NOON CONCERT SERIES
We are delighted to be bringing back our beloved Noon Concerts Series to the Throckmorton stage this season November 2021 to May 2022, filling our theatre with the warmth and beauty of classical music! Our concerts are for everyone, so please share this gift with your family, friends and neighbors and join us once again as we celebrate the transcendent power and uplifting of a community through live music.
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All shows start @ 12pm
Programs are approximately 50-60 minutes
Curator: Beni Shinohara
We have had the good fortune to have Beni Shinohara as our Noon Concerts Curator over the last 5 years. She is a highly respected Bay Area musician who is in demand for her talent and dedication. She has made our Noon Concerts one of the areas sought after engagements for many performers and we are thrilled to have her curating our 2021-2022 Winter/Spring Season.
DECEMBER 15, 2021: STROBE QUARTET
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.
Laura Griffiths is Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and Professor of Oboe at San Jose State University. She was principal of The Cleveland Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic, and Acting Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Opera for three years. She has been Guest Principal Oboe with several orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony. Laura received her Bachelor of Music degree and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Richard Killmer.
A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, violinist Stephanie Bibbo has performed as a chamber and orchestral musician throughout Europe and the United States. A recent member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Stephanie also performs with the Santa Rosa Symphony, Oakland and Berkeley Symphonies, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from New England Conservatory, and earned her Master of Music and Professional Studies Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Ian Swensen. She maintains an active teaching studio and believes in the importance of sharing her knowledge and experience with younger generations.
Caroline Lee has performed throughout the US and Canada as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. She is a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and plays with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. She was a member of the Kansas City Symphony for eight years, as well as performing regularly with the Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has performed at the Domaine Forget and International Musical Arts Festivals, and collaborated with members of the Tokyo and Cleveland Quartets. She is a member of the Eos Ensemble and the founder and Artistic Advisor of Community Concerts at Epworth in Berkeley. Caroline received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Michigan and her Master’s Degree and Artist’s Diploma from the Yale School of Music, studying with Heiichiro Ohyama, Donald McInnes, Yishak Schotten, and Jesse Levine.
Cellist Krisanthy Desby has been active in chamber ensembles and orchestras in North America, Europe and South Africa. She founded the Laurel Ensemble, which concertized from 2005 to 2011. She performed with the Houston Symphony under Christoph Eschenbach, as well as the Houston Ballet Orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera. She was Assistant Principal of both the Napa Valley Symphony and the Santa Cruz Symphony, and coached young chamber and orchestral musicians as a String Specialist at University High School. During the summers, she is a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival, and has taken part in the Mendocino, Midsummer Mozart, Neuberg Kulturtage and Scotia music festivals. Krisanthy holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Institute and a Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School at Rice University. Her teachers included Nathaniel Rosen, Stephen Kates, Shirley Trepel and Aldo Parisot. She formed Strobe to spotlight music old and new for oboe and strings.
JANUARY 19, 2022 : THE PORCH QUARTET
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
Heidi Wilcox joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster in 1992, and joined the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in 1993. Heidi comes from a musical family of five children, all of whom became professional musicians. She studied with her father, Edward Wilcox, who now teaches in San Francisco. Her mother accompanied her many recitals and competitions at the piano. The Congress of Strings program, directed by Paul Roland in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, was important for Heidi's early development. Heidi attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Miami, and participated in masterclasses with many artists, including Sydney Harth, David Nadien, and David Taylor of the Chicago Symphony. She was the Associate Concertmaster of the Omaha and Charleston, South Carolina Symphonies, and Concertmaster of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. These positions included performing string quartets, teaching, solo appearances with the orchestras, and frequent recitals. She was also a member of the Knoxville and Seattle Symphonies. Heidi enjoys playing a variety of music from all periods and styles. She has played with the San Francisco Contemporary Players and numerous Bay Area ensembles. She was a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and for 2 seasons was acting Principal Viola with the S.F. Opera. Heidi lives in San Francisco with her musician husband, cellist Farley Pearce, three adult sons, a cat named Ruffles and their dog named Coda. They enjoy daily walks, playing music and making good food.
