SFMusic Thursdays are an outgrowth of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music's acclaimed annual event, SFMusic Day . Live + Free. This new bi-weekly series extends the reach of that celebration of the Bay Area's vibrant, eclectic music scene year-round. Small ensembles in the SFFCM community - excellent and ambitious performers of Early Music, Chamber Music, New Music, Jazz, and Creative Music - are free to present, on their own terms, concert programs in the uniquely intimate and accessible environment of the Center for New Music (C4NM).
Tickets : $15 General, $10 C4NM Members
March 5 | Salon Classique
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op. 13 in A minor
Ernst Bloch: Prelude for String Quartet (1925)
Darius Milhaud: String Quartet No. 1 (1912)
Matthew Szemela and Karsten Windt, violin
Darcy Rindt, viola; Avery Waite, cello.
Jewish string quartet music - from Europe to the New World. Works by two young geniuses frame this program. The Mendelssohn A minor quartet is a classic romantic, a true Sturm und Drang piece that proves the breathtaking mastery of the eighteen-year-young Felix. Eighteen is also the number of string quartets Darius Milhaud composed in his life. His first, written at the age of twenty much in the tradition of Ravel, is a real jewel of French chamber music. As always with Salon Classique, the musicians will be introducing their music on stage during the concert.
March 26 | Vocallective
Vocallective brings together a roster of singers and instrumentalists who share a passion for vocal chamber music. Led by founder Indre Viskontas (www.indreviskontas.com), the collective organizes and curates concert programs both inside the concert hall and in unconventional spaces with the goal of presenting vocal chamber music at the highest artistic level and reaching the widest possible audience. With a commitment to support living composers and the creation of new repertoire, the ensemble focuses on presenting new music whenever possible.
This concert represents an exploration of the ethereal quality of vocal chamber music. The pieces to be presented were chosen for the airy and otherwordly qualities with which they transcend language. Each piece provides a soundscape that emphasizes the stillness of time during life’s most moving moments.
Indre Viskontas, soprano
Meerenai Shim, flute
Corey Mike, violin
Mia Bella D’augelli, violin
Ivo Bukolic, viola
Lewis Patzner, cello