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Olson/De Cari Duo

Date & Time: Friday April 14, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $25 General, $20 Seniors/Students (All ticket sales are final)

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Eve’s Diary by David Leisner (b. 1953); text by Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  1. A Whole Day Old
  2. The Moon
  3. It
  4. First Sorrow
  5. Pink Dust
  6. Prayer

Three Jobim Songs by Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927–1994), arranged by João Luiz (b. 1979)

  1. Correnteza
  2. This Happy Madness
  3. One-Note Samba

What God Looks Like: Three Stories by Benjamin Verdery (b. 1955)

  1. What God Looks Like
  2. The Other Side
  3. The Planter and the Attendant: A Parable

Archimedes by Andrew York (b. 1958)

From Five Intimate Theatre Songs arranged by Clarice Assad (b. 1978)

  1. This Moment (by John Bucchino)
  2. I Had Myself a True Love (by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen)
  3. Boston Beguine (by Sheldon M. Harnick)


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. Please click here for full details.

About the Artists

The Olson/De Cari Duo straddle science and art gloriously.

Science Friday Initiative

NYlon Review described their performance as “superb . . . served up with style and elegance,” and the Science Friday Initiative noted that “the Olson/De Cari Duo straddle science and art gloriously.”

NYlon Review

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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