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Sunset Music & Arts Season

March, April, May concert cancellations

Dear friends and patrons of Sunset Music and Arts,

We are closely monitoring the Covid-19 health crisis in San Francisco and following all city mandated guidelines. In addition we are also reviewing all the recommended guidelines. As the situation changes on a daily basis, we will update the public on any changes to our concert schedules.

In compliance with the order of the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health we are canceling all our concerts in March, April, and May. We will be working with the performers to reschedule their concerts for later in the year or be part of our 2021 season. We are closely monitoring the situation in making any further changes.

The health and safety of you the audience and our performers are of the utmost concern. Please visit our website https://sunsetarts.wordpress.com for further updates.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Please stay safe and healthy. We can fight this together and get back to our normal way of life soon.

Thank you

Sunset Music and Arts & Incarnation Episcopal Church

2020 Season – Beethoven and more

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March Concerts Cancelled or Rescheduled

To be rescheduled

John Smalley (baritone) and Janis Mercer (piano)

Date & Time: Canceled
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students 

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Program: Schoenberg and his Students: Music by Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Eisler, Ullmann and Wellesz

John Smalley, baritone, is a native of San Francisco. He received his B.A. in Classics from Santa Clara University and holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in Historical Musicology from Columbia University in New York, where he taught for six years.  He has lectured and performed as soloist throughout the Bay Area, including Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, numerous Bach cantatas, and Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together. He was awarded a prestigious 2009 Shenson Performing Arts Fellowship.

Janis Mercer is an American composer/pianist living in San Francisco. Her musical activities as composer, and pianist are closely interwoven. Her compositions range in size from 8-piece chamber ensemble to digitally realized fixed electronics; utilize timbres from voice to drum set; and employ styles from 12-tone technique to structured improvisation, microtonality to field recordings.  Ms. Mercer holds artist residencies at Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts, Ragdale, Centrum, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods.

Rescheduled to August 1, 2020 at 7:30 p.m

Women Compose Jazz! The Laura Klein Trio

Rescheduled to Saturday August 1, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students  Buy Tickets

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Program: Compositions by Marian McPartland, Mary Lou Williams, Renee Rosnes, Alice Coltrane, Joanne Brackeen, Laura Klein, and more.

  • Laura Klein: piano
  • Carla Kaufman: bass
  • Kelly Fasman: drums

Laura Klein (bandleader/pianist/composer) is delighted to be leading this celebration of women jazz composers. When she was first starting to play and compose jazz, she heard Marian McPartland, Mary Lou Williams, and Joanne Brackeen perform live on numerous occasions, and was inspired and influenced by these brilliant musicians. Laura has recorded her own compositions with FivePlay Jazz Quintet, Triceratops, and vibraphonist Ted Wolff. She has appeared with her own groups at numerous venues, including SF Jazz, Piedmont Piano Company, Vallejo Jazz, Pacifica Performances, and Sacramento Jazz Cooperative, and has been featured on KCSM’s “In the Moment” and “Desert Island Jazz”. This is her second appearance at Sunset Music and Arts.

Carla Kaufman (bass) is equally at home in the classical and jazz music worlds.  She has played in many orchestras including the Berkeley Symphony , Vallejo Symphony,  The Women’s Philharmonic , California Symphony, and the Russian Chamber Orchestra. She has shared the stage with many notable musicians including Clark Terry, Michael Greensill and Wesla Whitfield, Calvin Keys,  Ed Reed, Maria Muldaur, Frank Morgan, Noel Jewkes, and Donald Bailey, and is a first call bassist for Bay Area vocalists.

Kelly Fasman (drums) is a dynamic performer whose propulsive playing adds excitement and dynamic range in any musical setting. She has performed with Kenny Loggins, The Moody Blues, Joan Baez, and Joan Rivers. She was the house drummer for The American Musical Theatre of San Jose, and has worked with Teatro Zinzanni, Broadway By the Bay, and Theatreworks. Kelly is the powerhouse of the 17 piece jazz orchestra, the Morchestra. She is a highly in-demand performer and educator on the Bay Area scene.

