Trinity Chamber Concerts

…presenting the finest of Northern California's emerging musicians

2013-201440th Season

Special Time Saturday, September 28, 2013, 7:30pm

40th Anniversary Gala

  • Nanette McGuinness, soprano
  • Jennifer Paulino, soprano
  • Celeste Winant, mezzo-soprano
  • Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
  • Yueh Chou, bassoon
  • Farley Pearce, 'cello/gamba/double bass
  • Janine Johnson, harpsichord
  • Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord
  • Musica Pacifica, featuring
  • Judith Linsenberg, recorders
    • and more!
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Help us celebrate Trinity Chamber Concerts’ 40th season! It’s been a wonderful 40 years and we want to recognize it with something special. The acoustics of Trinity Chapel are just perfect for early music so why not kick off the season with a performance featuring many of the Bay Area’s premier early music specialists? We've got a great line-up of performers and this star-studded event will be followed by a reception around the corner at The Musical Offering Café & Bistro—Berkeley’s favorite café/early music CD shop! Proceeds from this gala event all go to funding Trinity Chamber Concerts’ future. Come help us celebrate!

Featuring works by Georg F. Handel, Charles Dollé, Wolfgang A. Mozart, J. S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Michel Corrette and Johann Kaspar Ferdinand Fischer.

  • Special Event Prices
  • $25 general
  • $20 SFEMS members, seniors, students, disabled

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 8:00pm

Duo Symphonious

  • Zac Selissen, guitar
  • Michael T. Roberts, guitar
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Duo Symphonious is a San Francisco based guitar duo dedicated to reimagining orchestral and chamber music for their ensemble. These guitarists joined forces in 2006 as graduate students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. They discovered not only a shared history as electric guitar-wielding classic rockers who developed a passion for the classical guitar, but also a common interest in a wide range of music, from jazz to tango to the Baroque.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 8:00pm

G-G-R Trio

  • Tom Rose, clarinet
  • Michael Graham, 'cello
  • Miles Graber, piano
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These well-known Bay Area performers present the Trio Pathétique from "the father of Russian Music," Mikhail Glinka. Their program will also feature Seven Balkan Dances by Serbian composer Marko Tajčević, and Beethoven's own trio arrangement of his famous Septet for winds and strings, Op. 38.

Special Concert

Friday, November 8, 2013 8:00pm

Musica Pacifica

  • Judith Linsenberg, recorder
  • Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
  • John Dornenburg, viola da gamba
  • JungHae Kim, harpsichord

San Francisco-based Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica, is pleased to present their Fall 2013 Northern California Program, Baroque Splendor: Virtuosic Music from 17th- and 18th-century Europe. Repertoire includes works by Bach, Rameau, Sammartini, Telemann, Turini, and more.

  • Special Event Prices
  • $25 general
  • $20 SFEMS members, seniors, disabled
  • $10 students

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 8:00pm

Justin Lee

  • Justin Lee, flute
  •     with special guests
  • Jesse Barrett, English horn
  • Frank Johnson, piano
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An evening of solo flute and chamber music featuring Aaron Copland's Duo for Flute and Piano and Arthur Honegger's Concerto da Camera for Flute, English Horn, and Piano.

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 8:00pm

Jason Sia

  • Jason Sia, piano
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Sacramento-based concert pianist Jason Sia will perform an evening of world-favorite solo piano works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Faure, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and others. Selections will include romantic favorites including the Moonlight Sonata, Liebestraum, Claire de Lune, Rhapsody in Blue, and others.

Saturday, December 21,2013, 8:00pm


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Critically acclaimed virtuosos bassist Michael Manring and percussionist Christopher Garcia have been performing internationally since 2005 with guitarists Alex de Grassi, and/or Miroslav Tadic. For this special performance they will be performing with classical guitarist Kenton Youngstrom, best known for his work with The FallaTrio and Quarteto Nuevo in an evening of original sonic, chamber,  jazz and world music. Compositions for fretless electric bass, world percussion of North and South India, and indigenous Mexico with classical guitar.

