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To respect our artists and patrons, we do not permit infants or toddlers to attend our performances.
Addi Liu, violin; Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin; Gretchen Claassen, viola da gamba; Derek Tam, harpsichord
Marin Marais Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris
Jacquet de la Guerre selections from Pièces de clavecin, Livre 1
Jean-Féry Rebel Le Tombeau pour Monsieur de Lully
Jacques Morel Chaconne en trio
François Couperin L’Apothéose de Corelli
Jean-Philippe Rameau Concert III from Pièces de clavecin en concerts
MUSA is a chamber ensemble dedicated to historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire, as well as new music for period instruments. From trio sonatas to orchestral works, MUSA has presented programs on numerous concert series across the Bay Area. MUSA is a fiscal affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.
Tickets for this performance can be purchased at the door.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert time.
$18.00 General (includes advance online discount)
$15.00 Seniors (65+, includes advance online discount)
$5.00 Full Time Students
Children 12 and under are free.
It's all Beethoven!
Kay Stern, violin; Susan Freier, violin & viola; Stephen Harrison, cello; Susan Vollmer, horn; Julie Gregorian, horn; Carlos Ortega, clarinet; Arnold Gregorian, double bass; Lori Lack, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven String Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3; Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 16; Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20
When was the last time you heard the Beethoven Septet?! In Beethoven’s own time he complained that the piece was too popular! His love/hate relationship with aristocratic patrons and the need to make his living as a composer plagued him throughout his life. Beethoven had come to Vienna to “receive the spirit of Mozart from the hands of Haydn”, and the works on this Ives Collective program quickly established his genius. The Ives Collective presents powerful live music experiences through fresh and informed interpretations of established masterworks and underappreciated gems. With core members and Artistic Co-Directors Susan Freier and Stephen Harrison, the Collective wants to share their joy in bringing together old friends and new in a variety of combinations to perform the widest possible spectrum of chamber music.
Daniel Glover, piano
Franz Joseph Hayden Sonata in E minor, Hob. XVI: 34
Johannes Brahms Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79
Charles Valentin Alkan Festin d’Esope (Aesop’s Feast)
Isaac Albéniz Iberia, Book 2 (Rondena, Almeria, Triana)
Frédéric Chopin Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op. 13
Daniel Glover's program features both familiar gems of the piano repertoire, as well as piano music that is somewhat less familiar from the 18th through 20th Centuries. Works include Haydn's buoyant E minor sonata and Brahms' brooding and emotional Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79. The reclusive and mysterious French composer, Charles Valentin Alkan is represented by his 12th and final etude, Aesop's Feast, from the cycle known as Etudes in the Minor Keys, Op. 39. Alkan's has the (perhaps overblown) legendary reputation of composing the "most difficult music ever composed for the piano." This has kept his music out of the hands of all but the most intrepid and brave pianists. It was rumored that Liszt was so intimidated by Alkan that he wouldn't play for him. Aesop's Feast is a set of 25 variations on an original theme, and the orchestral writing amply displays why his contemporaries referred to him as the "Berlioz of the piano." The work allows the listener's imagination to run wild, as he hears references to all manner of wild and tamer beasts. Isaac Albéniz' masterpiece, Iberia, is represented by three of the most popular and enduring works from Book 2 of the cycle, including Triana, a rousing and brilliant musical representation of this lively "Greenwich Village" section of Seville. Chopin's less often performed Fantasy on Polish Airs was composed for piano and orchestra at the age of 18. This may be the least well known piece from this genre but was a personal favorite of the composer, perhaps in no large part due to the fact that he frequently heard his mother singing one of the popular tunes he utilized in this potpourri.
Wooden Fish Ensemble
with special guests Gyeonggi Kayageum Ensemble
Thomas Schultz, piano; Shoko Hikage, koto/bass koto; Yuki Yasuda, koto/bass koto; In Jung Lee, kayageum; Hae Jung Lee, kayageum; Guee Jin Kim, kayageum; Ga Hee Lee, kayageum; Ga Hyeon Lee, kayageum
Hyo-shin Na World Premieres of Kayageum Music; Koto, Piano II; and Koto, Bass Koto; plus other works including Night Procession of the Hundred Demons, That Old Woman, and the US Premiere of Akhmatova’s Music
Three members of the Wooden Fish Ensemble in San Francisco and six members of the Gyeonggi Kayageum Ensemble from Korea will play nine pieces by Hyo-shin Na (Na’s music has been called “beautifully unpredictable” and "extraordinarily evocative and original”) and the traditional arrangements of Korean folk music. The program will include three World Premieres and two US Premieres.
Bernal Hill Players
SF/DF-Music of Two Cities
Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, flute; Sarah Bonomo, clarinet; Samsun Van Loon, cello; Jennifer Peringer, piano
Gabriela Ortiz Tepito (2015)
Erik Pearson Inner Postcards from San Francisco (2010)
Katrina Wreede Episodes at China Basin (2011)
Eduardo Gamboa Mixcoac (2012)
Carlos Santana & Alberto Gianquinto Incident at Neshabur (1970)
The Bernal Hill Players invite you to celebrate the release of their new CD Neighborhoods of Mexico City. This marks the culmination of their sister city project of newly commissioned works by Bay Area and Mexico City composers. The music in this program encompasses a gleefully diverse collection of styles, ranging from classical contemporary to folk and rock inspired genres, with works by Gabriela Ortiz, Erik Pearson, Katrina Wreede, Eduardo Gamboa and Carlos Santana. For more information about the ensemble visit bernalhillplayers.com.
