday, March 15, 2013 – 8pm

 

Morrison Chamber Music Center, San Francisco State University

 

Trio con Brio Copenhagen

 

Haydn: Trio in C major, Hob. XV:27; Martin: Trio sur des Mélodies Populaires Irlandaises; Norgard: premiere of commissioned work; and Ravel: Trio in A minor.

 

For Trio con Brio Copenhagen, family ties, cultural blending and musical connections converge to color, shape and energize its concerts worldwide. It won the 2002 Munich-ARD Competition and 2005 Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award. American Record Guide writes: “Melodies sing with an aching sweetness, or seduce with wild eroticism, or haunt with impenetrable mystery.” Gramophone writes: “Airtight ensemble...a superb, greatly gifted chamber group.”

 

San Francisco State University, McKenna Theatre

1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco

FREE

Information: (415) 338-2467

http://creativestate.sfsu.edu/node/4102

 

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Friday, March 15, 2013 – 8pm

 

Boston Trio

 

them!” hailed the Boston Globe on the occasion of The Boston Trio’s Tanglewood debut at Ozawa Hall. Since their formation in 1997, the Trio has quickly become one of today’s most exciting chamber music groups. Acclaimed for their superb sense of ensemble and wondrous balance, these virtuosic and profound musicians are committed to creating exceptional and daring performances of standard and contemporary repertoire around the country and abroad.

 

Committed to bringing chamber music to a broader audience through outreach activities, the Boston Trio has coached chamber music at the Tanglewood Institute of Music and served as Chamber Music Ensemble in Residence at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge from 1997 to 2004.

 

The Boston Trio is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Killington Music Festival in Killington, Vermont and at the New England Conservatory of Music. The individual members serve on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, the Boston Conservatory, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and are in demand as master class teachers throughout the United States, Asia and Europe.

 

Sunset Concerts at Saint Luke's

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Los Gatos

$10 - $25

Information: (408) 354-4560

http://stlukeslg.org/docs/sunset_concerts_summary.html

 

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Saturday, March 16, 2013 – 10am

 

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian-in-Residence

 

"The String Quartet at a Time of War: Benjamin Britten and His Contemporaries"

 

World War II (1939-1945) was the single most harrowing and devastating event of the twentieth century. Framed by the string quartets of Benjamin Britten, whose centennial will be celebrated in 2013, this series will explore works that reflect the broader European experience of the War years, as well as the period immediately before (Program 1) and after (Program 4). Aside from Britten’s superb quartets, the series will feature some of the most important string quartets composed during the twentieth century, including quartets by Pavel Haas (who perished in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944), Béla Bartók, William Walton and Dmitri Shostakovich.

 

San Francisco Performances

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

$15-50

Information: (415) 392-2545

http://www.performances.org

 

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Saturday, March 16, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

Stephen Waarts (violin) and Dmitriy Cogan (piano)

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Major, Op. 108

Krzysztof Penderecki: Cadenza for Solo Violin

Edward Elgar: La Capricieuse Op 17

Eugene Ysaÿe: Caprice D'Apres L'Etude En Forme De Valse De Saint-Saens, Op. 52

Maurice Ravel: Violin Sonata G Major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Sonata in B Flat, K 454 – II. Andante

Karol Szymanowski: Nocturne and Tarantella

 

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

81 N. Second St., San Jose

$20

http://www.winchesterorchestra.com

 

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Saturday, March 16, 2013 – 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, March 16, 2013 – 8pm

 

Wiener Kids

 

Brainchild of drummer/­composer Jordan Glenn, Wiener Kids began as a duo with guitarist/­composer/­musical thinker Steini Gunnarsson in 2007. After Steini moved back to his native Iceland, Jordan picked the project up again, this time with the help of reed masters Aram Shelton and Cory Wright.

 

Wiener Kids has been described as whimsical and raucous, blurring the line between the poignant and the humorous. The group continues to evolve, expanding to a ten piece ensemble on occasion. This concert will premiere new pieces taking advantage of the Chapel's space and Jordan's recent venture into homemade percussion.