To be rescheduled

American Voices3 – Ensemble LudeCanta

Date & Time: Canceled
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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Program: Works by American composers, Samuel Barber, Glass, Henry Cowell, and others.

Ensemble LudeCanta is an ever-changing consortium of musicians committed to presenting new and rarely-performed chamber works.

Amy Likar, flute
Lori Hennessy, cello
Linli Wang, piano
C.A. Jordan, soprano & artistic director

Praised by San Francisco Classical Voice as a “strikingly appealing, outstanding, accomplished performer,” and by Performing Arts Monterey Bay as a ”gifted vocal artist who sings with an unfettered authority…”, Soprano Carolyne Anne Jordan has sung roles with West Edge Opera, Mission City Opera, Open Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, and Goat Hall Productions, showcasing her versatility in roles by Britten, Mozart, and Puccini, among others. Miss Jordan has also performed with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, BASOTI program, the West Coast Opera Workshop, and the Opera Scenes Program at Holy Names College. Equally in demand as a concert artist, she has performed in such far-flung locations as Yosemite National Park and Antigua, Guatemala.

April Concerts being Rescheduled

To be rescheduled

Duo Art: Sasha Burdin and Leonid Iogansen

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Date & Time: Friday April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students  Buy Tickets

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DuoArt is an ensemble formed by two musicians – Sasha Burdin and Leonid Iogansen.

Sasha Burdin is a concert and jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, and music educator. He performed concert programs in Russia, Europe, and the US. He received MM from Bowling Green State University and Maymonid Moscow State Classical Academy, and DMA from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Uriel Tsachor. In the summer of 2014 Sasha Burdin has served as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA. At the festival he performed solo, chamber, and orchestra pieces and worked under the baton of conductors Charles Dotuit and Andris Nelsons. In 2015 -2016 season Sasha Burdin participated in Johnson County Landmark jazz band as a principal pianist. The concert schedule included performances with notable guest artists Carmen Bradford former singer at Count Basie’s Jazz Band and a saxophonist Melvin Butler, a member of Brian Blade Fellowship band. Inspired and influenced by jazz music in the summer of 2016, Sasha Burdin has formed The Sasha Burdin Quartet – a jazz group, focusing on his original compositions and pieces from standard jazz repertoire, written by Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane and others.

Born in Russia, Leonid Iogansen started his violin studies at 7. He has premiered many new chamber and solo works, including his own Violin Concerto. He has won several competitions, such as the Young Virtuosos International Competition in 1999, which resulted in his performance in Carnegie Hall the same year. As a composer, Leonid has written many solo, chamber, and orchestral pieces, much of which were performed by notable ensembles, such as JACK Quartet. In the Summer of 2006, Shuang Yin International Music Festival commissioned Leonid for a number of humorous pieces for various chamber ensembles. The performances were broadcast on Taiwan’s National Television. Leonid is also a visual artist and has won many competitions, including Gold Key Award for at the Boston Globe competition in 1997.

Rescheduled to August 29, 4:30 p.m.

Around the world with pianist Monica Chew

Date & Time: To be rescheduled
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students  Buy Tickets

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Program includes music by Ravel, Villa-Lobos, and various 20th century composers.

Monica Chew is an Oakland pianist. In 2017 she released her first solo album, Tender and Strange, featuring works by Bartók, Janácek, Messiaen, Takemitsu, and Scriabin. A “gifted player with an affinity for deeply sensitive expression” (Whole Note, June/July/August 2018), her playing is “wonderfully delicate, like tissue” (International Pianist, July/August 2018). She started composing in 2017 and couldn’t be happier about it. She premiered her first songs for soprano and piano in 2018 and completed her first commission for Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s Intersection 2019 workshop. She loves playing chamber music and received a Zellerbach Family Foundation award for her work with Minsky Duo, which she co-founded in 2016. Prior to 2015, she neglected piano for nearly a decade to work as a principal software engineer on security and privacy at Mozilla and Google after receiving her Master of Music from SF Conservatory of Music and a PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley. She lives in Oakland with her husband, an 1899 Steinway B, a clavichord, and a disused violin.

