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May 2019

$50

Festival Chamber Chorale Presents Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes

Sun, May 12, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Jenny Matteucci, conductor. Daniel Lockert and Susan Waterfall will play the duo-piano accompaniment. Enjoy the delights of Brahms’ Vienna, with pastries and a lovely springtime concert on Mother’s Day.

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July 2019

$15 – $52

Festival Orchestra 1, featuring Stephen Prutsman

Sun, July 14, 6:00 PM

To open the classical festival, Maestro Allan Pollack will lead the orchestra in Respighi’s evocative tone poem, Pines of Rome; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, with its lyrical second movement; and Pictures at an Exhibition, the stunning suite Mussorgsky wrote in honor of a painter friend who died young.

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$15 – $30

Piano Series: Robert Schwartz

Mon, July 15, 2:30 PM

Robert Schwartz is an active performer and a teacher in the Bay Area. His wide-ranging program will include Haydn’s Sonata in E-flat Major; Chopin’s Impromptus in G-flat Major and A-flat Major; Chopin’s Barcarolle Op. 60; and Brahms’ 8 Klavierstücke Op. 76.

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$15 – $30

Calder Quartet

Tue, July 16, 2:30 PM

Back for a seventh year of sensitive and eloquent playing, the Calder will perform Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major; Daniel Bjarnason’s Still Shot; and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major Op. 130 (with Finale).

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$15 – $30

Piano Series: Robin Sutherland

Wed, July 17, 2:30 PM

By Tonality Joined Most known for his playing of Bach, Robin Sutherland will contrast some Bach works with pieces by other composers in the same key. This concert will pair Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp Major (BWV 848) with “partners,” the menuet movement of Ravel’s Sonatine, among others. After intermission, he will take us on an excursion from Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C minor (BWV 826) to Haydn’s Sonata in C minor (Hob XVI/20).

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$15 – $30

Piano Series: Spencer Myer and Mario Diaz-Moresco

Thu, July 18, 2:30 PM

Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone; Spencer Myer, piano An afternoon of songs, old and new: Brahms, Schubert, and Barber will make up the first half; gems by Respighi, John Musto and Amy Beach will round out the program.

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$15 – $52

Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore

Fri, July 19, 7:30 PM

Guest conductor Mary Chun. Stage director Ann Woodhead. Donizetti’s enduringly popular comic opera features a spunky and beautiful landowner, a poor but good-hearted country boy and a puffed up sergeant who vie with each other for her affections, and a quack doctor who specializes in love potions that may bring two of them together. But which two? Beautiful arias and duets fill this two-act opera. Aurelie Veruni, Adina; Kevin Gino, Nemorino; Daniel Cilli, Belcore; Bojan Knezevic, Dulcamara; Ana Lucas, Gianetta;…

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$15 – $30

Brahms: His Life and Times, featuring Susan Waterfall

Sun, July 21, 2:30 PM

Brahms’ momentous meeting with Clara and Robert Schumann when he was only 20 forged a bond of love and familial connection that lasted throughout Brahms’ and Clara’s lifetimes. Susan’s lecture will be supplemented with images and recorded examples. The two chamber concerts divide Brahms’ life roughly in half: before and after 1878, when he grew the bushy beard he was able to hide behind for the rest of his life.

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$15 – $30

Brahms: Clean-Shaven

Tue, July 23, 2:30 PM

Susan Waterfall will play the Four Ballades Op. 10; Miles Graber, Larry Lowe, and Jay Zhong will essay the Horn Trio in E-flat Major Op. 40; and Carolyn Steinbuck, Jay Zhong, Tammie Dyer, Susan Freier, and Stephen Harrison will interpret the F minor Piano Quintet Op. 34.

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$15 – $52

Festival Orchestra 2, featuring Spencer Myer

Wed, July 24, 7:30 PM

Festival Orchestra with pianist Spencer Myer The concert will open with Mendelssohn’s evocative concert overture, The Hebrides; long-time crowd favorite Spencer Myer will bring his warm and intelligent interpretation of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54; and Brahms’ last symphony, No. 4 in E minor Op. 98 will wrap up the evening.

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$15 – $30

Brahms: Bearded

Thu, July 25, 2:30 PM

Susan Waterfall and Eric Kritz will play the Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 120; Christopher Nomura and Daniel Lockert will sing Vier Ernste Gesänge; and Jay Zhong, Tammie Dyer, Susan Freier, Stephen Harrison, and Danny Sheu will play the String Quintet No. 2 in G Major Op. 111, “Prater.”

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$15 – $30

Emerging Artists Concert 2019

Fri, July 26, 4:00 PM

The annual recital by the enormously talented young string players from the festival’s Emerging Artists Program is anticipated by all who love chamber music.

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$15 – $55

Festival Orchestra 3, featuring the Festival Chorus

Sat, July 27, 7:30 PM

Festival Orchestra and Chorus The season finale will feature Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major; Brahms’ orchestrally-accompanied choral work, Schicksalslied Op. 54; and Beethoven’s great choral Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125, with soloists Shawnette Sulker, Betany Coffland, Christòpheren Nomura, and Alex Boyer.

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