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  • Behzod Abduraimov, pianist

    Five great chamber music programs at the 2016 Aspen Music Festival

    The 2016 Aspen Music Festival consists of more than 400 classical and other musical events, held in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. It is set in a legendary mountain town in one of Colorado's most stunning landscapes. With so much to choose from among a panoply of performances, it's hard to...
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    Starkland release a debut album for Instruments of Happiness

    Instruments of Happiness (IoH) is the brainchild of Canadian electric guitarist Tim Brady, who has devoted over 25 years of his life to creating contemporary classical music for his instrument. The name is inspired by the two guitar manufacturers Robert Godin and Paul Reed, whom Brady quotes as...
  • Taka Kigawa performing at an Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Benefit for Japan in New York in 2011

    May 2016 will begin with two sharply contrasting chamber music recitals

    Readers of this site are probably getting used to the fact that hard choices need to be made during the week, rather than just on weekends. Two weeks from today they will have to face such a choice between two promising chamber music recitals by visiting artists currently on tour. One involves a...
  • Opening measures of Liszt's Beethoven transcription (with words included)

    Pianist Gwendolyn Mok examines Beethoven’s legacy at Old First Concerts

    Yesterday afternoon at Old First Church, pianist Gwendolyn Mok gave the first in a series of three programs she has planned for the Old First Concerts recital series under the title Gwendolyn Mok & friends. However, her opening program was a solo recital; so the “friends” will not be coming...
  • Madalyn Parnas and Cicely Parnas of duo parnas

    Maurice Ravel saves the day for duo parnas’ San Francisco recital debut

    This afternoon in the Concert Hall of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Performances concluded its three-concert Young Masters Series with the San Francisco recital debut of duo parnas. This case-sensitive name refers to sisters Madalyn Parnas on violin and Cicely Parnas on...
  • Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville performing during at film screening

    SF Opera Lab will go to the movies and provide live music

    Next week SF Opera Lab will continue its first season with yet another innovative approach to using the new Taube Atrium Theater of the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera. It will not involve any San Francisco Opera musicians (neither vocalists nor instrumentalists); and, indeed, its only connection...
  • The War Memorial Veterans Building, a major venue for performances on April 24

    April 2016 will conclude with a Sunday of more diverse choices

    The options for the last Sunday of this month may not be as great (at least as of this writing) as those for mid-April; but they are definitely more diverse. There are currently only three alternatives spaced one hour apart, respectively. However, running from one venue to another does not create...
  • Listening opportunities are as diverse as the colors of City Hall's rainbow display

    Mid-April 2016 will bring another busy ‘chamber music Sunday’

    Regular readers probably realize by now that Sunday afternoon is a favored time for the performance of chamber music in San Francisco. The sadly inevitable corollary, however, is that those seeking chamber music on a Sunday afternoon are often fated to make hard choices among highly desirable...
  • The members of Areon Flutes

    Areon Flutes will present new works by Guerilla Composers at C4NM

    Readers may recall that the most memorable concert of January 2015 took place when alumni of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music decided to push the concept of an Alumni Recital Series concert to the limit. The plan when the series was first announced was to have a program shared by two chamber...
  • Steve Lin, Kris Palmer, and Isaac Pastor-Chermak, the members of the Black Cedar Trio

    Black Cedar Trio will return to Noontime Concerts™

    The Black Cedar Trio has been making regular appearances in the Noontime Concerts™ recital series (“San Francisco’s Musical Lunch Break”) on a roughly annual basis. The group began as the duo of Kris Palmer, whose flute of naturally black wood complemented the cedar of guitarist Steve Lin’s...
  • Composer David Garner

    David Garner will preview his opera at his SFCM Faculty Artist Series recital

    Next month will begin with a rather unique approach to a Faculty Artist Series recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). The faculty member is composer David Garner, who is also an alumnus (class of ’79). Garner has been teaching Composition, Theory, and Literature since his...
  • 2013 photograph of Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann (ZOFO Duet) at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards

    Concerts by the Square will present the ZOFO Duet at the end of this month

    One week from this afternoon Robert Howard will one again open up his house for the third of the four performances being presented this season through his 501(x)(3) nonprofit organization called Concerts by the Square. This is basically a series of house concerts that is open to the general public...
  • Mozart's "dangerous diversion" of "a canon in inversion" (with apologies to Glenn Gould)

    One Found Sound brings chamber music for winds and brass to Old First Concerts

    Last night the Old First Concerts series at Old First Church hosted a recital featuring a wind quintet of the members of the One Found Sound (OFS) chamber orchestra, calling itself OFSQ (One Found Sound Quintet). The players included three of the OFS founders, flutist Sasha Launer, clarinetist Sarah...
  • The Albany Consort in performance

    The Albany Consort returns to celebrate Bach’s birthday at Noontime Concerts™

    As was observed about a week ago, this Friday American Bach Soloists will hold a special concert to celebrate the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, which was recorded as March 21. However, that announcement noted that this was a date on the Julian calendar. The corresponding date on the Gregorian...
  • Chamber Trio at Weill Hall

    Wonderful things happening at Weill Hall in the new year

    So, the excitement of the holidays and all the wonderful musical and theatrical performances associated with the season are now just a memory, but that doesn’t mean that excellent entertainment is over. Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on the Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park is just...
  • San Francisco Music Day

    It’s Music! It’s Live! It’s Free! It’s San Francisco!

    San Francisco is a city of music. San Francisco is a city of community. They come together this Sunday, Oct 25 for the 8th annual San Francisco Music Day. So, what is San Francisco’s Music Day? It’s a celebration of music and the people who make it and it’s free. This year it will take place at...
  • Arizona's Grand Canyon Music Fest and Red Rocks Music Fest almost here

    Arizona's Grand Canyon Music Fest and Red Rocks Music Fest almost here

    Two unique music festivals that could only take place in Arizona are almost here. First up is the Grand Canyon Music Festival that begins Aug. 28 and runs through Sept. 12. Now in its 32nd season, it’ll feature a variety of concerts at the Shrine of the Ages which is located in Grand Canyon National...
  • Curious Flights at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

    Curious Flights at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

    “An English Portrait,” kicks off “Curious Flights,” a series of concerts at the the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The concert takes place at the San Francisco Conservatory this Saturday evening, Aug. 29 and is the first of the 2015-2016 season called “Curious Flights.” It will consist of a...
  • Wine and Music... what could be better

    Music in the Vineyards: Yes, there’s still time

    If you thought you’d missed it, don’t worry... there’s still time to enjoy several of the Music in the Vineyards concerts in the Napa Valley. This world renowned chamber music festival is celebrating it’s 21st season and will be running through Sunday, August 23. Music in the Vineyards in a highly...
  • Free chamber music series on the Outer Banks

    Free chamber music series on the Outer Banks

    Surf and Sounds, a free celebration of chamber music, is planned for August 26-28, 2015 in the towns of Duck, Southern Shores and Corolla at the northern end of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The 2015 Outer Banks Chamber Music Series includes three free concerts performed by five musicians from...
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