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2020 Season – Beethoven and more

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February Concerts

Saturday February 22, 7:30 p.m.

Ramana Vieira and Ensemble: Contemporary Portuguese Fado for the Modern Era

Date & Time: Saturday February 22, 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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The Ensemble: Ramana Vieira — Vocals/piano, Dan Keller on bass, Stephen La Porta on drums/ percussion, and Jeff Furtado on guitar!

Journey to the world of Portuguese Fado as interpreted by Ramana Vieira, a northern California native of Portuguese descent. Vieira’s parents immigrated to the United States from Portugal, where her grandfather was a well-known musician and composer from Madeira Island.

Vieira’s work captures traditional Fado and influences from the Portuguese diaspora in a musical tapestry that ranges from the whispering, haunting ballads of Fado, to American classics and jazzy blues. She also is a proficient pianist and a gifted songwriter having penned and composed her own original Fados, of which several have been nominated at the International Portuguese Music Awards.

Tuesday February 25, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pancake Supper with the Goat Family Jug Band

Date & Time: Tuesday February 25 – Food from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $15 Adult/Teen, $10 Child (under 12)

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Every year we host our annual Pancake Supper to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday (known in some countries as Pancake Day) is a day in February or March, preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. Our Pancake Supper features different selections of pancakes with a live band for listening or dancing after the feasting. Food is served continuously from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Seating is limited and is first come, first served.

Featuring the Goad Family Jug Band: The Goat Family has now been knitting it’s eclectic weave of Americana music for more than sixteen years. Starting as an informal traditional music jam in the San Francisco neighborhood that Jack London once called South of the Slot, the Goats have matured into a tight, formidable, and original songwriting unit. The Goats have found inspiration in an unusually wide range of sounds and sources from Louvin Brothers style country and Mexican Banda to singalong Folk and even the Broadway musical. While they’ve expanded the scope of the songwriting on their latest album, their jug band origins remain at the center of the sound with a washtub bass and a homemade percussion kit (known as the Rhythmwalker) keeping them rooted in America’s musical sweet spot.

Saturday February 29, 7:30 p.m.

Patrick Galvin (violin), Jung-eun Kim (piano), Chauncey Aceret (cello) in concert: The Beethoven 2020 Project

Date & Time: Saturday February 29, 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:

L. Beethoven Piano trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, “Ghost”
C. Schumann Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17
P. Schoenfield Piano Trio, “Cafe Music

Patrick Galvin is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Camilla Wicks and Wei He.  Patrick also spent two years studying violin with Barbara Gorzynska at the Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria. Patrick 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.

Born in Changwon, Korea, Jung-eun Kim studied at the Busan High School of Arts and Konkuk University under Hyeyoung Moon, Jaemi Kim, and Jihyun Lee. She made her debut with the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003.

Ms. Kim participated in master classes with Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff from the University of Cincinnati, Edward Auer from Indiana University, Lei Weng from the University of Northern Colorado, and Jonghwa Park from Seoul National University. She received first prize in the Eumaksekye Piano Competition and the Gyeongnam Education Music Competition, second prize in the Ceramic Palace Hall Concours and the Music Education News Concours, and third prize in the Beethoven Concours. She also performed with the Konkuk Symphony Orchestra and accompanied the choir at Konkuk University. Also, she participated in the 2015 Distinguished Performers Debut Concert sponsored by The Music Journal. She also attended the Eumyeon Summer Music Festival. She is currently pursuing her M.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Yoshikazu Nagai. She also accompanies pre-college students and the choir at the music school.

Cellist Chauncey Aceret is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Rice University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He and his wife recently moved to San Francisco in the Summer of 2019. As a performer, Mr. Aceret served as Principal Cellist of both the Ashland and Mansfield Symphony from 2015-2019, while simultaneously holding the position of Personnel Manager of the Ashland Symphony. In 2015, he was appointed to Board Member of M.U.S.i.C. (Musical Upcoming Stars in the Classics with Executive Director Jodi Kanter) where he performed frequently and collaborated with musicians from Northeast Ohio and from all over the world.  

Mr. Aceret is currently a Performing Arts Faculty member at Convent & Stuart Hall of San Francisco, where his wife is High School Choir Director/Musical Theater Director. Additionally, he is a substitute cellist of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Before moving to San Francisco, he previously held Faculty positions at the Spring Garden Waldorf School, Western Reserve Suzuki School, and the Aurora School of Music, in addition to his private teaching studio, while residing in Cleveland, Ohio from 2013-2019.

March Concerts

Friday March 6, 7:30 p.m.

Klezmer-Jazz Project: Alon Nechushtan Jazz Quartet

Date & Time: Friday March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $25 General, $20 Seniors/Students  Buy Tickets

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Alon Nechushtan’s music adventures has brought him to various far corners of the globe such as the Yokohama ‘Rejoicing Sounds’ Festival in Japan with his contemporary orchestral compositions, The Manila Cultural Center of the Arts, with his Clarinet Concerto for the Philippines Philharmonic Orchestra, The Sao-Paolo Brazil Jewish Music Festival with his groove based Quintet Talat, Toronto and Montreal with his words beyond Jazz Trio and Tel Aviv New Music Biannale with his Compositions for Large Ensemble.