 

Jordan Glenn, drums, percussion, vibraphone, melodica

Aram Shelton, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, percussion

Cory Wright, baritone saxophone, clarinet, percussion

 

Trinity Chamber Concerts

Trinity Chapel, Berkeley

$15, $10

Information: (510) 549-3864

http://www.trinitychamberconcerts.com

 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 2pm

 

Stanford Woodwind Quintet Celebrates its 25th!

 

The Stanford Woodwind Quintet celebrates its 25th anniversary with special guests Paul Hersh, pianist who has played with Avedis since the first season, Emily Laurance, harpist, and a second quintet of long-term colleagues in a program of sparkling French music.

 

Avedis Chamber Music Series

Legion of Honor, San Francisco

$16 - $22

Information: (415) 392-4400

http://avedisconcerts.org

 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 2pm

 

Pleasanton Chamber Players 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert

 

Celebrating 10 years of professional classical music performances, the program will feature a “German half” and a “French half”, with beloved favorites and rare gems from the late romantic classical era, showcasing an interesting variety of instrumental combinations. Local professional musicians include Marie Flexer, violin; William Harrington, French horn; Danielle Naler, piano; Kris Palmer, flute; Dominique Piana, harp; Paul Rhodes, cello.

 

The loosely-knit professional performing organization was founded in 2003 by local composer, music publisher and harpist Dominique Piana. It all began as an ensemble of professional musicians based in Pleasanton, later extending to the Tri-Valley and neighboring communities, and eventually attracting artists from the greater Bay Area. According to Piana, highlights of the last nine years include performances of famous and unusual chamber music, always favoring eclectic instrumentations with the goal of delighting and occasionally surprising. One memorable example, recalls Piana: “In 2008 we commissioned and premiered the piece “…softly through the night…memories of music…” by Fremont composer Helena Michelson with the help of funding by a Community Partnership Grant from the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of American Composers Forum.”

 

Variety of instrumental combinations has been a goal throughout the seasons. This 10th Anniversary Concert is no exception, featuring six outstanding local talents in an interesting variety of pieces and instrumental combinations. Not to be missed.

 

The artists will be available after the performance for an informal chat with audience members.

 

Firehouse Arts Center

Pleasanton

$12-$25

Information: (925) 931- 4848

http://www.firehousearts.org

 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 3pm

 

Afiara String Quartet

 

Making its Cal Performances debut, the Afiara String Quartet is a young ensemble poised on the edge of greatness. The group displays keen interest in new works, offers fresh insight into core classical repertoire, and has already won major honors, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition (2008) and the Young Canadian Musicians Award (2010). The group's Berkeley program is a delightful combination of old and new, with masterworks of Haydn and Beethoven plus a new work by Boston composer Brett Abigaña, commissioned by the Afiara. "A revelation...their performance individually and collectively, their musicality and maturity...place the Afiara amongst the best of current quartets" (La Presse, Montreal).

 

Cal Performances

Hertz Hall, Berkeley

$42

Information: (510) 642-9988

http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu

 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 3pm

 

Concert of American Contemporary Classic Music

 

Audiences have responded enthusiastically to the colorful, unique, and often fascinating new works introduced. by the Sounds New chamber music ensemble. Its members, directed by composer/pianist Herbert Bielawa, are all active and dedicated musicians whose professional experience has covered a wide range of styles and genres. Sounds New typically offers an eclectic mixture of recent and older pieces by composers living in the U.S. These concerts are a stimulating and refreshing addition to contemporary music programming in Northern California.

Jules Langert.

 

Sounds New

Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, Kensington

$15/$20

Information: (510) 524-2912

http://www.SoundsNewUS.org

 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 4pm

 

Temescal Quartet and Friends

 

Temescal String Quartet

Sunnyside Conservatory

San Francisco

Information: (510) 769-2968

 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 4pm

 

Presenting: The Boston Trio

 

The Gualala Chamber Music Committee presents beautiful music in an intimate setting. World-class performers travel year-round to this quiet northern California coastal town overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

 

This month: The Boston Trio

 

“Whenever this trio plays, drop everything and go hear them!” hailed the Boston Globe on the occasion of The Boston Trio’s Tanglewood debut at Ozawa Hall. Since their formation in 1997, the Trio has quickly become one of today’s most exciting chamber music groups. Acclaimed for their superb sense of ensemble and wondrous balance, these virtuosic and profound musicians are committed to creating exceptional and daring performances of standard and contemporary repertoire around the country and abroad.

