Trinity Chamber Concerts

…presenting the finest of Northern California's emerging musicians

2004-200531st Season

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

Natto Quartet

  • Philip Gelb, shakuhachi
  • Shoko Hikage, koto
  • Tim Perkis, electronics
  • Chris Brown, piano

Philip Gelb, Shoko Hikage, Tim Perkis and Chris Brown have performed together in various configurations for years and finally solidified as the Natto Quartet in 2002 to perform both composed works and freely improvised music.

"...each sound has the self-contained integrity of a stroke of masterful calligraphy... each musician seems to have a perfect bead on the other's next steps... the resulting anticipation is as rewarding as the music's frequently surreal hues." — The Wire

Saturday, October 2nd, 2004

Two Faces of Orpheus

  • Franklin Lei, Renaissance lute and classical guitar.

Franklin Lei performs music of the English Orpheus, John Dowland, and the Black Orpheus, exemplified by the works of Leo Brouwer, Baden Powell, and Mongo Santamaría.

Saturday, October 9th, 2004

thollem mcdonas

thollem mcdonas, native Bay Area composer/pianist, will perform solo piano works of his own invention.

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

Brodo/Rhodes/Heater Trio

  • Amy Brodo, baroque cello and gamba
  • Paul Rhodes, baroque cello and gamba
  • Katherine Heater, harpsichord

Amy Brodo, Paul Rhodes and Katherine Heater perform seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italian music and sixteenth-century Domenican/African and Spanish music. Composers include Giovanni Legrenzi, Bartolomeo de Selma e Salaverde, Diego Ortiz, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Salamone Rossi Ebreo, Isabella Leonarda, Teodora Gines and Salvatore Lanzetti.

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

Reiter/Graber Duo

  • Daniel Reiter, cello
  • Miles Graber, piano

Dan Reiter and Miles Graber perform the romantic cello sonata of Rachmaninov and Brahms’ Opus 78 originally written for violin & piano in a new trancription for cello and piano. Also, the brilliant cello sonata of Benjamin Britten. Dan Reiter is the principal cellist of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Miles Graber is the West Coast's premier piano accompanist.

Saturday, November 6th, 2004

The Berkeley Chamber Group

  • Tom Rose, clarinet
  • Karen Shinozaki Sor, violin
  • Eugene Sor, cello
  • Miles Graber, piano

Tom Rose, Karen Shinozaki Sor, Eugene Sor and Miles Graber are top-rate musicians who perform with such musicial organizations as the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Their program will include music of Darius Milhaud, Paul Hindemith, Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach) and San Francisco composer Matthew Naughtin.

Saturday, November 13th, 2004

The Berkeley Saxophone Quartet

  • Art Brockmeyer. soprano
  • Jamison Smeltz, alto
  • Annelise Zamula, tenor
  • Nik Phelps, baritone

The Berkeley Saxophone Quartet is one of the Bay Area's unknown treasures; the BSQ performs a variety of saxophone quartet literature as well as orchestral and string quartet masterpieces. The program includes the music of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Albeniz and Ellington as well as the magical "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber. This performance becomes a CD release party for the BSQ's highly anticipated second CD!

Saturday, November 20th, 2004

Amy Likar

  • Amy Likar, flute
  • Miles Graber, piano

Versatile Bay Area flutist Amy Likar joins Miles Graber for an evening of old favorites: Works by JS Bach, Samuel Barber, Henri Dutilleux, Roman Ryterband and Sergei Prokofief.

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

The Gregor Experience

The Gregor Experience combines Gregor Pierce's American clarinet music, colorful photographic slides of his paintings, and his unique personality blending into an entertaining, cultural event.

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

Karen Melander-Magoon

Karen Melander-Magoon brings us Clara, Angel of the Battlefield, the story of Clara Barton, one of her one woman shows about women in American history she calls "mini operas" for voice and piano. Karen sang on the major stages of Germany and Austria, among her roles Marguerite in Faust, Norina in Don Pasquale, Rosina in Barber of Seville. She is accompanied by Richard Hawkins.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Jon Raskin
solo saxophone

Jon Raskin, a member of the Rova Saxophone Quartet, will perform solo works for the saxophone. These works will entail music of the moment, the culmination of decades of sonic research and musical games.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Ivan Ilić

Ivan Ilić, UC Berkeley class of 2001, will be returning to Trinity Chamber Concerts as part of his annual trip to the United States. Since graduation, Ivan has earned a "Premier Prix" from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, and a Diplôme à l'unanimité from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. The program will include Ravel's Valses Nobles et Sentimentales.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Double Bill:

  • Phillip Greenlief, saxophone, &
  • Diane Grubbe, flute

Saturday, February 5, 2005

The Presidio Players

  • Sarah Holzman, flute
  • Krisanthy Desby, cello
  • Miles Graber, piano:

Trios for flute, cello, and piano

Bay Area favorite Miles Graber is joined by cellist Krisanthy Desby and flutist Sarah Holzman for an exciting evening of rarely performed trio repertoire. You'll hear the beautiful and versatile combination of flute, cello and piano on pieces by Lotti, Weber, Martinu, and Villa-Lobos.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Davide Verotta
solo piano

Trained in Italy and in the USA and now a resident of San Francisco, pianist Davide Verotta will perform works of 19th and 20th century masters: Frederick Chopin, Ballade Op.52 (1843); Claude Debussy, L’Isle joyeuse (1904), Images book II (1906); Luigi Dallapiccola, Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera (1952); Luigi Berio, Short pieces (1969-1995); Ludwig Van Beethoven, Sonata Op. 57, Appassionata (1804-05).

