Trinity Chamber Concerts

…presenting the finest of Northern California's emerging musicians

2012-201339th Season

Saturday, September 8, 2012, 8:00pm

New Esterházy Quartet featuring Christine Brandes

  • Christine Brandes, soprano
  • Kati Kyme, violin
  • Lisa Weiss, violin
  • Anthony Martin, viola
  • William Skeen, 'cello

Me infelice, Che fingo? Che ragiono?, cries Berenice.
Woe is me! What delusions? What am I saying?

Più speranza non v'è, tradita io sono!, cries Arianna.
Hope is gone, I am betrayed!

International opera star Christine Brandes brings these two tragic heroines to Trinity Chapel in a concert with the New Esterházy Quartet. Renowned for her interpretations of early music as well as contemporary, Ms. Brandes will sing Haydn's two great scenas, which got rave reviews in the London press in the 1790's during Haydn's triumphal visits. No less masterly are the two well-known quartets the New Esterházy Quartet will perform along with the cantatas, Op. 76, No. 1 in G and Op. 74, No. 3, in G minor, The Rider.

Saturday, September 22, 8:00pm

Black Cedar Duo

  • Kris Palmer, flutes and recorders
  • Steve Lin, guitar

"They perform beautifully together," writes the South Bay Guitar Society. These award-winning soloists team up to deliver the old Elizabethan of Renaissance master John Dowland on recorder and guitar, then the new Elizabethan of Ned Rorem's twentieth-century interpretation of the Bard's love tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet," performed on African wood flute and guitar. Plus, Schubert's "Arpeggione Sonata," originally written for a rare six-string instrument, reinterpreted by the Black Cedar Duo on wood flute and guitar.

Saturday, October 6, 8:00pm

BELLA Piano Trio

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

Enjoy an intimate evening of inspirational chamber music offered by San Francisco’s most exciting emerging ensemble, BELLA Piano Trio. The program will feature landmark works by three composers from very different eras: an ethereal work by a teenager named Claude Debussy (1881), Beethoven’s revered “Archduke” trio (1811), and Shostakovich’s second piano trio, a powerful and haunting, historical musical documentary of the state of humanity during the second world war (1944).

Saturday, October 20, 8:00pm

Ross Thompson

Seeking an opportunity to blend the exploration of music for guitar, the avant-garde and innovative Ross Thompson finds perfect harmony in combining original work with his creative traditional guitar sounds. An internationally-applauded concert guitarist-composer with a strong and rare passion, his talent creates an exceptional musical experience. The program includes the music of Johannes Matelart, John Dowland, J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla, and new original works by Ross Thompson.

Saturday, November 3, 8:00pm

Classical Collective

  • Po-Wei Lai, violin
  • Armando Castellano, French horn
  • Patricia Cheng, piano

The Classical Collective brings together musicians who share a commitment to fostering the understanding and appreciation of classical music and illuminating the relevance of the great works of the past to contemporary audiences. This concert will feature Beethoven's Sonata in F Major for Horn and Piano, Op. 17, Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31, and two works by Brahms: Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119 and the Trio in E-Flat Major for Piano, Violin and Horn, Op. 40.

Saturday, November 17, 8:00pm

Temescal Quartet with Tom Rose

  • Barbara Riccardi, violin
  • Katherine Button, violin
  • Jonna Hervig, viola
  • Ruth Lane, 'cello
  • Tom Rose, clarinet

Each performance by the Temescal Quartet reflects a shared love of chamber music and a commitment to building and nurturing an ensemble voice. Formed in 2004 by musicians who also play in the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet Orchestras, the Temescal String Quartet, joined by clarinetist Tom Rose, will present two of Brahms' masterpieces: his second string quartet, op. 51, no. 2, and the autumnal Clarinet Quintet, op. 115.

Saturday, December 1, 8:00pm

Dolci

  • Ted Rust, oboe
  • Viva Knight, piano

Dolci will perform sparkling works of Peter Schickele, Camille Saint-Saëns, Hendrik Andriessen, Bruce Babcock, Mozart’s delightful F-Major Violin Sonata (transcribed by Dolci), and the world premiere of Philip Freihofner’s poignant new piece, Filled with Moonlight. A full-time duo, Dolci invests its repertoire with a unique level of mastery, energy and musical coherence.