 

Violinist Irina Muresanu, cellist Denise Djokic, and pianist Heng-Jin Park each have distinguished careers as soloists, recitalists, and chamber musicians, and have appeared with major orchestras and premier chamber music festivals throughout the United States and Europe. Cellist Ms. Djokic, one of Canada’s most celebrated musicians, has earned world-wide acclaim for her sincere, powerful interpretations and her bold command of the instrument. She has been soloist with major orchestras in Canada, US, and in Europe. Ms. Muresanu, who has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Philharmonic, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and other top international orchestras, is the recipient of top prizes at the Montreal International Competition and the Queen Elizabeth Violin Competition. Pianist Heng-Jin Park, who made her solo debut with the Boston Pops at the age of 15, is the founding member of the Boston Trio, and the Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont.

 

Gualala Arts Chamber Music Committee

Gualala Arts Center, Gualala

$25 all seats

Information: (707) 884-1138

http://www.thebostontrio.com

 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 4:30pm

 

Hal Galper Trio

 

With over 90 recordings to his credit, 30 as a leader in his own right, Hal Galper is best known for his work with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, John Scofield and the Phil Woods Quintet. His recordings as a leader with Mike and Randy Brecker are considered among the best. He has won a Grammy nomination and a Grammy for his recordings with Phil Woods, was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Berklee College of Music and has been a recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, The Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation and the New School of New York. The extremely interactive Trio's newest CD "Trip The Light Fantastic" received Down Beat Magazine's Four Star Review, and was described in JazzTimes as "...another fine example of the veteran jazz pianist at the height of his powers." JOHN BISHOP -drums ( credits: Bobby McFerrin, Slide Hampton, Benny Golson, George Cables, Kenny Werner, Eddie Daniels, Joanne Brackeen, Kenny Rankin and countless others. JEFF JOHNSON - bass (credits: Philly Joe Jones, Charlie Rouse, Barney Kessel, Chet Baker, Lew Tabackin, Eddie Daniels, Joanne Brackeen, Marlena Shaw, George Cables, Bud Shank, Claudio Roditti, Ernestine Anderson, and Michael Wolfe, to name just a few.

 

Hal Galper – piano http://www.halgalper.com

Jeff Johnson - bass http://www.jazzbassist.com

John Bishop -drums http://www.johnbishop.net

 

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society Douglas Beach House

Half Moon Bay

$35

Information: (650) 726-2020

http://www.bachddsoc.org

 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 7pm

 

The Manasse-Nakamatsu Duo

 

Two of America’s most distinguished concert artists join forces on the Kohl stage for a Gala duo-recital featuring music by masters of the classical repertoire, including the superb Brahms Sonata in E-flat Major, No. 2, as well as works composed especially for the duo.

 

“… Manasse and Nakamatsu dazzled the audience with their seamless, hand-in-glove combination of technical wizardry, refined musicianship and the poetic level of their interpretations." – Cape Cod Times

 

An elegant champagne reception and buffet with the artists follows the concert.

 

This non-subscription Gala supports Music at Kohl Mansion’s Kohl for Kids programs.

 

Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with Kai Christiansen.

Complimentary Meet the Artists reception following concert.

 

Music at Kohl

Kohl Mansion, Burlingame

$60 or $50 (two or more tickets)

Information: (650) 762-1130

http://www.musicatkohl.org

 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

Wyton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

 

The matchless musical icon returns to Zellerbach Hall! With more than 30 albums, nine Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize to his name, it is impossible to overstate the accomplishments of Wynton Marsalis. The most outstanding jazz musician of his generation, he is also a master big-band leader in the tradition of Duke Ellington, a distinguished classical musician and composer, and a devoted advocate for the arts. Marsalis's finest instrument is his renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, "the greatest large jazz ensemble working today" (Chicago Tribune).