Steven Bailey, piano
Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in D major, K. 118; Sonata in B minor, K. 87; Sonata in A major, K. 39
Richard Wagner Overture to Tannhauser (Paris version)
Sergei Rachmaninoff selections from Preludes, Op. 23
Johann Strauss, Jr., arr. Adolf Schulz-Evler Concert Arabesques on the Blue Danube Waltzes
Steven Bailey is proud to present his first ever solo piano performance at Old First Concerts. Featuring sonatas of Scarlatti and preludes of Rachmaninoff, the program also includes Adolf Schulz-Evler’s famed Strauss Blue Danube Waltzes virtuoso paraphrase, plus a new hybrid arrangement of the overture to Wagner’s Tannhäuser—"co-written" by Franz Liszt, Moritz Moszkowski and Steven Bailey himself. This epic operatic transcription encompasses the revised overture Wagner presented at the 1861 Paris premiere, infused with the Tristan- and Ring-inspired harmonies of the Venusberg Scene.
The Annual Chopin Birthday Concert
Eric Zuber, piano
Franz Schubert Sonata in A Major, D. 664
Franz Schubert / Franz Liszt Du bist die Ruh & Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Franz Liszt excerpts from Années de pèlerinage, Première année: Suisse & Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Frédéric Chopin Nocturne, Op. 62 No. 1 in B major; Waltz, Op. 34 No. 1 in A-flat major; Ballade No. 1, Op. 23 in G minor; Ballade No. 2, Op. 38 in F major; Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22 in E-flat major
Every year, the San Francisco Chapter of the Chopin Foundation presents a concert celebrating the life and music of Chopin featuring world class pianists. Old First Concerts is honored to host this annual event. Hailed as an "irresistibly fluid" and "illuminating" pianist by The New York Times and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Eric Zuber has established himself as one of the leaders of a new generation of American pianism. Mr. Zuber rose to international acclaim in 2007 after winning the Gold Medal in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, with many more prizes following shortly thereafter. Mr. Zuber has made solo appearances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Severance Hall and for the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City. After making his orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, he has gone on to perform with many of the major orchestras in the United States and abroad including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Minnesota Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony, the Korean Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, and Ireland's RTE National Symphony Orchestra among many others. He has also collaborated with many internationally acclaimed artists including Lewis Kaplan, Amir Eldan, Charlie Neidich, Joseph Silverstein, Gerard Schwartz, Johannes Moser, and Amanda Roocroft among others. Eric holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (B.M., A.D.), the Curtis Institute of Music (Diploma), and the Juilliard School (M.M). His major teachers have been Boris Slutsky, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, and Robert McDonald. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Peabody.
Jupiter Chamber Players
Victor Romasevich, violin; Michael Jones, violin; Stephen Levintow, viola; Paul Rhodes, cello; Special Guest Sergey Rakitchenkov, viola; Special Guest Olga Rakitchenkov, harp
Evgeny Golubev Quintet for Harp and String Quartet in C minor, Op. 39
Anton Bruckner Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas, and cello in F major
In 1997, two veteran freelancers, violinist Michael Jones and Juilliard-trained violist Steve Levintow, recruited BBC Orchestra violinist Andrew Davies and 'cellist Paul Hale of the Oakland Symphony to found the Jupiter Quartet which later became the Jupiter Chamber Players. The quartet had the good fortune to connect with Marvin Sanders, director of Live Oak Concerts at the Berkeley Art Center, just as the Center's previous ensemble-in-residence, the Cypress Quartet, left to launch their international career. The Art Center remained the Quartet's "home" venue for 10 years. Paul Rhodes replaced Hale in 2000, bringing his years of experience in numerous orchestras and as soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival. Two years later, Davies left to pursue other projects, and San Francisco Symphony member Victor Romasevich took over as first violinist. Romasevich brought deep fascination with Russian chamber music, including masterworks by such composers as Sergei Taneyev, Georgy Catoire, and Iosif Andriasov (with whom Romasevich studied violin and viola)—all links in a tradition going back to Tchaikovsky through Moscow Conservatory. The Jupiter Chamber Players take pleasure in introducing wider audiences to the work of these composers, while continuing to present more familiar Russian and European repertoire.
Junior Bach Festival
Talented young artists from the Junior Bach Festival
An all-J. S. Bach concert showcasing some of the most talented young musicians in Northern California.
Come hear J. S. Bach’s music played with great skill and youthful exuberance! In celebration of its 64th year, the Junior Bach Festival proudly presents a new generation of talented young soloists and ensembles. Selected through professionally adjudicated auditions, the Festival showcases performers under age 21 who are both technically virtuosic and capable of communicating the genius of Bach’s compositional language. The Junior Bach Festival is a well-respected Bay Area institution. (In 1965, the California State Assembly issued an official proclamation in the Festival’s honor!) The Festival presents annually a concert series around the time of Bach’s birthday on March 21 in venues throughout the Bay Area. The Festival also promotes the appreciation and study of Bach’s music by offering an annual public Workshop; with the audience, Bach experts examine topics such as baroque style, ornamentation, or ensemble playing. In recent years, the Festival has collaborated with local music organizations to offer students an opportunity during the Workshop to try out a period keyboard, stringed instrument, or wind instrument like those from Bach’s time. Other public Festival offerings include our performer’s participation in the international Bach in the Subway event on March 21 and access to past Festival performances on a special YouTube channel. Throughout the years, many Junior Bach alumni have pursued musical careers both internationally and locally as soloists, chamber musicians, orchestral performers, opera or chorus singers, respected teachers, musicologists, music librarians, and arts managers. Additional information about the Junior Bach Festival may be found on the Organization’s website, juniorbach.org.