Resident of New York City, Alon has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Central Park Summer Stage, The Blue Note Jazz Club and the Kennedy Center with his projects as a band leader of various groups or as an in demand sideman. in October 2015 the kennedy Center has comissioned from Alon Nechushtan a new piece for Billy Strayhorn Centennial Celebration, following by a Far East tour in China and Phillipines, along with Jazz Festivals in Belo Horizonte-Brazil, Israel. In 2017 the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C has commissioned from Alon Nechushtan a new program of Thelonious Monk’s less known compositions.
All About Jazz magazine called him “A fantastic pianist-composer with abundant chemistry and boundless eclectisism”, while DownBeat Magazine recognizes “A talent to watch, with a surfeit of ideas, an unbridled spirit and bold,two-fisted sense of Architecture”.

Saturday March 7, 7:30 p.m.

Duo SF: Christopher Mallet and Robert Miller, guitars

Date & Time: Saturday March 7, 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: The program will feature Leo Brouwer’s arrangements of four Beatles songs, tangos by Astor Piazzolla, La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla, and others.

DuoSF is quickly becoming recognized as one of America’s most promising young guitar ensembles. In a review of their debut CD, Classical Guitar Magazine wrote, “effortlessly played”, and “this interpretation is one of the very best I have heard…an outstanding recording of some lovely music in superb performances beautifully captured. One to hunt for!” Recent concerts have taken their exciting and engaging programs on tours of Southeast Asia with appearances in Indonesia, Malayisa and Thailand to the Kravis Center’s young artist’s series, the Musikfest Festival in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and to many guitar and chamber music series throughout California.

With a deep belief in the power of the arts and the need for artists to rise up as entrepreneurs and advocates for their craft, Robert and Christopher co-founded The California Conservatory of Music in 2011. The school currently enriches and empowers the lives of over 400 students and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2012, DuoSF founded The Peninsula Guitar Series, a concert series that brings international talent to the Bay Area to present concerts and masterclasses.

Friday March 13, 7:30 p.m.

King’s College (Cambridge, UK) Organ Scholar, Oliver Brett and Dan Hivley (horn): Beethoven 2020 Project

Date & Time: Friday March 13, 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: The program will feature Beethoven’s Horn Sonata in F plus works for the organ by various composers.

Born in Kent in the UK in 1985, Oliver Brett was educated as a music and academic scholar at Tonbridge School and then as organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge from where he graduated in 2007 with a degree in music. Since then, he has held positions at Westminster Cathedral, Durham Cathedral and St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. He is currently a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music, studying the organ with Prof David Higgs. He also serves as Director of Music at St Anne’s RC Church and plays the organ for Christ Church’s Schola Cantorum. He is in demand as a choral accompanist and continuo player, regularly collaborating with many of Eastman’s choral ensembles.

As a recitalist, Oliver has performed across five continents. Whilst organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, he was heard by millions worldwide when he played for the 2006 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. He has performed in venues such as the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Royal Albert Hall, London; the Seoul Arts Centre in South Korea; the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore; the Istanbul International Music Festival; concerts in Scandinavia and the Baltic States. He has performed with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia, Florilegium, the Armonico Consort and the Academy of Ancient Music. In October 2017, Oliver was awarded second prize and the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition.

Dan Hively is a horn player based out of New York. Focusing mainly on solo and orchestral repertoire, his performance career has taken him all over North America and Europe. Orchestrally, he has performed in some of America’s greatest concert halls, including Alice Tully Hall with internationally renowned soprano, Renee Flemming, and Carnegie Hall. He has attended several summer music festivals as a festival artist, including the Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Institute, Banff Music Festival, Aurora Chamber Festival, and Orford Arts Academy. Dan earned his Bachelor of Music at the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Music while studying with Daniel Grabois, where he gained experience playing with professional orchestras such as the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. Dan recently made his contemporary music debut playing with the award-winning group, Ensemble Signal. In his free time, Dan enjoys playing basketball, running, and spending time with his loved ones. Dan is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, where he earned his Master of Music in Horn Performance and Literature under the tutelage of W. Peter Kurau.

Friday March 20, 7:30 p.m.

John Smalley (baritone) and Janis Mercer (piano)

Date & Time: Friday March 20, 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: 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.

Saturday March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Women Compose Jazz! The Laura Klein Trio

Date & Time: Saturday March 21, 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.

Saturday March 28, 7:30 p.m.

American Voices3 – Ensemble LudeCanta

Date & Time: Saturday March 28, 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: Works by American composers, Samuel Barber, Ernest Bloch, Henry Cowell, and others.

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

Amy Likar, piccolo, flute, and alto flute
Lori Hennessy, cello
Linli Wang, piano
Nicholas Chase, composer and electronics
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.

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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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