Saturday, December 15, 8:00pm

Flauti Diversi

  • Frances Feldon, traverso
  • Roy Whelden, viola da gamba
  • Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord

Flauti Diversi offers up a program of elegant cheer: Pastourelle & Noel: French Baroque Music for a Holiday Gathering featuring trios, solos & suites by Boismortier, Marais, Couperin and instrumental Noels by Charpentier and Loeillet.

Saturday, January 5, 2013, 8:00pm

SUONO

  • Ertan Torgul , violin
  • Aileen Chanco, piano

Hailed as Polished and Superb…an intensely personal performance! by the San Antonio Express News, SUONO is the product of a dynamic collaboration that began at an informal chamber music rave party and eventually brought them together to the concert stage and performances from Texas to California. The duo will present Masters of Yesterday and Today: Beethoven’s Violin and Piano Sonata, no. 9 in A, op. 47 “Kreutzer”; Aaron J. Kernis’ Air; Franck‘s Sonata in A and John AdamsRoad Movies.

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 8:00pm

Silver & String

  • Tracy Goodwin, flute
  • Antoniy Kakamakov, guitar

Silver & String is a San Francisco based flute and guitar duo that has a passion for exploring the intimate and dynamic textures unique to this instrumentation. Guitarist Antoniy Kakamakov and flutist Tracy Goodwin welcome you to enjoy an evening filled with passion and excitement, with works ranging from Astor Piazzolla's Histoire du Tango and Monti's Czardas, to the solo strummings of Bach and Sergio Assad's Aquarelle.

Saturday, February 2, 2013, 8:00pm

Gojogo

  • Sarah Jo Zaharako, violin
  • Roger Riedlbauer, guitar
  • Eric Perney, bass
  • Elias Reitz, percussion, sampler

Gojogo is an unusual quartet that combines the Western sounds of classical and jazz with the rhythmic traditions of India. Founded in 2003, they are dedicated to creating innovative music that is accessible and captivating. Gojogo will debut several pieces from their upcoming album and perform many favorites in their original repertoire.

Saturday, February 16, 2013, 8:00pm

Joe Lasqo

  • Joe Lasqo, composer, improvisor, musician, keyboards, electronics, percussion
  •     with
  • Steve Adams, saxophones

Joe Lasqo's music is woven from three strands: Indian classical music, modernist jazz, & "Stockhausen meets the sound of one hand clapping" (encounters with electronics and extensions of Japanese, Chinese and Korean music) — a unique mixture that has delighted audiences in his two-year residency at SF's Viracocha as well as other Bay Area and international venues. He's come to this music via a path that's taken him from classical music in South India, jazz studies in smoke-filled bars, and computer music studies at MIT, Columbia, and Berkeley CNMAT.

Joe will start the program with piano and laptop interpretations from his album Turquoise Sessions of traditional classical rāgas like Māyāmāḻavagauḻa (மாயாமாளவகௌளை) and Āsāvarī (आसावरी), and versions of the Japanese shakuhachi piece Chōshi (調子) and the Chinese classic, Parting At The Yang Pass (陽關三疊).

In Set 2, sax, flute, and electronics master Steve Adams of ROVA Saxophone Quartet will join Joe for a series of avant duets that take these traditions and others as a starting point for deep-space explorations involving extended meta-rāgas, algorithmic musical grammars, and Indo-modernist re-imaginings of 20th Century composers like Stockhausen and Carter.

Saturday, March 2, 2013, 8:00pm

Passamezzo Moderno

  • David Granger, bassoon
  • Edwin Huizinga, violin
  • Adriane Post, violin
  • Jonathan Davis, harpsichord

Simfoniæ Romanæ: 17th Century Instrumental Music From Rome

Rome was a vibrant musical center during the seventeenth-century, primarily due to the Catholic Church's patronage. Great instrumentalists, such as Girolamo Frescobaldi and Hieronymus Kapsberger, made Rome their home. Other famous instrumentalists, like the lutenist Lelio Colista, became fabulously wealthy. Works also by G. A. Leoni, Alessandro Stradella, C. A. Lonati and Carlo Mannelli.

