Ensemble

ensemble PHASE is a group of musicians with a long-time passion for experimental projects, creating and performing new repertoires through experimentation on Korean instruments with various musical materials and artistic forms. 


ensemble PHASE has been actively performing traditional and contemporary repertoires, collaborating with living composers and performers from diverse musical backgrounds. Also, in order to expand interest in writing for Korean instruments, ensemble PHASE has given workshops and lectures for composers and students to better understand Korean music and instruments, in and out of Korea.

Since 2017, ensemble PHASE’s projects have been sponsored by the City of Seoul, Seoul Foundation of Arts and Culture, Art Council Korea, National Gugak Center and Studio Paju.

Program:
Korean Traditional Music Repertoires:
- Cheon-nyeon-man-se (Korean classical ensemble piece)
- Sanjo (Korean folk solo piece)
Contemporary Repertoires composed for Korean Instruments
- Benjamin Sabey, Rare Bird (World Premiere)
- Christine Lee, Deep Ocean
- Sunghyun Lee, Isle of Ecstasy (US Premiere)

Sunday, November 3, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
November 3, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Alexander String Quartet

Having celebrated its 35th Anniversary in 2016, the ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premiere ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the quartet's recordings of the Beethoven cycle (twice), and the Bartók and Shostakovich cycles have all won international critical acclaim.

The Alexander String Quartet was formed in New York City in 1981 and captured international attention as the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Competition in 1985. The quartet has received honorary degrees from Allegheny College and St. Lawrence University, and Presidential medals from Baruch College (CUNY). The Alexander plays on a matched set of instruments made in San Francisco by Francis Kuttner (born in Washington, D.C., 1951). This year marks the 30th anniversary of these instruments, known as the Ellen M. Egger Quartet.

Sunday, October 6, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Program

  • String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 “Dissonant” - W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
  • String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 (1960) - Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 (1806)  - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
October 6, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Jassen Todorov is joined by staff accompanist Michael Smith to celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday. This program includes:

Sonata in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1 (1797/98)
Dedicated to Antonio Salieri
Allegro con brio
Tema con Variazioni: Andante con moto
Rondo: Allegro

Sonata in A Major, Op. 12 No. 2 (1799)
Dedicated to Antonio Salieri
Allegro vivace
Andante, piu tosto Allegretto
Allegro piacevole

Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 12 No. 3 (1797/98)
Dedicated to Antonio Salieri
Allegro con spirito
Adagio con molto espressione
Rondo: Allegro molto

Monday, September 23, 2019
Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
September 23, 2019, 1:00 p.m.

We are so excited to announce our upcoming performance!

Friday, September 13, 2019
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

We have a lot of talented faculty.  Check out this concert!

Jack Quartet

Deemed "superheroes of the new music world" (Boston Globe), the JACK Quartet is "the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment." (Washington Post) "They are a musical vehicle of choice to the next great composers who walk among us." (Toronto Star)

Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, JACK is focused on new work, leading them to collaborate with composers John Luther Adams, Chaya Czernowin, Simon Steen-Andersen, Caroline Shaw, Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher, and John Zorn. Upcoming and recent premieres include works by Derek Bermel, Cenk Ergün, Roger Reynolds, Toby Twining, and Georg Friedrich Haas.

Sunday, May 12, 2019
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Program

  • Thomas Morley, Christes Cross arranged by Christopher Otto
  • Zosha di Castri - String quartet no. 1
  • Solage, Fumeux fume par fumee arranged by Christopher Otto
  • John Zorn - Necronomicon
  • Rodericus, Angelorum Psalat arranged by Christopher Otto
  • Elliott Carter, String Quartet No. 3

Events

May 12, 2:00 pm: Pre-concert Talk

May 12, 3:00pm: Artist Series Concert

May 13, 1:00 - 3:00pm: Student Composition Readings

May 12, 2019, 3 p.m.
Violin in shadows

The trio, which is associated with the L’Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, includes violinist Gaël Rassaert, cellist Valerie Dulac and pianist Ancuza Aprodu. The concert, presented in celebration of the Claude Debussy Centenary, will feature works by Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Gabriel Fauré.

French pianist born in Romania, Ancuza Aprodu began studying piano at the age of 4 and one year later won the Interpretation Competition of Suceava. She obtained her Piano Diploma at the National Academy “G.VERDI” of Turin and won prizes at several international competitions. In the realm of contemporary music, she contributed for several years as permanent member or as an invited soloist, to the activities of such ensembles as Antidogma Musica, I solisti della Camerata Casella, Neues Ensemble Linz and in particular L’Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain.

Trio Ancuza Aprodu is bringing its Claude Debussy Centenary program to the Morrison Artists Series, with a program featuring works by Debussy himself alongside the music of two composers with whom he is closely associated: Maurice Ravel and Gabriel Fauré.

Debussy’s Piano Trio in G (1880) is one of the composer’s earliest works, composed in Fiesole, Italy at the age of 18 while staying at the home of Nadezhda von Meck. Von Meck regularly hosted students from the Paris Conservatory during the summer months and Debussy was one of the students chosen for the summer of 1880. The Trio, which is cast in four movements, was considered lost until the manuscript was discovered in 1982 in the estate of Maurice Dumesnil, a pupil of Debussy’s.

Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello was composed between 1920 and 1922 and is dedicated to the memory of Debussy, who had died in 1918. The final work on the program, Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120, was composed 1922 – 1923, following his retirement as director of the Paris Conservatory.

Friday, April 12, 2019
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
April 12, 2019, 8 p.m.
Violins

Marlboro Music is known worldwide as an institution devoted to artistic excellence and to developing new leaders who illuminate all areas of music. It is where the concept of having master artists play together with exceptional young professionals was born—initiating a dynamic, collaborative approach to learning. Under the artistic direction of pianist Mitsuko Uchida, leading musicians spend up to seven weeks exchanging ideas and rehearsing in depth some 250 chamber music works each summer.

Since 1951, generations of the world’s most respected musicians have come together in the rural town of Marlboro, Vermont (population 978) to share their perspectives and learn from one another, to inspire and be inspired. Participants are drawn also by the warm, supportive family atmosphere, where musicians, staff, spouses, and children share meals, seminars, chores, social, and recreational events—creating a unique musical, human community.

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Program

  • Piano Trio in C, Hob. XV:27 - F. Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
  • Serenade, Op. 12 - Zoltán Kodály (1882 - 1967)
  • Duo - Ken Ueno (b. 1970)
  • Piano Trio in A Minor - Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
March 10, 2019, 3 p.m.
Nordic Voices

Nordic Voices is an internationally acclaimed six-voice a cappella ensemble praised for the depth of its programming and its extraordinary vocal skills. A technically brilliant ensemble, Nordic Voices made a quick sensation in international vocal circles and is now acknowledged as a leader of the a cappella art form. The group’s repertoire spans the Renaissance to the contemporary, on disc and in performances across Asia, Europe, and North America. Nordic Voices is unrivaled in the fine art of sophisticated music-making and stylish performance, and as a result, have been hailed by international critics for their live appearances and remarkable recordings. Based in Oslo, Norway, the members of Nordic Voices were educated at the State Academy of Music in Oslo and the National Academy of Operatic Art in Oslo, where they specialized in opera, composition, church music and pedagogy.

