- Anthony Martin, violin
- David Wilson, violin
- John Dornenburg, viola da gamba
- Charles Sherman, harpsichord
Before Bach: Mensa Sonora California offer pieces by musicians whom Bach valued and learned from, illuminated by passages from Johann Nicholas Forkel's biography of Bach (1802). Includes works by Reincken, Couperin, Pachelbel, Vivaldi and Buxtehude.
- Cornelius Shinzen (深禅) Boots, shakuhachi
- Mark Deutsch, bazantar
Heart & Blood: Absolute mastery collides with non-conceptual intuition. Cornelius Shinzen (深禅) Boots performs on Taimu & jinashi shakuhachi flutes with Mark Deutsch on Bazantar (upright contrabass with dozens of sympathetic strings). From ancient to newly invented, these instruments exhibit depth and evoke mystery: they demand a conscious engagement and level of training from the performers that borders on the obsessive: the results infuse the virtuosic with the ethereal.
- Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, flute
- Sarah Bonomo, clarinet
- Jennifer Peringer, piano
- with special guest
- Laura Ganyon, 'cello
Musical Chairs: Chamber Music from the 1800's to Now
This program offers a sinfonia by Danzi, a Romantic flute trio by Frenchwoman Louise Farrenc, a Fellini-esque clarinet trio by Nino Rota, a jazz-influenced flute & clarinet dialogue by Russell Peterson, and 21st-century Latin American works by Miguel del Aguila and Eduardo Gamboa. The Bernal Hill Players have performed throughout the Bay Area and Mexico City, commissioned pieces by Bay Area and Mexican composers, and produced a CD, San Francisco: In and About the City.
- Melanie Keller, flute
- Adrienne Malley, oboe
- Karla Avila, clarinet
- Daniel Wood, horn
- Charles Moehnke, bassoon
Avenue Winds engages audiences of all ages with dynamic chamber music performances featuring new works by Bay Area composers as well as the classics of the woodwind quintet repertoire. Formed in 2002, this captivating woodwind quintet has performed in recital at numerous venues, including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of San Francisco, Berkeley Chamber Performances, Deep Valley Chamber Music Series, Trinity Chamber Concerts, Community School of Music & Arts (Tateuchi Hall), Rengstorff House, and the Old First Concert Series. Please join us for an evening of chamber music.
- Daniel Lewin, violin
- Dmitriy Cogan, piano
The three sonatas for violin and piano of Johannes Brahms are landmarks of classical/romantic music. These great works range from the grace and lyricism of Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78, to the majesty and dignity of Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100, the "Thun" or "Meistersinger" – and on to the passion and tempestuousness of the popular Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108. All of the power, introspection, and beauty of Brahms are on display in these chamber music masterpieces.
- Diane Grubbe, flute
- Frank Johnson, piano
- with special guests
An examination of the iconic Japanese composer through his chamber works, curated and performed by flutist Diane Grubbe, pianist Frank Johnson and guests. Largely self-taught but influenced by Debussy, Schoenberg, Messiaen and others, Takemitsu developed a unique style, blending elements of Western classical music and the sound of traditional Eastern instruments, in addition to serial music and musique concrete.