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2023 Season Calendar


Violinist Nato and pianist Jerry Kuderna – The Violin Sonatas of Johannes Brahms

Saturday January 14, 2023 at 4 p.m.

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Program: Violin Sonatas 1, 2, and 3

Pianist Jerry Kuderna and violinist Nato are pleased to present the glorious violin sonatas of Johannes Brahms around the Bay Area in the 2023 season.

As a solo recitalist and founding member of the Maybeck Trio, California-based pianist Jerry Kuderna embraces traditional repertoire and new music with boundless virtuosity and fierce commitment. He has been presented by Group for Contemporary Music, The American Society of University Composers, The New Jersey Composer’s Guild, The Los Angeles SCREAM Festival, Earplay and Cal Performances.

Nato hails from Canada originally, but spent most of his formative years in the USA studying and performing. Now in California, he spends his days engaged with his fiddle. In concert, and in the recording studio, he’s always pushing to express himself fully. When not playing music, Nato can be found climbing rocks around the Bay Area.

Christopher Richardson, piano

Saturday January 21, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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Program: Works by Liszt, Chopin, Scriabin, Stravinksy, and Lyapunov.

Christopher Richardson has received top prizes in numerous national and international piano competitions, including First Prize at the 2021 LA International Liszt Competition Budapest Division as well as First Prize and Best Chopin Prize at the 2016 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Competition. He most recently has won Second Prize at the 2022 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition Concerto Division and Third Prize at the 2022 Young Artist MTNA Competition. Throughout his career, he has performed in several notable venues across the United States, including the Liszt Museum in Budapest, the Coachella Valley Repertory, the 2000-seat Music Tent in Aspen, Carnegie Hall, Finney Chapel, McCallum Theater, and Benaroya Hall. He has also performed with numerous orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra twice. Additionally, he has appeared on NPR’s “From the Top,” TV program PIE on KCTS 9, and King FM 98.1. In 2015, he presented at the TEDYouth@Redmond Conference in Washington, and in 2019 he released his debut album, titled Wizard of Oz.

An active music educator, Christopher has served as faculty at the Golden Key Piano School in Berkeley since 2019. His students have received top marks at Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. They describe him as a very patient and encouraging teacher with great attention to technique and musicality.

Christopher graduated with honors at the University of California Berkeley, earning Bachelor’s degrees in Molecular/Cell Biology, Economics, and Music. During this time, he also served as the blog writer of the Steinway Society of the Bay Area, where he gave his thoughts on various aspects of classical music and performance. Christopher earned his Masters in Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music under renowned pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane. His previous major teachers include Mack McCray, Duane Hulbert, and Frederick Weldy.

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Rosetta Trio

Saturday January 28, 2023 at 4 p.m.

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Program: Works by Beethoven, Schumann, Stravinsky, and Luigi Bassi

Connor Buckley is currently a graduate student (M.M.) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Musicwhere he studies collaborative piano with Dr. Timothy Bach and opera with Curt Pajer. Prior to this, he graduated from Ithaca College with a B.M. in piano performance. An active performer, Connor has collaborated with various instrumental ensembles, choirs, and soloists in the Central New York and Western Maryland regions. Most recently he was a fellow at SongFest 2022 held in San Francisco and an apprentice repetiteur for multiple productions at the Berlin Opera Academy/OpernFest Berlin. He serves as a pianist for SFCM’s opera department and has been featured on numerous voice department recitals. Previously, he has worked as a music director with Apollo Civic Theatre (Martinsburg, WV), IC Second Stage (Ithaca, NY), and freelance student productions in the Central New York Region. Since 2017, he has spent his summers as an apprentice coach/pianist at opera programs such as Bel Canto in Tuscany (Greve in Chianti, Italy) and the International Performing Arts Institute (Kiefersfelden, Germany). Growing up with a background in Anglican Church Music, he has worked as a conductor and choral scholar for parishes in the Western Maryland Region and Ithaca, NY. Recently he has appeared in masterclasses with esteemed professionals such as Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Kayo Iwama, Javier Arrebola, and Margaret Brooks.

Clarinetist Clayton Luckadoo is currently a Masters of Music student at SFCM after completing the double degree program at the Oberlin College and Conservatory where he studied Clarinet Performance, Comparative Literature, and German. Though born into a family of non-musicians, he found himself irresistibly drawn to the world of music. Equally comfortable performing contemporary works alongside traditional classical music, his repertoire includes composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart, as well as Adès, Denisov, Ran, and Saariaho. A strong proponent of contemporary music, he is working to increase appreciation of this polarizing genre through a focus on the diversity of its sound worlds as well as its creators. Also keen on cultivating cross-cultural connections, he has performed internationally in Panamá in collaboration with the Associación Nacional de Conciertos de Panamá and in Germany with the Studenten-Sinfonie Orchester Marburg. Dedicated to connecting with members of the community, he has performed for and worked alongside middle school students in Texas, young adults in Panama, and residents of an Ohio nursing home. A student of Jeff Anderle and a former student of Richard Hawkins and Anna Carney, he has also participated in masterclasses with Ricardo Morales, Boris Allakhverdyan, Dan McKelway, and Michele Zukovsky. When not performing, he can be found in a library working and/or exercising his love of words.

