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Sunset Music & Arts Season

Announcing the 2021-2022 Season

Sunset Music and Arts is thrilled to announce the programs for our 2021-2022 season. Our season will resume in September 2021 and run through December 2022. We are excited to welcome you, post-pandemic, to a celebrate the return of live music in our beautiful space. We will be taking all necessary precautions (as per City and State guidelines) to ensure that the experience is a healthy and safe environment for the audience, our esteemed artists, and our staff.

The 2021-2022 season will feature artists from throughout the Bay Area, as well as national and international artists. You can view the entire season calendar here.

We look forward to welcoming you at one or more of our concerts in the near future.

Sunset Music and Arts – Incarnation Episcopal Church

Health and Safety – Masks and Proof of Vaccination Required

In accordance with health and safety guidelines from the City and County of San Francisco, a face covering is required for all concerts at Incarnation Episcopal church and must be worn at all times. Face masks must completely cover nose and mouth and have ear loops or similar to hold in place. Gaiters and bandanas are not acceptable.

In addition, proof of vaccination is required to attend the concert. Please bring a copy of your vaccination (either a paper copy or digital copy) for admittance into the venue. Children under 12 are exempted from the vaccination requirement. Please click here for full details.

May 2022

Pianist and Composer Eric Tran in concert

Sunday May 29, 5 p.m.

Buy Tickets $20/$25

Program:

  1. Bach-Hess: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  2. Bach-Tran: Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 6
  3. Bach-Rachmaninoff: Gavotte from Violin Partita in E Major
  4. Messiaen: X. Regard de l’esprit de joie
  5. Beethoven-Liszt: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”

Pianist-composer Eric Tran has performed in Italy, Korea, China, Canada, and in over 20 states in the United States. He has appeared in music festivals such as PianoTexas, Aspen, Art of the Piano, Gilmore, and Chautauqua, both as participant and as guest artist. His principal studies were with pianists Sharon Mann, Thomas Schultz, and Christopher Taylor; and with composers Jaroslaw Kapuscinski and Laura Schwendinger.

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June 2022

Kenneth Renshaw and Elizabeth Dorman in concert

Date: Saturday June 4, 7:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets: $20/$25

Program:

  1. J. S. Bach Andante from Sonata for Solo Violin in A minor, BWV 1003
  2. D. Scarlatti Sonatas for Keyboard (D major, K. 435; D Major, K. 436; f minor, K. 69; d minor, K. 161)
  3. Gabriel Fauré Sonata no. 1 in A major for violin and piano, Op. 13
  4. Franz Schubert Rondo Brilliante in B minor for violin and piano, D. 895

With playing hailed as “Positively ravishing, a marvel of emotional maturity and assurance” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and praised for its “true chamber music-making, and a natural, honest sense of communication” (The Strad), NY-based violinist Kenneth Renshaw is a performer known for his emotional depth and intensity and pedagogue who focuses on the individual needs of each student. 

Kenneth came to international attention in 2012 after winning First Prize and the Prize for Best Semifinal Recital at the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. He also won First Prize and several special prizes in the 2010 Louis Spohr International Competition, First Prize at the 2009 Los Angeles Philharmonic competition, and was a Laureate of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition of Belgium in 2015.

As a result of these successes, he has been a featured soloist with orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Lithuanian National Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar, and the Jenaer Philharmonie, and has performed recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Flagey Studios (Brussels), the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele in Germany. 

As a chamber musician he has made festival appearances at Caramoor, Ravinia, and the Perlman Music Program, performing with renowned musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Leon Fleischer, Sir James Galway, Pamela Frank, and Kim Kashkashian. He has also participated in performances through Music for Food, a musician-led initiative founded by Kim Kashkashian for hunger-relief in major cities across the United States. 

Praised by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle for her “elegance and verve,” pianist Elizabeth Dorman enjoys performing music both new and old as a soloist and chamber musician. A finalist of the 2018 Leipzig International Bach Competition, Elizabeth has been widely recognized as a leading performer for her inquisitive interpretations of Bach’s music on the modern piano.

Elizabeth has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Louisville Orchestra, the Leipzig Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Symphony Parnassus, as a soloist for interdisciplinary projects at New World Symphony, and will appear as a soloist with the Santa Rosa Symphony later this season. She has been presented as a soloist and chamber musician at venues including the Kennedy Center, Davies Symphony Hall, Herbst Theater, Merkin Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Leipzig’s Hochschule für Musik, and her live solo performances have been nationally broadcast on NPR and public radio. She has appeared at festivals including Tanglewood, Britt, Sarasota, Aspen, Toronto Summer Music, Icicle Creek, and Banff Centre.

A native of San Francisco, Elizabeth began her training in piano and double bass at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Paul Hersh and Stephen Tramontozzi. She was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University where she studied with Gilbert Kalish.  Other important mentors in her musical development include Robert Levin, the Emerson String Quartet, Christina Dahl, Wu Han, Mark Sokol, Emmanuel Ax, and Arthur Haas.

