Trinity Chamber Concerts

…presenting the finest of Northern California's emerging musicians

2017-201844th Season

Welcome, Friends and Music Lovers!

Welcome to the 44th season of Berkeley’s own Trinity Chamber Concerts. We are pleased to present a varied and wonderful roster of some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians. There should be something for almost everyone in this season’s musical lineup. From solo pianists Zeynep Ucbasaran and Joe Irerra, to the popular Temescal String Quartet and the San Francisco Guitar Quartet. From the Berkeley-raised Bloom Duo to the exciting Matt Renzi Soundscapes Jazz Trio to the marvelous singer-pianist Mariah Parker and her Latin-Indio Trio, you will want to reserve the 2nd Saturday of every month through June 2018. Opening the season in September is the renowned lutenist/guitarist Franklin Lei in a program entitled Bach, Bill and the Blues. See you at the downbeat! Happy Listening!

Daniel Lewin
Director, Trinity Chamber Concerts


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Franklin Lei, lutenist

Opening our 44th Season is lutenist Franklin Lei, who does not remember his first TCC performance, but otherwise is sure that he was the lute in TCC's "Festival of Guitars (…and One Lute)" in 1979. Franklin's program - "Bach, Bill, and the Blues" - highlights interconnectivity of music from Bach to Jazz, with Bach's g-minor Lute Suite (BWV 995) on Baroque lute, and the late pieces of Bill Evans on archtop guitar. Both were written in times of sudden departure of loved ones, to create a space to heal.

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Zeynep Ucbasaran, piano

Franz Liszt, the piano virtuoso and composer who symbolized the Romantic era in so many ways, came to Istanbul in June, 1847. He gave a number of solo concerts and performed for the Sultan Adbul-Medjid in the Tcheragan Palace. Although in Istanbul for a relatively short time he left an

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Bloom Duo


The brother-sister duo of cellist Jonathan Bloom and pianist Madeline Bloom, experienced chamber musicians raised in Berkeley, live in Paris and Cleveland respectively and have performed internationally. In their return to the Trinity Chamber Concerts series they will play works by Beethoven, Miaskovsky, and Bloch. The concert includes the Bay Area premiere of a neglected Croatian work whose breadth and lyricism suggest that it belongs in the standard cello-piano repertoire.

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Röntgen Piano Trio

Born in Leipzig, Julius Röntgen (1855-1932) wrote over 600 works and was a celebrated musician throughout northern Europe. He lived most of his life in Holland and became known as the "Dutch Brahms". His post-romantic style is steeped in German musical tradition and is sure to delight new audiences. Pianist Mark Anderson joins violinist Antoine van Dongen and cellist Eric Gaenslen to form The Röntgen Piano Trio. The triois committed to exploring the best of the known and the unknown of the piano trio repertoire.

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

San Francisco Guitar Quartet

The San Francisco Guitar Quartet returns to Trinity Chamber Concerts to present a program of works by: Paul Dresher, Gary Eister, Carlos Rafael Rivera, Paulo Bellinati, Bryan Johanson, Mark Knippel and Phillip Houghton. This concert will also feature the world premiere of a new piece written for


Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Temescal String Quartet

The Temescal String Quartet was formed in 2004 by musicians of the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Opera Orchestras. Three of the founding members still play in the group. Well-known throughout the Bay Area, their performances reflect a deep understanding of different musical styles and the joy in playing chamber music. The Quartet will play music by


Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Matt Renzi's SoundSpace Trio

The SoundSpace Trio is an electro-acoustic trio that features woodwinds (saxophone, oboe, clarinet, flute), guitar and tabla. The band plays a repertoire of all original compositions which draw upon the rhythmic languages of north and south India as well as contemporary jazz harmonies. The Trio also makes use of extensive improvisations, exploring various musical textures and sonorities to create a truly unique group sound that will take the listener on an unforgettable

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Lewin-Cogan Duo

The Lewin-Cogan Duo are returning to Trinity Chamber Concerts for the third time. Daniel Lewin, violinist, and Dmitriy Cogan, pianist, will perform a program for violin and piano that spans over three hundred years of music. Beginning with music by Leclair and Bach, they will then play music by

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Joseph Irrera, piano


Concert pianist, Steinway Artist Joseph Irrera presents "Splendor of Passion" in his Trinity Chamber Concerts debut. The program will include Chopin's dark and dramatic Scherzo No. 1, Beethoven's turbulent "Appassionata" Sonata, Busoni's transcription of J.S. Bach's monumental Chaconne in d Minor, and Debussy's whimsically charming Clair de Lune. The program will finish with Rodion Shchedrin's Basso Ostinato; a "tour de force" of

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Renegade Duo


Renegade Duo is Jon Mendle, guitar and Melinda Becker, mezzo soprano. Utilizing both historical and modern instruments, they perform uncommon and rarely heard repertoire for guitar and voice. Their concert programs span several genres and centuries, from Renaissance lute songs to forgotten 19th century repertoire, to reimagined jazz standards and music by contemporary classical composers. Nimbly navigating different eras and genres, they take care to investigate and highlight stylistic differences in each using the full range and capability of their instruments, including 19th century guitar, lute, tenor banjo, and modern classical guitar.


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