German-American violinist Annemarie Schubert began her musical studies at the Musikschule “Johann Sebastian Bach” at the age of 6 in Leipzig, Germany. After moving to the United States in 2006, she continued studying the violin and made her debut at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts at age 12. She appeared as a soloist with the Lincoln Youth Symphony both in the US and abroad as a winner of the Concerto Competition in 2016. Annemarie graduated from the Oberlin College and Conservatory in 2021 and holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Violin Performance and Neuroscience. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Prof. Simon James and studies the baroque violin with Prof. Elizabeth Blumenstock and Carla Moore. Annemarie has served as the concertmaster of the Oberlin Orchestra, Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble, and the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra. Most recently, she performed Bach’s Concerto No. 1 in A Minor with the San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Ensemble as a winner of the Historical Performance Competition. Annemarie served as a Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School and is an Academy member in the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include a debut with the Berwick Academy in Oregon, a Fellowship at the Haydn Academy at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and a debut with Ars Minerva in San Francisco.

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Ricardo Martinez and Hayato Ikegaya

Saturday February 4, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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Program: Works by works by Nina Shekhar, David Baker, Ronaldo Budini, Lucie Robert, and Takashi Yoshimatsu

Hayato Ikegaya, saxophonist and pianist
Born in Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture in 1985, Hayato Ikegaya is a graduate of Shizuoka University. He began attending Yamaha music classes at age 5, where he studied piano performance, music nomenclature, and other elements of music theory and composition, and later took up the saxophone at age 12.

Ikegaya has built an impressive record as a performing saxophonist. He participated in the 16th Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival seminar and was honored for excellent performance at the Premium Concert highlighting that event. In addition to the Eighth Virtuoso Concert, he has also performed at the New Faces Concert (Japan Saxophone Association).

To date, Ikegaya has studied saxophone under Shintaro Yabe and Atsuyasu Kitayama and piano under Noriko Sugiyama and Mariko Nemoto. He has participated in saxophone master classes and lessons given by Hiroshi Hara, Yasuto Tanaka, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Nobuya Sugawa, Otis Murphy, Claude Delangle, and Fabrice Morietti and in piano master classes and lessons given by
Mitsutaka Shiraishi. Currently, Ikegaya is active as a performer and instructor on saxophone, a piano accompanist, and composer and arranger.

Ricardo Martinez, saxophonist
Ricardo Martinez is Assistant Professor of Practice in Saxophone at Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific. He was selected as Grand Prize Winner of the 9th Plowman Chamber Music Competition and First Prize Winner in the 2017 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition and has played concerts internationally in France, Scotland, and Japan. Martinez has been a featured soloist with the Mission Chamber Orchestra of San José, Stanford Summer Symphony, University of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University Guitar Ensemble, and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise Wind Ensemble. In addition, he has performed with Classical Tahoe, California Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, and has recorded at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County.

Martinez began his saxophone studies in the Bay Area under David Henderson of Stanford University and William Trimble, and earned degrees at the University of Minnesota, studying with saxophone virtuoso Eugene Rousseau, and in France at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise, where he studied with Jean-Yves Fourmeau, receiving the Médaille d’Or in saxophone and graduating with honors in chamber music. Martinez later completed graduate work at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the guidance of Otis Murphy and studied with the esteemed Japanese saxophonist Nobuya Sugawa at the Hamamatsu International Wind Academy and Festival. As an educator, Martinez has served as Associate Instructor in saxophone at Indiana University and been invited to teach and perform at the Indiana University Summer Saxophone Academy, Stanford University, and CSU (California State University) Summer Arts. He serves as a clinician in Northern California and actively adjudicates solo and ensemble festivals with CMEA (California Music Educators Association) Bay Section. Martinez is an endorsing artist for Legere Reeds and BG France.

Ricardo Martinez Hayato Ikegaya

Duo Apollon

Friday February 17, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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Program: To be announced

Aaron Haas and Anastasia Malliaras of Duo Apollon perform art song repertoire for voice and guitar, as well as transcriptions from piano. The repertoire originally written for guitar and voice is more obscure and showcases song cycles that are rarely heard, while the transcriptions reinterpret classic art songs with the unique sound of the guitar-voice duo.

The pair met while studying music at the University of Southern California. They began by performing The Divan of Moses ibn Ezra by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, which they plan to record. After playing a number of recitals at USC, they began to branch out and play at various venues throughout Los Angeles. The Sundays Live series at LACMA is one of the first concert series that the duo was featured on. They were also selected as winners of the 2019 Beverly Hills National Auditions, which gave them the opportunity to perform in various concert series in Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. Since then, they perform regularly in concert series throughout Southern California and are in the process of recording their debut album.

Aaron Haas uses the classical guitar as an instrument of musical storytelling. Coming from a family of singer-songwriters, he sees the classical guitar as an instrument of wordless poetry and narrative, using it to explore and deepen the communicative power of music. He came to music later in life, having only begun to play the classical guitar in his sophomore year at Skidmore College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and gave a senior recital that was nominated for the Periclean Scholar’s Award. He then went to study in Milan for two years with Italian virtuoso Lorenzo Micheli at the Conservatoria della Svizera Italiana to prepare for graduate school, and in 2013 he was awarded a teaching assistantship at the University of Colorado at Boulder for his Maser’s in Music with ten-string guitar expert, Nicolò Spera. Returning to Italy in the summer of 2015, he studied with Maestro Oscar Ghiglia at the prestigious Accademia della Chigiana in Siena. He completed his studies with his DMA at the University of Southern California in 2019, having also taught as a teaching assistant there, under William Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. A love for meditation has also worked its way into Aaron’s musical career, having published an article in the Journal of Singing entitled “Creativity Through Silence: Exploring the Use of Meditation in Musical Performance.” He now sees music as a meditation through the activity of sound, whereas meditation is a silent devotion to the place from which music, and everything else, lovingly emerges.

