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Sunset Music & Arts Season

Announcing the 2021-2022 Season

Sunset Music and Arts is thrilled to announce the programs for our 2021-2022 season. Our season will resume in September 2021 and run through December 2022. We are excited to welcome you, post-pandemic, to a celebrate the return of live music in our beautiful space. We will be taking all necessary precautions (as per City and State guidelines) to ensure that the experience is a healthy and safe environment for the audience, our esteemed artists, and our staff.

The 2021-2022 season will feature artists from throughout the Bay Area, as well as national and international artists. You can view the entire season calendar here.

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.

August 2022

Samantha Cho and Hanqing Chang in concert, piano 4-hands

Saturday August 20, 2022 at 4 p.m.

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Program

J.S. BACH Three Cantatas for Four Hands Piano   Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, BWV 147
   Sheep May Safely Graze, BWV 208
   Sleepers Awake, BWV 140

SCHUBERT Fantasie in F Minor, D. 940

BIZET Selections from Jeux d’enfants

DEBUSSY Petite Suite, L. 65

Born in Los Angeles, pianist Samantha Cho is active professionally as a performer and educator. Her recent appearances include Noontime Concert Series (San Francisco), Classical King FM (Seattle), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert (Chicago), Harbor College (Los Angeles), and more. Her 2020 engagements include solo recitals in San Francisco and Los Angeles, a radio appearance on Chicago’s “Live from WFMT” with CSO cellist Brant Taylor and violinist Florin Parvulescu, and her debut in Korea’s prestigious chamber music venue, Sejong Cultural Center. Passionate about chamber music, Samantha has collaborated with members of the San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; and she has also performed as soloist with Kenwood Symphony as winner of the 19th Annual Master’s Concerto & Aria Competition. Her performances have been broadcast on WFMT (Chicago), Classical KingFM (Seattle), and Arte TV (Seoul).

Also passionate in music education, Samantha joined the piano faculty at Los Angeles Pierce College in 2019, and she has coached pre-college chamber music groups at San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 2016.

Chinese pianist Hanqing Chang has appeared in concert venues throughout Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, U.S., and China. At the age of 10, she started performing in public. By 12, she had her first piano recital in Guiyang. She was invited to perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra in Beijing’s National Centre for Performing Arts. Critics praised Ms. Chang’s performance, the Jin Qian News, “Hanqing Chang’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto was bursting with Russian character and sentiment. Together with the orchestra, their musical collaboration produced music that was graceful, youthful, and brilliant. Especially for the soloist, the melody flowed from her delicate but vigorous fingers, displaying her agile technical ability. The audience was immersed in the music’s expressive atmosphere and gave her a thunderous standing ovation.”

​Hanqing has won many piano competitions, including the Winner of the CCM Liszt Piano Concert Competition, Cincinnati; Audience Favorite Award 58th World Piano Competition; First Prize of the 3rd Wiesbaden International Piano Competition in Germany; Second Prize in the Asian Youth Music International Competition in Sichuan, China; First Prize of the 10th “XinHai” National Piano Competition in Sichuan, China; First Prize of the 3rd HGS National Piano Competition in Guiyang, China and the 12th Hong Kong Piano Open Competition in Hong Kong. In addition, she has performed in the master classes of renowned musicians such as Russell Sherman, Tamás Vásary, Menahem Pressler, Sergei Babayan, Menahem Pressler, Wha Kyung Byun, Dang Thai Son, Nelita True, Ann Schein, Stephen Prutsman, Boris Slutsky, Jura Margulis, Enrico Elisi, Alexander Korsantia, Ursula Oppens, Frederic Chiu, Vladimir Viardo.

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September 2022

Alison Lee, piano

Saturday September 17, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

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Program: 24 Preludes by Scriabin and Chopin

A native of Fremont, California, Alison Lee is a pianist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the first prize winner of several competitions including Thursday Musical’s Scholarship Competition and the Dorothy Van Waynen Piano Competition. She also received second prize at the Midwest International Piano Competition, where she performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with conductor Jason Weinberger and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. Most recently, Alison was featured as a soloist with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra after winning their 2019 National Young Artists Competition.

In addition to performing as a soloist, Alison enjoys playing chamber music and is the pianist of Ensemble 1828, a touring piano trio that presents several programs each year. She frequently performs with her sister, pianist Katherine Lee, as well as with cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak, with whom she has presented recitals featuring the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano. Other collaborative performances include appearances with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and violinist Charles Castleman.

Offstage, Alison is active in the community as an advocate for making classical music more approachable to the public. She regularly presents at local elementary schools through The Steinway Society of the Bay Area’s outreach program, and currently serves on the board of East Bay Music Foundation as director of the East Bay Chamber Music Festival.

Alison holds a doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Minnesota, and her previous teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Jon Kimura Parker and Angela Cheng.

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Angela Kraft Cross, organist

Saturday September 24, 7:30 p.m.

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Program

  1. Dietrich Buxtehude Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C.
  2. Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Ballo del Granduca.
  3. Georg Böhm Vater unser im Himmelreich.
  4. Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in G major.
  5. Angela Kraft Cross All Hallows Voluntary (2010).
  6. Alexandre Boëly Fantaisie and Fugue in Bb.
  7. César Franck Pièce Héroïque.
  8. Jean Langlais Trio from Triptyque.
  9. Camille Saint-Saëns Sept Improvisations
  10. Eugène Gigout Scherzo in E major.
  11. Charles-Marie Widor Symphonie VIII in B major: Finale.

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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Full Season Calendar

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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