The Temescal Trio
- Madeline Prager, viola
- Karen Wells, clarinet
- John Burke, piano
2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the Dmitri Shostakovich's birth as well as the 250th anniversary of Mozart's. The Temescal Trio's program will include works by both composers, Mozart's "Kegelstatt" Trio for the unusual ensemble of clarinet, viola, and piano, and Shostakovich's Viola Sonata, the last work he composed, as well as one of Brahms' very last compositions, the F minor Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.
ACT's MFA Program presents
COMPANY in Concert
The American Conservatory Theatre's MFA Program brings you fifteen of tomorrow's brightest stars performing all the music from Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Tony Award-winning 1970 musical COMPANY. Exploring the joys and fears of love and marriage resulted in a breakthrough score by Sondheim. Music directed by Frank Johnson and staged by George Thompson.
Pianist and composer Stephanie Varozza's original work has been described as "the jazz that Beethoven and Liszt would be playing if they were alive today." Her pieces are lush, evocative, and imaginative; one moment powerful and driving, another moment quiet and crystalline. A listening experience both thrilling and tender.
Ted Brinkley's Electric Florid-ians sing and play music that is centered around old-fashioned pretty melodies and delusional maritime themes. There are male and female voices, embedded in dense complex rich harmonies emanating from clarinets, bassoon, saxophones, trombone, a jazz rhythm section, and synthesizer. Some costumes and other visual accoutrements help evoke a festive irreverent sense of "pageantry-on-the-cheap."
- Sly Randolph, drums
- Marcus Shelby, bass
- Geechi Taylor, trumpet
- Andre Webb, trombone
- Yeruda Caesar, violin
- Vivian McBride, violin
- Lauren Benedict, vocals
- Jeanine Anderson, vocals
Howard Wiley's Angola Project investigates the roots and legacies of African American prison spirituals, encompassing folk, blues, and gospel, with a focus on the songs and stories from the State Penitentiary in Angola, LA from the 1950s onward. This piece features an unusual grouping of jazz musicians, including a vocalist who explores not only traditional jazz and gospel pieces, but also various melodic vocalizations throughout the program.
The Music of
- Pamela Hicks, soprano
- John D. Frederick, baritone
- Joseph Gold, violin
- Willis Hickox, piano
- Tom Connell, percussion
A concert of music composed by Aaron Blumenfeld including Nocturne-Etudes for Piano, Sonatinas for Violin and Piano and art and jazz songs from his recently-composed opera, Pagiel & Bathsheva.
The Maybeck Trio
Sharing a passion for chamber music and a common Czech ancestry, the brilliant Maybeck Trio features the clarinetist Roy Zajac, 'cellist Elaine Kreston and pianist Jerry Kuderna. Celebrated individually as soloists, they come together to find musical commonalities and to delight in the never-ending dialogue that is to be found in the great chamber music literature. The dynamic performances of the Maybeck Trio, so named after one of Berkeley's finest architects, attest to their continuing pursuit of the highest standard of ensemble playing.
Kimberly Miller & Melody Ferris Present New Works
This ensemble of composers and singers, all graduates of Mills College in Oakland, CA, will present a concert of new works that explores the human voice. Each original composition will express unique degrees of experimentation and innovation based around the two budding vocalists, Kimberly Miller and Melody Ferris. These four emerging composers - Norman Teale, Nicole Reisnour, Kevin Mendoza and Steini Gunnarsson are each known to be especially bold and daring as conveyors of new music and art. The performance will also include guest singers and musicians, including Alex Jenne, Jeanne Disney, Michael Carter, Shayna Dunkelman, Brian Gleeson and Alee Karim.
San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Mass for the Lunar New Year
- Todd Jolly, Music Director
San Francisco Renaissance Voices performs Charles d’Ambeville’s (b ? – d 1637) Messe des Jésuites à Pékin (Mass of the Beijing Jesuits) to welcome the Year of the Boar. This rarely performed Mass, composed in the Forbidden City during the Baroque period, will be performed in the alternatim style and will feature traditional Chinese instruments and music between the five polyphonic choral sections.
Potaje was founded in 1992 by Chus Alonso with the artistic objective of creating a new body of contemporary music rooted in Flamenco and Latin styles. Potaje offers a unique musical experience that combines inspired compositions with the expressive sounds of Chus Alonso's flute, the virtuosic and sensitive sound of Paula Dreyer's piano, the solid bass of Steve Senft-Herrera and the grooving rhythms of percussionist Sage Baggott.
- Hadley McCarroll, piano
- Monica Scott, 'cello
Composers living in the former Soviet Union struggled to find a voice under the shadow of a repressive regime—Alfred Schnittke, Galina Ustvolskaya, Sofia Gubaidulina, Edison Denisov and Arvo Pärt stand out for the depth and honesty of their personal expression. martha & monica present a program which highlights a diversity of inspiration but collectively creates a picture of the post-Prokofiev and Shostakovich generation. While drawing from Medieval chant, Baroque and Classical forms, and jazz the music of each of the five composers reaches for a new ideal. After nearly a half century, these works, whether spiritual or purely musical, are now being internationally embraced with the acclaim they deserve.