Soprano Anastasia Malliaras is a versatile artist whose repertoire ranges from Early Music to Contemporary works. Most recently, Anastasia made her debut with West Bay Opera singing the role of Nannetta in Falstaff and is the resident vocalist of the American Contemporary Ballet in Los Angeles. In 2017 she performed the role of Marie Astor Hampton in the world premiere of Tesla with SoBe Arts in Miami Beach. Previously, she has been a Studio Artist at Central City Opera where she played the role of Ruth Baldwin in the company’s production of Later That Same Evening, as well as Despina (Cosí fan tutte) and Marie (La fille du regiment) in the scenes program. Furthermore, she has participated in the iSing! International Young Artist Festival and the Young Artist Vocal Academy at Houston Grand Opera. A finalist in the 2019 Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition, Anastasia was also a winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Los Angeles District and the recipient of the Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Auditions. Anastasia is a graduate of USC where she received a Masters of Music in Vocal Arts.

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Francesca Khalifa in concert

Friday February 24, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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Program: Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Saint-Saens, and Alfredo Diez Nieto

The Italian-Egyptian pianist Francesca Khalifa was winner of the Ferrara International Piano Festival in 2014, awarded by renowned pianist and musicologist Paul Badura-Skoda.

Highlights of recent seasons include concerts as soloist with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Egypt, the Orchestra Filarmonica Pozzoli in Seregno, a solo performance at Steinway Hall New York City, chamber music concerts with musicians of La Verdi Symphony Orchestra in New York, and solo recitals in China (Harbin Concert Hall) and New York (St. John’s in the Village, Weiler Recital Hall). As a soloist, Francesca had collaborated previously with the Guido d’ Arezzo Symphony Orchestra, the Oosterkerk Festival Chamber Orchestra and the MET Opera Orchestra string quartet in the realization of Mozart piano concertos (K 414-415).

Francesca has been a guest artist for master classes and lectures at the School of Performing Arts of Virginia Tech University, the University of Central Florida School of Music in Orlando, Pino Torinese Master Class in Italy and the E. Said Conservatory in Jerusalem.

Francesca was the top prize winner in the Schio International Piano Competition Alink-Argerich Foundation (Finalist and third place), the Premio Loreto Lancia International Piano Competition (Winner), the N. van Westerhout International Piano Competition (Winner).

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Violinist Patrick Galvin and Chien-Lin Lu in concert

Saturday March 4, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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  • Amy Beach – Romance for Violin and Piano Op. 23
  • Pablo de Sarasate – Romanza Andaluza Op. 22 No 1
  • Sergei Prokofiev – Violin Sonata No 1 in F minor Op. 80
  • Grażyna Bacewicz – Polish Caprice

Patrick Galvin, a San Francisco native, is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Camilla Wicks, Wei He, and Simon James. He also spent two years studying violin with Barbara Gorzynska at the Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria. Currently, Patrick teaches in the Coleman Violin Studio in Seattle, WA and is a teaching assistant to Simon James at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He also gives master classes regularly to talented young players across the country. As the Liberated Performer® coach for the Bay Area, Patrick helps performers of all ages on overcome performance anxiety and stage fright. Patrick performs regularly throughout North America with engagements in Europe as well. This season he is presenting two programs: In his solo program, Patrick plays selections from his recent album Violin Alone and discusses the connections between the pieces, composers, and his own experiences learning the violin. His most recent duo program, Dear Camilla, explores loss and legacy and follows his relationship with his former teacher, Camilla Wicks, whose violin he now plays.

Winner of the 60th Corpus Christi International Music Competition, Taiwanese pianist Chien-Lin Lu, has also won the Austin Critics Table Best Chamber Music Performance of the Year Award. He has collaborated with artists such as Donnie Ray Albert, Josef Špaček, DaXun Zhang, Julia Lichten, Patricia McCarty, Gerardo Ribeiro, Kikuei Ikeda, Sandy Yamamoto, and Bion Tsang. In Fall of 2021, he and Chinese-American mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce premiered Jennifer Higdon’s song cycle, Wise Moon as winners of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Chien-Lin just completed a two-year residency as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Chamber and Collaborative Music) and Postdoctoral Resident Scholar at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He received a doctorate at the University of Texas Butler School of Music and earned his master’s degree at San Francisco Conservatory. For three summers, Chien-Lin was a Collaborative Piano Fellow and Vocal Fellow at Music Academy of the West and has also served on staff for the Meadowmount School of Music. Passionate about nurturing the next generation of musicians, he joined the Coleman Violin Studio in Seattle, Washington as the studio’s collaborative pianist in Fall of 2022.

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20th Century Trilogy: Adam Flowers, tenor accompanied by Sharon Wayne (guitar)

Saturday March 18, 2023 at 4 p.m.

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  • Viva Di Stefano! – A musical tribute to Giuseppe Di Stefano (1921-2008)
  • Chansons Pour Deux Vagabonds: A Parisian Tribute to Stuart Thomas (1969-2019). French Popular Songs of the 20th Century.

Adam Flowers has performed principal tenor roles in opera houses throughout North America, Hawaii, and Japan. In July 2006 he completed a five-year artist-in-residency for Opera San Jose, performing over 32 roles. He is currently a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus and the tenor section leader at San Francisco’s St. Ignatius Church Choir. Adam is a certified Music Together™ teacher, teaching music to infants and toddlers in Marin County and San Francisco. He is a teaching artist for Pacific Actors & Singers Workshop, the San Francisco Opera Guild’s Book To Bravo and Opera A La Carte educational programs with students in the 5th-12th grades. He is a voice student of Sheri Greenawald and Deborah Benedict.

