San Francisco's Home for Great Concerts since 1970

Shana and Avi Downes

Sicilienne, Papillon, Romance, Après un Reve by Gabriel Fauré; Le Grand Tango for ‘Cello and Piano by Astor Piazzolla; Sonata for ‘Cello and Piano Op. 40 by Dmitri Shostakovich; Three Preludes by George Gershwin Though native San Franciscans, the duet of Shana and Avi Downes have recorded their greatest triumphs and inspired their most devoted following in Europe, having won the prestigious Premio Trieste, and the chamber music prize at the Rostropovich Competition in Paris. Their Old First Concerts appearance salutes the 100th birthday of Dmitri Shostakovich with a program highlighted by his captivating Bach-, folk- and jazz-influenced Sonata for ‘Cello and Piano and featuring works by Fauré and Gershwin.

Old First Concerts has volunteer opportunities available!

Our concerts rely on the generosity of volunteers to assist with simple tasks like:


distributing programs

box office

set-up and clean-up

Scheduling is flexible — you choose when to work! We especially need helping hands for our Friday and Saturday night performances.

An excellent opportunity for students, seniors, or anyone who possesses a love for music!

If you’d like to consider volunteering with Old First Concerts, please contact for more information.