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January

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Saturday January 7, 1—4 pm, Opera Open Rehearsal: Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
Island City Opera
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Watch an open rehearsal with Island City Opera as they prepare to open their third season with Gaetano Donizetti’s exuberant comedy Don Pasquale. You will have an unique opportunity to hear the full opera, hear great performers as they prepare for their opening night performances in Alameda, as well as get an appreciation for what it takes to stage a full-length opera production.

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Sat. January 21, 7:30 pm
Eric Tran, piano
Music of Mozart, Tran, Adès, Busoni, and Beethoven.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

San Francisco based pianist-composer Eric Tran is known for his friendly stage manner, thoughtful programming, and bold risk-taking. He has appeared in music festivals such as PianoTexas, Aspen, as well as festivals in Europe. His principal studies were with pianists Sharon Mann, Thomas Schultz, and composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski. Eric is a graduate of Stanford University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Sat. January 28, 7:30 pm – The Shimmer of the Sea
Sarah Wood (violin), Miles Graber (piano)
Music of Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Saint-Saëns
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Bay Area violinist Sarah Wood, D.M.A. pursues a career as a frequent recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral leader.  She performs with the Circadian String Quartet, as acting Principal Second of the Berkeley Symphony, and acting Assistant Concertmaster of the California Symphony.

Miles Graber received his musical training at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Anne Hull, Phyllis Kreuter, Hugh Aitken, and Louise Behrend.

February

Sunset Music | Arts 2017 Season – Vocal Series

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Saturday February 4, 7:30 pm
Roderick Lowe (tenor), Sally Porter Munro (mezzo-soprano), Bryan Baker (piano)
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

San Francisco native Roderick Lowe holds a Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State Univeristy, and a Master’s Degree from Arizona State University. He has sung with many Bay Area choruses including the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Masterworks Chorale, San Francisco Festival Chorus, San Francisco Choral Society, Golden Gate Men’s Chorus, and Pacific Mozart Ensemble.

Sally Porter Munro (mezzo-soprano) is a native of London, England and a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England. While living in England she sang with the English National Opera, Royal Opera de la Monnaie in Brussels, and as an oratorio soloist in Europe.

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Friday February 17, 7:30 pm
Jere Torkelsen (baritone), Sibel Demirmen (soprano), Paul G. McCurdy (piano)
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Jere Torkelsen has been a member of the San Francisco Opera chorus since 1987.  During his tenure he has performed many roles including, Gen. John Rawlins in Philip Glasses Appomattox, Melisso in Handel’s Alcina, The Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butteryfly, and The Journalist in Berg’s Lulu, among others. He has also appeared with other Bay Area opera companies as The Mother (Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), Germont (La Traviata), Silvio (Pagliacci), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Count Almavia (The Marriage of Figaro), and the Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffmann.

Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “superb singer” with a “crystalline voice,” Sibel Demirmen is a versatile soprano praised for her charming stage presence and colorful coloratura sound. She has sung with many Bay Area companies including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Townsend Opera Players, Berkeley Opera, West Marin Players, Ross Valley Players, Marin Musical Theatre Company, Marin Baroque, Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra, Thick Description, City Opera SF and is a member of Goat Hall Production’s The Kurt Weill Project.

March

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Saturday March 4, 5:30 pm: Journey to Rwanda and Kenya with Dr. Barry Levine
An Incarnation Travelogue Series
Venue : 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

In his presentation on Rwanda and Kenya Dr. Levine will provide a visual perspective on his visit to Rwanda, including treks to the amazing mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains, treks to the chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park, as well as other scenes from around the country. In addition, he will provide slides from safaris in Kenya and Uganda. Dr. Levine is a frequent visitor to East Africa and will include commentaries on traveling and living in that region.