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Olson/De Cari Duo

Friday April 14, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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The Olson/De Cari Duo, a husband-and-wife ensemble, is dedicated to expanding the repertoire for classical guitar and voice. Their innovative repertoire includes many pieces written for them, including compositions from their Science/Music Commissioning Project, which seeks to celebrate the science-informed worldview and illuminate the human side of science through song, with the most recent commission being Archimedes by Andrew York. “The Olson/De Cari Duo straddle science and art gloriously” (Science Friday). Their latest album, Eve’s Diary, features new compositions and arrangements commissioned by the Duo, including a song cycle by David Leisner, arrangements of Jobim songs by João Luiz, and arrangements of theatre songs by Clarice Assad, together with a science-themed commission by the late Frank Wallace on texts by Nobel Laureate scientist and poet Roald Hoffmann. Sparked by the challenges to live performance posed by the pandemic, the Duo has recently forged new paths in classical music videography, creating an inventive music video series in narrative style.

The Duo’s unique approach draws on the hybrid nature of Gioia and John’s backgrounds and expertise. Gioia De Cari is an award-winning writer, actor and singer and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity, and the Dramatists Guild of America. She holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Gioia’s critically-acclaimed play Truth Values, on themes of belonging for women in the male-dominated world of mathematics and science, has been presented at more than 50 venues across the United States, including the La Jolla Playhouse, the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and Ensemble Studio Theatre.

John Olson has performed with a variety of New York–based ensembles, including the Brooklyn Guitar Quartet and the Contemporanea Guitar Duo. Since 2007 he has served as President of the New York City Classical Guitar Society, revitalizing the organization and making it a thriving and central part of the city’s guitar community. He served as a member of the Guitar Foundation of America Board of Directors for six years, and has directed the Ben Verdery Maui Master Class since 2013. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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An evening with pianist Julieta Iglesias

Saturday April 15, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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Julieta Iglesias was born in 1985 in Buenos Aires. She started her piano studies in 1995 at the “Alberto Williams” Conservatoire. In 2001 she received the ‘Lía Cimaglia Espinosa’ scholarship and the Santa Cecilia Medal. Since then, she has been performing in important halls in Argentina, Spain, Germany, France, Holland, U.K., Poland, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland and Hungary. Julieta graduated from the ‘Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte’ where she studied under the guidance of Professor Aldo Antognazzi. She also taught Piano for two years at the same institution. In 2017 she got a Bachelor of Musical Education from ‘Conservatorio Superior de Musica de la Ciudad de Bs. As. Astor Piazzolla’.

Julieta has been working with many contemporary composers. In 2010, she gave the Première of the piano works by Mauro de María and also released Volume 1 of de María’s music, to critical acclaim, and in 2012 she gave the Premiere of Vol. II. In 2014 Julieta embarked on a tour around Europe, supported by the Argentine Government, releasing her first album with classical musical and tango. After that, she was invited to participate in the ’15 th Festival Por los caminos del vino’ in Mendoza, Argentina. In her last tour, in 2016, Julieta pomoted her new album: ‘Obras para piano: Bach, Chopin, Ravel, Guastavino, Golijov, Ginastera’.

During 2020 she recorded two EP’s: ‘Piano in Quarantine’ and ‘My Homages’, and one album, ‘Londoner’. In 2021 she released ‘Simply Classical’ and her first classical fusion work, ‘Londres suena a Serú’, which contains piano arrangements on songs by a very popular Argentine band of the 80’s.

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San Francisco Girls Chorus Level III – Terry Alvord, Director

Friday April 28, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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Praised by Gramophone Magazine as a “remarkable tapestry of teenage voices,” the five-time GRAMMY Award-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus (SFGC) is recognized as one of the world’s leading youth vocal ensembles. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Valérie Sainte-Agathe, SFGC presents subscription performances throughout the Bay Area and regularly performs both nationally and internationally as a cultural ambassador for San Francisco. SFGC is a frequent collaborator with leading arts organizations such as Kronos Quartet, San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera, as well as numerous world-renowned guest artists.

In addition to its Premier Ensemble, the San Francisco Chorus School is renowned as a regional center for choral music education and performance for girls and young women ages 4-18. Through its innovative Online Learning Program, SFGC has utilized technology to keep its hundreds of choristers engaged and advancing in their musical activities and performing live together from their own homes.

Level III of the San Francisco Girls Chorus School is an ensemble of singers generally between the ages of 10-13. Throughout each season, they learn and perform a varied repertoire of classical, contemporary, and multilingual folk songs from multiple musical eras. In recent years, Level III has performed with other local organizations such as the SF Opera and Opera Parallèle, as well as in the community at schools across San Francisco and the East Bay.

The Soloist Intensive program is a select cohort of soloists that are part of SFGC’s GRAMMY Award Winning Premier Ensemble. Singers strengthen their performance experience, vocal technique, stage presence, diction and language skills through an individualized program of private voice lessons; projects that build organization, communication, and professionalism; masterclasses; auditions; and performances, often in collaboration with world class professional singers. Many Soloists go on to pursue vocal performance in universities and conservatories, and all receive college prep and advising as a part of the program.

Terry Alvord, Level III Director
Terry Alvord, a mezzo soprano and conductor, has conducted the San Francisco Symphony Chorus in rehearsals of Brahms’ Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, and has conducted the San Francisco Conservatory’s chamber vocal ensemble, assisting Maestro Ragnar Bohlin. She has also been one of four assistant conductors for the San Francisco Symphony’s Community of Music Makers “Sing Out Davies” program since its inception in 2011.

For the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Alvord was the interim artistic director for Resound Ensemble, a 50 member mixed voice choir based in San Francisco. Last summer, Ms. Alvord was a featured conductor in a program of sacred music in Sarteano, Italy. She is currently music director at Trinity United Methodist Church in Berkeley.

