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2018 Calendar

January

Misuzu Tanaka, piano

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Saturday January 20, 4 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Hailed by international press as a pianist “who dispatched everything with both dizzying speed and sensitivity” Today’s Zaman (Turkey) and for her “exceptionally high technical level” General-Anzeiger Bonn (Germany), Misuzu Tanaka has established herself as an artist of remarkable individuality with a rare combination of poetic sensitivity and breathtaking virtuosity. She has performed in prestigious concert venues throughout the world, from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Mozart’s Museum at Villa Bertramka in Prague to Alice Tully Hall in New York.  Misuzu Tanaka is a respected regular performer for Music from the Frederick Collection, a leading North-American venue for performance on historical instruments. Enjoying an active solo career in the U.S., she is among the country’s brightest emerging stars.

Hotel Elefant

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Saturday January 27, TBD
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Hotel Elefant is a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the works of innovative living composers. Founded by composers Leaha Maria Villarreal and Mary Kouyoumdjian, Hotel Elefant brings an awareness of todayʼs music to the general public through commissions, performances, and moderated discussions between composers, performers, and audiences. Committed to modern sounds and sonic explorations, this “audacious and unafraid” (New Music Box) ensemble highlights living composers who are blurring lines, pushing boundaries, and fostering creativity. With a flexible roster of musicians, Hotel Elefant works closely with a broad spectrum of progressive artists including John Luther Adams, Richard Carrick, Michael Gordon, David T. Little, Angélica Negrón, and Chinary Ung. Past performances include Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Bang on a Can Marathon; collaborations with Kronos Quartet and The Nouveau Classical Project; partnerships with BalletCollective, Experiments in Opera, and Ear Heart Music; and a debut Carnegie Hall performance praised by The New York Times as “deeply felt.”

February

MUSA

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Late February, TBD
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.

March

TBD

April

Vanessa Langer, soprano, and Vera Breheda, piano

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Saturday April 7, 4 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Praised for her “flexible and multi-hued voice” (-San Francisco Classical Voice) and “enormous stage presence” (-New Classical LA), Soprano Vanessa Langer, an active voice in the baroque and contemporary classical music scene, enjoys a close working relationship with emerging composers from around the world.  Her work has been recognize through various awards and fellowships including a Winter Music Creative Residency at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, the New Horizon Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival & School, the Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement in the Arts and the Albert King Scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley.  She has given more than 30 world premieres and appeared under the auspices of the Stanford New Ensemble, The Legion of Honor Listening Series, The San Francisco Presidio Sessions, Composer’s Inc. Bamm! Festival and San Francisco Music Day.

Vera Breheda , born in Hamburg, Germany of Ukrainian parents, came to the U.S at age three. She spent her early childhood in Buffalo, New York where piano and dance consumed most of her after school time. Her early memories were of her parents singing folk songs of their native Ukraine. At age 11, Vera’s family moved to San Francisco where she soon became a scholarship piano student of Alma Harrington, Adolph Baller, and Marcus Gordon. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Within several years, she was soloist with the San Francisco Symphony in a special youth concert. She continued her studies with Martin Canin at SUNY Stony Brook, and Leonard Shure in Boston, and in 1983 gave her New York recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall (Weill Recital Hall). Performing music of many styles, from Baroque to 21st century, Vera Breheda’s concertizing has taken her from San Francisco, to New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Seattle, as well as to Germany Austria, Czechoslovakia, Japan and Russia. Vera Breheda has appeared as soloist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, the Thalia Orchestra in Seattle, the Kensington Symphony, the Diablo Valley Philharmonic, and the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra.

May

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June

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July

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August

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September

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October

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November

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December

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