NOON CONCERT SERIES
2021-2022 Season

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PAST CONCERTS

NOVEMBER 17, 2021: HEEGUEN SONG & PETER MYERS

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A beautiful collaboration of violin and Cello in our premiere Noon Concert event of 2021! Heeguen Song, Associate Concertmaster of the SF Ballet and Peter Myers, Assistant Principle Cello of SF Opera Orchestra, bring their mastery to our stage in a performance that will include Beethoven, Esmail, Bach, Gliere and Kodaly.

DECEMBER 15, 2021: STROBE QUARTET

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Comprised of Laura Griffiths (Oboe), Stephanie Bibbo (Violin), Caroline Lee (Viola), and Krisanthy Desby (Cello), Strobe is the only ensemble dedicated to music for oboe and strings in the U.S.  Their mission is to expand the repertoire beyond the well-known quartets of Mozart and Britten, adding five new pieces to the repertoire since 2018. The Zellerbach Family Foundation awarded them a grant for Vincent Russo’s Visions and Visitations, and in 2020, Strobe received a grant from InterMusicSF to record their commissioned works.  Strobe has performed for audiences throughout the Bay Area, including the inmates at San Quentin Prison.

JANUARY 19, 2022 : THE PORCH QUARTET

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The Porch Quartet was formed in the early days of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic when

musician friends gathered to play on a porch in the Richmond District of San Francisco. Four of these musicians continue to perform together with a unique approach combining historically informed performance and visual audience engagement.

Violins: Heidi Wilcox & Monika Gruber Viola: Daria D’Andrea Cello: Farley Pearce

FEBRUARY 16, 2022: SOR ENSEMBLE

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The husband/wife team of Eugene Sor and Karen Shinozaki Sor is joined by Lisa Maresch, in a captivating piano trio program. Two fascinating pieces by women composers of different eras - Amy Beach's atmospheric Trio Op. 150 and Lera Auerbach's gripping and brooding Trio No. 2 - are followed by a masterpiece of the piano trio literature, Dvorak's "Dumky" Trio.

MARCH 16, 2022: THE BRODERICK ENSEMBLE

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The Broderick Ensemble was founded by Elizabeth Prior with a primary focus on quintet repertoire. The current group have been performing together since 2020 and will perform the Dvorak bass quintet no. 2 op. 77. This piece is a rare combination with bass and expresses the lush sounds and romanticism of Dvorak. Jenny Cho (Violin), Michael Grossman (Violin), Mark Wallace (Bass), Liz Prior (Viola) and Miriam Perkoff (Cello).

APRIL 20, 2022: VITAMIN EM

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Formed in 2015 by Grammy®-nominated and award-winning musicians from around the Bay Area, Vitamin Em celebrates jazz, funk, R&B, soul and fiddle music with verve and enthusiasm.   The band is serious about having fun, and its members, steeped in an abundance of musical traditions – jazz, funk, blues, Klezmer, indie, rock, Balkan, fiddle, classical – bring a wealth of experience, creativity and fearless improvisation to each performance.   If you like to have fun, be exhilarated and love to groove, this band is for you. Matthew Szemela (violin), Evan Price (Violin), Emily Onderdonk (viola), Michael Graham (Cello).

MAY 18, 2022: JAZZ MAFIA STRINGS

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The concert is Meditation Music. Beautiful slow music both new and old, featuring music by Bach, Beethoven, Ellignton, Hensel, Scarlatti, and more. Members of Jazz Mafia Strings are also contributing original compositions and arrangements to the program. 

 

Michele Walther - Violin

Shaina Evoniuk - Violin

Byron Hogan - Cello

Lewis Patzner - Cello