In addition to conducting, Ms. Alvord is an active soloist and choral singer. She has appeared as soloist in James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross with the Berkeley Symphony and with many other groups in performances of Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Bach’s Magnificat. Ms. Alvord has sung with many Bay Area opera companies in roles such as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Siebel in Faust, and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. She has been a professional member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus since 2000, and has also sung with San Francisco Opera Chorus and Philharmonia Baroque Chorale.

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Eric Tran in recital

Saturday April 29, 2023 at 4 p.m.

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Named a Gilmore Festival Fellow, 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. His principal studies were with pianists Sharon Mann, Thomas Schultz, and Christopher Taylor; and with composers Jaroslaw Kapuscinski and Laura Schwendinger.

Eric is a graduate of Stanford University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Mead Witter School of Music. During his studies, he was the winner of the concerto competitions of all three institutions, and he was awarded the prestigious Robert M. Golden Medal for outstanding contributions to the arts. He has won awards from the Wideman Piano Competition and the American Prize, and has been invited to compete at the US Chopin National and Virginia Waring International Competitions. As a composer, he won the Pacific Musical Society Composition Prize, and his sets of children’s music have been programmed for eight years on the syllabus of the US Open Music Competition. His music has been performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet and the Friction Quartet, and his debut album, Water, was supported by Stanford University’s Young Alumni Arts Grant.

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An evening of contemporary music with composer Davide Verotta

Saturday May 6, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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Davide Verotta was born in a relatively boring Italian town close to Milano and moved to San Francisco in his late twenties. Davide studied music and piano at the Milano and San Francisco Conservatories and privately.

“My dearest memories: Ernesto Esposito, my music theory teacher (I miss him so much), Isabella Zielonka, who opened the piano for me, Giacinto Salvetti, so dedicated and who believed so strongly in my capabilities, and later Bob Helps, the king of piano technique, and Julian White who taught me much of what needs to be known about the piano and music. I studied composition at the San Francisco State University (where I got a Master) and at the University of California at Davis (where I never finished my PhD due to … the commute … way too long from San Francisco and I was getting a bit too old to move to go school!).

For many years my musical activities were intertwined with a parallel-track academic life in mathematics as a professor of Bioengineering and Biostatistics at the University of California at San Francisco. I got a PhD in science! and I was doing research in mathematical applications to Biology for a long time. This, being somewhat versed in mathematics and musics, often generates the familiar reaction: Ah! Musicians and Math! But I must admit that the relationship of music and mathematics still eludes me, although some simple mathematical relationships pop up, mostly hidden, in my compositions.

I have now been a full time musician for many years, which is quite a relief, and I am actively involved in the new music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area (as soloist, chamber player, board member of the SF Composers Chamber Orchestra, and NACUSA SF, co-organizer of the Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco, founder of the composers’ group Irregular Resolutions). I teach piano and composition privately and at the Community Music Center in San Francisco. Recent compositions include works for orchestra, chamber opera, piano and violin solo, two pianos, percussion, and a variety of chamber ensembles. My writing is a mix: alternating lyricism, dreaming and sometimes surreal landscapes, lots of rhythmic variety, and more anxious musical motions. My idiom is a 21st century mix of neo-tonality, extended counterpoint, modern techniques, classical structures and experimentation with musical forms

I am recipient of multiple ASCAP Plus, Zellerbach foundation, and international composition competition awards … and many NIH (National Institute of Health) grants. A lot of those actually … all trying to make some sense of stiff biological realities using some mathematics … but that was another life.

The future? Desires for what time is left of this quick life? Not very much. I would like to write some good music and to be good.”

Janis Mercer (piano) and Daniel Lewin (violin) perform Messiaen and Webern

Saturday May 20, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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Janis Mercer is an American pianist/composer living in San Francisco.  As a solo pianist and accompanist, Janis Mercer’s interest in the music of the Second Viennese School has continued unabated since the early 1980’s. With her ensemble, schwungvoll!, she received funding from the Zellerbach Family Fund for a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of Webern’s death in 1995. In 2005 she commemorated the 60th anniversary of his death with the commissioning of student and professional composers to write music “completing” Webern’s unfinished children’s piano cycle. These pieces were performed as part of concerts commissioning Webern’s death, in San Francisco and Spokane, Washington. She was invited to compose a chamber work and to attend the 2005 kofomi (KompositionForumMittersill) commemorative concerts staged throughout the town of Mittersill, Austria, where Webern was killed. 

Daniel Lewin has had an unusually varied career as a chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Juilliard School as a student of Joseph Fuchs. Mr. Lewin was Concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony (S.C), the Nevada Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony and the Cedar Rapids Symphony, among others. He has also been a member of the National, Houston, and San Antonio Symphonies, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Daniel Lewin has been a Professor of Violin at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Memphis. He has performed at many summer music festivals, including Cabrillo, Casals, Grand Tetons, Skaneateles, Spoleto and Deer Valley.


Happy Dog Piano Duo!

Saturday June 10, 2023 at 4 p.m.

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The notorious “Happy Dog” piano duo consists of longtime friends and piano partners, Nathan Cheung and Eric Tran. They won the 1st prize and Abild American Music Award at the Ellis Duo-Piano Competition, hosted by the National Federation of Music Clubs; 1st prize at the inaugural MTNA-Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition; and 1st prize at the Ohio International Duet and Duo Piano Competition. For over a decade, they have performed four-hands originals, transcriptions, and classics alike with a focus on bringing humor and joy to the classical music world.

