During the course of the Twentieth Century, and thanks to incessant championing by performers such as Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream, the guitar completed its maturation from popular to concert instrument. Italian guitarist Giacomo Fiore will present a selection of pieces from the recent past, showcasing the variety of languages and traditions - classical and folk alike - that have become a part of the guitar repertoire, including music by Britten, Ohana, Takemitsu, Tippet and others.
Harpist Diana Rowan's playing has been described as having "unusual power and beauty." Born in Ireland, she lived and studied on the East Coast, in Europe and the Middle East before settling in Berkeley. Each place profoundly influenced her music, which weaves Western classical sensibilities with Balkan, Sephardic and Middle Eastern inspiration, emphasizing both the primal and ethereal aspects of the harp, ancient and modern.
Diana is an astounding harpist - playing pieces that range from inspired traditional-based tunes to improvisational skin-prickling scats. Consider it a blessed time, to have this music seep into your being.-Anne Emerick, Wisteria Ways Concerts
Piano & saxophone "comprovisations"
Thollem McDonas brings classical piano training with him when he meets jazz saxophonist Rent Romus. The Bloom Project perform three- to fifteen-minute "comprovisations," each with their own particular flavor and expression. The combination is unique: both virtuosi in their respective upbringings, and both with tremendous experience as improvisers.
with Isabelle Chapuis
We are excited to be able to augment our concert season with this special opportunity for students to learn from a master teacher in the unique setting of Trinity Chapel. Participants in the master class will perform flute repertoire by French composers. Ms. Chapuis, who studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal and won the Premier Prix de flute at the Paris Conservatory, is a noted exponent of the French School of flute performance. She will make observations and perform examples, demonstrating the French style of playing. Performance before a group of one's peers under the guidance of a revered flutist is the essence of the French approach, as taught at the Paris Conservatory. Participants will gain additional benefit from the collaboration of Mark Anderson, an internationally renowned concert pianist.
- Mark Anderson, piano
For three decades, French flutist Isabelle Chapuis has appeared as soloist in every nook and cranny of the Bay Area. She is Principal Flute of the Orchestra of Opera San Jose. Recently, she retired as Professor of Flute at the School of Music and Dance at San Jose State University to devote herself to concerts and master classes. She is a proponent of the Êcole française de la flûte, following in the footsteps of her famous teacher, Jean-Pierre Rampal.
Mark Anderson, pianist, lives and teaches in the East Bay Area where he appears regularly as a recitalist and collaborative performer. He is Executive Director of New World Music Academy in Pleasanton and has made numerous commercial recordings on Nimbus Records.
Contemporary electroacoustic multimedia performance
- Jack Curtis Dubowsky, analog synthesizer, electronics
- Hall Goff, trombone and electronics
- Erika Johnson, percussion
- Fred Morgan, percussion
The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble combines acoustic instruments, electronic hardware, audiovisuals, composed material, and both free and structured improvisation. The Ensemble, founded by classical and film composer Dubowsky, treats analog synth as a rare and unpredictable performance instrument. The music—abstract, calm, spacious, free form, transcendental, contemporary, electroacoustic mystical psychedelia—is performed live with no overdubs or sequencing.
- Michael Jones, violin
- John Burke, piano
An old-fashioned menu practice was to include entremets between courses—small, un-challenging nibbles to let the diner take a breath before the next formidable dish arrived. These performers have chosen to interlard their program of "Big Works by Major Composers" (Bach, Mozart, Brahms) with some shorter, less demanding fare by major composers, including the mysterious Dukelsky (pictured), but on a more modest scale.
Candlelight Christmas concert for harp and percussion
Celebrate the holidays with a Candlelight Christmas concert—shimmering harp with sparkling percussion. Sacramento Philharmonic harpist Anna Maria Mendieta will perform favorite selections from her best-selling Christmas album Enchanted Christmas in a unique and magical setting. This program is a favorite with audiences and will include music and stories celebrating the season from around the world.
Contemporary music for saxophone and guitar
Composer and alto saxophonist Jacob Zimmerman is currently a masters composition student at Mills College in Oakland. His most recent work has been centered around solo performances that highlight the various techniques and improvising strategies that have formed his musical vocabulary over the years.
Guitarist Jameson Swanagon resides in San Francisco and contributes regularly to a number of rock, free music and jazz collaborations, while also performing solo finger-style concerts consisting of dense improvisations as well as tightly composed vignettes he thinks of as sad toys. Jacob and Jameson met while studying at the New England Conservatory in Boston under the tutelage of Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman.
