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Sunset Music & Arts Season

Announcing the 2023 Season

Sunset Music and Arts is thrilled to announce the programs for our 2023 season. Our season runs from January through December, 2023. The 2023 season will feature artists from throughout the Bay Area, as well as national and international artists. We have several artists returning to our 2023 Season (The SF Girls Chorus, pianist Eric Tran, organist Angela Kraft Cross, guitarist Lyle Sheffler, Amy Stephens Jazz Quartet, violinist Patrick Galvin, and others). We are also pleased to welcome twelve new artists to the 2023 season roster. You can view the entire 2023 season calendar here.

We are excited to welcome you and celebrate the joys of live music in our beautiful space. We will continue to monitor and take all necessary precautions (as per Diocese, City, and State guidelines) to ensure that the experience is a healthy and safe environment for the audience, our esteemed artists, and our staff.

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.

November

An Tran, guitar

Date: Friday November 18, 7:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets $20/$25

Program: “Stay, My Beloved” Vietnamese Guitar Music

  1. Nguyễn Thế An (1970): Thánh Gióng (The Legend of the Bamboo Child)
  2. Nguyễn Thế An (1970): Ru Con (Lullaby) *dedicated to An Tran
  3. Traditional Folk Song: Bèo Dạt Mây Trôi (Drifting Duckweeds, Floating Clouds)
  4. Đặng Ngọc Long (1957): Mưa (Rain)
  5. Đặng Ngọc Long (1957): Hồi Tưởng (Remembrance)
  6. Đặng Ngọc Long (1957): Núi Rừng Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands of Vietnam)
  7. Traditional Folk Song: Người ơi, Người ở Đừng Về (Stay, My Beloved)

Hailed by The Boston Globe for his “subtle, graceful virtuosity” and described as a “Vietnamese Guitar Virtuoso” by Austin Classical Guitar, guitarist An Tran continues to impress audiences with his innate musicality and dynamic artistry. In recent seasons, An has been invited to perform recitals at international concert stages such as the Guitar Society of Toronto’s International Artist Series, Bangkok Guitar Society, Saigon International Guitar Festival, Segovia Classical Guitar Series, New Orleans International Guitar Festival, Milwaukee Guitar Society, Latin-American International Guitar Festival, and the Knoxville Classical Guitar Society, where An was praised for his “gorgeous playing” with “flawless technique” by the KnoxTNToday.

Building on the momentum of his many successes, An signed a recording contract with Naxos Records in 2021, with a new album “Napoleon Coste: Guitar Works, Vol. 6” coming out in 2023. His debut album, entitled “Stay, My Beloved”, was included in the 2020 “Recordings of the Year” by Chicago Tribune and was praised by Classical Guitar Magazine as “an unforgettable journey to a world you’ve probably never been to” with “highly virtuosic passages that display what a gifted guitarist An Tran truly is”. Released on Frameworks Records (Sony Orchard) in April 2020, the album features all Vietnamese guitar music, portrays varying elements of Vietnamese traditional music and original compositions by Vietnamese composers. It was described by the Guitar Foundation of America’s Soundboard Magazine as “deeply moving music at its best” and praised for “Tran’s sense of space, touch, and mood is exquisite”.

An Tran has been featured in many radio, podcast, newspaper and television programs by Performance Today, Classical Guitar Alive!, Tonebase Podcast, Vietnam Airlines’ Heritage Magazine and Vietnam Television (VTV) among numerous others. He has won over a dozen international guitar competitions and music awards, including top prizes from Berlin International Guitar Competition, New Orleans International Guitar Competition, and Society of American Musicians Guitar Competition to name a few.

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Mark Valenti, piano

Date: Sunday November 27, 5 p.m.