Lizzy & the Redbirds
The Music of Laura Nyro
- Elizabeth Setzer, vocals/piano
- Melody Ferris, vocals/percussion
- Molly Maguire, vocals/percussion
- With guest artists:
- Marcus Shelby, bass
- Sheldon Brown, saxophone
- Mike Olmos, trumpet
Inspired by the girl-group bands of the ‘60s, Lizzy and the Redbirds sing in luscious three-part harmonies with soulful piano accompaniment. Their concert is devoted to the music of the singer/songwriter, Laura Nyro, who influenced a generation of artists including Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, and Rickie Lee Jones.
The Albers Trio
Eastern European Masters: Music of Bohuslav Martinů, Ernst von Dohnànyi and Zoltàn Kodàly
- Laura Albers, violin
- Rebecca Albers, viola
- Julie Albers, 'cello
From their twos to their twenties the Albers Sisters have been captivating audiences with musical styles as diverse as their distinctive personalities and features. Based between San Francisco and New York City, the Albers Trio is dedicated to fresh and innovative programming and is deeply committed to expanding and developing audiences for classical music worldwide.
The Sorrowful Mysteries
- Cynthia Miller Freivogel, violin
- Joanna Blendulf, 'cello, with
- Daniel Zuluaga, lute
Bay area early music favorites Cynthia Miller Freivogel and Joanna Blendulf are joined by lute player Daniel Zuluaga for the dramatic middle set of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s "Mystery Sonatas". Each in a different scordatura (or tuning), Sonatas VI-X depict the passion of Christ with the rich polyphony and spiritual tone color unique to the 17th century violin. Join us for this especially intimate rendition accompanied with lute and cello.
The Athena Trio
The Athena Trio has been delighting audiences on both coasts since 1997 with programs of French music, works by women composers, the complete cycle of Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne, and selections from opera and musical theatre. Their latest concert is a splendid evening of lush arias and duets by Mozart, Puccini, Dvorak, Offenbach, and Delibes, along with gems from the Broadway stage by Sondheim, Weill, and Kern.
"A voice to savor...with a warm soprano tone that had a golden ring to it...McGuinness used gesture and timbre to present the emotional truth of each song.” (Independent Coast Observer)
"Pianist Kathryn Cathcart was all McGuinness, or we, could desire as a partner. Her sensitive playing set the mood for each piece and supported the vocal lines with evident caring." (Independent Coast Observer)
"Highlighting a number of extraordinary song cycles...[Fabulous Femmes by the Athena Trio] is perfect for song-recital lovers." (chambermusic magazine)
- Armando Castellano, French horn
- Leslie Tagorda, clarinet
- Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
- Beverly McChesney, bassoon
- Diane Grubbe, flute
Explore the compositions of some of Latin America's most respected modernist masters including Brazil’s Villa-Lobos and Mexico’s Marquez. Quinteto Latino brings a deeply personal style and unique focus, highlighting under-performed masterpieces from Latin America. Come hear the vibrant colors and vigorous rhythms of Latin American Music blend with the sumptuous voices of a wind quintet.
International pianist Kazuko Cleary, acclaimed by the New York Concert Review as "a true pianist, filled with music and master of nuanced, reasoned interpretations," performs works by Beethoven and Chopin.
The Sitka Trio
- Letitia Berlin, recorders, ukelele and voice
- Frances Blaker, recorders
- Shira Kammen, vielle, medieval harp, violin, viola d'amore and voice
The Sitka Trio specialize in programs which juxtapose medieval and contemporary music. Their concert will include works by Bologna, Solage, Perotin, Dufay, Blaker, Kamen and others.
Venice and Vienna in the Early 17th Century
- David Granger, dulcian
- Andrew Fouts, violin
- Jonathan Davis, organ
- with special guests
Passamezzo Moderno is a period ensemble that performs music covering three centuries, from 1530 to 1830, and specializes in the virtuoso instrumental music of the early 17th century. Half of our Venice and Vienna program will explore the virtuoso music of early Baroque Venice, while the other half examines the music of Venetian composers who traveled to Vienna and influenced the future of German music. Works performed will be by Dario Castello, Francesco Turini, Giovanni Batitista Fontana, Biagio Marini, Antonio Bertali, and others.
A Celebration of
The Music of Paul Bowles
- Frank Johnson, piano
Paul Bowles' literary career interrupted one as a successful composer. His musical works of the 30's and 40's reflect French modern influences, and the American languages of Copland and Thomson. He was a mainstay of New York City theatre. The music is energetic and clever, showing special ability in the treatment of texts (Gertrude Stein, Tennessee Williams). Watch for news of special events, culminating in this concert of Bowles' chamber music and songs.