Flute duo recital
This dynamic ensemble will perform J.S. Bach's quintessential Sonata in G, BWV 1039; Gary Shocker's time-honored Three Dances; an exciting work by Yuko Uebayashi, Au dela du Temps; the delightful Tracoline for two piccolos by Johannes Donjon; and more!
Ávila: Musicians and Mystics from Sixteenth Century Spain
- Amy Schaner, voice
- Dominic Schaner, lute & vihuela
Ávila springs forth from the confluence of two great mystics, Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross. Featuring music from sixteenth century Spanish sources, bilingual meditations from mystical writings and newly composed works, Ávila illuminates the vibrant time surrounding these spiritual mystics. Duo Euphora presents historically-informed concerts performed on period instruments played by master musicians. Join us for music from the Golden Age of Spain!
Maho Nabeshima has given solo and chamber music recitals in Japan, Germany and the United States. Her most recent performance was with flutist Margaret Cornils at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This will be her first solo recital in the Bay Area.
The program features selections from Olivier Messiaen's beautifully mysterious masterwork Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jésus. American composer Alan Fletcher's Romance No. 2 adds a darkly lyrical and reflective sense of nostalgia to the night. Also featured on the program is the U.S. premiere of Bay Area composer Cody Wright's Pieces for Amelie for piano, left hand, written in 2009 in celebration of the birth of the pianist's daughter.
The three works together weave a journey through spiritual reflection, remembrance of things past, and the joys of new life.
Contemporary chamber works
Composer and pianist Martin McGinn presents an evening of premieres with two new expansive chamber works. Drawing on his experience of growing up in rural Iowa, these compositions evoke contemplative images of the prairie, an oasis of space in the midst of the urban landscape. The concert will feature McGinn's compositions cloud, city, uncertain for string quartet (2008) and here you get a day's work for violin and piano (2009).
Medieval music ensemble Cançonièr presents The Garden Enclosed, a program of virtuosic music of the 13th and 14th centuries from Italy, France, Spain, Romania, England and Scandinavia.
Pianist Mark Anderson has recorded several CDs with Nimbus Records and has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan. BBC Music Magazine awarded his recording of Liszt "Record of the Month" and said "Here is a supreme musical talent with clear ideas on interpretation.... A splendid disc." Mr. Anderson's performance will feature Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition as well as works of Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy.
You can watch a short video announcement for this concert on You Tube.
This accomplished ensemble plays trios and solos from six nations by Lully, Corelli, Buxtehude, da Selma, Schmelzer & Purcell, followed by The Apotheosis of Lully—a grand tour of 17th century Europe and a grand unification project by Couperin attempting to synthesize the various national styles.
Suzanne Macahilig, pianist, known to audiences in the Bay Area, returned to California after study and performances in New York City, Europe and Canada. The New York Concert Artist Guild named her "a big talent [and] love for music" and The New York Times praised her performance at Carnegie Recital Hall's Weill Hall as having "sensitive musical feeling." According to the Coast Weekly, she projects "terrific energy and imagination…unabashed passion of the musical feeling."
Ms. Macahilig's program will include Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Chopin.
Contemporary vocal recital
ChamberBridge presents a program introducing the new hot-shot composers from UC Berkeley, UC Davis and two universities in Switzerland. The evening will feature a piece by Gabriela Lena Frank and the premiere of a work written for ChamberBridge by Swiss composer Christian Henking.
- Russ Button, trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn
- Eric Wayne, trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn
- John Kinney, tenor trombone
- Brian Taylor, tenor trombone
- Scott Sterling, bass trombone
The five-piece brass band Horns a Plenty has one foot in J.S. Bach, the other in Duke Ellington, and plenty of brass in between. With a distinctly discriminatory policy in favor of trombones, cornets and flugelhorns, Horns a Plenty wants to squeeze as much music as it can out of each note. It's Bach, Sousa, ragtime, Dixieland and swing all fighting to be in first place. Horns a Plenty takes no prisoners!
Trinity Chamber Concerts is a proud host of the
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.
Admission for Fringe events:
- $15 general
- $10 SFEMS members/seniors/students/disabled
2:00pm: Three Trapped Tigers Recorder Ensemble:
- David Barnett
- Tom Bickley
- with special guest Tiger Judy Linsenberg
My notes ascend into the air, pre–modern music for post–modern ears and vice versa. Also duos and trios by Jim Wilson, John Baldwine, Tom Bickley, Pauline Oliveros, Francesco Landini and more
- 6:00pm: The Galax Quartet performs J.S. Bach's The Art of the Fugue
1:00pm: Vinaccesi Ensemble: Involto il tristo
core: Venetian Arias, Cantatas, and Duets
- Amy Brodo, Baroque cello/ gamba
- Jonathan Davis, harpsichord
- Sarge Gerbode, archlute
- Nanette McGuinness, soprano
- Jonathan Smucker, tenor
5:30pm: Franklin Lei, Baroque Lute
J.S. Bach, Partita in d, BWV 1004; S.L. Weiss, Suonata in c (Dresden Ms).
