Old First Concerts

Look below to find a list of our upcoming concerts. You can also learn more about the artists by clicking on their names and following the links to their bios and websites.

To respect our artists and patrons, we do not permit infants or toddlers to attend our performances.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014 AT 8:00PM

Solenn Séguillon
with Anne Rainwater
 
Solenn Seguillon, violin; Anne Rainwater, piano
 
Shahab Paranj Elegy for solo violin, World Premiere
Arvo Pärt Fratres for violin and piano
Frédéric Chopin, trans. Nathan Milstein Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47, ‘Kreutzer’

Parisian violinist Solenn Séguillon performs nationally and internationally as a soloist and chamber music musician. She has appeared as soloist with several symphony orchestras including the American Philharmonic, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, the Southeast Iowa Symphony and the Bear Valley Music Festival Orchestra. Peter Jaret of Classical Sonoma wrote of Solenn’s performance of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, “Séguillon held the audience rapt as she unfurled the lush, rising lines of the lark's theme with exquisite grace and power.” A member of Old First Concerts’ artists-in-residence Aleron Trio, she was awarded the 2014 Berkeley Piano Club Emerging Artist Award and has been invited to attend the Chamber Music Residency at the Banff Centre this summer as well as the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme at Aldeburgh Music in England, where she will work with the renowned Pavel Haas Quartet and Klára Würtz. For this performance of works by Arvo Pärt, Frédéric Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Shahab Paranj, she is joined by the multi-talented artist Anne Rainwater, known for her compelling interpretations of music from Bach to Zorn. The program features the World Premiere of Shahab Paranj's Elegy a short piece for unaccompanied violin based on a Persian classical melody, Sozo godaz Gusheh, derived from an Isfehan dastgah (related group of melodies). The Persian Radif codex contains several different dastgahs, which are distinguished from each other by the intervallic "weights" of the different notes in the scale. Any given dastgah may contain approximately from 10 to 30 goushehs (melodies). The Elegy contains more variation and uses slightly different pitch-sets than one finds in a strict Sozo Godaz. As with much of Paranj's music, the piece seeks to combine disparate elements of Persian classical through-composition within the context of Western formal canon. In addition, the piece employs extended pizzicato techniques, designed to emulate the touch of the Persian setar, the foremost instrument used to explore melodic forms in the Radif.

 
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2014 AT 4:00PM

Dolci
 
Ted Rust, oboe; Viva Knight, piano
 
Francis Poulenc Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1962)
Nino Rota Preludes for Solo Piano (1964)
Paul Hindemith Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1938)
Alec Wilder Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1961)
Bruce Babcock Metaphors
Peter Hope Sonata for Oboe and Piano (2009)

Symphony goers have to wait for the big oboe or piano solos; there is no waiting at a Dolci concert: those moments happen all the time. This concert will include two oboe-piano classics, Francis Poulenc’s elegy to his friend Prokofiev, and the exultant sonata Paul Hindemith wrote after emigrating from Nazi Germany. Dolci will also present in this concert two rarely heard oboe sonatas in jazz style by the popular songwriters Alec Wilder and Peter Hope. Between duo sonatas, Viva will perform solo piano works by the film composers Nino Rota (La Dolce Vita, The Godfather) and Bruce Babcock (King Kong, Die Hard, Spider-Man 3).

 
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014 AT 4:00PM

Mike Greensill Trio
I'm Hip
 
Mike Greensill, piano; Special Guest Wesla Whitfield, surprise mystery guest vocalist
 
A program delving into the mysteries of the jazz underworld, featuring the songs of Dave Frishberg, Bob Dorough, Blossom Dearie, Fran Landesman and other denizens of the land of the hip and cool. Plus, of course, some Mike Greensill original compositions. “Among San Francisco's many musical blessings, count the sensitivity, wit and inventive bounty of jazz pianist Mike Greensill.” Steven Winn –San Francisco Chronicle
 
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 AT 8:00PM

Wild Rumpus
 
World Premieres of works by Nina C. Young, Ruby Fulton, Per Bloland, and Ioannis Angelakis

Wild Rumpus is dedicated to the development of new music through collaboration with young/emerging composers. The ensemble comprises composers and performing artists committed to excellent, open-minded and creative interpretations of the music of now. Since 2011, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered twenty-five new works through the Wild Rumpus Commissioning Project, an annual call for scores that draws hundreds of submissions from around the world. The composers featured on this program were selected from a cycle that drew over 400 submissions from around the world.

