- Jonathan Bloom, 'cello
- Madeline Bloom, piano
pianoWilliam 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.
pianoAll 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!
- 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.
- Willis Hickox, piano
- Cory Wright, clarinets
- John Finkbeiner, guitar
- Jordan Glenn, percussion
- Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass
- Tim Perkis, electronics
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
pianoFrom 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.
- Melanie Schattschneider Keller, flute
- Adrienne Malley, oboe
- Karla Avila, clarinet
- Erika Wilsen, French horn
- Charles Moehnke, bassoon
- 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.
- 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.
- Tomiko Tsai, flute
- Adrienne Malley, oboe
- Quelani Penland, violin
- Stephanie Ng, viola
- Sara Styles, 'cello
- 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!
- with Jason Sia, piano
- Larry Ochs, saxophones and compositions
- Dohee Lee, voice and percussion
- Scott Amendola, drums and electronics
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.
- Robert Stallman, flute
- Lucinda Breed Lenicheck, 'cello
- Veronika Dafoe, harpsichord
- with special guest Isabelle Chapuis, flute
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Paul Rhodes, 'cello
- Lori Lack, piano
- Brandi Brandes, percussion
- Miles Graber, piano
- with special guest Lucian Balmer, violin
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.
12:00pm: Les grâces
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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
- 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.
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.
- Karen Stackpole, gongs, percussion
- Cornelius Boots, shakuhachi, taimu shakuhachi, throat vocals
- Mark Deutsch, Bazantar
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.
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.