 

Cal Performances

Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

$30-$85

Information: (510) 642-9988

http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu

 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

Eurostache & Lucio Menegon Ensemble @ SIMM Series

 

7:30 PM Eurostache

8:30 PM Lucio Menegon Ensemble

Ross Hammond - guitar, Shawn Hale - double bass, Dax Compise - drums

 

Lucio Menegon is a NYC based guitarist, composer, collaborator and sonic artist. His work ranges from avant garde improvisation to melodic song and film soundtrack composition. With general disregard for genre, Lucio creatively combines the interesting and appropriate - freely mingling angular riffs, subtle sounds and sheer noise with Dick Dale meets Marc Ribot in free-fall after jumping out of a balloon capsule at the edge of space guitar work. He has appeared on over 50 releases and performed all around the globe, from the Sundance Film Festival to the first Sound Emissions Experimental Festival in Beijing China.

 

The Eurostache group is a project centering around electro-acoustic real-time collaborative experiments in sound. The core ensemble is frequently augmented with guests from the San Francisco Bay Area. Membership is open to anyone as our sonic concept is flexible and allows people from diverse sonic backgrounds to participate.

Their key experimental technique is using unique hand-built and circuit-bent instruments (See SonicNomadic section) in unusual combinations with traditional ones. The instruments are amplified and blended with digital effects to produce a raw organic/electronic sound. Musical constructs such as rhythm, scale, and harmony are given lower priority to open-up the sonic landscape to other possibilities. Performances often include visual elements, audience participation, and improvisation, to convey story, mood, or emotion.

 

Outsound Presents

Muscians Union Hall

San Francisco

$8/$10

http://www.outsound.org

 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 4pm

 

MUSIC IN THE MISHKAN CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

 

Randall Weiss, violin

Michael Graham, cello

Marilyn Thompson, piano

Turina:  "Euterpe" from Las Musas de Andalucia

Copland:  Vitebsk for Piano Trio

Rebecca Clarke:  Piano Trio

Mendelssohn:  Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 66

 

Music in the Mishkan is a three-part chamber music series sponsored by Congregation Sha'ar Zahav. The series, now in its fourteenth year, presents well-known musicians from around the country in a beautiful venue with fantastic acoustics. Randall Weiss, the director of the series, is dedicated to programming the music of Jewish composers, especially those who wrote during the Holocaust.

 

Congregation Sha'ar Zahv

290 Dolores Street, San Francisco

$15-$20

Information: (415) 861-6932

http://www.shaarzahav.org

 

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Monday, March 18, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

"I owe very, very much to Mozart"—Arnold Schoenberg

 

A quote by one of music’s most influential composers sets the tone for an intimate evening of elegant and lyrical new music performed by Earplay, the Bay Area’s noted contemporary classical chamber music ensemble. Earplay continues its 28th season with its second concert at its new venue, the ODC Theater, on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7:30pm.

 

Each season, Earplay shines a spotlight on a master composer of modern music, presenting a mini-survey of rarely-heard or little-known works over the course of the season. Arnold Schoenberg’s expansion of tonality, equalizing every semitone with the development of the twelve-tone system, laid a new foundation for subsequent generations of composers, musicians and listeners. His adoption of the United States as his home country especially affected the course of the American classical music world. A second component of Earplay’s programming focus is to give voice to imaginative composers living and working in the U.S. and especially the Bay Area.

 

The program features three west coast premieres and one world premiere, alongside a rarely-performed Schoenberg work. Schoenberg’s Ein Stelldichein (A Rendezvous, 1905) is a dark, romantic fragment inspired by a poem of German poet Richard Dehmel , with the unusual instrumentation of oboe (Denis Harper), clarinet (Peter Josheff), violin (Terrie Baune), cello (Thalia Moore), and piano (Daniela Mineva). Ein Stelldichein is juxtaposed against the world premiere of Peter Josheff’s poignant Waiting, an Earplay commission, tightly linked by the same pitch material and instrumentation. The virtuosity of the Earplayers as soloists is displayed in the west coast premieres of Mikel Kuehn’s vibrant Colored Shadows (2012) for viola (Ellen Ruth Rose) and electronics, Tiffany Sevilla’s lively Caprice (2008) for solo clarinet (Peter Josheff) and Yao Chen’s sensuous Sotto Voce (2006) for flute (Tod Brody) and piano (Brenda Tom).