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Robert Schwartz in concert

Saturday June 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets: $20/25

Program:

  1. Beethoven Sonata in A Major Op. 2 No. 2
  2. Chopin Nocturne in C Minor Op. 48 No. 1
  3. Chopin Impromptu in F# Major Op. 36
  4. Beethoven Sonata in D Minor Op. 31 No. 2
  5. Liszt Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
  6. Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12

Pianist Robert Schwartz has earned an international reputation as a remarkable artist whose powerful performances are marked by poetry, insight and technical mastery of his instrument. Known for putting together challenging programs of great dramatic range, he plays actively around the globe and is a sought-after performer here in the Bay Area.

Schwartz is equally at home playing large-scale works and more poetic repertoire. He has recently received praise for his Liszt B minor Sonata and regularly performs all twelve pieces of Albeniz’s Iberia. He also often programs the more intimate pieces of Chopin, Mendelssohn and Brahms. Schwartz has always had a special affinity for French music which led to his winning the Ravel Prize at the Marguerite Long International Competition in Paris. His CD of works by Debussy, Franck and Poulenc has garnered accolades.

Mr. Schwartz’s concerts and master classes have taken him to many U.S. cities, including New York, Boston, Houston, Portland, Memphis and Dallas. He has given concerts and master classes at festivals in Argentina, China, France, Switzerland and Austria and has had a profound influence on a generation of young musicians.

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Heeguen Song, Sharon Lee Kim, and Scott Macomber

Date: Friday June 24, 7:30 p.m.

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Program:

  1. G. P. Telemann – Canonic Sonata No.1
  2. G. F. Handel – Aria Con Variazoni transcribed by Bernard Fitzgerald
  3. Amy Beach – Romance for violin and Piano Op. 23
  4. George Gershwin – 3 Preludes for Violin and Piano transcribed by Jascha Heifetz
  5. George Gershwin – Fascinating/I’ve got rhythm arranged by B-Ride
  6. Eric Ewazen – Trio for Trumpet, Violin and Piano in Eb Major

Native of South Korea, Heeguen Song is Associate Concertmaster of the SF Ballet Orchestra. She has held positions at Santa Rosa Symphony, Oakland Symphony and Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Song performs regularly in South Korea and throughout the Bay Area in venues such as Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Arts Center, Old First Concerts, Herbst Theater, Bing Concert Hall, and many more. She is an active chamber musician and is a member of Beaubliss Quartet and Ensemble Ari. She has performed at Yale Chamber Music Society, Yellowbarn Music Festival, Taos Music Festival, and Banff Chamber Music Residency. Heeguen was invited to play at Osaka City Hall, Daejeon Chamber Music Festival, Beethoven institute at New School and City University of NY. Additionally Heeguen gave a solo debut recital at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and had solo appearances with many orchestras such as SF Ballet Orchestra, Oberlin Orchestra, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble 212, and Camerata Academica de Merida. She was a prize winner at the Henryk Szeryng International Competition, Irving M Klein Competition, and Kingsville International Competition among others. Heeguen studied at Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, Yale School of music and Rutgers University under the direction of Almita Vamos, Masao Kawasaki, Peter Oundjian, and Arnold Steinhardt.

Native to the Bay Area, pianist Sharon Lee Kim actively performs as solo and chamber pianist, vocal coach, music director, choral and vocal accompanist, and is a highly demanded piano instructor. She is a frequent recitalist, collaborating with the top instrumentalists and opera singers in the world. Ms. Kim joined the Saint Mary’s College Music Faculty in 2008. As Adjunct Associate Professor her roles include: Asst. Director/Accompanist of the choral program, Lecturer in piano, chamber music, and music history, and Director of the Faculty Concert Series. Aside from her roles at the college, Sharon is the pianist of Ensemble Ari, the co-founding member of Duo Camaraderie together with flutist Laura Scarlata, a collegiate staff pianist at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, freelances as a solo, vocal, and chamber pianist, and maintains a thriving private studio teaching piano and vocal coaching singers. Sharon is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) and adjudicator for local competitions. Sharon holds degrees from UC Berkeley (BA) and New England Conservatory (MM and GD). Her primary teachers were Irma Vallecillo, Kayo Iwama, John Greer, Barbara Shearer, and Margret Elson. (www.sharonleekim.com)

Scott Macomber has served as Acting Second Trumpet of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 2016 as well as maintaining permanent positions with the California Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, and Sacramento Philharmonic. Scott frequently appears with the San Francisco Symphony, with whom he has served as Acting Third Trumpet, and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. A busy recording artist, Scott is frequently at Skywalker Ranch to appear on video game and film soundtracks as well as commercial albums.

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Full Season Calendar

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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