The Wooden Fish Ensemble celebrates the music (and birthday!) of Hyo-shin Na, known for letting the contrasting traditions from the East & West co-exist or even conflict, with several World Premieres alongside older works.
Helia Music Collective presents violinist Robert Simonds for an evening of contemporary music for solo violin by American women, exploring the influences of the Baroque era, the Renaissance, and folk music by some of today’s most dynamic composers, including Missy Mazzoli, Cindy Cox, Patricia Van Ness, TJ Cole, Molly Joyce, Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer, Alexis Bacon, and a new work by Helia co-founder Emma Logan.
The Bay Area’s first and only quintet dedicated to the Cuban musical style known as “charanga” focus on the lyrical and timeless instrumental form of Cuban music known as the danzon, a style born in the late 19th century from the “French Trio”, for this special performance.
Take a journey through Andalusian alleys with Arabic & Flamenco music performed by Ali Paris, who captivates audiences worldwide with his unique fusion of Middle Eastern and Western music and with his technical virtuosity and emotional expression.
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.
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.
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.