Elevate Ensemble: Low Hanging Fruit
Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Elevate Ensemble: Low Hanging Fruit

Program

  • Gyorgy Ligeti – Etudes for Piano (selected)

  • Michael Gilbertson – Low Hanging Fruit

  • Ana Sokolovic – Vez

  • Bela Bartok – Contrasts

Sometimes what’s easiest isn’t always what’s best. That theme is explored in this program of virtuosic chamber works that push the performer to the extreme. Michael Gilbertson’s Low Hanging Fruit serves as the title piece, using musical concepts to illustrate the story of the garden of Eden. Also on the program are Gyorgy Ligeti’s Etudes for Piano, one of the most difficult pieces in the 20th-century piano canon, as well as Bela Bartok’s jazz-inspired Contrasts and a Balkan-themed cello solo work by Serbian-Canadian composer Ana Sokolović.

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Music on the Hill: Benefit Concert
Jan
27
7:00 PM19:00

Music on the Hill: Benefit Concert

With pianist and Music on the Hill director, Ava Soifer

Program —

J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord (cello and piano) No. 1 in G major

Tchaikovsky: Waltz Sentimentale

Tchaikovsky: “Kuda, kuda” from Eugene Onegin

intermission

Kabalevsky: Sonata for Cello and Piano in B-flat, Op. 71

 

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Neil Gaiman’s “Instructions”/Britten Suite No. 1 with Sacramento Ballet
Sep
27
to Sep 30

Neil Gaiman’s “Instructions”/Britten Suite No. 1 with Sacramento Ballet

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Sacramento Ballet’s autumn production “Telling Stories” includes a work setting choreography by Amy Seiwert to a pairing of Neil Gaiman’s poem “Instructions” and Benjamin Britten’s Cello Suite No. 1. Shows Sept. 27-30.

Full Program:

Incident at Blackbriar / Choreographer: Ron Cunningham / Music: William Sleator

Cigarettes / Choreographer: Adam Hougland / Patsy Cline

Instructions / Choreographer: Amy Seiwert / Poem: Neil Gaiman / Music: Benjamin Britten

World premiere / Choreographer: Penny Saunders / Music: Nick Drake

Purchase Tickets: http://www.sacballet.org/events/telling-stories/

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Artist Residency, NPR's "Performance Today"
Apr
1
to Apr 4

Artist Residency, NPR's "Performance Today"

April 1-4, St. Paul, MN — Broadcast dates TBD

Works:

George Kahn: Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra, II. Andante + Allegro

Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1, arr. for cello and piano

Reza Vali: Calligraphy No. 9, “Kord”

Martinu: Variations on a Theme by Rossini

Ahmed Adnan Saygun: Partita for solo cello, IV. Allegretto

Tchaikovsky: Waltz Sentimentale

Martinu: Sonata No. 1 for cello and piano, III. Allegro con brio

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Ensemble Mik Nawooj plays Boston Celebrity Series
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

Ensemble Mik Nawooj plays Boston Celebrity Series

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Oakland-based Ensemble Mik Nawooj, led by Berklee alum and composer/pianist Joowan Kim, injects Western European classical compositional techniques into hip hop to create “something that sounds giant and important” (East Bay Express). MCs/lyricists Do D.A.T. and Sandman share the stage with a classical chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano), heavy bass, funky drums, and a lyric soprano to perform original compositions and to reinvent East Coast and West Coast classics.

ARTIST WEBSITES:
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Humanities West: Orpheus’s Lyre
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Humanities West: Orpheus’s Lyre

Music selections from Gluck and Philip Glass; poetry of Rilke and Art of Rodin, Moreau, Cortot. Performed by Kayleen Asbo (story and piano) and Evan Kahn (cello). In 1922, the great poet Rainer Maria Rilke arrived at a chateau in Switzerland in a state of profound depression and grief with a case of writer’s block so intense that it had lasted almost ten years. Over just three weeks, the image of the mythic figure of Orpheus, combined with the sound of violin music played by a young girl, kindled the creative fire within Rilke that gave way to an astonishing series of masterpieces: the Duino Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus. This story of how music opened the doorway to transformation and healing will frame a musical voyage from grief to grace and joy.

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SFCM Centenary Celebration: David Garner’s Piano Trio
Jan
28
7:30 PM19:30

SFCM Centenary Celebration: David Garner’s Piano Trio

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As part of a celebration concert to commemorate SFCM’s 100th year, Sam Weiser, Syon Kim, and I will present the second-ever performance of David Garner’s Piano Trio.

Full Program:

Elinor Armer
Leonardo's Riddle for Baroque Ensemble

Shinji Eshima
Bariolage for Cello and Double Bass

David Garner
Trio

Conrad Susa
Songs

Ragtime Duets for Percussion

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Music for Food Benefit: Kim Kashkashian Residency at SFCM
Jan
13
7:30 PM19:30

Music for Food Benefit: Kim Kashkashian Residency at SFCM

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Music for Food is a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief.
Music for Food is a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in our local communities. At our concerts we transform music into food, nourishing ears and bodies. Now embarking on its 8th season in Boston, Music for Food was founded by Grammy award-winning violist Kim Kashkashian in 2010. 

PROGRAM

Jean-Marie Leclair
Sonata in E Minor (1730)

Béla Bartók
Selection from 44 duos transcribed for viola ensemble  (1931)
     23 Song of the Bride
     24 Comic Song
     35 Ruthenian Dance
     22 Dance of the Fly
     21 New Year's Song No. 1
     43 Pizzicato
     32 Dancing Song
     44 Ardeliana
     37 Prelude and Canon
     11 Cradle Song
     38 Rumanian Whirling Dance
     33 Song of the Harvest
     40 Walachian Dance
     39 Serbian Dance

Antonín Dvořák
Viola Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97 (1893)

Performers:

Ian Swensen, violin
Maria van der Sloot, violin
Samuel Weiser, violin
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Linda Numagami, viola
Natalia Badziak, viola
TzuHui Ho, viola
Carly Scena, viola
Zhenwei Shi, viola
Sophia Ines Valenti, viola
Evan Kahn, cello

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Solo Recital: An Old-School Recital
Dec
4
7:30 PM19:30

Solo Recital: An Old-School Recital

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Recital Hall

Program:

Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major, "Regen-Sonate" (arr. by Brahms for cello, in D major) — I. Vivace ma non troppo — with Christopher Basso, piano

J.S. Bach: Suite No. 5 for solo cello in c minor

Intermission

Robert Schumann: Concerto in a minor, I. Nicht zu schnell

Samuel Barber: Concerto in a minor, I. Allegro moderato

Alfredo Carlo Piatti: Caprices No. 7 and 10

and more!

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