 

Earplay

ODC Theater, San Francisco

$20

Information: (4150 863-9834

http://www.earplay.org

 

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – 8pm

 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

 

Hailed as “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” by the Chicago Tribune, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is composed of 15 leading jazz soloists under the leadership of musical director Wynton Marsalis. Over his many appearances at the Mondavi Center (as well as those of his talented brothers Delfeayo, Branford and Jason), Marsalis has compelled and charmed audiences while presenting the full vigor and vision of America’s classical music, as interpreted by some of the finest musicians working today.

 

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Jackson Hall, UC DavisDate: Tue March 19, 2013 8:00pm

$68 / $57 / $35

Information: (866) 754-2787

http://www.mondaviarts.org

 

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – 12:30pm

 

BACH’S 328th BIRTHDAY CONCERT Part 1

Jonathan Dimmock, harpschord / Joshua Lee, viola da gamba

 

J. S. Bach: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba, BWV 1027, 1028, 1029

 

Old Saint Mary's Cathedral

660 California Street

San Francisco

Donation: $5

http://www.NoontimeConcerts.org

 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – 8pm

 

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - The Italian Violin

 

Rachel Podger leads the forces of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra from the violin on a whirlwind journey across eighteenth century Italy in this fiery set of concerti for one, two and four violins. Podger blazes through Vivialdi's Venice, Corelli's Ravenna and Pergolesi's Naples arriving triumphantly in Rome, home to Mossi and Locatelli. Along the way she is joined by Philharmonia Baroque concertmasters Elizabeth Blumenstock, Katherine Kyme and Carla Moore.

 

One of the most creative talents to emerge in the field of period performance, Podger was leader of The English Concert from 1997 to 2002. In 2004 Rachel began a guest directorship with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, touring Europe and the USA. Collaborations special to her have been those with Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), Musica Angelica and Santa Fe Pro Musica (USA), The Academy of Ancient Music, The European Union Baroque Orchestra and the Holland Baroque Society (Great Britain).

 

Rachel Podger, violin and leader

Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin

Katherine Kyme, violin

Carla Moore, violin

 

CORELLI Concerto Grosso No. 1 in D major, Op. 6

VIVALDI Concerto for Violin in A major, RV 348 from La cetra, Op. 9 No. 2

MOSSI Concerto for Four Violins in G minor, Op. 4 No. 12

VIVALDI Concerto for Two Violins in A major, RV 519 from L'estro armonico, Op. 3 No. 5

PERGOLESI Concerto for Violin in B-flat major

LOCATELLI Concerto for Four Violins in F major No. 12, Op. 4

 

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford

$95 - $25.

Information: (415) 252-1288

http://www.philharmonia.org

 

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 – 8pm

 

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble continues its 20th Anniversary Season with

TO SCHUMANN WITH LOVE

 

The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (LCCE) continues its 20th anniversary season with To Schumann With Love, a concert celebrating the romance of music in a special tribute to composer Robert Schumann and featuring Andrea Plesnarski and Tom Nugent, Left Coast's married pair of oboists. Schumann’s Violin Sonata will be presented alongside works by his wife Clara, and their great friend Johannes Brahms, as well as a tribute to Schumann by Finish composer Olli Kortekangas and a new work by Eric Zivian composed for and dedicated to Plesnarski and Nugent.

 

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s concert To Schumann With Love is a tribute to composer Robert Schumann, presenting his romantic Violin Sonata along with a piece composed by his wife Clara Schumann, Romances for Oboe and Piano, and a another by their dear friend Johannes Brahms, Intermezzo Opus 118, No. 2 in A major, transcribed for oboe, English horn and piano. To complement this trio, two contemporary tributes to the composer will be performed. The first, composed by Olli Kortekangas, is a meditation on Schumann’s work Aveux, Hommages à Schumann, for oboe and string quartet. The second is a tribute to Schumann by Left Coast pianist and composer Eric Zivian. Zivian’s new work for two oboes is composed for and dedicated to Andrea Plesnarski and Tom Nugent, Left Coast's married pair of oboists. This piece will receive its world premiere at the concert.

 

To Schumann With Love also features the West Coast premiere of Ryan Carter’s too many arguments in line 17-- the winner of the LCCE 2012 composition contest. Carter’s work has been praised by the New York Times as "imaginative...like, say, a Martian dance party," and by the Milwaukee Express, for his "...contemporary feel for interesting, driving textures and counterpoint."

