- Donna Lerew, violin
- Frank Johnson, piano
Violin and piano masterpieces from Biber to Rochberg
These two intrepid musicians will explore the heart and some surprising fringes of music for violin and piano: the ultimate Beethoven Sonata, a Schubert gem, hypnotic Biber Passacaglia, and startling Rochberg Variations.
- Mark Anderson, piano
Pianist Mark Anderson returns to Trinity Concerts performing the profoundly evocative Miroirs by Ravel. Also on the program will be rarely (if ever!) heard late 18th Century romantic gems by the the "Dutch Brahms" Julius Röntgen and the great conductor and pianist Hans von Bülow. Get a sneak listen of the Röntgen works before he records them in May for Nimbus Records!
- Nanette McGuinness, soprano
- Adaiha Macadam-Somer, 'cello
- Dale Tsang, piano
Premieres of newly commissioned works by Elena Ruehr, David Garner, Laura Schwendinger, and more. The Jewish Music & Poetry Project performs new music to texts by Jewish poets and women composers, as well as "ostracized" composers of the 20th century–with regular detours towards other poets or composers that intrigue them.
- Gianna Abondolo, 'cello
- with special guests
- Nico Abondolo, double bass
- Lisa Sangita Moskow, electric sarod
Praised by the Los Angeles Times as “Clearly a musician of exceptional talent,” cellist Gianna Abondolo leads a dynamic career performing regularly as soloist, chamber musician, improviser and composer. A former member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gianna brings a compelling and fresh approach to her performances. Her programming includes a creative and eclectic array of repertoire for both solo cello and with other instruments ranging from classical and contemporary to her own compositions. The evening’s performance will feature the music of Kodaly, Schnittke and Pärt along with her original solos, duos and improvisations with her brother, internationally acclaimed double bassist Nico Abondolo, and virtuoso electric sarod player Lisa Sangita Moskow.
- Davide Verotta, piano/composer
"Composing or playing any type of music results in a conflict between the immediacy of subconscious reactions to sound and the intellectual discipline that is required to write or perform a piece of music. This conflict is what has interested me in the last year of composing. The result is a set of interlinked pieces for piano, percussion, strings and voice, titled Il Ponte, that explores this "taming of the beast"–chamber music–in its capacity to build complex musical structures while communicating deep emotions and feelings in a free and immediate way."
- Natalie Parker, clarinet
- Dan Flanagan, violin
- Matthew Oshida, violin
- Elizabeth Prior, viola
- Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
This dynamic Bay Area ensemble is focused on presenting the clarinet quintet (string quartet plus clarinet) repertoire. In addition to playing the classics, the group seeks to perform rarely-heard works as well as new music by living composers. The ensemble is made up of leading Bay Area musicians who are principal players in such orchestras as the San Francisco Ballet, Santa Rosa Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Marin Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Fremont Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Modesto Symphony, and the Sacramento Philharmonic. The group takes its name from the Farallon Islands, located right off the coast of San Francisco. Its meaning—pillar or steep rock in Spanish—indicates the group’s vision to become an important “pillar” or “rock” in classical music by building awareness around the lesser-known yet musically significant clarinet quintet repertoire.
Since 1975 the San Francisco Early Music Society (SFEMS) has presented high quality concerts, up-to-date publications, and some of the best education programs available anywhere. All this has contributed to the Bay Area’s reputation as one of America’s leading centers for the performance of early music. The biennial Berkeley Festival is a week of concerts and workshops by distinguished early music performers from around the world.
An exciting part of the festival is the Fringe, self-produced concerts by ensembles, some from the Bay Area and some traveling here for the festival. Trinity Chamber Concerts will host many of these Fringe concerts. Make sure to check out the complete schedule of festival events when it becomes available, as they take place at several venues.
- Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
- Bill Kalinkos, clarinet
- David Wegehaupt, saxophone
- Jeff Anderle, bass clarinet
- Dana Jessen, bassoon
Splinter Reeds is the Bay Area's first reed quintet, recently formed by five innovative musicians whose reeds vibrate primarily to the sounds of the 20th and 21st Century. The members of this New Music dream team share a composite performing history that includes San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, sfSound, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble, Dal Niente, Sqwonk, and many more.
The 12th season of the Festival of Contemporary Music (FCM) brings together more than 25 composers and holds its opening concert at Trinity Chapel with a display of chamber music from up-and-coming as well as established composers from the United States and around the World. Each year the FCM highlights the various styles and techniques found in contemporary music, ranging from the neo-romantic to the serial, to the experimental and improvisational. This concert is the 21st offering in the series and the first of three concerts in the summer of 2014. The FCM is under the direction of composers Brian Bice, John Bilotta and Davide Verotta. Please visit http://newmusicforum.com for more information.