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.
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.
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.
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.
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.