Trinity Chamber Concerts

…presenting the finest of Northern California's emerging musicians

2011-201238th Season

Saturday, September 10, 2011, 8:00pm

The Bloom Duo

  • Jonathan Bloom, 'cello
  • Madeline Bloom, piano
The brother-sister duo of cellist Jonathan Bloom and pianist Madeline Bloom performs works of Brahms, Debussy, Janáček, Ravel and Barber. These Berkeley natives now live in different countries but come together to perform in their home city. We're thrilled to start our 38th season with this delightful duo.

Saturday, September 24, 2011, 8:00pm

William Kenville


William Kenville attained a performance degree and graduate studies at San Francisco State University where he studied with William Corbett-Jones and Laszlo Varga. A founder of music producing nonprofit Bay Concert Arts, Kenville's solo recitals have been broadcast on KQED of San Francisco, KUSP of Santa Cruz, KAZU of Carmel, KGNU of Boulder CO and Minnesota Public Radio. This program will feature works by Liszt, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven topped off with a liberal helping of American syncopated keyboard pyrotechnics.

Saturday, October 8, 2011, 8:00pm

Magda Mayas & Tony Buck with Aram Shelton

Tony Buck and Magda Mayas have been playing as a duo since 2003. Reestablishing relationships, starting in Chicago some years ago, they will be playing in trio with Aram Shelton for the first time.

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 8:00pm

Tanya Vegvary Plescia


All Liszt program: Hungarian-American pianist and composer Tanya Vegvary Plescia has delighted audiences with her original compositions as well her interpretations of the classics. She has been honored to tour this all-Liszt program, in honor of Liszt's bicentennary this year, at both the Hungarian Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary in Los Angeles, among other venues. This concert date at Trinity will mark Liszt's actual 200th birthdate!

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8pm

The Berkeley Saxophone Quartet

  • Art Brockmeyer, soprano saxophone
  • Jamison Smeltz, alto saxophone
  • Annelise Zamula, tenor saxophone
  • Hal Richards, baritone saxophone

An East Bay treasure, The Berkeley Saxophone Quartet performs an exciting, eclectic program featuring Eugene Bozza's Masterpiece Andante and Scherzo, and Jack Marshall's Goldrush Suite, both originally for saxophone quartet. Additionally, the BSQ then showcases Vivaldi's Spring, (from the Four Seasons) with pieces by Debussy, Mendelssohn and "Jelly Roll" Morton! Finally, new music appears in The New Boy by Billy Kerr, Jerome Kern's beautiful Yesterdays arranged by David Tidball, (both California premieres) and the world premiere of Pat Metheny's majestic ballad Farmer's Trust as arranged by award winning composer Kathryn Lyle.

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 8:00pm

Aaron Blumenfeld


  • Willis Hickox, piano
New Wine in Old Bottles: Listen to composer Aaron Blumenfeld's melodious, enchanting waltzes and rags in the styles of the classical and jazz masters, performed by the gifted Bay Area pianist Willis Hickox.

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 8:00pm

Lisa Mezzacappa & Nightshade

Photo by Maria Marquez

Nightshade is San Francisco bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa's electro-acoustic chamber ensemble, performing her original compositions and unusual arrangements inspired by the work of contemporary visual artists and filmmakers from Israel, Paris, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The group's musical world encompasses evocative melodies, abstract sonic landscapes and playful rhythmic juxtapositions, with influences ranging from Eric Dolphy to Olivier Messiaen to Blonde Redhead. Mezzacappa's quintet made its debut at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in summer 2009, as part of the "New Frequencies" performance series, and has performed at the Red Poppy Art House, Meridian Gallery, Old First Concerts, and as part of San Francisco Chamber Music Day. The group releases its debut recording on Leo Records in 2011. At Trinity, Nightshade performs compositions by Lisa Mezzacappa, Cory Wright, Jason Levis and arrangements of Olivier Messiaen and others.

“Mezzacappa has become a ubiquitous figure on the Bay Area’s creative music scene, and her presence on the bandstand is a reliable sign that something extraordinary is going down.”
Contra Costa Times

Saturday, December 17, 2011, 8:00pm

Anyssa Neumann


From Sacramento, California, where she was born and raised, to New York, Germany, England, and Canada, pianist Anyssa Neumann has been praised for the “clarity, charm, and equipoise” of her elegantly-crafted performances. Noted for her ability to "move between old and modern material with breathtaking ease and fluency," she will perform works by Bach, Haydn, Schumann, Messiaen, and Scriabin.