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 8:00pm

Wiener Kids

  • Jordan Glenn, drums, percussion, vibraphone, melodica
  • Aram Shelton, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, percussion
  • Cory Wright, baritone saxophone, clarinet, percussion

Brainchild of drummer/­composer Jordan Glenn, Wiener Kids began as a duo with guitarist/­composer/­musical thinker Steini Gunnarsson in 2007.  After Steini moved back to his native Iceland, Jordan picked the project up again, this time with the help of reed masters Aram Shelton and Cory Wright.

Wiener Kids has been described as whimsical and raucous, blurring the line between the poignant and the humorous.  The group continues to evolve, expanding to a ten piece ensemble on occasion.  This concert will premiere new pieces taking advantage of the Chapel's space and Jordan's recent venture into homemade percussion.

Saturday, April 6, 2013, 8:00pm

Viviana Guzmán

  • Viviana Guzmán, flutes
  • Frank Levy, piano
  • Alan Hall, drums
  • Ken Miller, bass

An evening of culture, glamour and passion! Described by the New York Times as an imaginative artist, Chilean-born flutist Viviana Guzmán performs over 80 concerts a year throughout the world and has performed in 120 countries. Ms. Guzmán's program will include works of Fauré, Khatchaturian, Rimsky-Korsakov, Debussy, Piazzolla, Guzmán and others.

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8:00pm

Jessica Dunnavant & Ai Goldsmith with Miles Graber

  • Jessica Dunnavant, flute
  • Ai Goldsmith, flute
  • Miles Graber, piano
  •     with special guest
  • Diane Grubbe, flute

Found In Translation: Transcriptions For A Flute Duo & More

This concert features surprising and engaging alter-egos of famous works, transcribed for two flutes & piano. Included are transcriptions of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, (Sonata in D Major for two pianos, K.448), The Flower Duet by Leo Delibes from the opera Lakme , the Faure Fantaisie arranged for two flutes and piano, and the Doppler Rigoletto Fantaisie. Also look forward to a fun, quirky flute trio featuring guest flutist Diane Grubbe.

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8:00pm

Batifolage a trois

  • Esther Landau, flute
  • Yueh Chou, bassoon
  • Emily Laurance, harp

These three talented musicians met as faculty members at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The superb ensemble will present rarely-performed music by Jolivet, Ravel and others.

Special Event

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 8:00pm

The Music of Robert Dick

  • Robert Dick, flute
  •     with
  • Areon Flutes
  • Quinteto Latino

With equally deep roots in classical music old and new and in free improvisation and new jazz, flutist and composer Robert Dick has established himself as an artist who has not only mastered, but redefined his instrument. We celebrate Mr. Dick with a concert of his works performed by the Bay Area's Areon Flutes, Quinteto Latino and Mr. Dick himself.

Saturday, June 1, 2013, 8:00pm

Vinaccesi Ensemble

  • Nanette McGuinness, soprano
  • Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano
  • Jonathan Smucker, tenor
  • Kirk Eichelberger, bass
  • Sarge Gerbode, lute
  • Hallie Pridham, 'cello
  • Susie Fong, harpsichord

The Vinaccesi Ensemble first performed as part of the 2008 Berkeley Early Music Fringe Fest. The Ensemble focuses on music of the Baroque, especially that of seventeenth and eighteenth century Italy and the Veneto, and of course, Italian composer Benedetto Vinaccesi (1666-1719)—for whom the ensemble is named. They will be celebrating their new CD release, Benedetto Vinaccesi: the Solo Cantatas

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 8:00pm

Dolce e Basso

  • Anthony Martin, violin & viola
  • Farley Pearce, 'cello & double bass
  • Yueh Chou, basson

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Dolce e Basso, local masters of Classical period instruments, playing witty and entertaining music that you may never have heard before.

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