8:00pm: Ensemble Aliento: Baroque Music for Wind
- Tom Hill, bassoon
- Moira Little, oboe and recorder
- Alan Paul, oboe and recorder
- Glen Shannon, traverso and recorder
- Nina Bailey, harpsichord
- Mary Elliot, viola da gamba
A program of sonatas, trios, and quartets by the likes of Telemann, Fasch, and Schickhardt for woodwinds and basso continuo.
- 12:00pm: Kati Kyme, Anthony Martin, William Skeen & Yueh Chou: Devienne Intervention
4:00pm: Letitia Berlin, recorder
- Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord
- David Morris, viola da gamba
- 8:00pm: Briarbird presents Four French Seasons, soprano duets by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
- 12:00pm: Ensemble Vermillian: Music of the 17th Century: Correli, Buxtehude, Couperin
3:00pm: Bay Area Baroque Orchestra conducted by
Works by Lully, Corelli and Vivaldi. BABO is made up of dedicated amateur musicians from all around the Bay Area who come together to explore baroque repertoire and performance practices.
8:00pm: New Esterházy Quartet: Haydn's Jukebox
At Haydn's Jukebox your wish is our command! Come to our concert and enter our raffle for a chance to pick your favorite from among the over 280 movements of the 68 Haydn Quartets. If you are a winner, the New Esterházy Quartet will play your choice. There will also be other prizes awarded, including CDs and concert tickets.
- $25 general
- $15 SFEMS members/seniors/students/disabled
12:00pm: Harmonia Felice: Music of Jacquet de la
Guerre, Couperin, and Marais
- Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
- Katherine Kyme, violin
- Amy Brodo, cello, viola da gamba
- William Skeen, cello, viola da gamba
- Katherine Heater, harpsichord, organ
- Lucian Miranda, soprano
- Andrea Fullington, soprano
3:00pm: Henry Lebedinsky, clavichord: The
Birth of Russian Keyboard Music
Works by D. S. Bortniansky, I. Y. Khandoshkin, O. A. Kozlovsky, J. G. W. Palschau, D. N. Saltykov and M. K. Oginsky
12:00pm: Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin and
Janine Johnson, harpsichord
J.S. Bach Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord
3:00pm: Wild Rose Ensemble: Music spanning
15th-21st centuries on folk & baroque instruments
- Shira Kammen
- Frances Blaker
- Letitia Berlin
- Joey O'Donnell
- Barbara Blaker Krumdieck
- Henry Lebedinsky
10:00pm: The Lost Mode: medieval music meets
living modal music traditions
- Annette Bauer - recorders, sarode
- Shira Kammen - vielle, harp, violin
- Peter Maund - percussion
- with special guest: Derek Wright - oud
An eclectic set of music from the Middle Ages, as well as melodies from Breton, Basque, Sephardic, Arab-Andalusian, and Armenian modal traditions. Spiced with soulful improvisations.
- 12:00pm: Alta Sonora, Les Violes Douces & Friends: Victoria Vespers
3:00pm: Howard Kadis, lute and archlute
"A Panolply of the Lute, from Attaingnant to Zamboni." The program includes works from France, England, and Italy by Pierre Attaingnant, Simone Molinaro, Peter Phillips, Gregorio Huwett, John Dowland, Alessandro Piccinini, and Giovanni Zamboni.
1:00pm Motet/Chant Workshop
Explore relationships between Renaissance polyphony and the chant upon which it was based. Hear and learn chant, sing it, hear and learn related polyphony, sing it, then cycle through several pieces in that fashion. Susan Hellauer and Marsha Genensky will lead and demonstrate the chant. Mostly Motets will demonstrate the polyphony then sing it with the audience. The polyphony will come from composers like: Josquin Desprez, Dufay, Durufle, Palestrina, Tallis, and Victoria.
- $30 general
- $25 if purchased on or before June 8
7:00pm: The Euphora Consort: Ávila: Musicians
& Mystics of Sixteenth Century Spain
- Peter Maund, percussion
- Dominic Schaner, vihuela
- Amy White, soprano
Ávila features sacred and secular music from both printed and manuscript sources, bilingual meditations from the mystical writings of Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross, and newly composed works setting their poetry, and inspired by their mystical visions.