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.
Jupiter Chamber Ensemble
Second Wind, Black & White, and May the Foursome Be With You
Victor Romasevich, violin & piano; Michael Jones, violin; Stephen Levintow, viola; Paul Rhodes, cello; Special Guest Lawrence London, composer/clarinet; Special Guest Steven Dibner, bassoon; Special Guest Lena Lubotsky, piano
Heitor Villa-Lobos String Quartet No. 1
Iosif Andriasov Musical Sketch for Violin and Piano, Op. 4C; Musical Sketch for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 24A; and Andante for Violin and Piano
Lawrence London Dynamo Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Arshak Andriasov 16 Themes in 16 Measures for Solo Clarinet, Op. 16
Alexander Glazunov Reverie Orientale for Clarinet and String Quartet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet, K. 581
The Jupiter Ensemble is joined by friends composer/clarinetist Lawrence London and San Francisco Symphony bassoonist Steven Dibner, as well as pianists Lena Lubotsky and Victor Romasevich. Thus, the above title acquires alternative meaning besides its obvious humorous connotation. The program will consist of musical gems for violin and piano, bassoon and piano by Iosif Andriasov—never before performed in San Francisco; string quartet music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, music for clarinet and string quartet by Alexander Glazunov, Lawrence London and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and piece for solo clarinet by Arshak Andriasov, written for and dedicated to clarinetists Lawrence London, Samuel Marques, Nolan Petote, and Ashley Estrop. London writes of his Dynamo Quintet: “It is an instrumental suite in six short movements for clarinet and string quartet. It was arranged from the song cycle Dynamo, a theater piece based on the life of Thomas Edison. Parts of Dynamo Quintet describe Edison's inventions: the stock ticker, electric light, kinetoscope; other parts describe his personality.'
Ann Miller, violin; Nina Flyer, cello; Sonia Leong, piano
Piano trios by Arensky and Tchaikovsky
Trio 180, the faculty piano trio-in-residence at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, is dedicated to its roles as performer, proponent of new music, and educator. In addition to giving concerts and master classes throughout the United States, the trio has been featured on concert series in Mexico and Canada. Trio 180 performs a wide range of music from the Classical era to the present and is an active advocate of new music. The trio was awarded a Barlow Grant in 2006 to commission eminent composer Chen Yi’s first piano trio, Tibetan Tunes (Theodore Presser). Other works commissioned by Trio 180 include celebrated composer Robert Greenberg’s 180 Shift in 2013 and Reinaldo Moya’s Gothic Sea, in honor of its tenth anniversary. The trio has premiered works by Allan Crossman’s Icarus, Jorge Liderman’s Suite del Sur; Sidewalk, recorded on Albany Records, Derek Jacoby’s Trio No. 2, Francois Rose’s Gently, Wild Rose Petals, and Cindy Cox’s Wave, recorded in summer, 2010 and winter of 2014. Concert seasons have included numerous performances for Composers Inc. in San Francisco and Berkeley, concert tours to Vancouver, Canada, Maryland and Mexico, and performances across California, including concerts at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento and the Sundays Live series at the Los Angeles County Museum. The trio has performed numerous times on the Old First Concert series in San Francisco, including a year-long residency featuring the works of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Robert Schumann. The trio is thrilled to have completed its first CD of works by Dvořák, Suk, and Schumann, now available on Amazon.
Eva-Maria Zimmermann; Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano
This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
Terry Riley G-Song (arr. by ZOFO 2014)
Dylan Mattingly Magnolia (2015) West Coast Premiere
Gabriella Smith Máncora to Huaraz (2015) World Premiere
Katherine Balch Ordinary Matter (2015) West Coast Premiere
Harold Shapero Sonata (1941)
Ryan Brown I heard bells from my rotating house (2014)
Paul Schoenfield Five Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive (1984)
Since joining forces as the professional duo ZOFO in 2009, internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. This Grammy-nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artist Ensemble—one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets—is blazing a bold new path for four-hands groups by focusing on 20th and 21st century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year. This is an all-American one-piano-four-hand program, featuring the World and West Coast Premieres of works by three young and very exciting composers, Katherine Balch, Gabriella Smith and Dylan Mattingly. Also included are Terry Riley's G-Song, which was written for the Kronos Quartet and has lately been arranged by ZOFO, Harold Shapero’s Sonata, composed for the duo he had with Leonard Bernstein at that time, Ryan Brown's charming I heard bells from my rotating house, and Paul Schoenfield's crazy Five Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive.
Gwendolyn Mok & friends
Program Two: Music and the spoken word at a time of war
Diane Nicholeris, violin; Jay Liu, viola; David Goldblatt, cello; Gwendolyn Mok, piano; Robert Hass, poet; Yun Chu, violin
Robert Hass will be joining Pianist Gwendolyn Mok and members of the San Francisco Symphony and cellist Jerry Chang in a performance of Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon. Poet Robert Hass will also offer selections of poetry about war and conflict. The concert will also feature Ravel's Trio in a minor written during WWI when Ravel himself served as an ambulance driver. Join us in this unforgettable concert, marrying music with the spoken word.
Kenneth Renshaw & Audrey Vardanega
Johannes Brahms: The Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Kenneth Renshaw, violin; Audrey Vardanega, piano
Violinist Kenneth Renshaw and pianist Audrey Vardanega celebrate the three violin sonatas of Johannes Brahms, composed between 1878 and 1888. In these masterpieces, Brahms showcases the combined power of the violin and the piano through the demanding virtuosity of each sonata and the intense lyricism in both instrumental parts. Kenneth Renshaw and Audrey Vardanega began playing together when they were middle-schoolers at The Crowden School in Berkeley. Since then, Renshaw and Vardanega have performed to critical acclaim in venues all over the world such as the Louvre Museum in Paris, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, and the Hangzhou Grand Theater. They have each studied and collaborated in performance with some of the world’s foremost musicians including violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pamela Frank, pianists Seymour Lipkin and Richard Goode, and violist Kim Kashkashian.
Le Due Muse
An Evening of Johannes Brahms
Sarah Hong, cello; Makiko Ooka, piano; Special Guest Fumino Ando, violin
Brahms A selection of art songs
Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 28
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8
Le Due Muse is a cello and piano duo team formed by the Bay Area cellist Sarah Hong and her long time duo partner, Japanese pianist Makiko Ooka. with violinist, Fumino Ando from the Oregon Symphony. They return to Old First Concerts to share the Johannes Brahms’ beautiful arts songs and early chamber music masterpieces. Brahms composed his first piano trio in B major, Op. 8 in 1854 when he was only 21 years old. Later he revised the piece in 1891, when Brahms was around 58. His extensive revisions to the B major work make it a striking hybrid of his early and mature styles. Join us for unforgettable program, An Evening of Brahms. For more information, please visit cellistsarahhong.com.
The Village Road Trio and RossoRose Duo, with Beth Vandervennet
Folk Inspired Classical Music
Daniel Fabricant, bass; Rob Reich, accordion; Alisa Rose, violin; Amy Zanrosso, piano; Beth Vandervennet, cello
Alisa Rose Fiddle Caprices and Pizzicato Pieces
Dmitri Shostakovich Four Preludes for Piano and Violin, Op. 34
Antonín Dvořák Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, ‘Dumky’, Op. 90, B. 166
A program of classical music inspired by the folk dances of Romania, the fiddle tunes of America, and the lamenting Dumkas of the Ukraine. Join us to hear RossoRose play folk music with their classical instrumentation, and the Village Road Trio reimagine classical music with their folkloric instrumentation for a program of spirited and expressive music!