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The Fertile Crescent

Feb212015 CircadianStringQuartet

Saturday February 21, 2015,  7:30 p.m.

Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Tickets: $15 General / $12 Seniors & Students
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Béla Bartók  String Quartet no. 3
Sahba Aminikia  String Quartet no. 2, “One Day in Tehran”
Reza Vali  Folk Songs set no. 11b for string quartet
Joseph Haydn Quartet no. 46 op. 20 no.4
Astor Piazzolla  Four for Tango  

CircadianFramedSepiaThe Circadian String Quartet consists of violinists David Ryther and Sarah Wood, violist Omid Assad, and cellist David Wishnia. The title of their program will be The Fertile Crescent: folk inspired chamber music from Persia and beyond. The music of two Persian composers will be included on the program. Reza Vali, who has been on the faculty of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University since 1988, will be represented by a set of folk song arrangements, to which he has assigned the catalog number 11b.

2014CircadianCasesCloser to home, Tehran-born Sahba Aminikia received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music through composition studies with Dan Becker, David Garner, and David Conte. The Circadian will perform his second string quartet, subtitled “One Day in Tehran.” The “beyond” portion of the program will reach back to the eighteenth-century Vienna of Joseph Haydn with his Hoboken III/34 quartet in D major. This quartet is particularly distinguished by its third (Menuet) movement in the gypsy style.

This “eastern influence” will also include Béla Bartók’s third string quartet; and the program will conclude with Astor Piazzolla’s “Four for Tango,” which he composed for the Kronos Quartet.

Courtesy of Stephen Smoliar, SF Examiner. To read the full article click here.

About the Artitsts

David Ryther and Sarah Wood, violins
Omid Assadi, viola
David Wishnia, cello

David Ryther (violin) has brought his interpretive powers as a soloist to such festivals as the Darmstadt Summer Festival of New Music, the Banff center, and the Green Umbrella Series at the Bing theater in Los Angeles. He has been featured playing new music with adventurous ensembles sfSoundGroup, Earplay, San Francisco Contemporary Players, the Berkeley New Music Ensemble, Sonor, and Octagon. He is a founding member of the Presidio String Quartet, a group that specializes in contemporary music. David graduated with highest honors in music from UC Santa Cruz and recently received his doctorate in contemporary violin performance from UC San Diego. David can also be found playing in the Berkeley Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet orchestra and teaching violin at the Crowden School for Music.

Sarah Wood (violin) leads a versatile career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She has soloed with the Music in the Mountains Summer Festival Orchestra and the Panache, Villa Sinfonia, and Icicle Creek Chamber Orchestras.  She has performed chamber music concerts across the Northwestern and Western United States.  Sarah is currently a member of the California Symphony and the Music in the Mountains Summer Festival Orchestras.  She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and also holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Paul Kantor and William Preucil.

Native of Iran, Omid Assadi (viola) holds a B.M. and M.M. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jodie Levitz and Bettina Mussumeli. Mr. Assadi is an active ensemble player and soloist; he has concertized with many of the Bay Area’s orchestras and has appeared numerous times as soloist with Golden Gate Philharmonic, City College of San Francisco String Orchestra, Kensington Symphony Orchestra, and Villa Sinfonia. Omid’s love for chamber music has led him to study chamber music with the members of the Kronos String Quartet as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music faculty members. In addition, he has collaborated with Jennifer Culp, Jodi Levitz, Jorja Fleezanis, and with the Shams Ensemble.

David Wishnia (cello) performs regularly with many orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  He is a member of the Villa Piano Trio and the Circadian String Quartet.  He holds a Masters of Music in cello from the Yale School of Music.

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