october 2, 2022 50th anniversary gala concert Keyboard concerti ~ johann sebastian bach
To open ourGolden Anniversary Season,we have requested that Bay Area harpsichordistsJanine JohnsonandYuko Tanakalead a string ensemble in fourBach keyboard concertifor one and two harpsichords. This program was a hit at the2017 Berkeley Early Music Festival, one of the premier early music events in the United States. Elizabeth Blumenstock and Kati Kyme, principal violinists withPhilharmonia Baroque Orchestra,will lead an ensemble of five string players for a beautifully balanced sound with one instrument per part. The small ensemble is well suited to our venue and will allow the harpsichords to shine, singly and together, in a festive display of Bach’s genius.
Janine Johnsonstudied music and painting at CSU Northridge. She began building and decorating harpsichords and fortepianos at an early age and works with nationally renowned harpsichord builder John Phillips in Berkeley. She concertizes in the Bay Area and beyond.
Yuko Tanakais a solo harpsichordist and member of several ensembles, includingMusic of the SpheresandPhilharmonia BaroqueChamber Players,and concertizes in the US and Europe. She holds a DMA from Stanford University, studied with the legendary harpsichordist Gustave Leonhardt in the Netherlands, and performed for many years with theCarmel Bach Festival.
Program: For harpsichord(s) and string ensemble Concerto in D major, BWV 1054: Yuko Tanaka Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052: Janine Johnson Double Concerto in C major, BWV 1061 Double Concerto in C minor, BWV 1060
Sini Simonen, violin Daniel Roberts, violin Daniel Roberts, viola Christopher Graves, violoncello
Formed in 2011, the Castalian String Quartet has rocketed to the top ranks of string quartets. In just a few seasons, it has made critically-acclaimed debuts at New York’s Lincoln Center, Banff International String Quartet Festival, and The Philips Collection in Washington D.C. In 2016, the Quartet were selected by the Young Classical Artists Trust. In 2019 the Castalian was named the String Quartet in Residence at the University of Oxford and also Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist of the Year. We are thrilled to have them in our 50thanniversary year.
"To hear this music, so full of poetry, joy and sorrow, realised to such perfection, felt like a miracle.”The Observer / Wigmore Hall / January 2020
“Their level of ensemble interconnectedness …..in Brahms and Schumann was truly remarkable, evincing a physics most rare and overlaid with an emotional world of similarly surpassing sublimity. There were times that I simply could not believe my ears.”Calgary Herald / Banff International String Quartet Competition / September 2016
Program: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D minor K.421 Jean Sibelius: String Quartet in D Minor 'Voces Intimae', Op. 56 Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 ("Death and the Maiden")
Soo-Jin Hong, violin Soo-Kyung Hong, violoncello Jens Elvekjaer, piano
A truly virtuostic piano trio ensemble which we had to cancel in 2019-2020 season due to Covid-19. Founded in Vienna in 1999, the trio has two South Korean sisters, violinist Soo-Jin Hong, and cellist, Soo-Kyung Hong, who is married to Jens Elvekjaer, pianist. We are delighted to finally present them with a powerful program of two of the most famous trios, and a new work by a living Danish composer, Per Nǿrgård. "We can now see the Con Brio as the worthy successors of the legendary Beaux-Arts Trio. That says it all! ” ……www.diapasonmag.fr
“… A super-trio took their finest concert attire on in radio to remind us about what it is we miss. It was thought-provoking and touching to hear Trio con Brio playing music from the time of the Spanish flu: Three musicians giving a concert in a huge, empty concert hall (due to the Covid-19 pandemic). Because they just so much want to play…”…..www.politiken.dk
“Radiant Russian memorials and unforgettable playing”…BBC MUSICMAGAZINE
*About the Bay Area Music Consortium Now in our fourth season, the Bay Area Music Consortium (BAMC) is a partnership between three distinct organizations dedicated to presenting the finest in chamber music experiences: Berkeley Chamber Performances, Gold Coast Chamber Players (Lafayette), and Mill Valley Chamber Music Society. Like the members of a chamber music ensemble, BAMC members all bring their own unique presence to provide invigorating concert experiences to a wider audience. With the synergy of combined resources, collective planning and a shared artistic vision, the Bay Area Music Consortium is uniquely positioned to present outstanding performing ensembles, enriching the Bay Area’s cultural life.
Stella Cho, Michael Kaufman, Benjamin Lash, Yoshika Masuda, and Petter Myers cellos
A unique and versatile cello quintet, hailed as “brilliant” and “superb” by Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times, the SAKURA Cello Quintet is built on the artistry and virtuosity of its members. Its name honors the great Ralph Kirshbaum, with whom all five members studied:sakura(桜) (Japanese) andKirschbaum(German) have the same meaning: “cherry tree”, an organism whose flowers have five petals. Playing by memory, this group has a very expressive sonority and an eclectic mix of repertoire from classical to modern, from Dowland and Boccherini to Brahms to Bernstein and Star Wars.
april 2, 2023 telegraph quartet and san francisco conservatory of music graduate students
Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violins Pei-Ling Lin, viola Jeremiah Shaw, violoncello
For the finale of ourgolden anniversary, we have invited the spectacular Telegraph Quartet, and a group of chamber music students from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The students will be chosen from the best in the chamber music class. We deem this an opportunity to expressly show our support for chamber music education. As the program will be determined in next academic year, we don’t have specifics, but hope to finish with the exuberant Mendelssohn Octet in Eb, a masterpiece written when he was only 16!
"Soulfulness, tonal beauty and intelligent attention to detail … an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape."– San Francisco Chronicle
“With precise tuning, textural variety and impassioned communication, the Telegraph players burned this masterpiece into one's memory."– The Strad
“Tonal warmth and communicative urgency … powerfully adept … with a combination of brilliance and subtlety."– San Francisco Chronicle
“The programming … bespeaks a wonderful boldness of spirit, and the performances, which are vibrant and full of exploratory fervor, follow through beautifully.”- San Francisco Chronicle
May 21, 2023 Marin Music ChestYoung Artists’ Concert
Subscribers receive a free ticket to the Young Artists’ Concert of the Marin Music Chest with their subscription. The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society supports the goals of the Marin Music Chest and hopes that subscribers will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to hear talented young musicians. Each year the quality of the winners is very impressive making this concert an inspiring event for all who attend. We encourage you to bring your friends and family, the concert is free to all comers.