Trinity Chamber Concerts

…presenting the finest of Northern California's emerging musicians

2005-200632nd Season

Saturday, September 10, 2005 - 8pm

The Beth Custer Ensemble

  • Beth Custer, clarinet, vocals
  • David James, guitar
  • Graham Connah, piano
  • Craig Broussard, bass
  • Jan Jackson, drums.

The Beth Custer Ensemble is a quintet of jazz/funk/Latin/rock virtuosos that melds Custer's vision of the whole world as a musical style with the band's improvisational prowess. Well known for her work with Club Foot Orchestra, Trance Mission, and Eighty Mile Beach, vocalist/clarinetist Beth Custer brings together a veritable crème de la crème of Bay Area musicians including long-time collaborator Jan Jackson (Will Bernard Motherbug) on drums, guitarist David James (Spearhead; The Coup), iconic pianist Graham Connah and bassist Craig Broussard.

Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 8pm

Vicki Trimbach

Pianist and composer

Vicki Trimbach, pianist and composer, will perform works of Schubert and Debussy. She will then be joined by Dan Reiter, cello, Priscilla Call Essert, flute, and Brian Pertl, didjeridu, performing solo and ensemble compositions by Trimbach including "Invisible Souls"… an eerie new work for didjeridu, cello & flute.

Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 8pm

The Sierra Ensemble

  • Heather Haughn, violin
  • Janis Lieberman, horn
  • Marc Steiner, piano

The Sierra Ensemble will perform duo and trio works by Camille Saint-Saens, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss and Lennox Berkeley. Their performance of the Brahms Horn Trio has been called "profoundly moving and tremendously exciting."

Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 8pm

Avenue Winds

The Avenue Winds, a woodwind quintet, have been delighting Bay Area audiences since 2002 with performances in many venues including Lakeside Presbyterian Church, the University of San Francisco and the San Francisco Conservatory's Hellman Hall. The ensemble will present a well-balanced program featuring both standard pieces for the traditional woodwind quintet and new favorites.

Saturday, November 5, 2005 - 8pm

Berkeley Saxophone Quartet

  • Art Brockmeyer, alto and soprano
  • Jamison Smeltz, alto
  • Annelise Zamula, tenor
  • Hal Richards, Special guest-baritone

Come join the Berkeley Saxophone Quartet in a celebration of the music of George Gershwin and Thelonious Monk. They'll also play favorites by Debussy, Villa Lobos, Charlie Parker and others. (CD release postponed).

Saturday, November 19, 2005 - 8pm

Jason Britton

Cabaret artist Jason Emanuel Britton will present a dynamic program of American Song, under the musical direction of Frank Johnson. Working with a jazz trio, he will sing Stephen Sondheim, Ricky Ian Gordon and Adam Guettel (grandson of Richard Rogers) as well as gems from Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Harry Warren and others. Mr. Britton, a Tisch School (NYU) dance and performance MFA, currently teaches at UC Berkeley.

Saturday, December 3, 2005 - 8pm

Rova Saxophone Quartet

Rova has fundamentally leapt beyond musical horizons reinventing the saxophone quartet concept starting in 1977. A leader with their own brand of charm in genre-bending music, the ensemble is rooted in post-bop free jazz, avant rock and 20th century new music. Rova explores the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation in dense passages that give way to delicate filigree to create a river of sounds and textures. The musical landscape is at the zeitgeist one minute, smooth and silky the next. Influenced by Ives and Coltrane to Cage, Taylor, Braxton, and Meredith Monk and current collaborations with Nels Cline of Wilco; Rova Saxophone Quartet is a group of musicians with profound talents, stellar musicianship and compositional brilliance.

Saturday, December 17, 2005 - 8pm

Trio Cerumina

Trio Cerumina (pronounced se-RU-mi-na) specializes in the virtuosic violin and cello repertoire of the seventeenth century. Violinist Boel Gidholm, cellist Chris Haritatos, and harpsichordist Katherine Heater have worked together since 1996 when all three were living in northern Europe, studying early music at the Amsterdam and Bremen conservatories. In this program, Cerumina presents the richly ornamented string music of the early Italian baroque.

