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Pola Baytelman, piano
Sunday, October 1 at 4:00 pm
Come to an exciting afternoon of piano music from all over the world! Pianist Pola Baytelman will perform a dramatic program of music from Brazil, Argentina, Europe and the US. The concert will begin with music by Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos inspired by regional folk tunes. Also inspired by Brazilian rhythms are the Saudades do Brasil by French composer Darius Milhaud. In addition, Baytelman will play compositions by well-known Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. The program will include the Variations Seriueses, Mendelssohn’s masterpiece, and the beautiful Improvisations on Hasidic Melodies by American composer Paul Schoenfield. Rounding out the program, Ms. Baytelman will perform a selection of pieces from Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia – one of the great masterpieces of piano literature.
Ives Collective: Bohemian Rhapsodies
Friday, October 13 at 8 pm
Roy Malan, violin;
Nancy Ellis, viola;
Susan Freier, violin & viola;
Stephen Harrison, cello
Josef Suk Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 1
Antonín Dvořák Terzetto in C major for two violins and viola, Op. 74 and Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major Op. 87
These three Czech/Bohemian works, written within two years of each other, have those special characteristics that have made Bohemian music from the late 19th century so beloved: soaring melody, the flavor of folk music, and humor. Thrillingly, Robin Sutherland, the long-time pianist of the San Francisco Symphony, will join us along with our dear friends, guest violinist, Roy Malan, and violist, Nancy Ellis, for this concert of Bohemian Rhapsodies. Simply put, Robin is an artist we revere.
Desby - Graber - Rose Trio
Sunday, October 15 at 4 pm
Krisanthy Desby, cello; Miles Graber, piano; Tom Rose, clarinet
Ludwig van Beethoven Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11
Robert Muczynski Fantasy Trio, Op. 26
Paul Juon Miniature Trios
Mikhail Glinka Trio Pathétique
The clarinet had just been invented when Mozart put it into a piano trio. This concert explores how the clarinet evolved in its use as a concert instrument, from early Beethoven, through Glinka, and finally to the 20th century Swiss-Russian composer Juon and Polish-American composer Muczynski. In brilliant arpeggios or mysterious low registers, soft murmuring or incisive folk melodies, the clarinet with piano and cello is pure delight.
Liszt Birthday Gala
Sunday, October 22
Cascada de Flores: A Musical Altar for our Muertos
at 4 pm
Jorge Liceaga, guitar, and guests
Cascada de Flores celebrates love, life, and music, inspired by the troubadours of Mexico and the Americas. In an evening of song, strings, zapateado and heart, a musical altar will be dedicated to loved ones and inspiring cultural icons that have passed: Sones from different regions of Mexico, danzones, waltzes, boleros, guarachas and compositions using these traditional forms. SING OUT! Magazine has called their performances “a dream from which you have no desire to return. You learn the roots while listening to experts play music they clearly love. The result is rich, delicate, and lovely.” For more information please visit cascadadeflores.com.
Minsky Duo raises the Barn
November 5 at 4pm
Monica Chew, piano
Formed in spring of 2016, Minsky Duo’s mission is to present extraordinary music from both popular and obscure composers. While audiences will hear the chamber music they know and love, Minsky Duo also presents listeners with provoking works they will soon not forget. This all-American program includes the Bay Area premiere of Ned Rorem’s sonata for violin and piano, Aaron Copland’s sonata, Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting by Charles Ives, and Road Movies by Bay Area composer John Adams, and a world premiere of some preludes and fugues for piano by American composer Aaron Andrew Hunt.