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Janis Mercer, piano, Daniel Lewin, violin and Friends

Date & Time: Saturday October 17, 7:30  p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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Concert commemorating the 75th anniversary of the death of Anton Webern

Full details to be announced shortly.

About the Artists

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. 

Ms. Mercer also performs music by living composers.  She has performed music by Anthony Braxton, Brian Belét, Pablo Furman, Paul Rudy and Sever Tipei, and has commissioned works from Zack Browning, Erik Lund, and Donivan Johnson, among others. Ms. Mercer’s current discography as a pianist includes recordings on Capstone, Ravello, Centaur, and New Music Circle, of music by Belét, Mercer, and Rudy.  Her CD of Anton Webern’s music is due for a 2020 release on Centaur.

Daniel Lewin has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.  He has an unusually diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and teacher. He was Concertmaster with the Symphony of the United Nations, Solisti New York, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Charleston Symphony, Nevada Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and Cedar Rapids Symphony.  He made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the New York Youth Symphony.  He has played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, the Spoleto Festival, in both Charleston, S.C. and Spoleto Italy, and toured Greece as a member of the American Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lewin was Professor of Violin and Viola at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he taught both undergraduates and graduate music students. He served as the Concertmaster of the Nevada Symphony and was a founding member of the Nevada Fine Arts Trio.  He spent a season as Visiting Artist in Residence of Violin at the University of Memphis where he was a member of the Pyramid String Trio. Mr. Lewin was also the Concertmaster of the West Virgina Symphony and first violinist of the Montclaire String Quartet.  His teaching credentials include the College of Charleston, S.C., and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N.C.  Mr. Lewin currently resides in the East Bay, where he teaches privately, performs in various chamber ensembles, and is the Director of the Trinity Chamber Concert Series.

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