Saturday, January 7, 2006 - 8pm

The Sarabande Ensemble

Relive a feast of early Italian music in the “Stil Moderno,” or Modern Style performed on Lutes, Violin, Spinet, Guitar, and Voice. Enjoyment for the young, the old, the student yearning to learn, and the experienced with music in their hearts. A wonderful and refreshing evening of splendor, captivating the heart and mind, to transport the listener to a time when music was relinquished to the freedom of life and of love.

Saturday, January 21, 2006 - 8pm

Sarah Cahill

Pianist Sarah Cahill, recently praised in the Village Voice for "her phenomenal technique, her instinctive command of recent aesthetics, and quite possibly the most interesting repertoire of any pianist around," performs recent music by Bay Area composers including Terry Riley and Daniel David Feinsmith, as well as a few phantasmagorical pieces by Leo Ornstein.

Saturday, February 4, 2006 - 8pm

Sprocket Ensemble

The Sprocket Ensemble, an internationally recognized performing group led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Nik Phelps (of the legendary Club Foot Orchestra), will present works from The Ensemble's Ideas in Animation series - a collaboration between Nik, the composer, and animators from around the world. Sprocket Ensemble's scores navigate the musical genres of jazz, chamber music, klezmer, bebop, and others, all in the service of revealing mood and meaning in animated shorts. The program will include works brought back from the 2005 KROK International Animation Festival in the Ukraine and the Annecy International Festival of Animation.

Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 8pm

John Partridge
Pianist and composer

Performing in the Bay Area since the 1970s, concert pianist and organist John Partridge specializes in music by American composers. Also a composer, he has written everything from film scores to church cantatas. His ragtime compositions have been heard on KUSF's "The Ragtime Machine," his large piece for chorus and orchestra, "Missa L'Homme Arme" was presented in Trinity Episcopal Church and his one-act opera "The Soldiers Who Wanted to Kill Death” was recently performed by Goat Hall Productions. He will be performing an eclectic program of American works for piano and organ including pieces by Ives and MacDowell and classical rags by Scott Joplin and Artie Matthews.

Saturday, March 4, 2006 - 8pm

Real Vocal String Quartet

  • Irene Sazer, violin
  • Alisa Rose, violin
  • Dina Maccabee, viola
  • Jessica Ivry, 'cello

Violins, viola, cello, voices, thumps, thunks, and plunks... The Real Vocal String Quartet plays a brilliant and beautiful synthesis of world and roots music with jazz, classical and pop sensibilities. Begun and led by Irene Sazer, a founding member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, the music is a stirring mix of genre-hopping originals and arrangements of Kenyan songs, Brazilian choros, American and Irish fiddle tunes, and more.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 8pm

Parlor Tango

  • Marco Casasola, piano
  • Odile Lavault, bandoneon
  • David Morris, cello

Parlor Tango is dedicated to traditional Argentine Tango music composed between 1910 and 1950. Its repertoire of tangos, waltzes and milongas evokes the flavor of black-and-white movies and steamy dance halls.

Saturday, April 1, 2006 - 8pm

Novello Quartet

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

Celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday with the Novello Quartet, the Bay Area's leading early music string quartet. Founded in 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. They will perform works of Mozart and Haydn.

Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 8pm

A Celebration of the Music of Walter Gieseking

Walter Gieseking was among the foremost pianists from the mid-1920s until his death in 1956 -- extraordinary technique and musicality, renowned for sense of color and style, performing and recording an immense repertoire. His few published compositions are rarely-performed masterpieces, with flavors of Brahms, Ravel, jazz and 20th century modernism. Pianist and composer Frank Johnson, with soprano Lara Bruckmann, flutist Diane Grubbe and members of Quinteto Latino, will present a once-in-a-lifetime evening of Gieseking's chamber and vocal compositions. Guest speaker Jerry Kuderna will introduce the works and share some of Gieseking's history.

