Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 4 pm
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Forces of Nature
The Bernal Hill Players
Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, flutes & vihuela
Annelise Zamula, saxophones & flute
Leah di Tullio, clarinets
Sharon Wayne, guitar
Jennifer Peringer, piano & tablas
Valerie Coleman (b. 1970)
Toru Takemitsu (1930–1996)
Toward the Sea
Jennifer Peringer (b. 1959)
The Canyon Wakes Up
Davide Verotta (b. 1958)
Sulle Aridi Pendici
Lili Boulanger (1893–1918)
D’un matin de Printemps
Sarah Rose Stiles
A Dança da Sobrevivência
Sally Davies (b. 1956)
Restore the Earth
This project is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by InterMusicSF, and supported by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation, and San Francisco Grants for the Arts www.InterMusicSF.org
The new works by Davide Verotta and Sarah Rose Stiles were commissioned with the help of a Faculty Enrichment Grant from the Community Music Center of San Francisco www.sfcmc.org
About the musicians
Singer, flutist, conductor and producer Martha Rodríguez-Salazar has been bringing Latin American folk, classical and contemporary music to the Bay Area for more than 15 years. A native of Mexico City, Martha was classically-trained in both Mexico and Mills College as a concert flutist and opera singer. She has been a faculty member of the Community Music Center since 2000, where she teaches voice, flute, Coro de Cámara, Latin Vocal Workshop, conducts several older adult choirs, and is part of the San Francisco Unified School District Mariachi Program. She currently performs with the Bernal Hill Players and the Ave Fénix Duo, as well as curating the Día de los Muertos event at the San Francisco Symphony. For her outstanding leadership in promoting and developing Mexican music and culture in the Bay Area Martha was recognized as a “Luminary” in 2011 by the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco and as “Excelencia Latina” by LAM and Mundo Fox in 2013.
Jennifer Peringer is a pianist and arranger who has played throughout Europe, Mexico and California, with salsa bands in smoky nightclubs, with music hall troupes in riverside pubs, with protest bands in city streets and circus tents, with wild free-improvisation ensembles in artist lofts, with actors in theaters large and small, and with classical chamber music ensembles in churches and concert halls. Jennifer has taught at the Community Music Center in San Francisco since 2000. She earned a Master of Music degree from San Francisco State University, following an undergraduate music degree from the University of London. She currently performs with the Bernal Hill Players and the Magnolia Piano Duo.
Annelise Zamula was educated at Berklee College of Music, Boston, and Indiana University, Bloomington. She studied flute with Wallace Mann (then-principal flutist of the National Symphony) and Matt Marvuglio. She has toured the US, Europe and Canada with the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, and appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with the Montclair Women’s Big Band. Annelise performs locally with the Noertker’s Moxie, Big Lou’s Polka Casserole, and the Bernal Hill Players. She has played in rock, pop, and blues bands in addition to jazz, swing, and classical ensembles.
Leah di Tullio began her clarinet odyssey in 4th grade in the Oakland Public Schools, studying with Rudy Tapiro and eventually joining the Oakland Youth Orchestra. She studied painting at U.C. Berkeley while taking lessons with Rosario Mazzeo and performing in the UC Chorus and Orchestra. She continues to paint, and plays with numerous orchestral and chamber groups including Bay Area Classical Harmonies, Marin Baroque, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, Mozart to Mendelssohn Orchestra, Classical Revolution, Bernal Hill Players and her wind quintet, Sfiato. She studied for many years with Kalmen Opperman, and currently studies with Jerry Simas. She works in the Oakland and San Francisco Public Libraries where she is happy to be surrounded by many scores and recordings.
Classical guitarist Sharon Wayne has received critical acclaim for her performances throughout the US and in Japan. Sharon is passionate about bringing new pieces to audiences, and has premiered works by Frank Wallace, Dusan Bogdanovic, Carlo Domeniconi, and Scott August. In spring of 2023, she will premier two new duets written for Ave Fénix Duo by Bay Area composers Erik Pearson and Davide Verotta. Ms. Wayne has served as Artistic Director of both the Boston and the San Francisco Guitar Society, and was a founding member of the San Francisco Guitar Quartet. She has recorded seven CDs, including both solo and chamber music, and is currently on the Guitar Faculty of San Francisco Community Music Center.