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Sunset Music & Arts Season

2019 Season

Dear Music Lovers,

We are very excited to announce our fifth season with many new and returning artists. The season continues out tradition of strong offerings in solo instrumental performances, vocal recitals, choral music, opera, and jazz/world music  concerts.

Our 2019 season offers concerts throughout the year. We hope that you will join us  and look forward to sharing the joy of music in 2019.

Thank you,
Mathew Chacko & Sally Munro
Directors, Sunset Music & Arts

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  1. Recital: Instrumental Series
  2. Recital: Vocal Series
  3. Chamber Music/Ensemble
  4. Choral Music
  5. Opera Gala & Fundraiser
  6. Opera
  7. Jazz/World Music
  8. Community recitals, workshops, and social events
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June Concerts

Acclaimed Italian pianist, Sandro Russo in recital

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Date & Time: Saturday June 1, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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Acclaimed for his profound sense of poetry and distinctive style, Sandro Russo has been in demand as a soloist in many venues around the world. He unanimously receives accolades for his sparkling virtuosity and his playing has often been referred to as a throwback to the grand tradition of elegant pianism and beautiful sound. Abbey Simon has praised him as “an artist to his fingertips…musical, intuitive, and a master of the instrument.” Lowell Liebermann has called him “a musician’s musician, and a pianist’s pianist. There is no technical challenge too great for him, but it is his musicianship that ultimately makes the greatest impression. His interpretations reveal a unique and profound artist at work.”

Born in San Giovanni Gemini, Italy, Mr. Russo displayed exceptional musical talent from an early age. After entering the V. Bellini Conservatory, from where he graduated summa cum laude, he went on to earn the Pianoforte Performing Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London, with honors. While still a student, he won top prize awards in numerous national and international competitions, including Senigallia and the Ibla Grand Prize. Mr. Russo has performed in such eminent concert halls as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Politeama in Palermo, Weill and Zankel halls at Carnegie Hall and Nagasaki Brick Hall in Japan.

 

Trio Foss

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Date & Time: Saturday June 8, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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Hrabba Atladottir, violin
Nina Flyer, cello
Miles Graber, piano

Trio Foss, a fusion of varying personalities, backgrounds, and nationalities, is a new group just entering the music scene. Having only been in existence for one year, the trio has already secured concerts throughout the Bay Area to critical acclaim and completed its first recording project with composer Allan Crossman.

 

David Jaronowski (organ)

David Jaronowski

Date & Time: Friday June 14, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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David Jaronowski, M.M., CAGO, has served as director of music at the parish of Mary Queen of Peace for six years and as director of music and liturgy for the Congregation of St. Joseph for five years. Prior to that time, he was the director of music and organist at several area churches; He also spent two years in Kansas City, MO as the director of music at St. Peter’s Parish in Kansas City and as staff organist at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

 

A Sunset Community Music & Arts Event
Ajay Mallya (violin) with Dmitriy Cogan (piano)

Ajay Mallya (violin) & Dmitriy Cogan

Date & Time: Saturday June 15, 5 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Free Admission. Donations requested.

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Ajay Mallya started learning violin at age 3 and is currently a student of Zhao Wei of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has won local, state, and international violin competitions and awards, and made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 12 with the Carnegie Honors Orchestra of North America. Subsequently, he was chosen to perform a recital in Carnegie Hall at age 13. Ajay is currently a member of the California Youth Symphony and plays chamber music with the Music@ Kohl Mansion, Young Chamber Musicians.

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. In 1979, he moved to New York to study with Martin Canin at the Juilliard School, where he received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Mr. Cogan has performed publicly since age nine in Moscow.

 

Ben Rosenblum

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Date & Time: Saturday June 22, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Award-winning jazz pianist, composer and accordionist Ben Rosenblum has been described as “mature beyond his years,” (Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility), and as an “impressive talent” (C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz), who “caresses [the music] with the reverence it merits” (Bob Doerschuk, Downbeat Magazine). Ben is based primarily in New York City, and is a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard program (in 2016). His original music combines his extensive knowledge of the history of jazz with a free-wheeling, modern melodic sensibility and powerful narrative approach to the piano. His profound passion for jazz, swing and world music genres finds expression in his unique fusion of harmonic and rhythmic elements from a wide array of sources, and gives rise to a signature compositional sound and style at once iconoclastic and deeply rooted in such figures as Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly. Ben’s first priority in his composition and in his playing is always narrative – to tell a compelling story with his music, while reaching the hearts of his audience, connecting on an emotional, an intellectual and a spiritual level.

 

Ensemble 1828: The Schubert Project

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Date & Time: Friday June 28, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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Nicole Oswald recently received an Artist Diploma from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, studying under renowned concert violinist and pedagogue Charles Castleman as a graduate teaching assistant and Henry Mancini Institute fellow.  Prior to attending Frost, Nicole studied violin at the Utrechts Conservatory, Netherlands and the Eastman School of Music.

Alison Lee recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Lydia Artymiw. She received her MM degree from Rice University under Jon Kimura Parker, and BM degree from Oberlin Conservatory under Angela Cheng.

Isaac Pastor-Chermak is Principal Cellist of Portland Opera and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony; Associate Principal Cellist of Stockton Symphony; and a member of Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic.

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Anniversary Gala and Reception

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

Margaret Genovese, soprano
Sally Porter Munro, mezzo-soprano
Colby Roberts, tenor
Jere Torkelsen, baritone
Dr. Bryan Baker, piano

Date & Time: Sunday August 25, 7 p.m.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $30 General, $25 Seniors, $20 Students
A free Gala Reception follows the concert.

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Community Music | Arts Events

We are also excited about launching our, Sunset Community Music | Arts  initiative, where you can enjoy mostly free (occasionally, donations or a small fee may be requested) concerts and programs,  produced and performed by members of the local community. If you are interested in performing as part of this program, please contact us at 415.564.2324 or e-mail us at sunsetmusicarts@gmail.com.

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