Buy Tickets $20/$25

Program:

  1. Claude Debussy Four Preludes (1910-12)
  2. Joseph Haydn Sonata in G major, Hob. XVI:40 (1784)
  3. Frédéric Chopin Four Etudes (1831-36)
  4. Alexander Scriabin Sonata no. 5, op. 53 (1907)

Mark Valenti received his Master of Music from Northwestern University, Bachelor of Music from the Philadelphia Musical Academy and has studied with such notable teachers as Benjamin Whitten, Zoltan Kocsis and Mary Sauer. In addition to giving solo recitals in cities throughout the U.S., Mr. Valenti has performed in France, Belgium, Hungary and Luxembourg as well as for former First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington, D.C.

Mark Valenti has performed recitals live on WFMT classical radio. He has also done extensive work in the Jazz field including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster and Al Grey and has appeared on television with Joe Sudler’s Swing Machine and singer/actor Christopher Durham.

Formerly Professor of Music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Xavier University in Chicago and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, Mr. Valenti currently teaches at his studio in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.

December

Holiday Concert with the San Francisco Youth Chorus

Sunday December 4, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Suggested $15 donation per family upon entry (Cash or Paypal)

Program: Advanced ensembles of San Francisco Youth Chorus give an intimate performance of holiday choral music from throughout the ages, from world music, jazz, and holiday favorites, to modern day classics.

San Francisco Youth Chorus (SFYC), founded in 2015 by Artistic Director Katherine Gerber, advances the musicianship of children in grades K-12, in San Francisco, California. Sponsored by Great Adventures Through Education, the after-school chorus of nearly 150 youngsters, across several ensembles, rehearses weekly, August-May, and performs several times throughout the season.

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Celebrate Christmas with the Intermediate Chorus and Handbells of the San Francisco Boys Chorus

Saturday December 10, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Buy Tickets $20/$25

Program:

The Intermediate Chorus and Handbells of the San Francisco Boys Chorus will present a program of carols and holiday songs on Saturday, December 10, at 4:00 pm. Sunset Music and the Arts hosts the Chorus after a long COVID hiatus. In this much-anticipated concert, the audience will be treated to favorites such as César Franck’s Panis Angelicus, as well as traditional winter songs played by bells. Come to enjoy a whole range of emotions associated with winter, celebrations, times past, and times present.

The 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. The CONCERT CHORUS is the SFBC’s premiere performing ensemble and is comprised of choristers who exhibit vocal excellence, performance flair, and exceptional musicianship skills. Led by Artistic Director, Ian Robertson, the committed Concert Chorus members, ages 10 to 13, present a full concert series in the San Francisco Bay Area, tour nationally and internationally, record often and appear annually with renowned artistic partners, such as the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet, the Robert Moses Kin Dance Company and other Bay Area arts organizations such as George Cleve’s Midsummer Mozart Festival and Stanford Live.

The Concert Chorus is the level to which Chorus School singers aspire. Under the guidance of our Associate Artistic Director, the San Francisco Boys Chorus faculty team train youngsters through four CHORUS SCHOOL levels, beginning as early as kindergarten in the Preparatory Chorus (Level I) and up through the Junior (Level II), Apprentice (Level III), and in time to the Intermediate Choruses. (Level IV).

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Christmas Lessons and Carols with organist Vaughn Jones

Date: Saturday December 17, 1 p.m.

Buy Tickets $5

Program:

A service of Christmas Lessons and Carols, featuring choir anthems and congregational carols. Choir anthems will feature “When you Believe” (from The Prince of Egypt), Caccini’s beautiful Ave Maria, William Gomez’s Ave Maria, the Carol of the Bells, and other special music.

Come join us in celebrating the joy and the mystery of Advent and Christmas with  organist, Vaughn Jones, 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. 

Vaughn Jones is a native of St. Joseph, Missouri and a graduate of the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He and his wife, Gloriann lives in Daly City and have four children and seven grandchildren. Vaughn has served as organist and choir director at many Lutheran, Catholic and Episcopal churches in the Bay Area since 1974.

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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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