Sunday, February 10, 2019
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
February 10, 2019, 3 p.m.
Thalea String Quartet

Formed in 2014 at the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, the Thalea String Quartet has been praised for their “vibrant performance” and “sincere expressivity” (SF Classical Voice). The quartet has performed recitals in Italy, France, the United States and Canada and was appointed as the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2015-17. They were named one of the “Top 10 Bay Area Quartets You Should Know” by CultureTrip.com and were the recipients of the 2016 Barbara Fritz Chamber Music Award from the Berkeley Piano Club. They made their debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in early 2016. The Thalea String Quartet were top prize winners at both the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the 2018 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition.

Sunday, December 2, 2018
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Haydn: String Quartet Op. 20 No. 3 in G minor

Vincent Calianno: A History of the String Quartet in its Natural Habitat (for string quartet and pre-recorded electronics) *World Premiere*

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 in F major

December 2, 2018, 3 p.m.
Orlando Consort

The ORLANDO CONSORT has made an international reputation in the field of medieval and Renaissance vocal music and, though the group's imaginative programming, also embraces jazz, film and world music. The Consort regularly tours throughout the UK, Europe and the USA (including BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, Edinburgh & Lucerne Festivals) and has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon and Harmonia Mundi USA (including 2 Gramophone Awards). The Consort is currently recording a 12-disc Machaut project with Hyperion Records.

Friday, October 26, 2018
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
October 26, 2018, 8 p.m.
Alexander String Quartet

The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, serving since 1989 as Ensemble in Residence for San Francisco Performances and Directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Center in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts at San Francisco State University. Their recordings of Mozart's Piano Quartets with Joyce Yang will be released in July 2018 and the "Prussian" Quartets will follow in January 2019.

Sunday, September 16, 2018
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Mozart: String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K. 428

Penderecki: String Quartet No. 3 "Leaves of an Unwritten Diary" (2008)

Mendelssohn: Octet, Op. 20 (with the guest artists, Telegraph Quartet)

September 16, 2018 3-5pm
The New Millennium Ensemble

Winner of the 1995 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the New Millennium Ensemble went on to establish itself as one of New York's finest young ensembles. Appearing in concert series throughout the United States, the group has premiered more than 50 new works and earned praise for its brilliant performances and wide ranging repertoire. The American Record Guide wrote of its debut CD on the CRI label, “The New Millennium Ensemble, who play with confidence, precision and verve, are well-nigh perfect.”

Friday, May 4, 2018
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Concert Friday, May 4, 2018, 8pm
Master class Friday, May 4, 2018, 2pm

“The expert young players of the New Millennium Ensemble have an admirable catholicity of taste and the virtuosity to support it.” - The New York Times

New Millennium Ensemble, winner of the 1995 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award, has established itself as one of New York’s finest ensembles. Appearing in concert series throughout the United States, the group has premiered more than 50 new works and earned praise for its brilliant performances and wide ranging repertoire. In recognition of its pioneering spirit, New Millennium Ensemble has been honored with a CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

The group has appeared at Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, the Ethical Culture Society, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, on WNYC’s Around New York and at Harvard, Columbia and Princeton universities. Past performances include appearances at the Radio LeÛn Festival in Monterrey, Mexico, Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, Sonic Boom Festival in New York, a residency and concert with the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society and the Naumburg Award Recital at Alice Tully Hall. In addition, the group has presented numerous children’s concerts under the auspices of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Merkin Hall and the Harlem School for the Arts. Highlights of recent seasons include performances at the Eastman School of Music, the Double Exposure series of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at the American Academy in Rome.

Program:

Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), Derive for six instruments (1984)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Trio Sonata from The Musical Offering (1747)

Richard Festinger (b. 1948), Tapestries (1997)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Trio in A minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (1891)

Richard Festinger (b. 1948), A Serenade for Six (1993)

Friday, May 4, 2018, 8pm
Van Kuijk Quartet

Winner of the 2015 Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition, including prizes for the best performances of Beethoven and Haydn, the Van Kuijk Quartet was founded in 2012 in Paris, and in the few years since has found success throughout Europe, taking First Prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in Norway and honors at the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy and the FNAPEC Ensembles Music Competition.

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Concert Sunday, April 15, 2018, 3pm
Master class Monday, April 16, 2018, noon

"Style, energy, and a sense of risk… These four young Frenchman made the music smile."
- The Guardian

Founded in 2012 in Paris, the Van Kuijk Quartet won the 2015 Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition, along with the associated Best Beethoven and Best Haydn prizes. In the few years since the quartet first formed, it has found success throughout Europe. As well as triumphing at the Wigmore Hall, the quartet won the First Prize and Audience Award at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in Norway and is laureate of the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy and the FNAPEC Ensembles Music Competition, both in France.

The Van Kuijk Quartet is in residence at Proquartet, Paris, where it studies with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis and Hagen quartets. Having taken their first steps as students of the Ysaÿe Quartet, the young musicians now study with Günter Pichler at the Escuela Superior de Mùsica Reina Sofia in Madrid; their studies take place thanks to the generous support of the International Institute of Chamber Music of Madrid.

The quartet also participates in various academies, including the McGill International String Quartet Academy (Montreal) and the Weikersheim International Chamber Music Academy, as well as academies in Aix-en-Provence and Verbier. An established presence in major international venues, the Van Kuijk Quartet has performed at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London and at festivals in Heidelberg, Verbier, Aix-en Provence Stavanger, the Tivoli Concert Series in Denmark and the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in Austria.

Program:

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Opus 44 No. 2 (1837)

Akira Nishimura (b. 1953), String Quartet No. 2, “Pulse of the Lights” (1992)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10 (1893)

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 3pm
The Horszowski Trio

Lauded by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” in the three years since its formal debut performance at Rockefeller University in New York City in December 2011, the Horszowski Trio has performed over extensively in the United States, Canada, Japan, India and China, and will make its debut in Mexico in 2018, and its London debut at Wigmore Hall debut in 2019. Its 2014 debut recording on Bridge Records of works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns and D’Indy was featured as Recording of the Month by MusicWeb International.

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Concert Sunday, March 4, 2018, 3pm
Master class Monday, March 5, 2018, noon

“Destined for great things.”
– The New Yorker

The Horszowski Trio takes its name and inspiration from the legendary pianist Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993). Like Horszowski, the trio presents repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary. Its busy concert schedule has included the chamber music societies in Philadelphia, Buffalo, Mobile, Yellow Springs, Bethlehem, Melbourne, St. Cloud and Williamsburg; the Friends of Chamber Music in Kansas City, Troy, Stockton and Fullerton; the Boise Chamber Music Series, Music at Kohl Mansion and Music in Deerfield; Southern Oregon University Chamber Music Concerts, the Kravis Center, the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, the New School Concerts and Peoples’ Symphony series in New York; the Phillips Collection and Dumbarton Oaks in Washington; the Athenaeum in La Jolla; the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles and Da Camera of Texas in Houston; and Cornell University, UCLA, the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, the University at Buffalo, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond University, Duke University, the University of Las Vegas and the University of Texas at Brownsville. Festival appearances include the Bard Music Festival, Maverick Concerts, Caramoor, Princeton Summer Chamber Concerts, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival and Music in the Vineyards.

