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    Circadian String Quartet – Friday, November 15 at 8 pm

    Circadian String Quartet - Friday, November 15 at 8 pm
    The Circadian String Quartet teams up with Iranian-born Santour virtuoso Hamid Taghavi in a cross-cultural exchange not to be missed, exploring themes of coming together and Yeganegi, or uniting in times of crisis, with music by Reza Vali, Sahba Aminikia, and Hamid Taghavi, representing two generations of Persian-American composers.

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    Hank Dutt – Saturday, December 14 at 8 pm

    Hank Dutt - Saturday, December 14 at 8 pm
    A rare solo appearance by Hank Dutt, violist of the Kronos Quartet, with a contemporary program ranging from classics of the 1970s by Philip Glass and Meredith Monk to the West Coast premiere of John Harbison’s Sonata for Viola and Piano.

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    Golden Bough’s 40th Anniversary – Saturday, December 21 at 8 pm

    Golden Bough's 40th Anniversary - Saturday, December 21 at 8 pm
    A program of rare carols and songs of celebration for the Winter Solstice and the New Year, in a 40th anniversary performance by acclaimed Celtic musicians Golden Bough.

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    KITKA – Wintersongs – Sunday, December 22 at 4 pm

    KITKA - Wintersongs - Sunday, December 22 at 4 pm
    Showcasing material ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols to lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works... from pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year to Medieval Sephardic Chanukah songs to original new pieces inspired by the beauty and mystery of wintertime.

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    Ramey Piano Trio – Sunday, January 12 at 4 pm

    Ramey Piano Trio - Sunday, January 12 at 4 pm
    A performance by three of the Bay Area's most esteemed chamber musicians, featuring works by Haydn, Schubert, and Tailleferre.

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    Chordless – Friday, January 24 at 8 pm

    Chordless - Friday, January 24 at 8 pm
    A duo that is passionate about creating welcoming spaces to explore and appreciate music that has historically been ignored or is brand new, performing a World Premiere by Benjamin Pesetsky, along with works by Copland, Messiaen, Strozzi, and more.

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    Ives Collective – Sunday, January 26 at 4 pm

    Ives Collective - Sunday, January 26 at 4 pm
    Honoring Beethoven in his 250th anniversary with performances of two of his lesser-known works--the gently intimate Op. 29 Viola Quintet and the chamber version of his masterful Piano Concerto No. 4.

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    Duo Concertante – Sunday, February 2 at 4 pm

    Duo Concertante - Sunday, February 2 at 4 pm
    One of Canada's premiere chamber ensembles returns to Old First Concerts with a program featuring Randolph Peters's Frisson, commissioned by the duo, alongside works by Bach, Schumann, and Beethoven.

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    Zane Forshee – Full Circle – Friday, February 7 at 8 pm

    Zane Forshee - Full Circle - Friday, February 7 at 8 pm
    Full Circle is a personal program that explores the points of intersection found between works by living composers that have stretched the boundaries of what is possible on the guitar with works that were groundbreaking in the past.

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    Wooden Fish Ensemble – Sunday, February 9 at 4 pm

    Wooden Fish Ensemble - Sunday, February 9 at 4 pm
    Specializing in programs blending traditional music from Asia with new music by living composers, this program features Korean folk songs alongside works by Frederic Rzewski and Hyo-shin Na, including numerous world and local premieres.

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    New Moon Duo – Friday, February 28 at 8 pm

    New Moon Duo - Friday, February 28 at 8 pm
    The World Premiere of Nicolas Benavides' Canto Caló, a song cycle that takes inspiration from the New Mexican heritage shared by Martinez Becker and Benavides through the lens of their grandparents’ life experiences.

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    Enrico Elisi – Sunday, March 1 at 4 pm

    Enrico Elisi - Sunday, March 1 at 4 pm
    Celebrate Chopin's birthday with a recital of his works by Enrico Elisi--one of the most passionate Italian pianists on the concert scene today, hailed for his mastery of elegance, refinement, and fantasy.

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    BEET250VEN Akademie Gala – Sunday, March 15 at 2 pm

    BEET250VEN Akademie Gala - Sunday, March 15 at 2 pm
    A special 3-hour concert with movements from piano sonatas, arias, and short instrumental works performed by some of the Bay Area's leading performers, followed by a Brats & Biergarten Reception.

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    Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival – Saturday, March 21 at 7 pm

    Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival - Saturday, March 21 at 7 pm

    A four hour celebration of mathematically "pure ratios" - finding harmony and resonance in alternate tuning systems - featuring an all-star lineup of Bay Area performers and several world premieres.

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