 

142Throckmorton Theatre

142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

$30 General Admission / $15 Under Age 30 

20th Anniversary Season Special Offer: 20 tickets at $20 for all SF Concerts (restricted seating, first-come first-served, sold at the door 1-hour before concerts)

Information: (415) 617-LCCE (5223)

http://www.leftcoastensemble.org

http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com

 

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Friday, March 22, 2013 – 1pm

 

Dolci by the Bay

 

Dolci will perform nine short, free mid-day concerts in the San Francisco Senior Center's Bay View Room at 890 Beach St., San Francisco, Fridays, February 22 - April 19 at 1:00 to 1:30 pm. This program will include Elliott Carter's Pastoral for English Horn and Piano and Frederic Chopin's Waltz, opus 64 no. 2.

 

San Francisco Senior Center

San Francisco

FREE

http://dolciduo.us/dolciconcerts.html

 

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Friday, March 22, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

Eva Beneke / LeChic Duo Guitar Concert on Friday, March 22

 

Hill Guitar Company along with Carmel Guitar Society and Friedman Eye Center presents Eva Beneke and LeChic Guitar Duo in a rare concert event on Friday evening March 22nd.

 

Eva is an internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and published arranger, with a free-spirited virtuosity and enormous talent for improvisation. She is a true musical find.http://evabeneke.com/media/

 

Renowned classical guitarists Iren Arutyunyan and Sofia Gleeson have combined their talents to form the LeChic Guitar Duo. Iren and Sofia met studying guitar at the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in 2009, and went on to form this cutting-edge duo in 2010. http://lechicduo.com/biography

 

Hill Guitar Company

Museum of Monterey, Monterey

$20 - $25

Information: (831) 484-5848

http://www.hillguitar.com

 

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Friday, March 22, 2013 – 8pm

 

Australian Chamber Orchestra

 

Bursting onto the stage with a unique blend of spirited and propulsive energy, the Australian Chamber Orchestra—Richard Tognetti's "badass classical band" (TimeOut New York)—dynamically reflects its country's adventurous and enquiring spirit. The ACO virtually redefines chamber music, displaying a unique sense of vitality and virtuosity. In a nod to past traditions, only the cellists are seated—the resulting sense of energy and individuality is one of the most commented-upon elements of an ACO concert experience. They return to Cal Performances following their dynamic 2011 appearance at Ojai North! with Dawn Upshaw.

 

Cal Performances

Hertz Hall, Berkeley

$52

Information: (510) 642-9988

http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu

 

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Friday, March 22, 2013 – 8pm

 

Mobius Trio

 

World Premieres by Dan Becker, Samuel Carl Adams, Frank Wallace, and Belinda Reynolds.

 

There's a new wave of energy and excitement thrumming through the San Francisco contemporary classical music scene and, whether you choose to call it Alt-Classical, Indie Classical, or Classi-Cool, Mobius Trio are at its forefront. Though at its core the Trio is a group of three classically-trained guitarists, their Old First program is a cornucopia of the nontraditional, featuring amplification, electronics, various types of guitars, a plethora of extended techniques, and one very saucy subwoofer. Every piece on the program, and indeed any Mobius program, is a recent commission, unique to the Trio - featured composers include Dan Becker, Samuel Carl Adams, Frank Wallace, and Belinda Reynolds.

 

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, March 23, 2013 – 7:30pm

 

Dawn of the Baroque

 

Seventh Avenue Performances presents "Dawn of the Baroque" the eighth of ten free concerts celebrating our tenth anniversary season featuring the ensemble Sunset Baroque (Noah Strick, violin; Adaiha Macadam-Somer, cello & Adam Cockerham, theorbo)! To most people "baroque" means Bach, Vivaldi, Teleman, and perhaps Handel. But there is a great quantity of fantastic music from the early Baroque that is rarely heard or played. This program explores the music from the first half of the 17th century, an era of great innovation and discovery, particularly in Italy. This was a time when the sonata came into its own as an important musical form. Composers represented on this program include Uccellini, Castello, Marini and others, all deserving recognition and attention alongside the better-known masters of this era. No tickets or reservations are necessary - just come and enjoy the concert!

