2022-2023 Season


We are delighted to be bringing back our beloved Noon Concerts Series once again to the Throckmorton stage this season September 2022-May 2023 , 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!


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 6 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 2022-2023  Season.

September 21, 2022: Black Cedar Trio

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As a rare ensemble of flute, cello, and guitar, the Black Cedar Trio creates, discovers, and re-imagines works for this unique combination. San Francisco Classical Voice writes, “Black Cedar forges a new repertoire with flair…they are not only willing but also quite capable of pursuing a 'Path Less Trod' .” The trio has won grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and InterMusicSF, plus an invitation to the National Flute Association Convention. Their 2016 debut album, A Path Less Trod earned critical praise, with The Rehearsal Studio blog writing, “While the instrumentation is unconventional, it is surprisingly effective…Black Cedar is particularly effective for the rhetoric of intimacy they establish.” Since their formation in 2013, the trio has performed almost 100 concerts throughout California, plus multiple on-air radio concerts and interviews on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco, KKUP 91.5 FM in San Jose, and KWMR 90.5 FM in Marin County. “Hats off to them!” writes the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The Black Cedar Trio also donates free outreach concerts to adults with developmental disabilities at the Arc of Alameda County campuses.

Kris Palmer is a winner of the Carmel Chamber Music Society Competition, a second prize winner in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, and a Carnegie Hall Recital Debut winner with Artists International. She is a former member of the New Mexico Symphony, and she holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University. The New York Concert Review calls her "clearly among the few current performers on any instrument to fully understand the nature of French Baroque music."

Steve Lin is a winner of both the Boston GuitarFest Competition and the East Carolina University Guitar Competition. A recording artist for VGo Recordings, Steve has released two albums, Eliot Fisk Series Vol. 1, and Imagen. Classical Guitar magazine calls Lin "a confident player with a powerful sound, quick hands, and a solid musical memory." Steve holds a Masters degree from the Yale School of Music and is the Professor of Guitar at San Jose State University.

Isaac Pastor-Chermak is Principal Cellist of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Associate Principal Cellist of the Stockton Symphony, Assistant Principal Cellist of both Opera San Jose and Fresno Philharmonic, Assistant Principal Cellist at the Eisenstadt Classical Music Festival in Austria, and Principal Cellist of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. Isaac holds a Bachelor of Arts U.C. Berkeley and a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


October 19, 2022:Vitamin Em

A musical collective made up of Grammy®-nominated and award-winning musicians from around the Bay Area, Vitamin Em celebrates jazz, funk, R&B, soul and fiddle music with enthusiasm.

Evan Price, violin; Philip Brezina, violin

Emily Onderdonk, viola; Michael Graham, cello

Paul Hanson, bassoon

November 16, 2022: Dian Zhang & Hui Shan


This program features three works that explore the cross pollination between dance and folklorism including Marsalis, Bach, Bartok and Stravinsky.

Dian Zhang, violin

Hui Shan, piano

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December 14, 2022:  Proteus Trio

The Proteus trio is comprised of grammy winner Evan Price on violin, the inimitable Lewis Patzner on cello and Jonathan Alford on piano. The group performs original classical composition as well as their take on standards from Latin America and the jazz repertoire.

January 18, 2023: Dan Flanagan

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Violinist and Composer Dan Flanagan performs new solo violin pieces, each inspired by a painting or sculpture from his own collection. Just three months after giving the world premiere of each composition at Carnegie Hall, this performance will be performed with projected images of the art that inspired each piece. Composers include Mill Valley residents Shinji Eshima, Jose

Gonzalez Granero, and Evan Price.

February 15, 2023: Robert & Keisuke

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Please join Robert Howard, cello and Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano for a beautiful program as they perform Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821 and Brahms' G major sonata, Op. 78. Neither was written for the cello!

March 22, 2023: Cecilia Ensemble

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The Cecilia Ensemble, composed of musicians from the SF Opera, SF Ballet, and the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony will be presenting a program of Beethoven String Quartet Op 95 “Serioso” and Benjamin Britten String Quartet No. 2.

Maki Ishii Sowash, violin ; Michael Long, violin

Paul Ehrlich, viola ; Victoria Ehrlich, cello

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April 19, 2023 : Ian Scarfe & Friends

This program will feature soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine. Guarrine and her husband, cellist Karl Knapp, will collaborate with Pianist, Ian Scarfe on a program that includes new song settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson and also include songs by Clara and Robert Schumann, and cello works by Beethoven and Debussy.

May 17, 2023: Quartet San Francisco

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