Saturday, January 7, 2012, 8:00pm

Avenue Winds

  • Melanie Schattschneider Keller, flute
  • Adrienne Malley, oboe
  • Karla Avila, clarinet
  • Erika Wilsen, French horn
  • Charles Moehnke, bassoon
Avenue Winds engages audiences of all ages with dynamic chamber music performances featuring new works by local San Francisco Bay Area composers as well as the classics of the woodwind quintet repertoire. Please join us for a delightful evening of favorites for woodwinds.

Special Event

Saturday, January 14, 2012, 8:00pm

Musica Pacifica

  • Judith Linsenberg, recorder
  • Elizabeth Blumenstock, baroque violin
  • Shirley Hunt, 'cello, viola da gamba
  • Charles Sherman, harpsichord

Musica Pacifica has, since its founding in 1990, become widely recognized as one of America’s premier baroque ensembles, lauded for both the dazzling virtuosity and the warm expressiveness of its performances. They have been described by the press as "some of the finest baroque musicians in America" (American Record Guide) and "among the best in the world" (Alte Musik Aktuell). They will perform works by Turini, Frescobaldi, Falconieri, Castello, Vitali, and others.

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 8:00pm

Stephanie McNab & Shawn Jones

  • Stephanie McNab, piccolo
  • Shawn Jones, contrabassoon

The Long and the Short of It: Stephanie McNab & Shawn Jones in Recital.

Two of San Francisco’s most accomplished orchestral wind players step out of the pit for a truly one-of-a-kind evening of chamber music. The spotlight shines on the lowest and highest of woodwind intruments, in playful and profound works by Damian Montano, Stephen Hough and local composer Simon Bokman.

Saturday, February 4, 2012, 8:00pm

Divisa Ensemble

  • Tomiko Tsai, flute
  • Adrienne Malley, oboe
  • Quelani Penland, violin
  • Stephanie Ng, viola
  • Sara Styles, 'cello
The Divisa Ensemble is a quintet composed of flute, oboe, violin, viola, and cello. The ensemble's instrumentation and "mix-and-match" style allow for a unique variety of repertoire, ranging from the most traditional to the eclectic and contemporary. Please join us for a delightful evening of chamber music!

Saturday, February 18, 2012, 8:00pm

Alcyone Ensemble

  • Rena Urso-Trapani, flute/alto flute
  • Amy Likar, flute/alto flute
  • Miles Graber, piano

The Alcyone Ensemble is delighted to return to Trinity Chamber Concerts! The group has an exciting program on tap: Franz Doppler’s gorgeous adaptation of Donizetti’s La Sonnambula, Ian Clarke’s meditative Maya, and two little gems for flute, alto flute and piano: Reynaldo Hahn’s lovely Romanesque and Los Angeles based Adrienne Albert’s hypnotic Doppler Effect, …and more!

Saturday, March 10, 2012, 8:00pm

Michelle Xiao You


  • with Jason Sia, piano
Multiple competition winner, violinist Michelle Xiao You has been featured as a soloist with some of the finest symphonies in the world, including the Houston Symphony, the BBC Northern Symphony in Great Britain, the Central Philharmonic of China (now the National Orchestra of China), and many other fine orchestras, including the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Camellia Symphony, the Merced Symphony and the Auburn Symphony. Ms. You also has given recitals in the U.S.A., China and Europe to rave reviews. For this concert, Ms. You will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Dvořák and others.

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 8:00pm

Larry Ochs & Kihnoua

Saxophonist and composer Larry Ochs is best known as a member of Rova Saxophone Quartet, which has been performing in the Bay Area and beyond for over thirty years. But he also likes to take his musical ideas and recontextualize them in other bands he either leads or collaborates with. One set of music is for the musical unit called Kihnoua. The music is influenced heavily by “the blues” in general and the blues of Korea – an ancient form of music called p’ansori – in particular. BUT what “influence” means here is that you’ll feel the spirit of that music; the actual forms and some of the sounds Ochs and his ensemble use to realize the music are often contemporary in origin.

Special Event

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8:00pm

Robert Stallman and friends

  • Robert Stallman, flute
  • Lucinda Breed Lenicheck, 'cello
  • Veronika Dafoe, harpsichord
  • with special guest Isabelle Chapuis, flute
Celebrated flutist Robert Stallman and special guest flutist Isabelle Chapuis celebrate Bach's birthday with a concert of music by J.S. himself as well as four of his famous sons. This celebration will include cake so do come enjoy flute music by the Bach family and a piece of birthday cake!

