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Bridge Piano Quartet

Date & Time: Saturday January 6, 2018 at 4  p.m.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 16
I. Grave-Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo: allegro, ma non troppo

Clarice Assad (b. 1978): The Z Sonata (commissioned by the Ocean Reef Music Festival)
I. Don Diego de la Vega
II. Pasodoble
III. Lolita Pulido
IV. La Mascara Del Zorro

Joaquín Turina (1882-1949): Piano Quartet in a minor, Opus 67
I. Lento
II. Vivo
III. Andante-Allegretto-Allegro molto

About the Artists

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Bridge Piano Quartet

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

The Bridge Piano Quartet originally began as the ZaSu Piano Trio, which was inspired over tea and scones, and the trio first performed at the Santa Cruz library concert “Munching with Mozart” in the summer of 2014. We formed into a piano quartet in 2016 with the addition of violist Eleanor Angel and renamed our group the Bridge Piano Quartet. Our newest member Kristin Garbeff joined our group in January of this year. The Bridge Piano Quartet still enjoys tea together (with addition of morning rolls) and strive to bring chamber music to people of all ages and backgrounds through concerts throughout the year. Our 2018 season begins with a concert at the Sunset Concert Series in San Francisco on January 6 followed by a concert and live recording at the Maybeck Recital Hall in Berkeley on January 14.

Our repertoire ranges from Mozart to contemporary composer Clarice Assad, including the piano quartet by the English composer Frank Bridge (early 20th century), who was one inspiration for our name. Other inspirations come from the many bridges in our area, as well as the bridges on our instruments! And of course, we all feel that music bridges all …

We are also excited to be expanding the piano quartet repertoire by commissioning new works. Our first commission, inspired by the current immigration crisis, will be composed by the distinguished composer Chad Cannon, and will premiere at the Old First Concert Series in San Francisco on July 1, 2018. Please visit our website at The Bridge Piano Quartet is active in the community in chamber music education; the members are founders and coaches for the Youth Chamber Music Program at the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony.

Cynthia Baehr, violin
Cynthia is Concertmaster of the Opera San Jose and San Jose Chamber Orchestras as well as the Cadenza ensemble in Santa Cruz. She has also appeared frequently as a soloist with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and New Music Works Ensemble of Santa Cruz. A passionate advocate of string education, Cynthia is the founder an Music Director of Santa Cruz Chamber Strings, an ensemble of young string players. Having served on the faculties of Santa Clara University and the Silicon Valley Youth Conservatory at San Jose State University, she presently maintains a thriving studio of private students in Santa Cruz where she now resides. Before moving to the Bay Area, Cynthia lived in Europe where she performed as a member of the Lucerne Chamber Soloists in Switzerland and the Wurttembergisches Chamber Orchestra in Germany.

Eleanor Angel, viola
As a California native, Eleanor Angel, Violinist/Violist, grew up playing in the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, studying at the San Francisco Conservatory and attending Tanglewood (BSO) during summers. Eleanor received her BM from Indiana University, followed by an apprenticeship with the late-great William Primrose, and a MM from the Eastman School of Music. As an avid chamber musician, Eleanor has performed in Switzerland, Perugia and Siena Italy, and at the Yale Summer School, as well as for the Adventures in Music Quartet for the San Francisco’s in-school program. Since 1984 Eleanor has held a full studio of violin and viola students, while playing for the San Jose Symphony/Symphony Silicon Valley, San Francisco’s Opera and Symphony, San Jose’s Opera and Chamber Orchestras, as well as the New Century Chamber Orchestra and the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival.

Kristin Garbeff, cello
Kristin is an active freelance musician and has performed with many groups in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas including the Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, West Bay Opera, New Music Works, Cadenza, and Hidden Valley String Orchestra. Kristin is also active in the popular music scene. She has collaborated with various groups in the San Francisco Bay Area including indie band Blue Rabbit, Kenny Shick, Jenn Grinels, and the Thriving Artists organization. Kristin received her Master of Music degree in 2007 at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA where she studied with Dr. Terry King. She studied chamber music with Kathleen Lenski, Victor Rosenbaum, and Roger Tapping, and jazz improvisation with pianist Peter Cassino. In addition to performing, Kristin maintains a teaching studio at her home in Scotts Valley, Ca.

Kumiko Uyeda, piano
Kumiko enjoys performing in various genres, including western art music, jazz-fusion, and collaborating with poets and traditional instruments. She worked as a free-lance pianist before resuming her academic studies at UC Santa Cruz and received a Ph.D. in Cultural Musicology in 2015, with research focus on the indigenous Ainu music of Japan. Kumiko will join the adjunct faculty at University of San Francisco in the fall of 2017 in the Performing Arts and Social Justice Department. She received her M.M. degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she actively pursued contemporary music, working with Joel Thome and the Orchestra of Our Time. While in New York, she studied with Zenon Fishbein and with Edna Golandsky with the Dorothy Taubman technique. She has published two solo piano CD albums to date: Music of Erik Satie and Art of Love. Kumiko maintains a private teaching studio at the Santa Cruz Music Academy.



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