Saturday, March 5, 2005


  • Toyoji Tomita, trombone
  • Ron Heglin, trombone, tuba and voice
  • Tom Djll, trumpet

Brassiosaurus is a brass trio of Toyoji Tomita, trombone; Ron Heglin, trombone, tuba and voice; and Tom Djll, trumpet. They have been playing as a trio since 2001. For this concert, Brassiosaurus premiers works written for them by Chris Brown, Wendy Reid, Pauline Oliveros and Phillip Greenlief as well as original pieces by the group.

Saturday, April 2, 2005

Duo Terra Antiqua

  • Howard Kadis, lute and theorbo
  • Zoe Vandermeer, soprano, baroque triple harp

Zoe Vandermeer and Howard Kadis perform their concert 'Ponti Musicali', which focuses on the musical transition from the late 16th century polyphonic style to the early 17th century monody styles in Italy and England.  Composers include Dowland, Luzzaschi, Ferrabosco, Monteverdi, Caccini, Kapsberger and Frescobaldi.

Saturday, April 9, 2005

Three Trapped Tigers

Three Trapped Tigers (a duo of recorder players Tom Bickley and David Barnett) perform 14th century music with 21st century insights and 21st century music with 14th century insights, enjoying the contrasts and common points of both repertoires. They will present works from Italy, England, Japan and the US to surprise, engage, inspire and entertain you. Memorable tunes, striking dissonances, and "sonorous open fifths" - (American Recorder, September 2004)

Saturday, April 16, 2005


Solstice will be performing works by Maurice Durufle, Francis Poulenc, Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, traditional folk songs, original compositions, as well as pop selections. Founded in 1996, Solstice is a female vocal ensemble specializing in music written by women or for women's voices. Their music spans many different genres, with an emphasis on world, classical, pop, and jazz. They are also committed to performing new works for women's voices and regularly compose, commission, and arrange new songs.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

New Pacific Trio

  • Nina Flyer, cello
  • Sonia Leong, piano
  • Linda Wang, violin
  • with guest Madeline Prager, viola

In residence at University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music,the New Pacific Trio is quickly gaining recognition throughout the US. This talented ensemble is made up of celebrated concert violinist Linda Wang, Grammy-nominated cellist Nina Flyer, and award-winning pianist Sonia Leong. After its “memorable L.A. debut” 2005-2006 for “Sundays Live” broadcast for radio station Kmozart, the trio was praised for its “velvet richness," “silken beauty," “easy elegance” and “glamour and brains.” Their program will include Maurice Ravel's masterful 'Trio in A minor'; and they will be joined by guest violist and colleague Madeline Prager in Brahms' A major piano quartet, op. 26.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Quinteto Latino
woodwind quintet

  • Armando Castellano, horn/director
  • Diane Grubbe, flute
  • Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
  • Leslie Tagorda, clarinet
  • Beverly McChesney, bassoon

Quinteto Latino is a wind quintet specializing in the interpretation of the music of Latin America. Whether bringing new twists to traditional songs or performing commissions from living composers, Quinteto Latino always plays with the same passion and richness the music and the musicians represent. The quintet's program will include works of Paquito D’Rivera, Astor Piazzolla, Ernesto Lecouna and Carmen Meléndez Romero.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

"Sacri e Divini"

  • Jessica Gould, soprano
  • Jennifer Lane, mezzo-soprano
  • Jonathan Davis, harpsichord
  • Paul Hale, 'cello

Praised for "astonishing passaggi and ornaments executed to perfection," soprano Jessica Gould and harpsichordist Jonathan Davis are joined by an ensemble of baroque strings for a feast of 17th and 18th century repertoire. Composers to include Handel, Purcell, Rossi, Scarlatti and Strozzi.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Novello Quartet

  • Tekla Cunningham, violin
  • Elisabeth Reed, cello
  • Anthony Martin, viola
  • Cynthia Miller Freivogel, violin

The Novello Quartet was founded in the winter of 2002 to perform Joseph Haydn's rarely programmed quartet setting of the Seven Last Words of Christ. The quartet's passion for the music of Haydn and his contemporaries has led to an ongoing artistic partnership between four of America's leading early music artists.

Saturday, June 4, 2005

The Bellavente Wind Quintet

  • Marilyn Marella, clarinet
  • Alicia Telford, French horn
  • Deborah Shidler, oboe
  • Beverly McChesney, bassoon
  • Carol Adee, flute

The Bellavente Wind Quintet, resident wind quintet with the San Francisco Symphony 2005 'Adventures in Music' program, will present "Color5(Color to the power of 5)." In the 20th century, composers became vividly aware of tonal color as a creative force. Each piece on this program explores color in a distinct way, capturing both the lushness and vitality of the woodwind quintet as well as the most personal poignancy of each instrument's voice. Familiar classics will be joined with the freshness and excitement of contemporary music, including music written by both men and women composers.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Bruckmann/Graber Trio

  • Lara Bruckmann, soprano
  • Kyle Bruckmann, oboe and English horn
  • Miles Graber, piano

Performing music of Vaughan Williams, J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann and others.