 

Seventh Avenue Performances

Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, San Francisco

FREE - no tickets or reservations necessary

Information: (415) 664-2543 x3

http://www.sevenperforms.org

 

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Saturday, March 23, 2013 – 8pm

 

Australian Chamber Orchestra

 

Bursting onto the stage with a unique blend of spirited and propulsive energy, the Australian Chamber Orchestra—Richard Tognetti's "badass classical band" (TimeOut New York)—dynamically reflects its country's adventurous and enquiring spirit. The ACO virtually redefines chamber music, displaying a unique sense of vitality and virtuosity. In a nod to past traditions, only the cellists are seated—the resulting sense of energy and individuality is one of the most commented-upon elements of an ACO concert experience. They return to Cal Performances following their dynamic 2011 appearance at Ojai North! with Dawn Upshaw.

 

Cal Performances

Hertz Hall, Berkeley

$52

Information: (510) 642-9988

http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu

 

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Saturday, March 23, 2013 – 8pm

 

Ying Quartet

 

The award-winning Ying Quartet combines brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music. From the Sydney Opera House to the small farm town of Jesup, Iowa, the Quartet's performance history is as vast as it is diverse. The Quartet's ongoing commitment to enabling music to become an integral part of community life is the impetus for their ongoing LifeMusic commissioning project. Their March 23rd concert will include the West Coast première of a LifeMusic work by Kenji Bunch, "Concussion Theory".

 

Chamber Music Monterey Bay

Sunset Center, Carmel

$15-46

Information: (831) 625-2212

http://www.chambermusicmontereybay.org

 

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Saturday, March 23, 2013 – 8pm

 

Jovino Santos Neto & Friends

 

Please join us for a special musical event featuring Jovino Santos Neto and musical friends. All proceeds raised during this event will go towards scholarships for underprivileged children to attend Living Jazz's Jam Camp West program.

 

Piedmont Piano Company

Oakland

$45

Information: (510) 547-8188

 

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Saturday, March 23, 2013 – 8pm

 

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra Concert: World Premiere

 

David Ramadanoff conducts MSCO in Richard Purvis' Pièce Symphonique for Orchestra and Organ, with T. Paul Rosas, organist, and a world premiere of Jeremy Cavaterra's Monterey Suite. The program finishes with Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 in D major, "Reformation."

 

Pièce Symphonique was written by the famous Grace Cathedral organist Richard Purvis and first performed on April 25, 1969, with the Oakland Symphony. There was much excitement in the organist community about this new organ concerto and discussion about publishing the new work. Unfortunately, the concerto was not published, and the scores were put away and forgotten until recently.

When James Welch (see www.welchorganist.com) began research for a biography of Richard Purvis, he discovered the existence of an unpublished organ concerto. He also found a recording and copies of the original manuscript, which he shared with T. Paul Rosas, who thought that the romantic and engaging work deserved to be seen and heard again.

 

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra

First Congregational Church of Palo Alto

FREE (under 18) to $20

http://www.mastersinfonia.org

 

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Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 4pm

 

martha & monica

 

An afternoon of music for 'cello and piano, featuring classics and soon-to-be classics! Works to be performed include a world-premiere commission by Oakland-based composer Matt Ingalls, alongside the late Elliott Carter's Sonata (1948), one of the seminal twentieth-century works for 'cello and piano, and Shostakovich's intense and brooding Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 40. Ingalls leads a quadruple-career in the San Francisco Bay Area as a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer; the new work for martha & monica reflects his interest in importing compositional processes and formal structures based on computer music algorithms and techniques, and using dynamic instrumental sounds and textures resembling electronic music coupled with noises found in urban environments, replicating them on acoustic instruments.

 

Old First Church

1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Information: (415) 474-1608

$17; $14 students & seniors

http://www.oldfirstconcerts.org

 

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Monday, March 25, 2013 – 8pm

 

Classical at the Freight: Souvenir of Florence

 

Tchaikovsky’s thrilling string sextet, plus Hugo Wolf’s brilliant Italian Serenade—performed by the SFCO All-Stars, and guest star Kay Stern, concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. No passport needed for this visit to bella Italia!

