The Meráki Quartet, whose name is derived from the Greek word meaning "soulfully artistic", presents a program of works from the past and present, all inspired by folk music. This dynamic quartet features four 16-year-old students in their Old First Concerts debut.
Some of the most gifted and accomplished music students in the Bay Area perform a variety of pieces from 1900–1950, one of music history's richest musical eras, including works by Samuel Barber, Béla Bartók, Claude Debussy, George Gershwin, Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninov, Maurice Ravel.
World Premiere of Jon Jang’s new work, A Chinaman’s Chance, A Choy’s Chance!, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the US built by Chinese immigrant workers.
Sarah Cahill and Regina Myers perform a concert of music mainly on the theme of social justice, as motivation and inspiration, including works by Elinor Armer, Ruby Fulton, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, and others, as well as a premiere by Sharmi Basu.
Southern California pianist Jason Stoll presents a program of Delicious Delights, featuring works by Mompou, Chopin, Kapustin, Earl Wild's etudes based on Gershwin Songs, and Villemez's Fantasy on Themes from Rogers and Hammerstein's Sound of Music.
Nashville-based guitarist, composer, and songwriter performs his own work--which draws on bucket blues, bluegrass, Celtic and Appalachian fiddle tunes, Gypsy jazz, and even New Orleans ragtime--alongside music by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Rodrigo, Shand, and Hétu.
San Francisco Symphony musicians, Assistant Principal cellist Amos Yang and bassist Charles Chandler perform two commissioned works--a World Premiere by Argentinian composer Andrès Martin, as well as Shinji Eshima's reimagining of Bach's second cello suite.
Le Due Muse is a cello and piano duo team formed by the Bay Area cellist Sarah Hong and her long time duo partner, Japanese pianist Makiko Ooka, whose repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music.
The Musical Art Quintet perform the World Premiere of Sascha Jacobsen's Kanta Judezmo, an oratorio using Jewish melodic themes with motifs and rhythms from Spain, North Africa, the Middle East, and South America, that tells the story about the Sephardic diaspora through the lens of its central female character, with universal threads that traverse centuries, borders, language, culture and genre.