SUNDAY, November 14, 2021 | 5:00PM Manhattan Chamber Players
Adam Golka, piano Emily Daggett Smith, violin Luke Fleming, viola Andrea Casarrubios, cello Nicholas Cathcart, double bass
“An intensely wrought and burnished performance…Overall, I wished I could put them on repeat.” ~ Strings Magazine
The Manhattan Chamber Players is a chamber music collective of New York-based musicians who share the common aim of performing the greatest works in the chamber repertoire at the highest level. Formed by Founding Artistic Director Luke Fleming, MCP is comprised of an impressive roster of musicians who all come from the tradition of great music making at the Marlboro Music Festival, Steans Institute at Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festivals, and Perlman Music Program. They are former students of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, Colburn School, New England Conservatory, and Yale School of Music. All the members of the ensemble have impressive independent careers – as soloists, members of professional string quartets, piano trios, or other chamber groups, and even two world-renowned composers who write music for MCP – but they all share a desire to come together and perform the great chamber repertoire as often as they have the opportunity. The program will feature Schubert “Trout” Quintet and Ralph Vaughn-Williams Piano Quintet.
Program: Franz Schubert - "The Trout" Quintet Ralph Vaughan Williams - Piano Quintet
Sunday, JANUARY 23, 2022 | 5:00pm Ilya Yakushev, piano
Ilya Yakushev, piano
“…the big news was the astonishing tripartite debut of pianist Ilya Yakushev, who single-handedly turned the end of the festival into something unforgettable.” ~The San Francisco Chronicle
Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, with many awards and honors to his credit, continues to astound and mesmerize audiences at major venues on three continents. Winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition which took place in Cincinnati, OH, Yakushev received his first award at age 12 as a prizewinner of the Young Artists Concerto Competition in his native St. Petersburg. Yakushev attended the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music in St. Petersburg, and later the Mannes College of Music in New York City, where he studied with legendary pianist Vladimir Feltsman. He has performed at some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including Glinka Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and Carnegie Hall in New York. He has appeared as piano soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Edmonton Symphony, the Cheyenne Symphony, and many others. The program will feature works by Haydn, Beethoven, Liszt, and Prokofiev.
Sunday, FEBRUARy 27, 2022 | 5:00pm horszowski trio // Bay Area Music Consortium Concert
*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.
Jesse Mills, violin Ole Akahoshi, cello Rieko Aizawa, piano
“The most compelling American group to come on the scene” ~ The New Yorker
Founded in 2011 and based in New York City, the Horszowski Trio has become renowned as one of the pre-eminent piano trio ensembles and has quickly become a vital force in the international chamber music world. Since their debut performance in New York City in 2011, they have toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, the Far East, and India, traversing the extensive oeuvre of traditional piano trio repertoire and introducing audiences to new music that they have commissioned and premiered. The Trio takes its inspiration from the musicianship, integrity, and humanity of the pre-eminent pianist Mieczysław Horszowski (1892–1993). The ensemble’s pianist, Rieko Aizawa, was Horszowski’s last pupil at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Our concert will focus on ethnic character in piano trios.
Program: "Crisis, Creativity, & Culture”: Piano Trios by Smetana, Rebecca Clarke, Arno Babadjanian
Sunday, MARCH 27, 2022 | 5:00pm QUARTET SAN FRANCISCO
Jeremy Cohen, violin Joseph Christianson, violin Chad Kaltinger, viola Andrés Vera, cello
“…breezy wit, fine technical finish and a genuine feeling for musical idiom.” ~Washington Post
This local talented string quartet plays standing – not seated, (yes, even the cellist!), and have garnered three Grammy nominations for their brilliant performances in a variety of styles. 2021 is the centennial of the birth of Astor Piazzola, the master of virtuostic tangos, and the program will be centered around his music.
Program: 2021 is the centennial of the birth of Astor Piazzola, the Argentinian tango composer. The program will be based on his music. This three-time grammy-nominated quartet, standing erect, will thrill with its virtuosity.
Sunday, APRIL 10, 2022 | 5:00pm New Esterhazy Quartet
Lisa Weiss, violin Kati Kyme, violin Anthony Martin, viola Willaim Skeen, violoncello
Founded in 2006, and voted “Best Chamber Ensemble” in 2014/15 by SF Classical Voice, New Esterhazy specializes in the ground-breaking quartets of Franz Josef Haydn. They play on period instruments to reproduce the original unique sound Haydn intended.
In addition to many years of musical collaboration in Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, and a long list of renowned chamber ensembles, these four Bay Area musicians have enjoyed decades of friendship and shared experience. Their history as both colleagues and friends endows the quartet with an unusual commonality of musical language and gesture, and provides a strong foundation for a unique and original ensemble voice.
Program: Franz Joseph Haydn- Quartets: Opus 9, No. 4; Opus 20, No. 2; Opus 76, No. 1
May 15, 2022 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.