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    Gifts from Over Sea – Sunday, August 12 at 4 pm

    The ensemble Gifts from Over Sea continues the ancient human tradition of storytelling through song. Played on guitar, lute, theorbo, and harp, the program features a wide variety from Early Music, over the classical Lied-tradition, to original and contemporary arrangements of folk songs.

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    Henry Plotnick & Friends – Friday, August 17 at 8 pm

    Jazz pianist and composer Henry Plotnick brings his unique, energetic musicianship to Old First Concerts in a very special concert of jazz standards, originals, and work by new composers. Just seventeen years old, he has performed throughout the Bay Area at venues such as Davies Symphony Hall, SFMOMA, California Jazz Conservatory, Stanford University, JCCSF, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum, and San Francisco City Hall.

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    Will Chow & Yi-Fang Wu – Sunday, August 19 at 4 pm

    Will Chow, a cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, joins Bay Area pianist Yi-Fang Wu on a Sunday afternoon to present a wide sampling of works for cello and piano by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Kapustin, and Piazzolla.

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    Debussy Centennial Festival, program 4 – Friday, August 24 at 8 pm

    The fourth and final concert in our Debussy Centennial Festival, featuring pianists from the New Piano Collective with special guests violinist Liana Bérubé and cellist Michelle Kwon, in performances of the first book of Etudes, En blanc et noir, Violin Sonata, Cello Sonata, and more! The Festival is sponsored in part by R. Kassman, Purveyor of Fine Pianos.

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    Firesong Ensemble – Sunday, August 26 at 4 pm

    Soaring Romantic and Impressionist masterpieces by Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Schoenberg are showcased by soprano Vanessa Langer and pianist Vera Breheda. Praised for her “flexible and multi-hued voice” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “enormous stage presence (New Classical LA), soprano Vanessa Langer joins Vera Breheda, a “pianist [who] reaches for the stars with her talent…” (Saarbruecker Zeitung), in a program that surveys the great song heritage from turn of the century Paris, Moscow, and Vienna.