Internationally, the Horszowski Trio has performed an extensive tour of Japan, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, for Virtuosi Concerts in Winnipeg. The trio scheduled to make its debut in Mexico at the Festival Internacional de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de Allende in 2018 and its Wigmore Hall debut in 2019. Based in New York City, the members of the Horszowski Trio teach at Columbia University and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Program:

Arthur Foote (1853-1937), Trio No. 2 in B flat major, Opus 65 (1908)

Charles Wuorinen (b. 1938), Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1983)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Trio No. 2 in C minor, Opus 66 (1845)

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 3pm
Zéphyros Winds

Bringing together five of the finest wind virtuosos of their generation, Zéphyros Winds won both the First and Grand prizes at the 1995 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, becoming the first wind quintet in the competition’s 22-year history to do so. Zéphyros made its New York debut at the 2004 Mostly Mozart Festival and has since appeared at the nation’s most prestigious concert venues, including The Library of Congress, Wolf Trap, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Dumbarton Oaks, The Baryshnikov Art Center and Lincoln Center’s “Great Performers Series.”

Friday, February 9, 2018
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 8pm
The Zephyros Winds master class has been cancelled

“Zéphyros played with impeccable precision and rapt lyricism.”
- The Chicago Sun Times

Now in its 19th season, Zéphyros Winds is one of America’s distinguished chamber ensembles. Bringing together five of the finest wind virtuosos of their generation, Zéphyros Winds made its New York concerto debut opening the 2004 Mostly Mozart Festival and has appeared at the nation’s most prestigious concert venues, including The Library of Congress, Wolf Trap, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Dumbarton Oaks, and Lincoln Center’s “Great Performers Series.”

In 2010, Zéphyros performed in Beijing, China, at the National Centre for the Performing Arts’ May Festival. The Philadelphia Museum of Art engaged Zéphyros to create a program complimenting their exhibition, “Manet and the Sea,” and at the invitation of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., Zéphyros performed a gala concert celebrating the centenary of Francis Poulenc’s birth. Numerous radio broadcasts include Performance Today for National Public Radio, Public Radio International’s Music from Chautauqua, and WNYC’s Around New York. Its live recording of Irving Fine’s Partita for Woodwind Quintet was released on Bridge Records. Zéphyros has given master classes at the Yale University School of Music, The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music and Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Taking its name from the Greek god of the West Wind, Zéphyros Winds first gained national attention in 1995, when, one year after its formation, it won both the First and Grand prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, becoming the first wind quintet in the competition’s 22-year history to do so.

Program:

György Ligeti (1923-2006), Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet (1953)

Endre Szervánszky (1911-1977), Fúvósötös (Wind Quintet, 1953)

György Ligeti, Ten Pieces for Wind Quintet (1968)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K. 388 (1783)

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 8pm
Verona String Quartet

Having recently garnered top prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the eighth Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, and in the U.S. at the Coleman, Fischoff, and Chesapeake Chamber Music competitions, the Verona Quartet has been hailed by The New York Times as an “outstanding ensemble of young musicians,” and in just three years, has earned a stellar reputation for delivering a “sensational, powerhouse performance” every time they take the stage.

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Concert Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, 3pm
Master class Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, noon

"Verona: Pure Joy. Everything was clear, luminous, balanced, and the unbridled polyphony of the finale literally shook the hall."
- La Presse, Montreal

Hailed by The New York Times as an “outstanding ensemble of young musicians,” the Verona Quartet is a winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and in just three years, has earned a stellar reputation for delivering a “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America) every time it takes the stage. Musical America selected the group as New Artists of the Month for May 2016, further setting the Verona Quartet apart as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music.

The Verona Quartet has performed across four continents in venues such as Wigmore Hall (London), Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan), the National Theatre (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), the Melbourne Recital Hall ( Australia), Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.). The quartet has also appeared on National Public Radio, The Weekly Special on PBS and Abu Dhabi Classical FM.

At the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Verona Quartet was also awarded the BMI Commissioning Prize, resulting in a brand new work by American composer Michael Gilbertson premiered at the ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut in February. In addition, the group has recently garnered top prizes at numerous prestigious competitions worldwide: abroad at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition (née London International String Quartet Competition), the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the eighth Osaka International Chamber Music Competition; and in the U.S. at the Coleman, Fischoff, and Chesapeake Chamber Music competitions; and the M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition.

Program:

Franz Joseph Haydn’s Quartet No. 36 in B-flat major, Op. 50, No. 1, Hob. III/44 (1787)

Sebastian Currier (b. 1959), Etude 2: Interactions and Lullaby 1: Pulsing (2016)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Opus 51 No. 2 (1873)

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, 3pm
Telegraph String Quartet

Formed in 2013, the Bay Area’s own Telegraph Quartet won the 2016 Naumburg Chamber Music Competition, a prize that helped launch the careers of such eminent groups as the Pacifica, Brentano and Emerson string quartets and the Eroica Trio. The quartet also won the prestigious Grand Prize in the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition after playing together for less than a year, and were the only American quartet of 15 from around the world invited to showcase at the 2016 Paris Biennale de Quatuors à Cordes. Recent appearances include their New York début in Carnegie Hall and their European début at Italy’s Emilia-Romagna Music Festival.

Friday, October 27, 2017
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Concert Friday, October 27, 2017, 8pm
Master class Friday, October 20, 2017, 2pm

“Tonal beauty and intelligent attention to detail … a combination of brilliance and subtlety.”

- San Francisco Classical Voice 

The Telegraph Quartet was formed with an equal passion for the standard chamber music repertoire as well as contemporary and non-standard repertoire, alike. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2017 as “an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape,” the Telegraph Quartet was most recently awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Past prizes include the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The quartet has since gone on to perform in concert halls, music festivals and academic institutions from Los Angeles and New York to Italy and Taiwan, including Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Recital Hall and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chamber Masters Series and at festivals including the Chautauqua Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and the Emilia Romagna Festival. In 2016, the quartet was invited as one of a handful of emerging professional string quartets from around the world to perform in Paris, France at the Biennale de quatuors à cordes, a showcase for major concert presenters of Europe and Asia taking place at the Philharmonie de Paris.

Program:

John Harbison (b. 1938), String Quartet No. 6 (2016)

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903), Italian Serenade (1887)

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), String Quartet No. 1, Opus 7 (1905)

Friday, October 27, 2017, 8pm
Alexander String Quartet

San Francisco State’s resident string quartet continues to delight and inspire Bay Area audiences with superb performances of classical, romantic and modern repertoire. Having celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2016, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich, the quartet’s recordings of the Beethoven, Bartók and Shostakovich cycles have won international critical acclaim. Since 1989 the Alexander String Quartet has been quartet in residence at SF State.

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Concert Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 3pm
Master class Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, 2pm

“As they did during the Haydn Quartet that opened the concert, the players impressed with their sure ensemble, lyricism, accurate pitch, handsome sound and technical fluidity.”