Praised by critics for her "irresistibly melting tone, which she can also imbue with gripping fire", Monika Gruber is a versatile violinist, appearing in concerts throughout the United States and Europe. As violinist of the Eusebius Duo she was invited to perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, following the duo's success as first prize winners of the CMFONE International Chamber Music Competition. Throughout her years of study she was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, notably the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, which enabled her to continue her studies in the US. Monika received her training at 'Hochschule für Musik' in Weimar, Germany, 'Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique ́ in Lyon, France, and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Ian Swensen. She is equally active as chamber and orchestra musician, performing lots of modern music in addition to the classical and romantic repertoire, as well as some branching out into baroque music. She has worked in public master classes with musicians such as Norbert Brainin (Amadeusquartett), Samuel Rhodes (Juilliard Quartet), Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio), and Petra Müllejans (Freiburger Barockorchester). Always eager to share her passion for music in many ways, Monika was a teaching assistant in Weimar while receiving her Teaching Degree, and she continued to teach, instill and foster the love of music in people of all ages ever since. Upon completion of her Masters Degree in San Francisco she was offered a position as violin instructor at SFCM's Pre-College Division, where she is now also coaching chamber music. Her students are doing well in competitions, and they got accepted into the SF Youth Orchestra as well as into colleges, such as Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music, and UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
Daria D'Andria performs with both ‘period’ and modern ensembles, cutting across stylistic borders from medieval chanson to 21st century experimental. Daria is professor of violin, viola and chamber music at the University of San Francisco and teaches privately at the San Francisco Waldorf Schools. She is a member of the California Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera and plays with the San Francisco Opera Center Orchestra. As a baroque specialist on violin and viola, Daria performs with period instrument ensembles including Philharmonia Baroque and the American Bach Soloists. Daria was a
member of the Women's Philharmonic and retains an interest in advocating for women composers of all eras. As a composer, Daria created music for the USF production of Twelfth Night and premiered her work for viola and soundscape, Oceans 2, at the inaugural Barbados International Film Festival. While living overseas, Daria studied viola in Oxford, England with noted pedagogue Kató Havas. She is President of the Northern California Viola Society and co-created their "Pandemonium Sessions" over the months of the pandemic. Also during lockdown, Daria performed a live stream solo recital on the "Virtual Virtuoso" series at St Ignatius, and with pianist Kevin Navarro in performing Mozart Violin Sonatas. She has lately been obsessed with the violin studies of Dounis, Tartini and Geminiani. Daria is an alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Reed College.
Farley Pearce is a performer on both the various sizes of viola da gamba and the baroque cello. As a cellist he has performed widely in the Southeastern region of the US, most notably with the Spoleto Festival, with whom he has also played in Italy. For five years he was a member of the Charleston Pro Musica, and he has performed as a recitalist in Brazil and Uruguay. Since moving to San Francisco Farley has been an active free-lance performer with many of California’s orchestras and chamber ensembles. In the Bay Area he has performed on viola da gamba, violone, and baroque cello with Voices of Music, Magnificat, the Jubilate Baroque Orchestra, the Sex Chordæ Consort of Viols, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Airs and Graces, and many other period instrument groups.
FEBRUARY 16, 2022: SOR ENSEMBLE
The husband/wife team of Eugene Sor and Karen Shinozaki Sor is joined by longtime friend and collaborator, Bay Area favorite pianist Miles Graber, 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.
Eugene Sor received his early musical training from renowned cello teacher Milly Rosner, earning degrees from San Francisco State University and University of California, Los Angeles. A passionate chamber musician, he furthered his studies as co-founder of the Chamberlain String Quartet, which served as Assistant Quartet-in-Residence to the Alexander String Quartet at SFSU. Mr. Sor has held posts with the Volta Quartet and the Adorno Ensemble, and he has also served as principal cellist of the Stockton Symphony and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and directed the Preparatory Orchestra at the San Francisco Conservatory. He currently serves as Music Director of The Crowden School in Berkeley and Resident Conductor of Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, while continuing frequent chamber music collaborations with the internationally acclaimed faculty at Crowden’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop, the Alexander Quartet, and with his own group, the Sor Ensemble.
A familiar face in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, Karen Shinozaki Sor performs with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Rosa and Marin Symphonies, and as an extra musician in the San Francisco Ballet and Opera Orchestras. She is also a frequent chamber music collaborator, appearing with diverse groups including the Santa Rosa Chamber Players, Music at the Mission, the Sor Ensemble, and the Worn Ensemble. A Bay Area native, she received her BA from UC Berkeley as a longtime student of Serban Rusu of Tiburon, then continued her studies as a recipient of a Hertz Traveling Fellowship at the Konservatorium für Musik Bern, Switzerland as a student of Professor Igor Ozim. In her free time, Karen likes to relax with her cellist husband Eugene Sor, son Kenji, dog Jerry, and indulge in her addiction to the NYTimes puzzles.