Special Concert

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 7:30pm

Musica Pacifica

  • Judith Linsenberg, recorder
  • Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
  • Josh Lee, viola da gamba
  • Charles Sherman, harpsichord
  • with special guest artist
  • Aaron Sheehan, tenor

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. On this occasion they present Sweet Accents: In Praise of Harmony, virtuoso cantatas and instrumental chamber musc by Handel, Rameau, Telemann, Bach, Couperin et. al.

  • Special Event Prices
  • $25 general
  • $20 SFEMS members, seniors
  • $10 students

Saturday, January 11, 2014, 8:00pm

Ancient Future Duet

  • Matthew Montfort, guitar
  • Vishal Nagar, tabla
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Strains of flamenco, ancient Celtic music, and Indian raga will emanate from this improvisatory duet featuring world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by renowned Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar. The program will feature music from the groundbreaking world music recordings of Ancient Future along with serenades from Matthew Montfort's solo guitar releases: Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar and Sympathetic Serenade, for which he was lauded as one of the world's "100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists."

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 8:00pm

Celebration of Samuel Barber

  • Frank Johnson, piano
  • with
  • Morgan Harrington, soprano
  • Farley Pearce, 'cello
  • Diane Grubbe, flute
  • Denis Harper, oboe
  • Karla Avila, clarinet
  • Alex Rosenfeld, French horn
  • Rufus Olivier, bassoon
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Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was one of the most honored of American composers. Enjoy a celebration of his chamber music and song with pianist Frank Johnson and leading Bay Area musical artists: the Cello Sonata, Op. 6; Summer Music, Op. 31 for woodwind quintet; Canzone, Op. 38a; and more.

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8:00pm

Temescal String Quartet

  • Barbara Riccardi, violin
  • Katherine Button, violin
  • Jonna Hervig, viola
  • Victoria Ehrlich, 'cello
  • with special guest Richard Riccardi, piano
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Formed in 2004, The Temescal Quartet takes its name from the ancient central American sweat lodges of spiritual and physical renewal. The program will include Beethoven's Opus 18 #6, Amy Beach's Piano Quintet and Ravel's Quartet, Opus 36.

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8:00pm

Wild Rumpus

  • Vanessa Langer, soprano
  • Amy Sedan, flute
  • Sophie Huet, clarinet
  • Matthew Striplen, trombone
  • Joanne De Mars, 'cello
  • Dan VanHassel, electric guitar/composer
  • Margaret Halbig, piano
  • Ed Garcia, percussion
  • Nathaniel Berman, conductor
  • Jen Wang, composer
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Contemporary chamber ensemble Wild Rumpus is dedicated to adventurous new music, with a particular interest in commissioning and collaborating with young or emerging composers. This evening will feature a tour through the evocative landscape of contemporary music, from the serenely beautiful sonic landscapes of John Luther Adams and Radiohead, to the funk-minimalism of Ryan Brown, to the latest in interactive technology featured in the work of co-director Dan VanHassel. Wild Rumpus will also be performing world premieres, created in collaboration with the group by Joshua Carro and Leaha Maria Villareal.

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8:00pm

Donna Lerew

  • Donna Lerew, violin
  • Frank Johnson, piano
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Violin and piano masterpieces from Biber to Rochberg

These two intrepid musicians will explore the heart and some surprising fringes of music for violin and piano: the ultimate Beethoven Sonata, a Schubert gem, hypnotic Biber Passacaglia, and startling Rochberg Variations.

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 8:00pm

Mark Anderson

  • Mark Anderson, piano
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Pianist Mark Anderson returns to Trinity Concerts performing the profoundly evocative Miroirs by Ravel. Also on the program will be rarely (if ever!) heard late 18th Century romantic gems by the the "Dutch Brahms" Julius Röntgen and the great conductor and pianist Hans von Bülow. Get a sneak listen of the Röntgen works before he records them in May for Nimbus Records!

New Date

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:00pm

Jewish Music & Poetry Project

  • Nanette McGuinness, soprano
  • Adaiha Macadam-Somer, 'cello
  • Dale Tsang, piano
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Premieres of newly commissioned works by Elena Ruehr, David Garner, Laura Schwendinger, and more. The Jewish Music & Poetry Project performs new music to texts by Jewish poets and women composers, as well as "ostracized" composers of the 20th century–with regular detours towards other poets or composers that intrigue them.