- The Boston Globe

The Alexander String Quartet’s annual calendar of concerts includes engagements at major halls throughout North America and Europe. The quartet has appeared at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City; Jordan Hall in Boston; the Library of Congress and Dumbarton Oaks in Washington; and chamber music societies and universities across the North American continent. Recent overseas tours have brought them to the U.K., the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, France, Greece, the Republic of Georgia, Argentina, Panamá, and the Philippines. They will return to Poland for their debut performances at the Beethoven Easter Festival in 2015.

Program:

Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791) String Quartet No. 22 in B flat major, K. 589 (1790)

Tarik O’Regan (b. 1978), Gradual (2016)

Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), String Quartet No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 117 (1964)

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 3pm

Tickets Available: April 7

The young, a cappella quintet Calmus embodies the rich choral history of its hometown of Leipzig, Germany, synonymous with the great musical tradition of Bach and Mendelssohn.

Friday, April 28, 2017
7:00pm
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

“Calmus Ensemble is stunning in its vocal variety, mastery…  The group held the audience…spellbound with its artistry.…  in matters of pitch, diction and musical shaping, I’ve never heard finer ensemble singing.”

-The Washington Post

Calmus

Anja Pöche, Soprano

Sebastian Krause, Countertenor

Tobias Pöche, Tenor

Ludwig Böhme, Baritone

Manuel Helmeke, Bass

 “Nothing short of remarkable…they, quite simply, bring whatever they sing to glorious life.”  That is how the Deseret Morning News described a concert by Calmus, the First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition.  Founded in 1999 in Germany, the a cappella quintet embodies the rich choral tradition of its hometown of Leipzig, the city so closely associated with Bach and Mendelssohn.  Whether singing music by those German masters or other works in its diverse repertoire, Calmus captivates both audiences and critics with its charming stage presence, flawless technique and entertaining presentation.

All graduates of Leipzig‘s renowned St. Thomas Church Choir School, Calmus offers the unique combination of a pure soprano voice with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor.  The seamless blend of these five voices lends itself to the almost limitless range of music the ensemble offers, from renaissance and baroque masters through great German romantic works, all the way to contemporary choral repertoire, as well as pop songs and jazz.  Calmus conveys everything it performs with great respect and also with a sense of joy in singing that is obvious to the listener: “…the singers bring tremendous character and musical depth to their interpretations… that transcends the language of the lyrics.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Highlighted performances in early 2017 include return engagements at The Cloisters in NYC and Purdue Convocations, and debut performances on San Francisco’s Morrison Arts Series, Iowa’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and Luther College, Portland Friends of Chamber Music (OR), Chamber Music Yellow Springs (OH), San Antonio Chamber Music Society and Fontana Chamber Arts in Kalamzoo, MI.

Recent North American highlights include Calmus’ New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and other NYC engagements at Lincoln Center Great Performers, Met Museum Presents, The Cloisters, Schneider Concerts at the New School, and a special sacred program in fall 2012 at Manhattan’s Holy Trinity Lutheran Church to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the St. Thomas Choir School.  Highlighted performances in early 2017 include return engagements at The Cloisters in NYC and Purdue Convocations, and the grooup’s San Francsico debut on the Morrison Artists Series.

With over fifteen recordings to its credit, Calmus CD, Madrigals of Madness, was selected by theNew York Times Classical critics among the best CD’s of 2014, and their latest release,Christmas Carols of the World, led to a special 2015 Holiday concert at New York Public Radio’s The Greene Space, with live video streaming on WQXR’s website.  

An active concert schedule worldwide has taken Calmus across Germany, Austria Belgium, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and North and South America. Festival appearances include International a cappella Week in Hannover and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival.  In addition to garnering First Prize at the CAG Competition, other prestigious awards bestowed upon the ensemble include First Prizes at the fourth annual Robert Schumann Choral Competition, the International Competition for Vocal Ensembles in Finland, and the 37th Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain.

Program:

A rich and varied program of vocal settings from Gregorian chant to medieval, renaissance, romantic and contemporary works commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and musical connections to the songs of Martin Luther.

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

I was glad

Remember not, Lord, our offences

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

Zwei Slavonic Psalms

Psalm 117/131 (1984, rev.1997)

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Salve Regina

Tenebrae factae sunt

from: Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence

Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)

Confitebor tibi Domine

Bendictus Dominus

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden

motet BWV 230

INTERMISSION

Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (b. 1963)

Come Away, Death

Lullabye

Full Fathom Five

from: Four Shakespeare Songs, 1984

Jussi Chydenius (b. 1972)

Fear No More

Mateo Flecha (c. 1481-1553)

La bomba

Ensalada

Harald Banter (b. 1930)

Abendharmonie

Three Jazz-Ballads after poems by Charles Baudelaire

Commissioned by Calmus 2010

 

Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building

Friday, April 28th, 10AM-12PM

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8:00pm
Delphi Trio

Tickets Available: March 17

In its annual showcase of outstanding ensembles from the San Francisco Bay Area, the Morrison Artists Series presents the Delphi Trio, praised for its "rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility, and risky tempi."
(Sarasota Herald Tribune)

Friday, April 7, 2017
7:00pm
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Prizewinner of the 2015 Orlando Concours in the Netherlands, the Delphi Trio has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, the Netherlands and Germany.

"...spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound..."
San Francisco Classical Voice

"...rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility, and risky tempi..."
Sarasota Herald Tribune

 

Delphi Trio

Liana Bérubé, violin
Michelle Kwon, cello
Jeffrey LaDeur, piano

The Delphi Trio has become a powerfully eloquent voice in the world of chamber music. Prizewinner of the 2015 Orlando Concours in the Netherlands, the Delphi Trio has performed throughout the region to great acclaim, including a live broadcast for Dutch Radio 4.  Highlights for the 2016 - 2017 include the world premiere of William Piano Trio, an evening of solo concerti by Schumann, Bernstein and Shostakovich with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and Barbara Day Turner, a recording project with indie-rock artist John Vanderslice and composer Max Stoffregen, the west coast premiere of Paul Juon’s Episodes Concertantes (1912) with Michael Morgan and the Oakland Symphony, and performances throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C.

Following a triumphant orchestral debut in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto Op. 56 with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra led by the late George Cleve, the Delphi Trio has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, the Netherlands and Germany, including performances at the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, WFMT Studios Chicago, Dakota Sky International Piano Festival and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Program:

L. van Beethoven (1770-1827), Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2 (1792)

William Bolcom (b. 1938), Piano Trio (2014, commissioned by the Delphi Trio)

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Between Tides (1993)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49 (1839)

 

Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building

2:10-4:00pm

Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 8:00pm

Tickets Available: February 22nd

Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7:00pm
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

"An exceptionally refined young ensemble with a translucent sound."

— The New Yorker

"One of the finest young groups to emerge in our current golden age of string quartets."

— The New Yorker

Daedalus Quartet

Min-Young Kim, Violin

Matilda Kaul, Violin

Jessica Thompson, Viola

Thomas Kraines, Cello

Since winning the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, the Daedalus Quartet has impressed critics and listeners alike with the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances. The New York Times has praised the Daedalus Quartet’s “insightful and vibrant” Haydn, the “impressive intensity” of their Beethoven, their “luminous” Berg, and the “riveting focus” of their Dutilleux. The Washington Post in turn has acclaimed their performance of Mendelssohn for its “rockets of blistering virtuosity,” while the Houston Chronicle has described the “silvery beauty” of their Schubert and the “magic that hushed the audience” when they played Ravel, the Boston Globe the “finesse and fury” of their Shostakovich, the Toronto Globe and Mail the “thrilling revelation” of their Hindemith, and the Cincinnati Enquirer the “tremendous emotional power” of their Brahms.