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Saturday March 11, 7:30 pm
Shawnette Sulker (soprano), Victor Khodadad (tenor), Kevin Korth (piano)
Venue : 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Shawnette Sulker (soprano) Acclaimed for her “heart-breaking poignancy” and “beautifully tuned soprano” by the San Francisco Chronicle and for her “enchanting vocal splendor” by the Leipziger Volkszeitung, soprano Shawnette Sulker is a sought after artist in the United States and abroad. A consummate performer, her recent operatic roles include singing Constanze in Abduction from the Seraglio with Pacific Opera Project, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Festival Opera and Cunegonde in Candide with Oakland Symphony.

Victor Khodadad (tenor)  A classically trained actor and singer, Mr. Khodadad received his MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and a Graduate Professional Diploma in Vocal Performance from The Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. He has performed regionally across the United States at Hartford Stage Company, Yale Repertory Theater, Mississippi Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Hot Springs Music Festival, Lincoln Center, and the Atlanta Symphony.

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Saturday March 25, 7:30 pm
Patrick Galvin (violin) and Jungeun Kim (piano) in concert
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

A San Francisco native, Patrick Galvin, began his violin studies with Roy Oakley at age 6 and made his solo debut with the Oakland East Bay Symphony at age 11 playing the Bruch Violin concerto. His teachers have included Barbara Gorzynska at the Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria; Camilla Wicks and Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; and Herbert Greenberg at the Peabody Conservatory.

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.

April

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Saturday April 1, 7:30 pm
San Francisco Guitar Quartet
Venue : 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

“Without a doubt the SFGQ’s performance was an outstanding highlight of our festival. Their impeccable technique, warm sound, and stage presence spilled over to the audience and set the tone for the rest of the festival.”
— Reed Gilchrist, Director of La Guitarra California Festival

“. . . listening to them was a deep, almost surreal experience.”
— The Pacific Daily News

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Sunday April 23, 7 pm
Masterworks Serendae
Dr. Bryan Baker, director
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Founded in January 2008 by Dr. Bryan Baker, Serenade is a chamber choir of 26 singers selected by audition primarily among members of Masterworks Chorale. The singers are committed members of the chamber choir, devoting many hours to rehearsal and performance with Serenade. Its varied repertoire, which partially overlaps that of Masterworks Chorale, ranges from classical to contemporary, spirituals and popular pieces.

May

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Sunday May 7, 7 pm
Volkert-Ellis Trio with Charles Chandler, Hye Yeong Min,  and Nick Volkert
Venue : 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

An evening of almost all-German music for violin, viola, cello and double-bass. The program will include works by Beethoven, Kerzenmacher, Grunau, and Kreisler.

Mark Volkert  (violin)  has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1972, and has held the post of Assistant Concertmaster since 1980.

Violist Nancy Ellis is a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1975, her career has included association with many chamber music groups, among them the San Francisco Chamber Soloists, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and Music from Marlboro.

Jan Volkert is Principal Cellist with the Marin Symphony and Assistant Principal Cellist of the Fremont Symphony.

Bassist Charles Chandler has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1992.

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Sunday May 21, 7pm
Ari Micich, trumpet
Venue : 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Ari Micich has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony and many Bay Area orchestras and ensembles. He has toured internationally and has held positions with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa and the Berkeley Symphony in Berkeley California.

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Sunday May 28, 7 pm
Jonathan Chu, violin; Hannah Chu, violin; Dimitriy Cogan, piano
Venue : 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Jonathan Chu has been playing the violin and piano for more than 10 years. He was concertmaster of the Golden Gate Philharmonic in San Francisco from 2012 to 2014 and joined the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2013.

Hannah Chu has been playing the violin and piano since age five. She was concertmaster at the Golden Gate Philharmonic in the 2015-16 season.

Dmitriy Cogan began music studies at the age of six at the Central Music School before moving to the U.S. and settling in San Francisco in 1974. He studied conducting at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and continued piano studies with Vladimir Pleshakov and Maria Cysic.