Special Event

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 8:00pm


  • Stephanie Bibbo, violin
  • Gabriel Beistline, 'cello
  • Mimi Lee, piano

Come listen to one of San Francisco's most exciting emerging ensembles, BELLA Trio, performing live at the Trinity Chapel. Their fresh and tangibly passionate playing will be showcased in their presentation of Beethoven's reknowned Archduke Trio, as well as Schubert's monumental second piano trio. As appetizers and palate cleansers, they will also be offering their own arrangements from their Moments Musicaux collection, including works by Shostakovich and Pärt. It promises to be an evening of sheer beauty and love for chamber music at its best.

Special Event!

Saturday, April 21, 10am - 5pm

Quinteto Latino & Trinity Chamber Concerts present:

A Masterclass by Claudio Barile
Principal Flute and Soloist of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic

  • Frank Johnson, piano accompanist

Famed Argentine flutist, Claudio Barile, works with talented Bay Area flutists and wind quintets on standard repertoire as well as orchestra excerpts. Musicians and music lovers alike are encouraged to attend this special event.

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 8:00pm

California Baroque Ensemble

  • Susan Erickson, harpsichord
  • Maquette Kuper, flute
  • Robert Samson Bloch, violin
  • Rejean Anderson, cello
  • Ruth Onstadt, soprano

The California Baroque Ensemble is known for its extensive repertoire, including manuscripted cantatas and motets, copied from microfisch with instrumental parts researched and found in libraries in Europe. The CBE is open to creating singular programs in French, German, Italian and early English, concerts of varied repertoire or sacred works. Our repertoire also includes larger works with additional strings, recorder, and other instruments as needed. We have performed set pieces during sacred services, gallery events, wine receptions, client dinners, as well as weddings.

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 8:00pm

Meerenai Shim


  • with
  • Paul Rhodes, 'cello
  • Lori Lack, piano
  • Brandi Brandes, percussion
San Francisco Bay Area flutist Meerenai Shim will premiere a newly commissioned composition by Daniel Felsenfeld. She will also perform compositions from her recent album, Sometimes the City is Silent.

Saturday, May 12, 2012, 8:00pm

Kerstin Fischer


  • with
  • Miles Graber, piano
Kerstin Fischer, soprano, brings us songs from the British Isles, circa 1880 to 1991. Ms. Fischer can be heard regularly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in solo recital performance. In recent years she has devoted her musical study to the Art Song, or Lieder, genre, finding immense satisfaction with her role in the coordination and integration of composer, poet, accompanist and voice that is inherent in the form.

Saturday, May 26, 2012, 8:00pm

Lisa Sangita Moskow


  • with special guest Lucian Balmer, violin
Lisa Sangita Moskow, virtuoso sarod player and East-West composer, will present an evening of her own compositions and collaborations with violinist Lucian Balmer. Both musicians have one foot in the classical traditions of the East and West with the other in the entrancing and inspiring milieu of spiritual world music. Sangita Moskow performs on electric sarod (a multi-stringed lute from North India), and studied extensively with the recently passed Ali Akbar Khan. Lucian Balmer is Assistant Concertmaster of the Mill Valley Philharmonic and studied violin for 20 years under Benjamin Spilman and Calvin Murasaki.

Monday, June 4 - Saturday, June 9, 2012

Trinity Chamber Concerts is a proud host of the
2012 Berkeley Festival Fringe

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, as they take place at several venues.

Monday, June 4, 2012

  • 12:00pm: Les grâces

    Gracest Hits

    • Jennifer Paulino, soprano
    • Annette Bauer, recorders
    • Rebekah Ahrendt, viola da gamba
    • Jonathan Rhodes Lee, harpsichord

    To celebrate our 4th anniversary and the release of our first professionally-recorded CD (MSR Classics), Les grâces invites you to an afternoon of some of our favorite music (so far). Be thrilled by Handel, moved by Couperin and Marais, enlivened by Purcell, and seduced by Montéclair–and others. We’ll even introduce you to a new favorite that was hiding in a dusty library until very recently: a lovely “butterfly” air by Battistin, never before heard on the West Coast!

  • 3:00pm: BABO: Bay Area Baroque Orchestra

    • Frances Blaker, conductor, with special surprise guest performers drawn from the community of Bay Area (and beyond) professional baroque musicians.

    Music for orchestra by Lully, Bach, Handel and others. BABO consists of dedicated amateur musicians eager to explore the music and performance styles of the Baroque era. This concert will be the second bi-annual BABO Pro-Am performance in which BABO will be joined by professional baroque musicians from the Bay Area and further afield to give a rousing and unforgettable performance. Don’t miss the fun and musical excitement!