Named a Gilmore Festival Fellow, 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. His principal studies were with pianists Sharon Mann, Thomas Schultz, and Christopher Taylor; and with composers Jaroslaw Kapuscinski and Laura Schwendinger.

Eric is a graduate of Stanford University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Mead Witter School of Music. During his studies, he was the winner of the concerto competitions of all three institutions, and he was awarded the prestigious Robert M. Golden Medal for outstanding contributions to the arts. He has won awards from the Wideman Piano Competition and the American Prize, and has been invited to compete at the US Chopin National and Virginia Waring International Competitions. As a composer, he won the Pacific Musical Society Composition Prize, and his sets of children’s music have been programmed for eight years on the syllabus of the US Open Music Competition. His music has been performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet and the Friction Quartet, and his debut album, Water, was supported by Stanford University’s Young Alumni Arts Grant.

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Nathan Cheung is known for his versatility as a soloist, collaborator, composer, and improviser. These roles are fueled by a life-long passion to discover artistry and accessibility—to understand the power of great music and tap into its potential to resonate with people from all walks of life. His education has aided him significantly in strengthening these endeavors, culminating in degrees from Stanford University (BA Music with honors, concentrations in Piano Performance and Composition) and the Eastman School of Music (DMA, MM, Piano Performance and Literature; MM, Accompanying and Chamber Music). His primary instructors during his studies were Natalya Antonova, Nelita True, Jean Barr, and Thomas Schultz, to each of whom he owes immensely in shaping his core pianism and values.

Dr. Cheung has claimed the 1st prize in the 2019 Los Angeles International Piano Competition and has won top prizes in other international competitions including the Seattle International Piano Competition, Wideman International Piano Competition, Lewisville Lake Symphony International Competition, and Thousand Islands International Piano Competition. He is also a winner of the Aspen Concerto Competition, the American Prize concerto division, the Music Teacher’s Association of California Solo Competition, and the concerto competitions at both the Eastman School and Stanford University. His performances have taken him to established venues such as Bing Concert Hall, the Mondavi Center, and the Schoenberg Center in Vienna. In the realm of the solo recital, Nathan enjoys producing themed concerts as a means to draw musical comparisons. Prior concerts have featured the theme of Water and Fire, the similarity of Schubert’s attacca Wanderer Fantasy and Szymanowski’s attacca Third Piano Sonata, and the underperformed works by George Walker and Joseph Achron.

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Phillip Dyson, piano

Saturday June 17, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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Phillip Dyson is recognised as one of Britain’s most sought after and innovative concert pianists. He has gained enormous popularity for his unique abilities in both the classical and light music repertoire. His rapport with audiences, brilliant technique and innate sensitivity constantly win him the highest of praise. He often broadcasts on the BBC and Classic FM, performs regularly with leading orchestras and has a great international reputation in Europe and America.

Born in Lancashire, Phillip Dyson began musical studies at an early stage and by the age of twelve had given a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which launched a busy and successful performing career. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Colin Horsley and John Lill, and also with William Lloyd Webber. At the age of 27 he was appointed Professor of Piano at the London College of Music. He has appeared at major festivals throughout Britain and most frequently appears in London, including the South Bank Centre and St John’s, Smith Square. He tours overseas every year, particularly in the United States and Europe. He is often invited to the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival and was the first British pianist to appear at the West Coast Ragtime Festival. In addition, he tours California each year, particularly in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles. In addition, he has toured in Canada as soloist with the Palm Court Orchestra of Vancouver.

As a leading exponent of British music, in the concert hall, on CD and for the BBC, Phillip Dyson has long had the music of Sir Malcolm Arnold in his repertoire. He gave the Irish première and first performance outside the United Kingdom of Arnold’s Fantasy on a theme of John Field, broadcast live from the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in celebration of the composer’s eightieth birthday. His performances of the Fantasy were warmly praised by the composer, who described his interpretation of the work as so sympathetic and so exactly what he had in mind when he wrote the piece that it was quite uncanny: ‘of all the distinguished pianists who have performed the composition over the years I cannot think of any who have added so much to my work as has Phillip Dyson on each occasion it has been my privilege to hear him perform the Fantasy’.

Sing Out Strong! – Hearts Filled With Song

Saturday June 24, 2023 at 4 p.m.

Free Admission. Register online. Donations accepted

Members of “Sing Out Strong” are delighted to return for our group’s 5th Season at Sunset Music and Arts! on Saturday June 24, 2023. Formed in 2017 by Director Ellaine Jerome and Pianist Betty Fujimoto, the 12 member ensemble has continued safely rehearsing – indoors and outdoors — in anticipation of once more sharing our love of singing with people of all ages.

Program: This season’s program features songs of beauty, love, and inspiration. Music which is compelling, supportive, and even silly. Songs created by some of the most amazing song writers in our country’s history: Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern, Louis Prima, Neil Diamond, and more.

We sincerely hope that everyone who attends our program on 6/24/23 will leave with a Song in Your Heart!


Lyle Sheffler, guitar

Saturday July 15, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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International guitar soloist Lyle Sheffler began playing classical guitar at the age of seven and made his first public appearance at the age of eight. Acclaimed for his artistry, warm tone, and captivating programs, he has played at such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, Freight & Salvage Stadium, the Tilles Center, and the Hanoi Opera House, as well as numerous other concert halls around the globe. In addition to solo recitals, Lyle has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras with Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Fantasia para un Gentilhombre” and Antonio Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D Major.