 
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 AT 4:00PM

Vinaccesi Ensemble
Songs & Psalmody: Salamone Rossi Hebreo & Benedetto Marcello
 
Nanette McGuinness, soprano; Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano; Jonathan Smucker, tenor; Kirk Eichelberger, bass; Hallie Pridham, Baroque 'cello; Susie Fong, harpsichord; Adam Cockerham, theorbo
 
The Vinaccesi Ensemble returns to northern Italy in a program of delightful and rarely heard Italian-language madrigals and canzonettas by the most famous Baroque Jewish composer, Salamone Rossi of Mantua, and psalm settings from Venetian Benedetto Marcello’s monumental Estro poetico-armonico. The Ensemble was founded in 2008 by Nanette McGuinness, Kindra Scharich, and Bruce Wetmore, and first performed as part of the 2008 Berkeley Fringe Festival. The Ensemble focuses on music of the Baroque, especially—but not exclusively—that of Italy and the Veneto, and of course, Italian composer Benedetto Vinaccesi (1666-1719). The Ensemble recorded their first CD of solo cantatas by their namesake, Benedetto Vinaccesi, which was released in spring 2013 on Centaur Records (CRC 3270) and was 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 San Francisco Grants for the Arts.
 
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 AT 8:00PM

Jeffrey LaDeur
Turning
 
Jeffrey LaDeur, piano
 
Franz Schubert Impromptu in C minor, D. 899, No. 1
Derek Bermel Turning
Robert Schumann Fashingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26
Claude Debussy Images, Book II
Alexander Scriabin Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp minor, Op. 23

Praised for his "...articulate, expressive work at the keyboard..." (San Francisco Classical Voice) and "...dazzling pianism..." (Sarasota Herald Tribune) pianist Jeffrey LaDeur makes his solo recital debut at Old First Concerts. Familiar to O1C audiences as pianist of the Delphi Trio, LaDeur has performed as soloist at the Kennedy Center, Eastman Theater, Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, and PianoForte Salon Series in his native Chicago. This program features music inspired by a search for meaning, belonging and connection, beginning with Schubert's Impromptu in C minor. The concert continues with American composer Derek Bermel's Turning. Written in 1995 after the composer's return from Ghana, Bermel describes the work as "a mirror of my musical consciousness, East vs. West". Schumann's Carnaval Jest in Vienna was composed in 1839 for Clara Schumann's forthcoming recital in Paris and shows the composer at his most exuberant and playful. The second book of Images by Debussy looks East in its use of whole tone and pentatonic scales and includes some of Debussy's most alluring piano pieces. Alexander Scriabin's Third Piano Sonata (États d'Âme) closes the concert with drama, poetry and fire.

 
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 AT 4:00PM

Oakland Jazz Choir
 
Ben Flint, Artistic Director
 
The Oakland Jazz Choir has been an East Bay institution for over 20 years. During this span the group has taken many shapes, sizes and forms but the common denominator has always been the same: Joy of expression, using the voice to communicate the triumphs, as well as the turbulence, of the human spirit. While jazz forms the base of their musical concept, OJC ventures far from that base, but always putting a jazzy twist on the material. Artistic director Ben Flint, a native of Memphis TN, is steeped in gospel, jazz and R&B, but applies his diverse musical experience to finding a uniquely Oakland sound. Choir membership includes 16 singers, as diverse in age, religion, and race as our hometown Oakland demographics. Yet our focus is small, narrowing in on cool original and standard jazz material, arranged and/or written specifically for our collective voice. Accompanied by their kickin’ trio, OJC delivers exquisite 5 and 6 part harmonies performing original and contemporary arrangements that include pieces by hit makers such as Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Hoagy Carmichael, Pat Metheny, Thelonius Monk, as well as Bobby McFerrin, and Tears for Fears.
 
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