Since its founding the Daedalus Quartet has performed in many of the world’s leading musical venues; in the United States and Canada these include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (Great Performers series), the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Boston’s Gardner Museum, as well as on major series in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Abroad the ensemble has been heard in such famed locations as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and in leading venues in Japan.

The Daedalus Quartet has won plaudits for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music, most notably the compositions of Elliott Carter, George Perle, György Kurtág and György Ligeti.  The Quartet has also collaborated with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists: these include pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Simone Dinnerstein, Awadagin Pratt, Joyce Yang, and Benjamin Hochman; clarinetists Paquito D’Rivera, Ricardo Morales, and Alexander Fiterstein; and violists Roger Tapping and Donald Weilerstein.

The Daedalus Quartet has served as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. In 2007, the Quartet was awarded Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. The Quartet won Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award, which funded a three-year residency in Suffolk County, Long Island from 2007-2010.

Their many recordings have been described as "unforgettable music" (Classical Lost and Found), and praised in Strad Magazine for their "exemplary intonation and balance The award-winning members of the Daedalus Quartet hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University.

Program:

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928),  String Quartet No. 1 (1923), “Kreutzer Sonata”.

Louis Karchin (b. 1951), String Quartet No. 3, World Premiere performance, commissioned by the Morrison Artists Series for the Daedalus String Quartet.

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 (1875).

 

Open Master Class featuring SFSU Composition Students in the Fine Arts Building, Room 348

Thursday, March 16, 10:00 - 12:00PM

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 8:00pm

Known through its performances and recordings as the quintessential American string quartet, the Juilliard Quartet returns to McKenna Theater with its new cellist, Astrid Schween.

Friday, February 17, 2017
7:00pm
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

"Some groups seem to wrestle with their past and legacy; the Juilliard seems completely revitalized. After 68 years, it may be just hitting its stride."

– The Boston Globe

Juilliard String Quartet

Joseph Lin, Violin

Ronald Copes, Violin

Astrid Schween, Cello

Roger Tapping, Viola

The Juilliard String Quartet, widely known as the quintessential American string quartet, welcomes its new cellist, Astrid Schween, and celebrates its 70th anniversary during the 2016/17 season with return engagements in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto, Louisville, Cleveland, Tucson, and New York’s Alice Tully Hall.  This season the JSQ premieres Fragments, String Quartet No. 6 by renowned Argentine-American composer Mario Davidovsky, jointly commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and the Juilliard School.  In January, the Quartet tours Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Turkey, including appearances at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Berlin Konzerthaus.

The Quartet’s recordings of the Bartok and Schoenberg Quartets, as well as those of Debussy, Ravel and Beethoven won Grammy Awards, and in 2011 the Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 2014 Sony Classical reissued the Quartet’s landmark recordings of the first four Elliott Carter String Quartets together with the more recently recorded Carter Quartet No. 5, making a complete historical document.

Devoted master teachers, the members of the Juilliard String Quartet offer classes and open rehearsals when on tour. At the Juilliard School, where they are the String Quartet in Residence, all are sought-after members of the string and chamber music faculty and annually, in May, they are hosts of the 5-day Internationally recognized Juilliard String Quartet Seminar.

In performance, recordings and incomparable work educating the major artists and quartets of our time, the Juilliard String Quartet has carried the banner of the United States and The Juilliard School throughout the world.

Program:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), String Quartet No. 11, Opus 95 (1814), “Serioso”.

Mario Davidovsky (b. 1934), New Work, commissioned by the Juilliard String Quartet.

Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130, with the Grosse Fuge (1825).

 

Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building

Friday, February 10 at 10:00am

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 8:00pm

Vivid interpreters of the classics and enthusiastic advocates for new music, the Peabody Trio plays with “a beautifully polished, lush sound… luminous!” (N.Y. Times)

Sunday, December 4, 2016
2:00pm
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

“Breathtaking gusto … an exuberant, right-on-the-mark performance.”
– The Chicago Tribune

“A beautifully polished, lush sound … luminous.”
-  The New York Times

“This group’s vitality and courage continue to be amazing. … One of the nation’s great undersung chamber ensembles … shimmering beauty.”
- San Francisco Chronicle

“Incandescent playing of great verve and sensitivity.”
- The Los Angeles Times

 

Peabody Trio

Violaine Melançon, Violin

Natasha Brofsky, Cello

Seth Knopp, Piano

Since winning the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1989, The Peabody Trio has established itself as an important presence in the chamber music world as vivid interpreters of the classics of the repertoire, advocates for new music, and dedicated teachers and mentors to a generation of young musicians. They bring to their music making what The Washington Post calls “the romantic fervor of the 20th century greats.” 

The Peabody Trio gave its New York debut in 1990 at Alice Tully Hall and has since performed in the most important chamber music series in North America, including New York, Washington, Chicago, Denver, Vancouver, Montreal, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Internationally, they tour frequently in England, making repeat appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall, and in Japan and Israel. Their reputation as champions of new music garnered them an invitation to the first Biennale for contemporary music, Tempus Fugit, in Tel Aviv. 

Their Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Skaneateles, Cape and Islands, and Rockport, and radio broadcasts include performances on Saint Paul Sunday Morning, Performance Today, Morning Pro Musica, CBC, Radio-Canada, WGBH in Boston, and WQXR in New York. The Peabody Trio collaborates frequently with such eminent artists as clarinetist Charles Neidich, violists Roger Tapping and Maria Lambros, soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, baritone William Sharp, and actor Andre De Shields. 

The Peabody Trio currently serves as the resident faculty ensemble of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, a position they have held since 1989. They spend summers as ensemble-in-residence at the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival in Putney, Vermont. 

The Peabody Trio celebrated its twentieth season in 2007-08 with the release of the Beethoven Trios Opus 1, Nos. 1 and 3 on Artek Records, the second in their series of the complete piano trios of Beethoven. The recording was hailed by Gramophone as “bold, flexible and vibrant,” while The Baltimore Sun praised its “vibrancy and expressive flair.” In 2004 the trio released the Beethoven Opus 70 Trios, which won acclaim from Strad Magazine as “some of the most accomplished Beethoven Trio playing …heard in many a year.” Previously they have recorded for New World Records and CRI. 

Program

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op 1, No. 3 (1793).

Charles Ives (1874-1954), Trio for violin, cello and piano (1904-1911, rev. 1914-1915).

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904), Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65 (1883).

McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

Saturday, December 3, from 6-8pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00pm

This exciting young ensemble from our nation’s capitol is pushing the boundaries of classical music with riveting performances that reach across genres and generations.