 

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 to $10.50

Information: (510) 644-2020

http://www.performances.org

 

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Monday, March 25, 2013 – 8pm

 

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble continues its 20th Anniversary Season with

TO SCHUMANN WITH LOVE

 

The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (LCCE) continues its 20th anniversary season with To Schumann With Love, a concert celebrating the romance of music in a special tribute to composer Robert Schumann and featuring Andrea Plesnarski and Tom Nugent, Left Coast's married pair of oboists. Schumann’s Violin Sonata will be presented alongside works by his wife Clara, and their great friend Johannes Brahms, as well as a tribute to Schumann by Finish composer Olli Kortekangas and a new work by Eric Zivian composed for and dedicated to Plesnarski and Nugent.

 

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s concert To Schumann With Love is a tribute to composer Robert Schumann, presenting his romantic Violin Sonata along with a piece composed by his wife Clara Schumann, Romances for Oboe and Piano, and a another by their dear friend Johannes Brahms, Intermezzo Opus 118, No. 2 in A major, transcribed for oboe, English horn and piano. To complement this trio, two contemporary tributes to the composer will be performed. The first, composed by Olli Kortekangas, is a meditation on Schumann’s work Aveux, Hommages à Schumann, for oboe and string quartet. The second is a tribute to Schumann by Left Coast pianist and composer Eric Zivian. Zivian’s new work for two oboes is composed for and dedicated to Andrea Plesnarski and Tom Nugent, Left Coast's married pair of oboists. This piece will receive its world premiere at the concert.

 

To Schumann With Love also features the West Coast premiere of Ryan Carter’s too many arguments in line 17-- the winner of the LCCE 2012 composition contest. Carter’s work has been praised by the New York Times as "imaginative...like, say, a Martian dance party," and by the Milwaukee Express, for his "...contemporary feel for interesting, driving textures and counterpoint."

 

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

50 Oak Street, San Francisco

$30 General Admission / $15 Under Age 30 

20th Anniversary Season Special Offer: 20 tickets at $20 for all SF Concerts (restricted seating, first-come first-served, sold at the door 1-hour before concerts)

Information: (415) 617-LCCE (5223)

http://www.leftcoastensemble.org

 

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 12:30pm

 

MUSIC FOR HOLY WEEK

BACH’S 328TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT Part 2

ARTISTS’ VOCAL ENSEMBLE (AVE)

Jonathan Dimmock, portative organ, music director

 

J. S. Bach: Motet “Jesu, meine Freunde” BWV 227, Organ chorale prelude

 

Old Saint Mary's Cathedral

660 California Street

San Francisco

Donation: $5

http://www.NoontimeConcerts.org

 

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Thursday, March 28, 2013 – 3pm

 

First Nations' Ley: Concerto for multiphonic trombone and invented orchestra

 

First Nations’ Ley- Concerto for Multiphonic Trombone & Invented Orchestra w/ Pauline Oliveros’ Tintinabulate

By David Samas & Jen Baker

Bi-coastal Telle-performance @ CCRMA Stanford, CA and RPI Troy, NY

March 28 3 pm pst/ 6 pm est

 

A 9-site cycle that tells the story of a song for peace and freedom (voiced for multiphonic trombone) as it travels through the seven major vortices (energetically dense places) in the US along the First Nations' Ley, extending east-west across the northern part of the country from the monastery at Shelburne Falls, to Mt. Shasta and on to Mauna Kea. As the song travels west, it is supported by and then transformed with 9 sonic landscapes for invented instruments and extended technique vocals; each soundscape being a reflection of the landscape, its wildlife and its native tribes.

 

Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford

Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel, San Francisco

FREE

Information: (415) 218-9341

https://ccrma.stanford.edu

 

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Friday, March 29, 2013 – 8pm

 

Jonathan Biss, piano and Elias String Quartet

 

Elias Quartet’s San Francisco Debut

 

“Schumann composed his string quartets while undertaking a close study of Bach’s fugues with his wife,” says Biss. “But Purcell, with his mix of intricate counterpoint and formal freedom, is probably even closer to the spirit of the Opus 41 quartets”. The music of Timothy Andres, a highly creative young American composer who is equally conversant with a wide variety of musical styles, is a demonstration of just how far and wide Schumann’s influence has reached.”

 

“The Elias is the best young quartet I’ve come across in years.” –The Times of London

 

San Francisco Performances

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

$25-65

Information: (415) 392-2545

http://www.performances.org

 

 







 

 

 

 

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