Trinity Chamber Concerts

…presenting the finest of Northern California's emerging musicians

2014-201541st Season

Welcome to Season 41 at Trinity Chamber Concerts! We’re thrilled to bring you ten concerts featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest up-and-coming performers. We’d also like to introduce you to Daniel Lewin who will co-direct the Trinity series with Diane Grubbe for the 2014-2015 season before taking over as sole director in Fall 2015. You may already be familiar with Daniel as an accomplished violinist performing with many Bay Area orchestras. Please join us to experience exciting chamber music in the perfect setting, Berkeley’s Trinity Chapel!

Special Event

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:30pm

Robert Stallman

  • Robert Stallman, flute
  • with
  • Isabelle Chapuis, flute
  • Dmitriy Cogan, piano
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Bach, Budapest and Beyond

Virtuoso flutist Robert Stallman performs works by Bach, Kuhlau, Taktakishvili, Dvorak and the Doppler Brothers.

  • Special Event Prices
  • $25 general
  • $20 seniors, students, disabled

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:00pm

Areon Flutes

  • Jill Heinke, Kassey Plaha, Sasha Launer, flutes
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Award-winning Areon Flutes returns to Trinity Chamber Music Series to kickstart their 10th Anniversary Season with a retrospective program of their favorite repertoire—all by living composers, including celebratory new commissions from this year by Joseph Columbo and Hugh Lobel. Areon Flutes is a non-profit educational organization, a Miyazawa Artist Group, and can be heard on iTunes.

Special Concert!

Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:00pm

Lucia Petito

  • Lucia Petito, violin
  • with special guests
  • Elden String Quartet
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Please join us for an exciting evening of chamber music performed by alumnae and current students of UC Berkeley! Lucia Petito is a talented young violinist who became a graduate student in Biostatistics at UC Berkeley. After playing pieces by Bach and Kreisler for solo violin (including the famous Chaconne), she will be joined by the Elden String Quartet, an ensemble formed through the UCB Symphony Orchestra, to perform Mozart's celebrated Dissonance quartet, as well as Gershwin's only string quartet, Lullaby.

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 8:00pm

San Francisco Guitar Quartet

  • Patrick O'Connell, Jon Mendle, Matthew Fish & Roberto Granados, guitars
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A leading guitar ensemble, the San Francisco Guitar Quartet will present a diverse repertoire of contemporary classical music.  Included in their program are works by various composers from around the world, such as Australia, Brazil, and Sweden, as well as works dedicated to the group.  Of special note is Quartet No. 2 by Garry Eister, written for a unique instrumentation of classical, electric, and steel string guitars with mandolin.

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 8:00pm

Duo Camaraderie

  • Laura Scarlata, flute
  • Sharon Lee Kim, piano
  • with special guest
  • Stacey Pelinka, flute
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Bay Area-based Duo Camaraderie is a professional flute and piano chamber ensemble featuring a variety of outstanding guest artists each season–both instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as living composers. DC will perform the lively Sonata for Flute & Piano by Otar Taktakishvili, as well as award-winning Bay Area composer Omid Zoufonoun’s By Shadow, By Light (World Premiere, fall 2014). Flutist Stacey Pelinka will join the duo for Bach’s Trio Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1020, as well as the lovely Flower Duet from Lakmé by Léo Delibes. Hear a few of Duo Camaraderie’s favorites, and some new collaborations as well!

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 8:00pm

Mensa Sonora California

  • Anthony Martin, violin
  • David Wilson, violin
  • John Dornenburg, viola da gamba
  • Charles Sherman, harpsichord
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Before Bach: Mensa Sonora California offer pieces by musicians whom Bach valued and learned from, illuminated by passages from Johann Nicholas Forkel's biography of Bach (1802). Includes works by Reincken, Couperin, Pachelbel, Vivaldi and Buxtehude.

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 8:00pm

Solo Acoustic Wizards

  • Cornelius Shinzen (深禅) Boots, shakuhachi
  • Mark Deutsch, bazantar
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Heart & Blood: Absolute mastery collides with non-conceptual intuition. Cornelius Shinzen (深禅) Boots performs on Taimu & jinashi shakuhachi flutes with Mark Deutsch on Bazantar (upright contrabass with dozens of sympathetic strings). From ancient to newly invented, these instruments exhibit depth and evoke mystery: they demand a conscious engagement and level of training from the performers that borders on the obsessive: the results infuse the virtuosic with the ethereal.

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:00pm

Bernal Hill Players

  • Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, flute
  • Karla Avila, clarinet
  • Jennifer Peringer, piano
  • with special guest
  • Sarah Bonomo, clarinet
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Musical Chairs: Chamber Music from the 1800's to Now

This program offers a sinfonia by Danzi, a Romantic flute trio by Frenchwoman Louise Farrenc, a Fellini-esque clarinet trio by Nino Rota, a jazz-influenced flute & clarinet dialogue by Russell Peterson, and 21st-century Latin American works by Miguel del Aguila and Eduardo Gamboa. The Bernal Hill Players have performed throughout the Bay Area and Mexico City, commissioned pieces by Bay Area and Mexican composers, and produced a CD, San Francisco: In and About the City.

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8:00pm

Avenue Winds

  • Melanie Keller, flute
  • Adrienne Malley, oboe
  • Karla Avila, clarinet
  • Daniel Wood, horn
  • Charles Moehnke, bassoon
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Avenue Winds engages audiences of all ages with dynamic chamber music performances featuring new works by Bay Area composers as well as the classics of the woodwind quintet repertoire. Formed in 2002, this captivating woodwind quintet has performed in recital at numerous venues, including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of San Francisco, Berkeley Chamber Performances, Deep Valley Chamber Music Series, Trinity Chamber Concerts, Community School of Music & Arts (Tateuchi Hall), Rengstorff House, and the Old First Concert Series. Please join us for an evening of chamber music.

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8:00pm

Daniel Lewin & Dmitriy Cogan

  • Daniel Lewin, violin
  • Dmitriy Cogan, piano
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The three sonatas for violin and piano of Johannes Brahms are landmarks of classical/romantic music. These great works range from the grace and lyricism of Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78, to the majesty and dignity of Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100, the "Thun" or "Meistersinger" – and on to the passion and tempestuousness of the popular Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108. All of the power, introspection, and beauty of Brahms are on display in these chamber music masterpieces.

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 8:00pm

Chamber Music of Toru Takemitsu

  • Diane Grubbe, flute
  • Frank Johnson, piano
  • with special guests
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An examination of the iconic Japanese composer through his chamber works, curated and performed by flutist Diane Grubbe, pianist Frank Johnson and guests. Largely self-taught but influenced by Debussy, Schoenberg, Messiaen and others, Takemitsu developed a unique style, blending elements of Western classical music and the sound of traditional Eastern instruments, in addition to serial music and musique concrete.

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