Sunday, November 6, 2016
2:00pm
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

"...brilliant" - NEW YORK TIMES

"...guts and musical sensitivity" - WASHINGTON POST

"...aurally stunning" – ARCHIVMUSIC

Inscape

Founded in 2004 by Artistic Director Richard Scerbo, INSCAPE Chamber Orchestra is pushing the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances that reach across genres and generations, and transcend the confines of the traditional classical concert experience.  With its unique brand of programming, this critically acclaimed, GRAMMY nominated group of high energy master musicians has quickly established itself as one of the premier performing ensembles in the Washington, DC region and beyond.

Inscape has worked joyously and often with emerging American composers and has a commitment to presenting concerts featuring the music of our time.  Since its inception, Inscape has commissioned and premiered over twenty new works.  Inscape members regularly perform with the National, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Virginia, Richmond, and Delaware symphonies, the Washington Opera Orchestra, and are members of the premiere Washington service bands.  Former Inscape performers are members of orchestras across the United States and abroad.  

Inscape regularly performs as the Ensemble-in-Residence at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as at the National Gallery of Art, Strathmore Music Center, Kennedy Center and other local and national venues.  Inscape records exclusively for Dorian Sono Luminus.    

Program

Paul Moravec (b. 1957), Tempest Fantasy, for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2003), winner of 2004 Pulitzer Prize.

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), Quatuor pour le fin du temps (Quartet for the end of time), for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, (1940).

 

Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building

Monday, November 7 at 12:00pm

Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3:00pm

San Francisco State’s resident string quartet continues to delight and inspire Bay Area audiences with superb performances of Classical, Romantic and Modern repertoire. Free Admission.

Sunday, September 18, 2016
2:00pm
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

“As they did during the Haydn Quartet that opened the concert, the players impressed with their sure ensemble, lyricism, accurate pitch, handsome sound and technical fluidity.”

- The Boston Globe

Alexander String Quartet

Zakarias Grafilo,violin

Frederick Lifsitz, violin

Paul Yarbrough, viola

Sandy Wilson, cello

Celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2016, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the quartet’s recordings of the Beethoven cycle (twice), Bartók, and Shostakovich cycles have won international critical acclaim. The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, serving since 1989 as Ensemble in Residence of San Francisco Performances and of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at San Francisco State University.

Program:

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), String Quartet No. 56 in G Minor, Op. 74, No. 3 (1793), "The Rider”.

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), String Quartet No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 138 (1970).

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 (1808), “Razumovsky”.

 

 

Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building

Friday, September 16 at 2:00pm

Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3:00pm
New York Polyphony

Four a cappella male voices beautifully illuminate great vocal repertoire from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to vibrant, newly commissioned works of our own time. Free.

Friday, May 6, 2016
7:00pm
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

New York Polyphony

Geoffrey Williams, countertenor
Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor
Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone
Craig Phillips, bass

Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts,” (National Public Radio) New York Polyphony is regarded as one of the finest vocal chamber ensembles in the world. These four “singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure,” (The New Yorker) apply a modern touch to repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary compositions. Their dedication to innovative programming, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered Renaissance and medieval works, has not only earned New York Polyphony critical acclaim, but also helped to move early music into the classical mainstream.  The ensemble’s growing discography includes two GRAMMY nominated releases, and albums that have topped the “best of” lists of The New Yorker, Gramophone, and BBC Music Magazine.

Program:
Francisco Guerrero (1528 – 1599): Regina caeli
John Dunstable (c.1380 – 1453): Speciosa facta es 
John Pyamour (d. 1431): Quam pulchra es 
John Plummer (c. 1410 – c. 1483): Tota pulchra es
Michael McGlynn (b. 1964): O pia Virgo **
Francisco Guerrero (1528 – 1599): Quae est ista/Surge propera
Antoine Brumel (c. 1460 – c. 1515): Sicut lilium 
Jacob Clemens non Papa (c.1510 – c.1555): Ego flos campi/Sub umbra illius
Ivan Moody (b. 1964): Canticum Canticorum 
Trinity Roll MS: There is no Rose
John Scott (b. 1956): There is no Rose **
Geoffrey Williams (b. 1976): There is no Rose **
**Composed for New York Polyphony

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Creative Arts Building, Room 146

Friday, May 6, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:00pm
The Calefax Reed Quintet

This innovative ensemble from the Netherlands has spawned an entire new genre of chamber music for reed quintet, featuring stunningly colorful arrangements of traditional repertoire, alongside new works commissioned from composers worldwide. Free.

Sunday, April 17, 2016
2:00pm
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Calefax Reed Quintet

Oliver Boekhoorn, oboe

Ivar Berix, clarinet

Raaf Hekkema, saxophone

Jelte Althuis, bass clarinet

Alban Wesly, bassoon

“Five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem the best musical format on the planet.”  – The Times

Five passionate wind players. Virtuoso musicians and brilliant arrangers. The creators of a completely new genre: the reed quintet. They are a source of inspiration to a fresh generation reed players that follows in their footsteps. The repertoire of Calefax spans many centuries of music. They breathe new life into classical chamber music by arranging it themselves to fit their own unique reed quintet line up: oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon. Next to that, approximately two hundred original works have by now been written especially for Calefax by composers from all over the world. drawning influences from classical and world music, jazz and improvisation.

Program:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Prelude and Fugue in E flat Major, WTC Book 1

Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856): Waldszenen, Op.82

Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949) :Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche

-Intermission-

Alexander Scriabin (1872 – 1915): Etudes

Jakob TV (b. 1951): Billie

Steve Reich (b. 1936): New York Counterpoint

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Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall

Monday, April 18, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:00pm
Cellist Jay Campbell in Recital with Pianist Conor Hanick

Jay Campbell is the most exciting young cellist to recently emerge on the concert stage. His vividly ravishing performances illuminate, as never before, the richness of the repertoire for this most evocative of musical instruments. Free.

Sunday, March 13, 2016
2:00pm
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Jay Campbell, cello

Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, cellist Jay Campbell was named First Prize winner of the 2012 Concert Artist Guild auditions. He is the recipient of awards from the BMI and ASCAP foundations and has been heard on television, radio broad-casts and in concert halls around the world, including concerto appearances in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kultur und Kongresszentrum-Luzern, and the Aspen Music Festival. Dedicated to the music of our own time, he has collaborated with an array of artists ranging from composers including Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Kaija Saariaho and John Zorn.

 

Conor Hanick, piano

Recognized for his diverse artistic interests and encompassing musical abilities, pianist Conor Hanick has given acclaimed solo and chamber music performances around the world and collaborated with music’s most accomplished instrumentalists, conductors, ensembles, and composers. In performances ranging from the early Baroque to the newly written, Conor’s playing has been described as “brilliant,” “astounding,” (New York Times) “expert,” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and “sparkling,” (Strad) reminding New York Times chief critic Anthony Tommasini of a “young Peter Serkin.” Although Conor has been recognized as a “true champion of contemporary music” (NPR) through his deep commitment to the music of our time, Tommasini wrote that Conor’s “technical refinement, color, crispness and wondrous variety of articulation … benefit works by any master.”

