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Zēlos Quartet

Date & Time: POSTPONED – To Be Rescheduled
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $25 General, $20 Seniors/Students

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Lyric Quartet (Musical Portraits of Three Friends) (1960) by William Grant Still, arr. by Rudy Volkmann 

  1. The Sentimental One
  2. The Quiet One 
  3. The Jovial One

Evocations: Four after Matisse (2014) by Clare Shore 

  1. Luxe, Calme et Volupté 
  2. La Danse 
  3. Femme devant un bol de poisson
  4. Pianiste et joueurs de dames

Veracruz! by José Oliver Riojas 

— Intermission — 

Portrait of my Dead Brother (2014) by Kevin Villalta 

Histoire du Tango (1985) by Ástor Piazzolla, arr. by Claude Voirpy 

  1. Bordel 1900
  2. Cafe 1930
  3. Nightclub 1960
  4. Concert d’aujourd’hui


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

  • David Cortez, Soprano sax
  • Johnny Selmer, Baritone sax
  • Robin Lacey, Tenor sax
  • David Baker, Alto sax

The ZēLOS QUARTET is dedicated to performing a wide array of repertoire ranging from underrepresented contemporary works to transcriptions from the baroque, classical, and romantic eras. Committed to performing on saxophones that fit the acoustical specifications of its inventor Adolphe Sax, the Zelos Quartet looks to connect with a variety of audiences to show the wide range of sounds and colors of the saxophone.

Zelos has participated in summer music festivals such as Festival South (Hattiesburg, MS) and the National Music Festival (Chestertown, MD), where they connected with local audiences through public performances in retirement homes, farmers markets, and house concerts. They have also been extensively coached by Dr. Michael Hernandez of the critically acclaimed Mana Quartet and participated in masterclasses by the award winning Verona String Quartet and Amethyst Quartet.

Based in San Jose, the quartet performs extensively around the San Francisco Bay Area. Zelos regularly performs for First Friday, Groupmuse, Art Exhibits, and Open Mics. They were also the only student led ensemble to be invited to play in the 2017 San Jose State University Kaleidoscope concert.

Recent awards of the Zelos Quartet include 1st place in the 2018 Frances Walton Competition, advancing the Nationals Finals of the upcoming MTNA Chamber Music competition and winning SJSU’s Concerto Competition and Music Study Club Competition.


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