  • 5:00pm: Ensemble Artemisia

    La Gioia della Primavera

    • Catherine Webster, soprano
    • Maia Silberstein and David Wilson, violins
    • Elisabeth Reed, cello
    • Katherine Heater, harpsichord

    Songs and sonatas of early seventeenth-century Italy. Works by Monteverdi, Castello, Marini, and Uccellini.

  • 8:00pm: Franklin Lei

    Lute Musicke for Kinges, Queenes and Popes

    • Franklin Lei, 6- and 8-course lutes (after Hans Frei by Paul Thomson, Bristol, 1991 & 1994)

    Lute music of the 16th century had the full patronage of kings, queens and popes. This program surveys its rich solo repertory, from the ‘Kinges Luters’ of Henry VIII and the private lutenists of the popes, to the ‘gentlemen ushers’ of the Chapel Royal of Elizabeth I. The music includes preludes, ricercars and fantasias, dances and variations by Philip van Wilder, Francesco da Milano, John Dowland and other Cinquecento greats.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • 12:00pm: Ensemble Vermillian: Bach and Leclair

    • Frances Blaker, recorders
    • David Wilson, Baroque violin
    • Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, Baroque cello
    • Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord
    • William Simms, theorbo and Baroque guitar

    Trio and solo sonatas by two masters of the Baroque era, Johann Sebastian Bach and Jean Marie Leclair. Unusual harmonies and compelling melodies are two of the characteristics of compositions by these two masters, yet their music stands as opposite pillars of baroque music. Ensemble Vermillian brings you a handful of spectacular pieces perfect for a mid-day concert.

  • 2:30pm: Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin & Janine Johnson, fortepiano

    Two of the bay Area’s great talents join forces in a delightful and impassioned performance of Sonatas for violin and fortepiano, featuring Mozart Sonatas in C major KV 303, A major KV 526, and Schubert’s Sonata in a minor Op. 137 #2.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • 12:30pm: Vinaccesi Ensemble

    Il disinganno degli amanti: music of the northern Italian Baroque

    • Nanette McGuinness, soprano
    • Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano
    • Jonathan Smucker, tenor
    • Kirk Eichelberger, bass
    • Sarge Gerbode, archlute
    • Farley Pearce, Baroque cello
    • Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord

    Northern Italy was a hotbed of musical endeavors in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the Vinaccesi Ensemble mines that fertile field for continuo arias, duets, and trios by Monteverdi, Strozzi, Cavalli, and–of course–the quirky and creative Benedetto Vinaccesi.

    The Vinaccesi Ensemble was formed in 2008 by Bruce Wetmore, Kindra Scharich, and Nanette McGuinness and first performed as part of the 2008 Berkeley Early Music Fringe Fest. The Ensemble recorded Vinaccesi’s extant solo cantatas in 2011, with the generous support of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s Musical Grant Program.

  • 2:30pm: Janine Johnson, harpsichord

    Harpsichordist Janine Johnson will present a joyous and moving rendition of Bach’s Aria with 30 Variations (Goldberg Variations) on a replica of the 1722 J.H. Gräbner harpsichord by John Phillips. Sure to be a Festival highlight!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

  • 11:00am: Farallon Recorder Quartet

    • Annette Bauer, Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Louise Carslake, recorders
    • Jennifer Paulino, soprano
    • John Lenti, lute

    At the heart of the program will be English Renaissance music drawn from their recent CD From Albion’s Shores, which includes music by the great 16th century lutenist John Dowland and his famous contemporary William Byrd. Spanish music by Diego Ortiz and Antonio Cabezon, German music by Ludwig Senfl and Heinrich Finck, French chansons by Josquin des Prez, and Italian songs by Bartolomeo Tromboncino and Jacob Obrecht complete this whirlwind musical tour.

  • 1:00pm: Ensemble Montichiari

    Music of J. S. Bach for violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord

    • David Wilson, violin
    • Farley Pearce, viola da gamba
    • Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord

    Our program features gorgeous chamber music by J.S. Bach: Sonata in G minor for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1029; Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 904; Sonata in C minor for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1017; Trio sonata in G major for violin, viola da gamba, and continuo, after BWV 1027.

  • 3:00pm: Bertamo Trio

    Trios and Solos from the 18th to the 21st Centuries: Music of Telemann, Fischer, Maute and Blaker

    • Letitia Berlin, recorder
    • David Morris, viola da gamba
    • Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord

    Solos and trios from Telemann’s Essercizi musici, and works commissioned by new composers for the recorder including Matthias Maute and Frances Blaker.