To be rescheduled

San Francisco Girls Chorus Level III and Soloist Intensive Program

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Date & Time: Friday April 17, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students  Buy Tickets

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Program: Level III of the San Francisco Girls Chorus School will perform a varied program of classical, contemporary, and multilingual folk songs in vibrant choral arrangements. The older singers SFGC Soloist Intensive will present art songs, opera, and musical theater scenes; and all the singers will combine their voices for a few collaborative songs. Don’t miss this evening of skilled singing from some of the San Francisco Girls Chorus’ most talented youth.

Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus is a leading voice in music in the Bay Area and across the nation. Led by Artistic Director Valérie Sainte-Agathe, the Girls Chorus produces and collab­orates in concerts, recordings and tours that empower young women, expand the field of music for treble voice, and set the standard for the highest level of performance and education. Hundreds of singers ages 5-18 from over 45 Bay Area cities participate in this program, which has won honors including 3 ASCAP awards for Adventurous Programming and five Grammy awards.

To be rescheduled

Circadian String Quartet

Date & Time: Saturday April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students  Buy Tickets

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David Ryther and Monika Gruber, violins
Omid Assadi, viola
David Wishnia, cello

Program: Circadian String Quartet presents “Love and Chains,” a concert about the bonds that can and cannot be broken. Join us for an evening that includes the world premiere of “Eurydice’s Defiance,” an opera in 5 acts by David Ryther featuring Lily Storm, with a libretto by novelist Kimiko Guthrie. The opera explores the unjust detention of Eurydice and her quest to be reunited with her son Orfeus.  It will be paired with Antonín Dvořák’s love song to his homeland, his String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 51. Nicknamed “The Slavonic,” the quartet is infused with dances and rhythms that illustrate Dvořák’s immutable bond with his homeland.

Bay Area based Circadian String Quartet was founded in 2013 to promote the classical and contemporary string quartet repertoire, in particular music of cultural and folkloric significance. Since then, the group has been featured through Mt. Shasta’s Music By the Mountain, Sunset Music | Arts Chamber Music Series in San Francisco, and the Merced Symphony Association. In 2014, the CSQ were invited to collaborate with the St. Petersburg-based Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet during their North American tour. They have also given U.S. premieres of pieces by world-renowned British composer Ian Venables in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Sally Munro of the San Francisco Opera and Natalie Parker, Principal Clarinetist of the San Francisco Ballet.

Canceled

Frank Huang, piano: Beethoven2020 Project

Date & Time: Canceled
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students 

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Program: An evening of music by Schubert, Medtner, Messiaen, and Beethoven.

Frank Huang is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Previously, he served as a faculty member at The College of Wooster and The Cleveland Institute of Music.

Described by New York Concert Review as a “thoughtful and accomplished performer” and that his playing was “impressive for its maturity and refinement,” Mr. Huang has gained international recognition for his artistry and technical command. Others have also acknowledged his talents, as the Chopin Foundation of the United States, Northwest Chapter has commented that “Huang plays with authority and panache” while El Comerico of Lima, Peru praised his interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Concerto, K.482 “with the utmost sensitivity.” Mr. Huang’s performances have led him throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Such notable venues include Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall (Seattle), US Embassy in Warsaw, Zelazowa Wola (Warsaw), Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Holland Music Sessions, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Dame Myra Recital Series at Chicago’s Cultural Center, Lincoln Center in New York, and St. Martin in the Fields, London, UK. Mr. Huang’s concerts have also been featured on radio and television broadcasts in various cities across the United States and abroad. Most recently, his performances were aired on “Primo Movimento,” a popular classical music program on RaiRadio 3 in Rome, Italy. An avid chamber musician, he also enjoys performing with others as he has collaborated with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in recitals. Equally active as a soloist with orchestra, he has performed with the Sammamish Symphony, Northwest Philharmonia, Peru National Symphony, and Wooster Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements included a tour in South Korea and China, where Mr. Huang performed at the University of Ulsan (South Korea) and Sichuan Normal University, as well as soloist with the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra.