Saturday, May 6, 2006 - 8pm


The sfSoundGroup has been presenting innovative and challenging concerts in the bay area since 1999, surveying American ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music and the various facets of contemporary improvisation.

sfSoundGroup will perform John Cage's "Concert for Piano and Orchestra," Anton Webern's Op. 7 and Op. 22, Mauricio Kagel's "Con Voce," Gerard Grisey's "Solo Pour Deux," and new works by Matt Ingalls and David Bithell.

Saturday, May 20, 2006 - 8pm

Chamber Mix

  • Martha Stoddard, flute
  • Karen Wells, clarinet
  • Louella Hasbun, cello
  • Timothy Zerlang, piano
  •      with special guest
  • Karen Shinozaki, violin

CHAMBER MIX (noun): an alliance of musicians dedicated to performance of contemporary chamber music. CHAMBER MIX cultivates relationships with local artists, showcasing them alongside known and new works by established contemporary composers.

Mix 1:
Made in the USA: eastcoast/westcoast/women/newstuff

  •      from New York:
  • Hilary Tann: The Gardens of Anna Maria Luisa de Medici*
  • Katherine Hoover: Lyric Trio
  • Joan Tower: Petrouschskates
  •      from SF Bay Area:
  • John Bilotta: Petrouchka Dreams**
  • Jim Mc Manus: So Much More to Say**
  • Martha Stoddard: Variations on an Icelandic Folktune**
  • *West Coast Premiere
  • **World Premieres

Saturday, June 3, 2006 - 8pm

The Moon Town Schmatts

  • Beverly McChesney, bassoon
  • Maria Yuin, bassoon
  • Mia Stormer Gates, contra-bassoon

The Moon Town Schmatts, Bassoons of Distinction, Not Your Everyday Bassoon Ensemble was founded in 1996 by former Women's Philharmonic principal bassoonist Beverly McChesney and contra-bassoonist, composer and arranger Mia Stormer Gates. MTS features Mia and Beverly's light-hearted and enjoyable arrangements of popular songs for bassoon ensemble as well as classical and contemporary music for bassoon ensemble written by some of the world's greatest composers.

Monday, June 5 – Sunday, June 11, 2006

Trinity Chamber Concerts is a proud host of the
2006 SFEMS Fringe Festival

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. Join Trinity Chamber Concerts and SFEMS for the biennial Berkeley Festival (also known as the Fringe Festival), a week of rare and exciting Early Music events. Make sure to check out the complete schedule of festival events, as they take place at several venues.

Monday, June 5

  • 1:00pm: Sitka Trio
  • 5:00pm: Franklin Lei
  • 8:00pm: DeLaMuse

Wednesday, June 7

  • 1:00pm: Cynthia Freivogel and Ensemble
  • 4:00pm: American Bach Soloists: Young Artists Competition Semi-Finals

Thursday, June 8

  • 12:00pm: Ensemble Vermillion
  • 5:00pm: Pedro Jesus Gomez
  • 8:00pm: Howard Kadis

Friday, June 9

  • 5:00pm: Janine Johnson

Saturday, June 10

  • 9:00am: Recorder Relay
  • 3:00pm: Baroque Etcetera

Sunday, June 11

  • 2:00pm: Susan Rode Morris and Ensemble
  • 8:00pm: King's Trumpetts & Shalmes

Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 8pm

The Mirage Ensemble

  • Karen Hall, soprano
  • Robert Bailis, clarinet
  • Hadley McCarroll, piano

Take opera, theater, poetry and chamber music; add liberal amounts of soprano, clarinet and piano, let simmer for ten years and voilà! - you have the Mirage Ensemble: a scrumptious combination of the Bay Area’s finest. Join this acclaimed ensemble (“exceptional ... as inventive as they are charming” -Marin Independent Journal) as they celebrate their 10th anniversary season with a new program, Images and Reflections – an evening of music by modern masters. Rarely heard works by Griffes, Reger, Debussy, Vaughan Williams, and Argento offer everything from heart-rending honesty to ethereal delights, imagistic nuance to thundering clarity.