Friday, June 8, 2012

  • 12:00pm: Flauti Diversi

    Boismortier! The Complete Opus 37 Trio Sonatas

    • Frances Feldon, traverso
    • David Morris, viola da gamba
    • Katherine Heater, chamber organ

    Flauti Diversi presents a program of the complete trio sonatas from Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s Opus 37 (1732), a Parisian collection of charming works displaying Boismortier’s unique style of composition, which was an amalgam combining French elegance with fiery Italian figuration in the Allegros and Vivaces and aria-like melodies in the Largos and Adagios. He was very specific in his orchestration featuring flute, viol and chamber organ together. Contemporary controversy pitted French against Italian for supremacy of musical style; the melding of the two styles in his work illustrates his musical world view.

  • 3:00pm Driftwood Consort

    Bach’s Voices

    • Lars Johannesson & Alissa Roedig, directors
    • Sheila Willey, soprano
    • Lars Johannesson and Alissa Roedig, baroque flutes
    • Amy Brodo, viola da gamba
    • Jonathan Rhodes Lee, harpsichord

    Driftwood Consort presents its inaugural Berkeley concert, featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach for small ensemble. Our program highlights arias from Bach’s passions and oratorio written for Easter, interspersed with instrumentals, and finishing off with a visit to Zimmermann’s coffee house.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • 10:30am: Bradamante: Breakfast with Bradamante

    • Shirley Hunt, baroque cello
    • Elinor Frey, baroque cello

    Bradamante, meaning wild lover in Italian, is the dazzling new duo collaboration between cellists Shirley Hunt and Elinor Frey. Bradamante, legendary female knight of the great epic poem Orlando Furioso, is the ancestor of the powerful and music-loving d’Este family, Italy’s first great patrons of the cello in the 17th century. With Bradamante as their inspiration, Shirley and Elinor celebrate the brave and passionate spirit of the first famous composer-cellists.

  • 1:00pm: Lars Johannesson & Friends

    A Baroque Flute Treasury

    • Lars Johannesson, baroque flute
    • Amy Brodo, baroque cello
    • Jonathan Rhodes-Lee, harpsichord

    Accomplished Swedish flutist Lars Johannesson presents a recital of favorite late baroque works for flute, cello and harpsichord. This program includes the exuberant C Major sonata by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, his father Johann Sebastian’s elegant sonata in E Major, and other selections from the baroque flute treasury. Well familiar to Bay Area early music audiences, Lars studied baroque flute with Stephen Schultz and Wilbert Hazelzet, and is heard frequently with groups such as Philharmonia Baroque, California Bach Society orchestra, SF Bach Choir orchestra and Santa Cruz Baroque Festival.

  • 3:00pm: Howard Kadis, Renaissance Lute

    The Golden Age of the English Lute

    Lutenist Howard Kadis presents a concert of English lute solos from the age of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I, showcasing the extraordinary artistry of the era’s great lutenist-composers. The program features works by John Johnson, Gregorio Howet, Alfonso Ferrabosco, Hans Leo Hassler, Robert Dowland and John Dowland.

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 8:00pm

Sabbaticus Rex

  • Karen Stackpole, gongs, percussion
  • Cornelius Boots, shakuhachi, taimu shakuhachi, throat vocals
  • Mark Deutsch, Bazantar
Sabbaticus Rex is an ensemble rooted in the supremacy of sound over music, the triumph of tone over time and thought. This process uses haunting and beautiful acoustic instruments and methods: overtone gongs, shakuhachi (bamboo Zen flutes), Taimu (bass) shakuhachi, and throat-singing. The group is completely acoustic; no electronics or amplification. This is sound, but not music. It is primordial easy-listening for dinosaurs: slowly shifting elemental improvisations from fat flutes and huge gongs, completely acoustic.

This concert will feature the group in their trio configuration with the addition of Mark Deutsch. Mark is the inventor of the Bazantar, an upright bass with dozens of sympathetic strings (similar to a sitar in this aspect). The design of the Bazantar is rooted in nonlinear mathematical patterns that exist in sound and are found universally in the natural world, including the over-tone series, fractals, the golden mean, seashells, and the Fibonacci series.

This concert will also be a CD release concert for the second Sabbaticus Rex album, and the first to feature the trio configuration.

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 8:00pm

Festival of Contemporary Music

The 10th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music holds its opening night as part of Trinity Chamber Concerts. The concert will feature prize-winning pieces from the On and Off the Keys solo instrumental and chamber music composition competition. This includes music for string quartet by Lucas Floyd, music for percussion by Ted Moore, a quartet for two guitars, cello and percussion by Luke Schwartz, flute and harp music by Greg Steinke, a piano trio by Davide Verotta, a piano quartet by Stephen Yip and more.

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