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    Hannah Addario-Berry, Jeff Anderle & Kate Campbell – Friday, June 1 at 8 pm

    Hannah Addario-Berry, Jeff Anderle, and Kate Campbell bring their combined talents to Old First Concerts with a diverse program including works by Bay Area composers Belinda Reynolds and Ryan Rey, and the world premiere of Kaolin for bass clarinet and piano by Ryan Brown.

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    Farallon Quintet – Friday, June 8 at 8 pm

    Farallon Quintet is a dynamic Bay Area ensemble and the only professional chamber music group focused exclusively on the repertoire for clarinet quintet—string quartet plus clarinet—inspired by the simplicity and beauty of nature.

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    Curium – Friday, June 22 at 8 pm

    Founded in the summer of 2017, the women of Curium piano trio specialize in performing the music of female composers along with traditional piano trio repertoire. This program features two rarely heard piano trios by women from different parts of the world: Chen Yi's Tunes from My Home and Kaija Saariaho's Light & Matter.

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    Ensemble for These Times – Friday, June 29 at 8 pm

    Ensemble for These Times (E4TT) returns to Old First Concerts with another edition of their 56X54 project of new and recent works by living composers. This program focuses on works featuring cello, and includes numerous World, US, and Bay Area premieres. Pre-concert talk at 7:30 with composers Lawrence Kramer and Frederick Schipizky.

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    Bridge Piano Quartet – Sunday, July 1 at 4 pm

    The Bridge Piano Quartet is honored to present the world premiere by noted composer Chad Cannon’s Gateway: Stories from Angel Island for piano quartet, narrator, butoh dance, and electronics, alongside works by Frank Bridge and W. A. Mozart.

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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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    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.