Schumann's piano works reexamined and fine-tuned to reflect the ways in which we listen to music today, in a presentation that brings the original excitement and drama of the Biedermeier era of nineteenth-century classical music back to the spotlight.
A new program celebrating the deep, personal histories and quixotic twists of fate that influenced four brilliant composers to write extraordinary works for piano, pairing them with two new world premieres from two Bay Area artists in their prime.
The Meráki Quartet, whose name is derived from the Greek word meaning "soulfully artistic", presents a program of works from the past and present, all inspired by folk music. This dynamic quartet features four 16-year-old students in their Old First Concerts debut.
Some of the most gifted and accomplished music students in the Bay Area perform a variety of pieces from 1900–1950, one of music history's richest musical eras, including works by Samuel Barber, Béla Bartók, Claude Debussy, George Gershwin, Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninov, Maurice Ravel.