Program:

Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992): Vocalise, arr. for cello and piano (1935)

Charles Wuorinen (b.1938): Orbicle of Jasp (1999)

Ludwig von Beethoven (1770 - 1827): Variations on “Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen” from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, WoO 46 (1801)

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918): Sonate for Cello and Piano, L. 135 (1915)

-Intermission-

Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992): Louange à l'immortalité de Jésus, from Quatuor pour le fin du temps (1941)

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897): Sonata in F Major, Op.99 (1886)

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Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall

Monday, March 14, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3:00pm
Amphion Quartet with Special Guest Bridget Kibbey, harp

Dazzling young harp virtuoso Bridget Kibbey joins forces with the Amphion Quartet in a concert of remarkable works for this unusual and sonorous combination of instruments. Free.

Friday, February 19, 2016
7:00pm
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
Katie Hyun, violin
David Southorn, violin
Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola

Mihai Marica, cello

Hailed for its “gripping intensity” and “suspenseful and virtuoso playing” (San Francisco Classical Voice), the Amphion String Quartet won the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, and in 2013 became a part of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two Program, making its Alice Tully Hall debut in March 2014, about which the New York Times praised “the focused, forceful young Amphion String Quartet” for its “sharply detailed performances.”  The quartet has delighted audiences throughout the United States, inclluding recent performances at Carengie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Caramoor Festival, and the Library of Congress.  Their first CD featuring quartets by Grieg, Janacek and Wolf, was released by the UK-based recording label Nimbus.

Bridget Kibbey, harp

“Bridget Kibbey makes it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.”  - The New York Times

Lauded for her compelling artistry and virtuosity, harpist Bridget Kibbey is gaining a reputation for showcasing the broad range of her instrument through multiple-genre performances -- drawing diverse audiences through new collaborations and platforms.Bridget is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist Award, a 2015 Salon de Virtuosi Grant, and the only harpist to win a position with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II, a winner of Concert Artist Guild's International Competition, Astral Artist Auditions, and Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France. She tours internationally as concerto soloist, recitalist, and collaborator with some of today’s most compelling artists.

 

Program:

J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750): Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV. 1056 (1739?), (transcribed by B. Kibbey and Amphion Quartet)

Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918): Danses sacrée et profane, for Harp and Strings (1904)

Nathan Shields: Tenebrae for Harp and String Quartet (2009) (written for Bridget Kibbey)

-Intermission-

Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976): String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Opus 25 (1941)

Andre Caplet (1878 - 1925): Conte Fantastique for Harp and Strings (1908) 

Traditional Celtic Reels (arranged for Harp & Strings by B. Kibbey)

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Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall

Friday, February 19, 2:10pm - 4:00pm

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8:00pm
Special Showcase Performance: Telegraph Quartet

Presenting the 2014 Grand Prize winner of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in this season's Showcase Performance presenting a local ensemble of exceptional distinction. Free.

Friday, December 4, 2015
7:00pm
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Telegraph Quartet

Eric Chin, violin

Joseph Maile, violin

Pel-Ling Lin, viola

Jeremiah Shaw, cello

Described as “intensely urgent” and “poignantly resonant”, the Telegraph Quartet received the prestigious Grand Prize of the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition for its passionate approach to standard and contemporary chamber music repertoire alike, and has gone on to perform in concert halls, music festivals, and academic institutions across the United States. Last season highlights featured the quartet as Guest Artists for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Music Masters Series, an ensemble residency with San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s Presidio Sessions, and a tour of the Mid-West states of Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois, sponsored by the Fischoff Foundation. The Quartet gave its first Carnegie Hall appearance earlier this season in Weill Recital Hall, and has performed on several music festivals, including the Shouse Institute at the Great Lakes Music Festival in Detroit and Robert Mann’s Quartet Seminar at the Manhattan School of Music. The Telegraph Quartet is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Program:

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809): String Quartet in C major, Op. 20 No. 2 (1772)

Erwin Schulhoff (1894 – 1942): Five Pieces for String Quartet (1923)

-Intermission-

George Rochberg (1918 – 2005): Quartet No. 3 (1972)

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Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall

Friday, December 4, 2015 at 2:10pm to at 4:00pm

Friday, December 4, 2015 at 8:00pm
Fidelio Trio

The virtuosic Fidelio Trio from London, well known on the international stage for its thrilling interpretations of music of all styles, performs its San Francisco debut concert. Free.

Sunday, November 8, 2015
2:00pm
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre

Fidelio Trio

Darragh Morgan, violin

Adi Tal, cello

Mary Dullea, piano

Based in London, the virtuosic Fidelio Trio performs diverse repertoire internationally, and broadcasts regularly on BBC, WNYC, NPR and other world networks. Since their debut at London’s South Bank, the trio has appeared at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Purcell Room and the London Royal Opera House; at festivals including City of London Cheltenham Music Festival, St. Magnus International Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Brighton, Vale of Glamorgan, West Cork Music, Belfast Festival at Queens and National Concert Hall, Dublin, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Casa da Musica (Porto), Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris), Contemporaneamente Festival, Lodi and Palazzo Albrizzi, Venice (Italy), Johannesburg Music Society, Symphony Space and SubCulture, New York City, Princeton University and MIT Boston.  In addition to the full range of classical and romantic repertoire for piano trio, they are constantly commissioning new works by leading international composers.

Program:

Camille Saint-Saens (1835 – 1921): Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor Op. 92 (1892)

Judith Weir (b. 1954): Piano Trio No. 2 (2003-4)

-Intermission-

Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951): Verklarte Nacht (1899), piano trio arranged by Eduard Steuermann

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Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall

Monday, November 9, 2015 at 12:00pm to at 2:00pm

Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 3:00pm
Alexander String Quartet with Special Guest Andrew Duckles, viola

San Francisco State’s resident string quartet continues to delight and inspire Bay Area audiences with superb performances of Classical, Romantic and Modern repertoire. Canadian-born violist Andrew Duckles leads a diverse musical life as a recording artist, chamber musician, soloist and teacher. Free.

Sunday, September 27, 2015
2:00pm
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
Zakarias Grafilo,violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
Paul Yarbrough, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
 

Celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2016, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the quartet’s recordings of the Beethoven cycle (twice), Bartók, and Shostakovich cycles have won international critical acclaim. The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, serving since 1989 as Ensemble in Residence of San Francisco Performances and of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at San Francisco State University.  

Andrew Duckles, viola
Formerly principal viola of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras, Duckles now makes his home in Southern California. Duckles began his orchestral career with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has made appearances as principal viola of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony, and the New West Symphony. Duckles appears regularly as a guest artist on chamber music series throughout the United States and Europe and shares the stage frequently with the Alexander String Quartet.

Program:
W. A. Mozart (1756 - 1791): Viola Quintet in C major, K.515
Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976): String Quartet No. 2 in G major (1975)
-Intermission-
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Viola Quintet in F major, Op. 88 (1882)

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Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall

Friday, September 25, 2015 at 2:10pm to at 4:00pm

Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 3:00pm
Photo of Afiara String Quartet

SF State’s Morrison Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence from 2007 to 2009, the Afiara Quartet is one of North America’s leading young string quartets. Widely noted for its engaging, authentic presence and performances balancing "intensity and commitment" with "frequent moments of tenderness" (The Montreal Gazette), the quartet quickly won the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, 2010 Young Canadian Musicians Award and top prizes at the Munich ARD International Music and Banff International String Quartet competitions. They are currently Quartet-in-Residence at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Free.