In the fall of 2012, Lyle was invited to tour the Middle East and Asia with Celebrity Cruises as a solo classical guitarist. He was also selected to participate in the prestigious Ile de Ré International Guitar Festival in France, led by guitar virtuoso Philippe Villa in 2010. While in France, Lyle was hand picked to perform in a solo concert held open to the public, as well as to play first guitar in several different chamber ensembles. During the summer of 2009, Lyle was awarded the opportunity to participate in both the Iserlohn Classical Guitar Festival in Germany and the Polish Guitar Academy in Poznan, Poland. There, he performed both in ensembles and as a soloist. He has participated in master classes with many world-renowned artists including Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, and many others.

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Amy Stephens, piano

Saturday July 22, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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Pianist/composer Amy Stephens has performed extensively since 1998.  She enjoys writing in Third Stream style, a genre of jazz that fuses classical form with jazz language, such as can be heard in Amy’s Scenes of San Francisco, A Day at the Beach, and Becoming: Suite for Solo Piano in Seven Movements

Amy has fronted her quartet, the Amy Stephens Group (ASG), since 1998.  The quartet albums of Amy’s many jazz compositions—My Many Moods, Gold Through Fire, & Amy Stephens Group-–have earned acclaim and steady airplay on jazz radio around the world.  ASG enjoys performing at jazz festivals and concert series. 

Amy’s mentors include jazz educator/composer David N. Baker & pianists Lynne Arriale, Luke Gillespie & Evelyne Brancart.  Amy earned two Bachelors, a Masters, and Performer’s Certificate in classical & jazz piano from Indiana University School of music.  Teaching privately since 1993, Amy is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.  Visit

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Angela Kraft Cross, organist

Saturday September 23, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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Angela Kraft Cross, San Francisco Bay Area organist, pianist and composer, graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 1980 with bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Organ Performance. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Loma Linda University, where she subsequently completed her residency in ophthalmology. In 1993, she completed her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the College of Notre Dame with Thomas LaRatta. Her organ teachers have included Louis Robilliard, Marie-Louise Langlais, Sandra Soderlund, S. Leslie Grow, William Porter and Garth Peacock. In 2001, she was awarded the Associateship credential of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO) after passing rigorous playing and written examinations. She has studied composition with Pamela Decker.  Dr. Kraft Cross has performed extensively on both organ and piano, having given over five hundred concerts across the United States, in Canada, England, Holland, France, Hungary, Korea, Lesotho and Guam, including such venues as Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Sulpice and the Madeleine in Paris, Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Thomas Church in New York City, Methuen Memorial Music Hall and Trinity Church in Boston, E. Power Biggs’ organ at Harvard, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral in London, and the Mormon Tabernacle. She has been featured soloist with local Bay Area ensembles; Master Sinfonia Orchestra, Soli Deo Gloria, Sine Nomine, Masterworks Chorale, Viva la Musica, The Choral Project, and the San Jose Symphonic Choir as well as Seattle’s Philharmonia Northwest Chamber Orchestra and the Skagit Symphony in northern Washington.

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Leah Kang, piano

Saturday October 7, 7:30 p.m.

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Pianist Leah Kang is a musician of diverse interests who received degrees in biology and public health at University of California, Los Angeles prior to pursuing professional studies in music. She has performed in the United States, Germany, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, and has been featured as a soloist with the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra, Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra in concertos by Beethoven and Chopin. She has been awarded prizes in the American Prize Competition for Piano Performance (professional division), International Siegfried Weishaupt Piano Competition, and the American Protégé International Piano Competition, among others. Her performance as a winner of the 2013 International Siegfried Weishaupt Piano Competition was broadcast on SWR2 of Germany.

Leah is equally passionate about teaching and has served as music faculty at Antelope Valley College and Citrus College, as Associate Instructor of Music Theory at Indiana University Bloomington, and as a piano instructor for the School of Music and Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also frequently invited as an adjudicator for competitions and auditions throughout California and Wisconsin.

As a two-time recipient of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) research fellowship, Leah spent her dissertation years as a visiting scholar at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. Her research explores arrangements of Beethoven’s works as created by his close contemporaries. In May 2019, she premiered rare chamber music arrangements of Beethoven’s overtures Egmont, Leonore No. 3, and Prometheus in the US, and in 2020, aspects of her research were presented across Europe at international conferences commemorating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. Current performance projects, supported in part by an artist grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, include the recording of rare works by forgotten women composers from the early twentieth century.

Leah earned her Master of Music and Performer Diploma in Piano Performance from Indiana University and her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her primary mentors include pianists Arnaldo Cohen and Christopher Taylor. Additional studies and masterclasses have been with artists such as Bernd Goetzke, Leif Ove Andsnes, Richard Goode, Daniel Pollack, and Jerome Lowenthal.


Basma Edrees (violin) and Ava Nazar (piano)

Saturday November 4, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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Basma and Ava met at The Juilliard School while pursuing their Masters degree. They have been friends ever since collaborating on a multiple of performances including a highlight performance at the United Nations in New York. Trained in the Western Classical musical tradition and growing up in their respective Eastern musical traditions, Basma Edrees and Ava Nazar feature the rich aesthetics of both musical worlds and are passionate about expanding musical access across various communities.