June

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Saturday June 3, 7:30 pm
Elfrieda Langemann (soprano), Katherine McKee (mezzo-soprano), James Meredith (piano)
Venue : 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Elfrieda Langemann has performed lead roles with the Lamplighters (Iolanthe, Iolanthe), Berkeley Opera’s Opera da Camera (The Maid, The Ruined Maid, Barab) and San Francisco Lyric Opera (Rosalinda, Die Fledermaus, Desdemona, Otello).

Katherine McKee received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied choral conducting with Lorna Cooke de Varon and voice with Bernard Barbeau.

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Sat. June 17, 7:30 pm – Lucian Balmer and friends
Lucian Balmer (violin), Joanna Mack (sitar), Josh Mellinger (tabla)
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Lucian Kano Balmer has studied the violin for 20 years under Benjamin Spilman and Calvin Murasaki. Most notably, he has performed with award winning guitarist Shambhu Vineberg, and with sarod player Lisa Sangita Moskow. Currently, he is working on compositions with tabla player Josh Mellinger as well as multi-instrumentalist Aharon Wheels Bolsta and sitarist Joanna Mack.

July

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July 10—21, Mon—Friday: Shakespeare Camp
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Bay Area Shakespeare Players Camps meet Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm for two weeks. A showcase performance for family and friends is presented on the final day of each session, followed by a celebratory cast party!

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Saturday July 15, 7 pm
Monaco Boys Choir
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

The acclaimed Monaco Boys’ Choir of the Principality of Monaco, formerly known as The Little Singers of Monaco (Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco), will perform for an exceptional concert at Incarnation Episcopal Church on Saturday July 15 at 7 p.m.

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Saturday July 29, 7:30 pm
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan (vocalist)
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan has performed widely in the SF Bay Area since 2004, including at the SFMOMA, BAM/PFA, SFJAZZ, Asian Art Museum (SF), Hertz Hall at UC Berkeley, and more, as well as having given workshops at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Stanford Jazz Workshop, and guest-lectures for music courses at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.

August

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Sunday August 6,  7 p.m.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $35 General, $30 Seniors, $25 Students
Gala Reception after the concert

Sunset Music | Arts, invites you to celebrate its third anniversary in a gala concert featuring soloists from the San Francisco Opera Chorus, The program will include favorites from opera and Broadway shows.

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East Meets West: Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum
San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Date & Time: Saturday August 19, 4 p.m.
Venue : 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

The mystic, Medieval nun Hildegard von Bingen would be remarkable in any century.  A skilled composer, physician, philosopher and theologian, and stateswoman, are just some of her many abilities that have been recorded.  Back by popular demand San Francisco Renaissance Voices brings back their acclaimed East-Indian infused staging of this, her musical magnum opus that will include a dance troupe bringing the dancing Hildegard included in this work to life.  Rarely performed, The Los Angeles Times said of the production that “Hildegard’s music rang out anew …”

September

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Sat. September 16, 7:30 pm
Robyn Carmichael, piano
Music of Scarlatti, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and Schumann
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Pianist Robyn Carmichael has concertized in Europe and across the U.S. In recent years, Ms. Carmichael has been heard in concerts in Seattle, San Francisco, Berkeley, Portland, Chicago, New York and Glasgow, U.K.

October

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Saturday October 21, 4 pm
San Francisco-Munich Trio
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Friedrich Edelmann grew up in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He studied with Alfred Rinderspacher (Prof. in Mannheim), Klaus Thunemann (Prof. in Hamburg-Hannover-Berlin), and Milan Turkovic (Prof. in Salzburg-Vienna). After his diploma in mathematics in Heidelberg, he joined the orchestra of the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern for three years.

Praised by Carlo Maria Giulini for her “exceptional musicality”, the American cellist Rebecca Rust, a native of California, U.S.A. received her first piano lessons with her mother at the age of five and began cello lessons with Margaret Rowell, Cello Professor at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford, at the age of nine.

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Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m.
Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet, St. Petersburg, Russia
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

The Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia, returns to Sunset Music & Arts in the fall in another exciting program for the string quartet.

November

To be announced

December

To be announced

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