Miles Graber received his musical training at the Juilliard School. He has performed with numerous artists, including Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Camilla Wicks, Axel Strauss, Mimi Stillman, Paula Robison, Zuill Bailey, Judith LeClair, and Frederica von Stade. Mr. Graber has been associated with such organizations as New Century Chamber Orchestra, Midsummer Mozart, Oakland-East Bay Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Oakland Lyric Opera, Berkeley Opera, Opera San Jose, and California Symphony. His accompanying posts include the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the San Domenico Conservatory, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the Summer Brass Institute, the Mondavi Young Artist Competition, and Northern California Flute Camp.He is a member of the Alcyone Ensemble, MusicAEterna, the GGR Trio, the Sor Ensemble, the Mira Trio, and the new music group Sounds New.
MARCH 16, 2022: THE BRODERICK ENSEMBLE
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 o Dvorak. Jenny Cho (Violin), Michael Grossman (Violin), Mark Wallace (Bass), Liz Prior (Viola) and Miriam Perkoff (Cello).
APRIL 20, 2022: VITAMIN EM
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.
A musical collective made up of Grammy®-winning and award-winning musicians from around the Bay Area, Vitamin Em celebrates jazz, funk, R&B, soul and fiddle music with enthusiasm. Founded in 2016 by violist Emily Onderdonk, Vitamin Em presents a broad and exciting range of improvisatory styles of music to audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. 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. Vitamin Em members love playing together and sharing with audiences a fun-loving spontaneity and exhilaration for the groove. Vitamin Em has appeared around the Bay Area as featured artists with: Mason Bates and Mercury Soul, Berkeley Symphony & Friends, Piedmont Piano Company, Pt. Richmond Jazz, Epworth Community Concerts. Members can also be found collaborating, recording and/or touring with artists such as Wayne Shorter, Santana, Beyoncé, Paquito D’Rivera, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Hot Club of San Francisco, Brothers Comatose, Klezmatics and performing at SF Jazz, in the pit of Hamilton and in the San Francisco Ballet and Opera orchestras.
MAY 18, 2022: FATH-EHRLICH-THOMPSON TRIO
As members of the Fath Chamber Players, Josepha Fath (Violin), Victoria Ehrlich (Cello) and Marilyn Thompson (Piano) love playing for the wonderful Mill Valley community. They are happy to return to live indoor performances here playing another concert of great chamber music.
NOVEMBER 17, 2021: HEEGUEN SONG & PETER MYERS
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.
Native of South Korea, Heeguen Song is the Associate Concertmaster of the SF Ballet Orchestra. Ms.Song performs regularly in South Korea and throughout the Bay Area in venues such as Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Arts Center, Old First Concerts, Herbst Theater, Bing Concert Hall, and many more. She is an active chamber musician and is a member of Beaubliss Quartet and Ensemble Ari. She has performed at Yale Chamber Music Society, Yellowbarn Music Festival, Taos Music Festival, and Banff Chamber Music Residency. Additionally Heeguen gave a solo debut recital at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and had solo appearances with many orchestras such as SF Ballet Orchestra, Oberlin Orchestra, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble 212, and Camerata Academica de Merida. She was a prize winner at the Henryk Szeryng International Competition, Irving M Klein Competition, and Kingsville International Competition among others. Heeguen studied at Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, Yale School of music and Rutgers University under the direction of Almita Vamos, Masao Kawasaki, Peter Oundjian, and Arnold Steinhardt.
Peter Myers (b. 1985), praised for the warmth of his sound and range of tonal color, joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra as Assistant Principal Cello in 2017, and is internationally known as a chamber musician. He is a founding member of SAKURA, a unique and innovative cello quintet, as well as the Saguaro Piano Trio, which won first prize in the 2009 International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg. Peter has appeared at the Marlboro, La Jolla and Mozaic Music Festivals and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. Additionally, he has toured abroad with chamber ensembles in Germany, Italy, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Mongolia, Laos and Pakistan. He has also performed as guest Principal Cellist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His mentors include Ronald Leonard at the Colburn Conservatory and Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California. He lives in San Francisco and performs on a cello made by Claude-Augustin Miremont in 1876. The COVID-19 lockdown afforded Peter extended time to focus on composing and arranging. Among several other projects, he filmed an elaborate video of his arrangement of the cheerful and breezy Nintendo Wii Shop Music, as well as his Sarabande for five cellos. Apart from music, Peter enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and watching science videos on YouTube. He besottedly follows the Instagram accounts of a number of pet parrots, and as his landlord doesn’t allow pets, he often finds himself talking to his robotic vacuum cleaner, who is an extremely good boy.