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Sunset Music & Arts Season

Announcing our 2019 Season

Dear Music Lovers,

We are very excited to announce our fifth season with many new and returning artists. The season continues out tradition of strong offerings in solo instrumental performances, vocal recitals, choral music, opera, and jazz/world music  concerts.

Our season opener will feature a chamber concert on Friday January 11, 2019 with award winning artists – New York based cellist, Ben Capps, and Russian pianist, Vassily Primakov.

Our 2019 season offers concerts throughout the year. We hope that you will join us as we close out our 2018 season and look forward to sharing the joy of more unique performances in 2019.

Thank you
Mathew Chacko & Sally Munro
Directors, Sunset Music & Arts

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  1. Recital: Instrumental Series
  2. Recital: Vocal Series
  3. Chamber Music/Ensemble
  4. Choral Music
  5. Opera Gala & Fundraiser
  6. Opera
  7. Jazz/World Music
  8. Community recitals, workshops, and social events
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Holiday Concerts

Concert and Intermediate Choruses of the San Francisco Boys Chorus
with guest artist, soprano Ellen Leslie
Ian Robertson, Artistic Director

Date & Time: Sunday December 9,  7 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students. Free Reception follows the concert.

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SFBoysChorusEllenLeslie2018The San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC) is comprised of the Grammy award-winning Concert Chorus, the Graduate Chorale, the Hand Bell Program and the four-level Chorus School, which includes the Preparatory Chorus.

IAN ROBERTSON, Artistic Director and Concert Chorus Director since 1996, has been responsible for the San Francisco Boys Chorus’ phenomenal growth and artistic renaissance as one of nation’s premiere youth choral performance and educational organizations. He has led the Chorus on numerous international tours and in their several acclaimed recording projects.

Two-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in the San Francisco District (2018 and 2016), Ellen Leslie is quickly becoming a sought-after singer both in the United States and abroad.  Critics have lauded her “absolutely beautiful” (Opus Colorado), “bright, clear” (The Berkeley Daily Planet) and “radiant…lovely trilling soprano” (San Jose Mercury News), and her “sweet, strong tone and earnest demeanor” (San Francisco Classical Voice).

San Francisco Renaissance Voices
La Pastorela (The Shepherd’s Story)

Date & Time: Sunday December 16,  8 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
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A very special concert for the holiday season, San Francisco Renaissance Voices along with San Francisco Renaissance Dancers, present a Mexican Pastorela, the retelling of the nativity story from the perspective of the shepherds who were the first to see the Christ child. A traditional fight, often somewhat humorous, between good and evil features audience favorite, Phantom of the Opera’s soprano Susan Gundunas as the Archangel Michael with local actor Joseph Schmitz as the Devil. SFRV will also perform Cristóbal de Morales’ (c1500-1533) heavenly Missa Queramus cum pastoribus (Mass of the Quaking Shepherds).  The performance will be conducted with Guest Conductor Don Scott Carpenter (Music Director Lakeside Presbyterian Church & Executive Director American Bach Soloists.)

Christmas Lessons and Carols with San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Guest Conductor Derek Tam (Music Director MUSA & Ars Minerva Opera Company)

Date & Time: Saturday December 22,  4 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: Free Admission. Donations Requested. Free Reception.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

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Come join us in celebrating the joy and the mystery of Advent with the San Francisco Renaissance Voices and organist, Stacy Cullison, in a candlelight service of Advent and Christmas carols. You will have lots of opportunity to sing and enjoy both familiar and not so familiar carols. This is a fun event for the entire family. A free reception follows the service.

In demand as a conductor and historical keyboardist, Derek Tam performs regularly in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Praised for his “deft” conducting (San Francisco Chronicle), Tam appears frequently with choral and orchestral ensembles. Recent engagements include collaborations with Ars Minerva, Bay Pointe Ballet and Oakland Ballet.

Special New Year’s Eve concert

Date & Time: Friday December 28,  7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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New Year_s Eve Concert

Patrick Galvin is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music prior to which he spent 2 years as a studying violin with Barbara Gorzynska in Vienna, Austria.

He made his solo debut at age 11 with the Oakland East Bay Symphony playing the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1. He was winner of the East Bay Young Artist Competition in 2000, the Yehudi Menuhin/Helen Dowling award in 2002 and the Kensington Young Artist Competition in 2003. In April 2004 he was the soloist with the Kensington Symphony playing the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No 5. He has also performed at the Junior Bach Festival. In 2013 and 2015, Patrick competed in the Johannes Brahms International Competition in Pörtschach, Austria.