A native of Seattle, WA, Frank Huang studied extensively with Willard Schultz at the Academy of Music Northwest before obtaining Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he continued his studies with Julian Martin. Following his training at Juilliard, he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Cleveland Institute of Music under the direction of Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Other influential teachers included Lee Kum-Sing, Robert McDonald, Daniel Shapiro, and Dominique Weber. Huang has also participated in masterclasses with eminent musicians of our time including Nelita True, Byron Janis, Jon Kimura Parker, Richard Goode, and Murray Perahia.

Rescheduled to May 8, 2021

José López, piano: “The Judaic Muse”

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Date & Time: Saturday May 8, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students  Buy Tickets

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Program: Mr. López presents “The Judaic Muse,” featuring the music of Judith Shatin, Fanny Mendelssohn, Ferdinand Hiller, and Charles Alkan.

José López is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Keyboard Studies Program at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Liszt Society, and Honorary Secretary of the United Kingdom’s Alkan Society. He has performed throughout the United States, Italy and Central and South America with orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber groups in concert halls, summer festivals such as the Music Festival of the Hamptons in New York and the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Active throughout South Florida, he has been a featured performer in the Florida International University’s Music Festival; ISCM New Music Miami Festival, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Coral Gables’ Mainly Mozart Series, University of Miami’s Miami Festival, and as founder and co-director of the Deering Estate at Cutler’s “Chamber Music Series.”

Rescheduled to May 9, 2021

José López and William Wellborn, piano 4-hands: Beethoven2020 Project

Date & Time: Sunday May 9, 2021, 7 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students  Buy Tickets

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All Beethoven program, featuring works for solo piano and piano 4-hands!

William Wellborn enjoys an active career as a pianist, teacher and lecturer, and has performed and lectured widely over four continents. He received a MM (New England Conservatory) and DMA (University of Texas) in Performance, and a BM in Piano Pedagogy (University of Texas), where his teachers included Gregory Allen, Patricia Zander, and Nancy Garrett, and two leaders in the field of piano pedagogy- Amanda Vick Lethco and Martha Hilley. He has also received coaching from John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Adam Wibrowski, Andrzej Jasinski, and Jerome Lowenthal. Guest artist appearances include the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts, the Paderewski Festival, the American Liszt Society, the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Canada, the Chopin chez George Sand festival de piano in La Châtre, France, the Três Séculos de Piano series in Rio de Janeiro, and the Festival du Chablisien in Chablis, France. In 2004 he had the honor of presenting an all-Liszt program on Liszt’s piano at Hofgärtnerei Museum in Weimar, and in 2009 he presented a Haydn program at the composer’s birthplace in Rohrau, Austria. Orchestral appearances include the Austin Symphony, the Austin Chamber Ensemble, the Laredo Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, the Redwoods Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, and the Sudeten Philharmonie in Walbrzych, Poland.

José López is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Keyboard Studies Program at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Liszt Society, and Honorary Secretary of the United Kingdom’s Alkan Society. He has performed throughout the United States, Italy and Central and South America with orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber groups in concert halls, summer festivals such as the Music Festival of the Hamptons in New York and the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Active throughout South Florida, he has been a featured performer in the Florida International University’s Music Festival; ISCM New Music Miami Festival, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Coral Gables’ Mainly Mozart Series, University of Miami’s Miami Festival, and as founder and co-director of the Deering Estate at Cutler’s “Chamber Music Series.”

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Community Music | Arts Events

We are also excited about launching our, Sunset Community Music | Arts  initiative, where you can enjoy mostly free (occasionally, donations or a small fee may be requested) concerts and programs,  produced and performed by members of the local community. If you are interested in performing as part of this program, please contact us at 415.564.2324 or e-mail us at sunsetmusicarts@gmail.com.

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