Next Concert

Special Concert

Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30pm

Andrea Kapell Loewy

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Colors of the Solo Flute in Song and Dance

Lauded as a musician with "unblemished technique, beautiful tone, and precise intonation," and as a "first rate performer with a lovely sound that projects well," flutist Andrea Kapell Loewy has a stimulating career as soloist, orchestral musician, and teacher. She will perform an innovative program of solo flute works from various countries, spanning the baroque to the present, including sensuous, expressive and lyric qualities of song and rhythmic and vivacious qualities of dance. The program will include moving and dramatic works of Bach, Honneger, Rivier, Takemitsu, Mercadante, Piazzolla, Ibert, as well as traditional operatic and folk songs of China.

  • Special Event Prices
  • $25 general
  • $20 seniors, students, disabled

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00pm

Gianna Abondolo

  • Gianna Abondolo, 'cello
  •     with special guests
  • Nico Abondolo, double bass
  • Lisa Sangita Moskow, electric sarod
  • Joshua Mellinger, tabla
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Praised by the Los Angeles Times as “Clearly a musician of exceptional talent,” cellist Gianna Abondolo leads a dynamic career performing regularly as soloist, chamber musician, improviser and composer. A former member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gianna brings a compelling and fresh approach to her performances. Her programming includes a creative and eclectic array of repertoire for both solo cello and with other instruments ranging from classical and contemporary to her own compositions. The evening’s performance will feature the music of Britten and Schnittke along with her original solos, duos and improvisations with her brother, internationally acclaimed double bassist Nico Abondolo, virtuoso electric sarod player Lisa Sangita Moskow and Bay Area tabla player, Joshua Mellinger.

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8:00pm

Davide Verotta

  • Davide Verotta, piano/composer
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"Composing or playing any type of music results in a conflict between the immediacy of subconscious reactions to sound and the intellectual discipline that is required to write or perform a piece of music. This conflict is what has interested me in the last year of composing. The result is a set of interlinked pieces for piano, percussion, strings and voice, titled Il Ponte, that explores this "taming of the beast"–chamber music–in its capacity to build complex musical structures while communicating deep emotions and feelings in a free and immediate way."

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 8:00pm

The Farallon Quintet

  • Natalie Parker, clarinet
  • Dan Flanagan, violin
  • Matthew Oshida, violin
  • Elizabeth Prior, viola
  • Jonah Kim, cello
  • with special guest
  • Sarah Rommel, cello
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This dynamic Bay Area ensemble is focused on presenting the clarinet quintet (string quartet plus clarinet) repertoire. In addition to playing the classics, the group seeks to perform rarely-heard works as well as new music by living composers. The ensemble is made up of leading Bay Area musicians who are principal players in such orchestras as the San Francisco Ballet, Santa Rosa Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Marin Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Fremont Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Modesto Symphony, and the Sacramento Philharmonic. The group takes its name from the Farallon Islands, located right off the coast of San Francisco. Its meaning—pillar or steep rock in Spanish—indicates the group’s vision to become an important “pillar” or “rock” in classical music by building awareness around the lesser-known yet musically significant clarinet quintet repertoire.

Saturday, June 2-8, 2014, 8:00pm

2014 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 when it becomes available, as they take place at several venues.

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8:00pm

Splinter Reeds

  • Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
  • Bill Kalinkos, clarinet
  • David Wegehaupt, saxophone
  • Jeff Anderle, bass clarinet
  • Dana Jessen, bassoon
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Splinter Reeds is the Bay Area's first reed quintet, recently formed by five innovative musicians whose reeds vibrate primarily to the sounds of the 20th and 21st Century. The members of this New Music dream team share a composite performing history that includes San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, sfSound, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble, Dal Niente, Sqwonk, and many more.

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 8:00pm

Festival of Contemporary Music

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The 12th season of the Festival of Contemporary Music (FCM) brings together more than 25 composers and holds its opening concert at Trinity Chapel with a display of chamber music from up-and-coming as well as established composers from the United States and around the World. Each year the FCM highlights the various styles and techniques found in contemporary music, ranging from the neo-romantic to the serial, to the experimental and improvisational. This concert is the 21st offering in the series and the first of three concerts in the summer of 2014. The FCM is under the direction of composers Brian Bice, John Bilotta and Davide Verotta. Please visit for more information.

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