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National Association of Composers, USA – SF

Saturday November 11, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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Nacusa is a non-profit organization founded in 1933 by Henry Hadley, originally as the National Association of Composers and Conductors. It is one of the oldest organizations devoted to the promotion and performance of music by Americans. Many of the most distinguished composers of the 20th Century have been NACUSA members. Each NACUSA chapter typically sponsors several concerts each year which feature music by its members. NACUSA has chapters in Cascadia, East Coast, Great Plains, Los Angeles, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, San Francisco Bay Area, the South East, Southern Oregon, and Texas.
San Francisco Bay Chapter

Started by Nancy Bloomer Deussen and John Webber more than twenty years ago the San Francisco Bay Chapter has evolved into an active organization with a peak membership of seventy five composers. It produces four to six concerts a year in the San Francisco Bay Area

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David Cortez, Soprano
Johnny Selmer, Baritone
Robin Lacey, Tenor
David Baker, Alto

The Zēlos Quartet is dedicated to performing a wide array of repertoire ranging from underrepresented contemporary works to transcriptions from the baroque, classical, and romantic eras. Committed to performing on saxophones that fit the acoustical specifications of its inventor Adolphe Sax, the Zelos Quartet looks to connect with a variety of audiences to show the wide range of sounds and colors of the saxophone.

Zēlos has participated in summer music festivals such as Festival South (Hattiesburg, MS) and the National Music Festival (Chestertown, MD), where they connected with local audiences through public performances in retirement homes, farmers markets, and house concerts. They have also been extensively coached by Dr. Michael Hernandez of the critically acclaimed Mana Quartet and participated in masterclasses by the award winning Verona String Quartet and Amethyst Quartet.

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José López and William Wellborn, piano 4-hands

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Featuring works for solo piano and piano 4-hands!

William Wellborn enjoys an active career as a pianist, teacher and lecturer, and has performed and lectured widely over four continents. He received a MM (New England Conservatory) and DMA (University of Texas) in Performance, and a BM in Piano Pedagogy (University of Texas), where his teachers included Gregory Allen, Patricia Zander, and Nancy Garrett, and two leaders in the field of piano pedagogy- Amanda Vick Lethco and Martha Hilley. He has also received coaching from John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Adam Wibrowski, Andrzej Jasinski, and Jerome Lowenthal. Guest artist appearances include the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts, the Paderewski Festival, the American Liszt Society, the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Canada, the Chopin chez George Sand festival de piano in La Châtre, France, the Três Séculos de Piano series in Rio de Janeiro, and the Festival du Chablisien in Chablis, France. In 2004 he had the honor of presenting an all-Liszt program on Liszt’s piano at Hofgärtnerei Museum in Weimar, and in 2009 he presented a Haydn program at the composer’s birthplace in Rohrau, Austria. Orchestral appearances include the Austin Symphony, the Austin Chamber Ensemble, the Laredo Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, the Redwoods Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, and the Sudeten Philharmonie in Walbrzych, Poland.

José López is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Keyboard Studies Program at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Liszt Society, and Honorary Secretary of the United Kingdom’s Alkan Society. He has performed throughout the United States, Italy and Central and South America with orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber groups in concert halls, summer festivals such as the Music Festival of the Hamptons in New York and the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Active throughout South Florida, he has been a featured performer in the Florida International University’s Music Festival; ISCM New Music Miami Festival, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Coral Gables’ Mainly Mozart Series, University of Miami’s Miami Festival, and as founder and co-director of the Deering Estate at Cutler’s “Chamber Music Series.”

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José López, piano: “The Judaic Muse”


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Program: Mr. López presents “The Judaic Muse,” featuring the music of Judith Shatin, Fanny Mendelssohn, Ferdinand Hiller, and Charles Alkan.

José López is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Keyboard Studies Program at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Liszt Society, and Honorary Secretary of the United Kingdom’s Alkan Society. He has performed throughout the United States, Italy and Central and South America with orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber groups in concert halls, summer festivals such as the Music Festival of the Hamptons in New York and the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Active throughout South Florida, he has been a featured performer in the Florida International University’s Music Festival; ISCM New Music Miami Festival, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Coral Gables’ Mainly Mozart Series, University of Miami’s Miami Festival, and as founder and co-director of the Deering Estate at Cutler’s “Chamber Music Series.”

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Trio Teneramente

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Multi-instrumentalist, conductor, music director and music educator Kishan Chouhan received his B.Mus. in Clarinet Performance from the University of Toronto, and his MA in Music with research in multiple woodwind performance from York University. Notable and accomplished teachers he has studied with include: clarinet with Miles Jaques, David Bourque, Steve Pierre and Peter Stoll, flute with Peg Albrecht, Nina Martini-Dorey and Sara Hahn, oboe with Wendy Bornstein, Monica Fosnaugh and David Sussman.

Jelena Cingara is an active performer and artist in US, Canada, and European countries such as Italy, and Czhech Republic. She has performed in concert venues such as: Libby Gardner, Dumke, Abravanel hall, and Kenley amphitheatre in Utah, as well as Arts and Letters Club, Walter Hall, and Ettore Mazzoleni Halls in Toronto. She has played in masterclasses for Nicholas Angelich (Virginia Classics), Rebecca Penneys (Eastman School of Music), Dr. Joel Hastings (Florida State University), and Steven Doane (Eastman School of Music) just to name a few. As a collaborative and chamber musician she has played recitals in Italy, Serbia, US and Canada, and for masterclasses for famous quartets such as: The Bennewitz, Faure, Doric as well as Philip Seltzer from the Emerson Quartet.

Stuart Mutch began cello studies in Calgary at the age of 13 with John Kadz. He received additional training in the Calgary Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the AFM Congress of Strings at the University of Washington. He has been a member of the Calgary Philharmonic, the Windsor Symphony, the Toronto Philharmonia and the North York Concert Orchestra and continued his studies in Toronto with David Miller and Winona Zelenka. He was a member of the Sunrise String Quartet for 14 years and has had extensive chamber music experience in a variety of ensembles. Mr. Mutch is a lawyer and mediator and is presently is an adjudicator with the Immigration and Refugee Board.

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