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2018 Chamber / Ensemble Series


Bridge Piano Quartet

Bridge Piano Quartet 2

Saturday January 6 2018, 4 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Cynthia Baehr-Williams – violin,
Eleanor Angel – viola,
Kristin Garbeff- cello,
Kumiko Uyeda – piano.


MUSA – Smorgasbord Baroque
16th and 17th music from unexpected places such as China and the Americas


Friday February 16, 7 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

MUSA is a chamber ensemble dedicated to historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire, as well as new music for period instruments. From trio sonatas to orchestral works, MUSA has presented programs on numerous concert series across the Bay Area.


Patrick Galvin and Jungeun Kim
Works by Mozart, Schubert, Bach, Prokofiev


Saturday March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

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.

Born in Changwon, Korea, Jungeun 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.


Trio 180
Works by Joaquin Turina, Jennifer Higdon, and Johannes Brahms 

Trio 180 v2

Sunday April 15, 7 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Trio 180, the faculty piano trio-in-residence at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, is dedicated to its roles as performer, proponent of new music, and educator. In addition to giving concerts and master classes throughout the United States, the trio has been featured on concert series in Mexico and Canada.

Trio 180 performs a wide range of music from the Classical era to the present and is an active advocate of new music. The trio was awarded a Barlow Grant in 2006 to commission eminent composer Chen Yi’s first piano trio, Tibetan Tunes (Theodore Presser). Continuing its tradition of commissioning new works, the trio premiered celebrated composer Robert Greenberg’s 180 Shift in 2013 and Reinaldo Moya’s Gothic Sea in 2011 in honor of Trio 180’s tenth anniversary. The trio has premiered works by Allan Crossman (Icarus), Jorge Liderman (Suite del Sur; Sidewalk recorded on Albany Records), Derek Jacoby (Trio No. 2), Francois Rose (Gently, Wild Rose Petals) and Cindy Cox (Wave, recorded in summer, 2010 and winter of 2014). The trio is thrilled to have completed its first CD of works by Dvorak, Suk, and Schumann.


Deanna Badizadegan (viola) in concert


Saturday August 18, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Deanna Badizadegan is a San Francisco-based violist with two engineering degrees from Stanford and a diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She currently enjoys a busy freelance schedule in the Bay Area, performing with members of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory, and Classical Revolution, among others. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has recently performed at TEDxStanford, TEDxFargo, the Berkeley Symphony Chamber Series, and the Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts. In addition to performing, Deanna enjoys working with the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the 21st Century Musician Initiative to bring more entrepreneurial ideas into the arts. This fall, Deanna will begin graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Kim Kashkashian.


A Sunset Community Music & Arts Event
Ajay Mallya (violin) with Dmitriy Cogan (piano)


Saturday September 8, 5:30 p.m.

Ajay started learning violin at age 3 and is currently a student of Zhao Wei of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has won local, state, and international violin competitions and awards, and made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 12 with the Carnegie Honors Orchestra of North America. Subsequently, he was chosen to perform a recital in Carnegie Hall at age 13. Ajay is currently a member of the California Youth Symphony. He also enjoys chamber music at the California Music Preparatory Academy and has performed at the California Summer Music festival and the Summit Music Festival. In 2017, Ajay will be traveling to India to perform a recital at the National Center for Performing Arts, and in 2018, he will be traveling with CYS orchestra to Russia and Eastern Europe to perform at such venues as the Shostakovich St. Petersburg Philharmonia.

Ben Snellings (cello) and Jason Totzke (violin) in concert


Saturday September 15, 7:30 p.m.

Ben Snellings, cellist and conductor, has been performing and teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 25 years. Ben’s credits as a cellist include performing tenured positions in numerous regional orchestras of the San Francisco Bay Area, performances at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, performances with Different Strokes (a jazz strings duo) and the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. He was also the Music Director of “Funky Fitness”, a TV show produced in San Francisco.

Violinist Jason Totzke has performed in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has been heard on WXXI Radio Rochester (NY) and as soloist with the Boston Chamber Ensemble, the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (CA), and the Pro Arte Chamber Ensemble of South Florida. His performances have received acclaim from the press which describe him as having consistent “character, poise, and tender phrasing” (Sun Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale). A California native, Dr. Totzke currently resides in San Francisco and has performed with numerous orchestral and chamber music ensembles throughout the San Francisco Bay area.


Kris Palmer, flute and Varvara Milinder, piano

Kris Palmer

Saturday October 13, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

A first-prize winner in the Carmel Chamber Music Society Competition, Dr. Kris Palmer is the director and founder of Black Cedar, a rare ensemble devoted to music for flute, cello, and guitar. Under her leadership, the trio has garnered multiple grants from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and the Zellerbach Family Foundation, commissioned four new works for this unique instrumental combination, released an album of new and re-discovered trios, and earned an invitation to the National Flute Association Convention. “You can easily see why this unique group has become a chamber music draw in the musically rich Bay Area,” writes James Manheim of

Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet, St. Petersburg, Russia


Thursday October 25, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

The Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet, formed in 1939, is a monument of Russian musical history. Composed of four graduates from the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory, they regularly perform in the most reputable festivals in Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Malta, England, Switzerland and Finland. Their varied repertoire, ranging from Russian music of the 19th and early 20th centuries to contemporary composers, is enthusiastically enjoyed by a wide range of audiences.


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