Friday, May 8, 2015
Pre-Concert Talk: 7:00 pm
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

Program:

W.A. Mozart (1756-91), String Quartet No.19 in C major, K.465, “Dissonance” (1785)
Richard Festinger (b. 1948), String Quartet No. 3 (2014) World Premiere

Intermission

Robert Schumann (1810-1856), String Quartet in A minor, Opus 41 No. 1 (1842)

Master Class: Friday, May 8, 2015, 2:10-4:00 pm - Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building
Photo of Juilliard String Quartet

Since its inception in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet has made manifest the credo of founders Robert Mann and William Schuman to "play new works as if they were established masterpieces, and established masterpieces as if they were new." The hallmarks of its distinctive sound—clarity of structure, beauty of sound, purity of line and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose—have been applied to virtually every era and genre in the literature. Free.

"Each of the four has a notably beautiful tone, a sound that sings… a shared understanding of the music they play; every bow stroke adds to its meaning and its integrity." —Chicago Tribune

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Pre-Concert Talk: 2:00 pm
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

Program:

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), String Quartet in G major, Op. 33, No.5
Shulamit Ran (b. 1949), String Quartet No. 2, “Vistas” (1989)
Intermission
L. van Beethoven (1770-1827), String Quartet in F major, Op. 135 (1826)

Master Class: Monday, April 20, 2015, noon-2:00 pm - Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building
Photos of Lysander Piano Trio and Lucy Shelton

Winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, this dynamic young piano trio has been a standout on the international stage since their founding in 2009, their playing hailed by the New York Times as "a finely hued collaboration." They will be joined by the distinguished American soprano Lucy Shelton, winner of two Naumburg Awards, who, as chamber musician and solo recitalist, has performed worldwide with the world’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles. Free.

"In the forefront was Lucy Shelton… performing with fire, sensitivity, astounding surety of pitch, and what seemed like love abounding." —The Boston Globe

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Pre-Concert Talk: 2:00 pm
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

Program:

L. van Beethoven (1770-1827), from Songs of Many Lands, WoO. 158a (1815-16)
Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904), Trio No. 4 in E minor, Opus 90, “Dumky” (1890-91)
Intermission
Charles Ives (1874-1954), Sunrise (1921)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Notturno in Eb major, Opus 148, D. 897 (1827)
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok, Opus 127 (1967)

Master Class: Friday, Mar. 13, 2015, 2:10 pm-4 pm - Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building
Photo of Nordic Voices

Acclaimed for the depth of its programming and extraordinary vocal skills, this stunning, six-voice a cappella ensemble who come to us from Oslo, Norway is one of the foremost international vocal ensembles of its kind, presenting a delightful and amazingly broad repertoire ranging from medieval to contemporary works, all performed with a consummate blend of superlative music-making and stylistic panache. Free.

"Clear, radiant performances, full of character… sumptuously textured and elegantly phrased" —BBC Music Magazine

Friday, February 20, 2015
Pre-Concert Talk: 7:00 pm
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

Program:

LasseThoresen, (b. 1949), Solbøn, from Opus 42 (2008)
György Ligeti (1923–2006), Nonsense Madrigals (1988-93)
    The cuckoo in the pear-tree
    The alphabet
    The Lobster Quadrille
Luca Marenzio (1553–1599)
    Per duo coralli (1581?)
    Ecco che’l ciel (1591?)
Clément Janequin (1485–1558), Le Chant des Oiseaux (1529)

Intermission

Frank Havrøy (b. 1969), Bia, bia lite bån (traditional, arr. 2004)
Lasse Thoresen (b. 1949), Diphonie, Opus 39 (2006)
Goffredo Petrassi (1904–2003), Nonsense I, III and V (1952)
Maurice Ravel (1875–1937), Trois beaux oiseau du paradis (1915)
Maja Ratkje (b. 1973), A Dismantled Ode to the Value of Art (2012)

Master Class: Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, 11:10am-12:50pm - CA 146, Creative Arts Building
Photo of Zofo Piano Duet

This special Showcase Concert, the first in the Morrison Artists Series to present exceptional young talent from the Bay Area region, features San Francisco’s own ZOFO. This GRAMMY-nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artist Ensemble, one of only a handful of duos world-wide devoted exclusively to piano duets, has electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo, Japan with their dazzling artistry in programs blending traditional repertoire with new works commissioned from the pens of prominent composers.

" One of the most enthralling piano duets of today’s millennial generation." - San Francisco Classical Voice

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Pre-Concert Talk: 2:00 pm
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

Program:

George Gershwin (1898-1937), Cuban Overture (1932)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Six Épigraphes Antiques (1914-15)
Terry Riley (b. 1935), Etude from the Old Country (1994)

Intermission

Christian Henking (b. 1961), Good Morning John!
Urmas Sisask (b. 1960), "Linnutee galaktika" (Milky Way), (1990)
William Bolcom (b. 1938), Primer (2014), World Premiere*

*This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

Master Class: Monday, Dec. 8, 9:00 am, Room CA137
Photo of Windscape Wind Quintet

Created in 1994 by five eminent woodwind performers, each a soloist in his or her own right, Windscape has won a unique place for itself as a vibrant, ever-evolving group of musical individualists whose innovative programs and wonderfully broad repertoire, evoking vivid cultural landscapes, have delighted and transported audiences throughout the United States, Canada and Asia. Artists-in-Residence at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, Windscape is without doubt one of the best ensembles of its kind anywhere in the world. Free.

"Superior music-making all around."—ClassicalNet

Friday, November 7, 2014
Pre-Concert Talk: 7:00 pm
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

Program:

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Three Pieces, arr. David Jolley
    Voiles (from Preludes Book 1)
    Pagodes (from Estampes)
    Poissons d’or (from Images Book 2)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    La flûte enchantée, from Shéhérazade (1903), arr. Adam Lesnick
    Ma mère l’oye (1908-1910), arr. Frank Morelli

Intermission

Elliott Cook Carter (1908-2012), Quintet (1948)
Richard Festinger (b. 1948), Windsongs (1996)
Samuel Barber (1910-1981), Summer Music (1956)
Earl Wild (1915-2010)Three Etudes on Songs of George Gershwin(1989)
arr. David Jolley
    Fascinatin’ Rhythm
    Liza
    I Got Rhythm

Master Class: Friday, Nov. 7, 2:10-4:00 pm - Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building
Photo of Alexander String Quartet

SF State’s longtime quartet-in-residence and a major artistic presence in the Bay Area, the Alexander String Quartet has concertized in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier chamber ensembles for more than three decades. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, and internationally acclaimed for its recordings, the quartet has also established itself as an important advocate for new music. Free.

"An unusually fine group – musically, technically, in just about any way one wants to view it." —The New York Times

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Pre-Concert Talk: 2:00 pm
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

Program:

W. A. Mozart (1756-1791), Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546 (1788)
Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967), String Quartet No.2, Opus 10 (1916-18)
L. van Beethoven (1770-1827), Grosse Fuge in Bb major, Opus 133 (1825)
Intermission
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), String Quartet No.2 in A major, Opus 68 (1944)

Will-call tickets can be picked up from the box office starting September 17, Wednesdays – Fridays, noon – 4pm, and the day of the concert.

Master Class: Friday, Sept. 26, 2:10-4:00 pm - Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building