Cynthia Sun is an active pianist and chamber musician from Sunnyvale, California. In 2018, she graduated from the Peabody Institute of Music with a B.M. in Piano Performance and was awarded the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music. During her time in Baltimore, she also obtained her B.S. in Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University as a part of the institution’s dual degree program. She has participated in coachings and master classes with renowned chamber ensembles, including the Telegraph, Brentano, and Dover string quartets. She is currently completing her M.M. in Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Sharon Mann.

Studio Piano Recital – Students of John McCarthy

Studio Piano Recital

Saturday December 29, 2 p.m.

John McCarthyʼs life in music includes that of pianist, distinguished pedagogue, arts administrator and educational consultant. Mr. McCarthy is widely recognized as one of today’s leading pedagogues. In 2006, he was one of three teachers of classical music in the nation to receive a Distinguished Teacher Award from the Department of Education and the White House Committee on Presidential Scholars in the Arts. This honor was awarded to him again in 2013, acknowledging his “substantial contributions to the development of our nation’s young people.” His students have won numerous awards and appeared as concerto soloists with orchestras around the world. Mr. McCarthy is currently Director Emeritus at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

McCarthy has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony in Davies Symphony Hall and at the Ojai Festival with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.  The John and Annamarie McCarthy Piano Duo has presented numerous performances at Stanford University, the Bracebridge Concerts at Yosemite National Park, and at CAMI (Columbia Artist Management Hall) in New York City. McCarthyʼs many involvements in contemporary music include first performances of works by Gerard Grisey and Frederic Rzewski, as well as recording for Composer Recording Society.

January 2019 Concerts

Opening Night
Chamber Music concert with cellist Ben Capps and pianist Vassily Primakov

Date & Time: Friday January 11,  7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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Ben Capps & Vassily Primakov

Exciting young American cellist Ben Capps enjoys a versatile performing career as a soloist and chamber musician.   His artistry has been praised as “most appealing” by the New York Times, “virtuosic and impassioned” by the Barre Montpelier Times, the Holland Times hailed Capps as a “young cello phenomenon from New York” with “dazzling technique and a fearsomely meaty tone”, and the Epoch Times proclaimed that “Capps has it all . . . cello playing of the very highest standard.”  He has performed in varying capacities at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Mann Hall in Tel Aviv, Meyerson Hall in Dallas, and the Auditorio Nacional, the Palace of Fine Arts and Sala Nezahualcoytl in Mexico City.

In recent years, Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world class importance. Gramophone wrote that “Primakov’s empathy with Chopin’s spirit could hardly be more complete,” and the American Record Guide stated: “Since Gilels, how many pianists have the right touch? In Chopin, no one currently playing sounds as good as this! This is a great Chopin pianist.” Music Web-International called Primakov’s Chopin concertos CD “one of the great Chopin recordings of recent times. These are performances of extraordinary power and beauty.” In 1999, as a teen-aged prizewinner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Primakov was praised by Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “How many pianists can make a line sing as the Moscow native did on this occasion? Every poignant phrase took ethereal wing. Elsewhere the music soared with all of the turbulence and poetic vibrancy it possesses. We will be hearing much from this remarkable musician.”

Liaison Ensemble + Helia Collective

Date & Time: Saturday January 19, 7:30 pm
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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Liaison is a dynamic and vibrant early-music ensemble based in San Francisco, California. In addition to playing in concert halls, Liaison hopes to bring historically-informed performances to a wider range of audiences in non-traditional venues while maintaining the highest musical standards. Liaison’s group name was inspired by the members’ pursuit of a collaborative, cooperative approach to ensemble music-making as well the importance of the relationship between performer and audience.

Tangos for Piano: An Evening with Pablo Estigarribia


Date & Time: Friday January 25, 7:30 pm
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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Pablo Estigarribia was born in 1985 in El Chaco, Resistencia, Argentina and started studying piano at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires when he was only 8 years old. At age 17, he won a national competition for chamber music, “sub 18” and at age 22, he won the piano competition that was part of the Shell Biennial Youth Music Festival in Buenos Aires. In 2004, Estigarribia won a prestigious scholarship to the International Festival of Winter Camps of Jordão, Brazil, where he studied with international soloists and conductors Kurt Masur and Glenn Dicterow.

A concert of music by Czech and Russian composers
John Smalley (baritone),  Janis Mercer (piano)

A concert of music for Baritone and piano

Saturday January 26, 7:30 p.m.

Date & Time: Saturday January 19, 7:30 pm
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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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.

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2016 Community Music | Arts Events

We are also excited about launching our brand new initiative, Sunset Community Music | Arts,” 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


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