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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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March/April Concerts

Laura Klein Trio

Date & Time: Saturday March 23, 7:30 pm
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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Laura Klein was born in New York City and started attend­ing the Man­hat­tan School of Music’s prepara­tory school at age seven. She majored in music at SUNY Buf­falo, study­ing with mas­ter pianists Rus­lana Antonow­icz, Leo Smit, and Yvar Mikashoff. After receiv­ing her degree, she attended Berklee School of Music where she stud­ied jazz per­for­mance, com­po­si­tion and arrang­ing with Mick Goodrick, John La Porta, Phil Wil­son, and oth­ers. She was hired by the great drum­mer Joe Hunt to be in his trio, and while liv­ing in Boston, played with Bob Mover, Ron Hor­ton, Jamie Baum, Frank Lon­don, George Schuller, Ken Fil­liano, Ira Cole­man, and many of the other musi­cians on the Boston scene at that time. While at Berklee she met her future hus­band and musi­cal part­ner, guitarist/composer/arranger Tony Cor­man, and two other musi­cians that she would per­form and record with over the next three decades: reeds player Dave Tid­ball, and drum­mer Alan Hall. She also began a long musi­cal col­lab­o­ra­tion with vibra­phon­ist Ted Wolff, whose men­tor, the great Gary Bur­ton, brought him onto the Berklee faculty.

Clare Longendyke (piano)

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Date & Time: Saturday March 30, 7:30 pm
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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Clare Longendyke is a passionate soloist and chamber musician recognized for her colorful musicality, technical fluency, and ability to interpret repertoires across the musical spectrum. She has performed solo and chamber music recitals across Europe and North America and has won 1st place prizes in the Philharmonic Society of Arlington’s Young Artist Competition, the Schubert Club of Minnesota’s Scholarship Competition, the National Society of Arts & Letters Instrumental Competition, and 2nd place in the SIYAO Instrumental Competition. She made her orchestral debut in 2012 performing Bartók’s 3rd Piano Concerto as the winner of the Indiana University Piano Concerto Competition and in 2017, she performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor with the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra (Massachusetts) and Orlando Cela, conductor.


Circadian String Quartet: FIREBIRD RISING – 1909

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Date & Time: Saturday April 6, 7:30 pm
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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Circadian String Quartet presents: Firebird Rising: 1909 a concert celebrating rebirth and renewal through the music of Claude Debussy, Béla Bartôk and Igor Stravinsky. Join Circadian as we take you back in time to the year 1909, a year that Ford’s Model T cost $850.00, tensions were escalating on the Serbian border with Hungary, and nationalism was on the rise leading eventually to the First World War. San Francisco at this time was being rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake. In Europe, Debussy was the acknowledged leader of the avant garde and two upstart young composers who felt his influence were making their mark. The 28 year-old Béla Bartôk premiered his first string quartet which combined the harmony of Debussy, the counterpoint of J.S. Bach and the bracing rhythmic vitality of the folk music of his native Hungary. Meanwhile, the young, unknown 27 year-old Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky rocketed to fame with the premiere of the Firebird, his first full length ballet composed for the Ballet Russe in 1909 and premiered in 1910. Circadian celebrates this truly transformative time with the world premiere of our own re-imagining of Stravinsky’s Firebird, arranged for string quartet, piano and percussion by our very own David Ryther, three piano preludes exuding the magic of Claude Debussy transformed for String quartet and Béla Bartôk’s ground-breaking String Quartet No.1 provide rich context for the renaissance of ideas swirling around in 1909. Our exciting guests artists include violinist Roseminna Watson and pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi, this is a program not to miss!

Sing Sistah Sing! Andrea Baker, mezzo-soprano

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Date & Time: Sunday April 7, 7 pm
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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Sing Sistah Sing! is the first work conceived and written by internationally renowned Mezzo Soprano Andrea Baker.  The show is both a celebration of the sound and extraordinary breadth of the African American female voice, and a heartfelt retelling of some of their most incredible life stories.

Sing Sistah Sing! brilliantly weaves together these women’s brave struggles both in the civil rights movement and in their fight for artistic freedom both at home and abroad. Some have chosen opera, jazz or blues to express themselves. Celebrated artists include Leontyne Price, Marian Anderson, Donna Summer, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.

Andrea Baker, herself an artistic trailblazer, is the first African American to sing Fricka, Waltraute, Erda and 2nd Norn in Wagner’s great Ring Cycle in the Chinese premiere of the work at the Beijing Arts Festival, the first African American Carmen in Australia at the Sydney Opera House and the first African American to sing the role of Ortrud in the South Korean premiere of Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Daegu Opera Festival. Andrea began her operatic career with the San Francisco Opera, and now resides in Scotland.

With Sing Sistah Sing! Andrea Baker tells her own deeply personal story and pays joyful, soulful and varied musical homage to many of the women who courageously paved the way. Andrea began to discover that their stories were also her story and that she too would continue to lay the path for the next generation

Ensemble Illume

Piano Trios

Date & Time: Saturday April 13, 7:30 pm
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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Known for their powerful sound and profound unity of ensemble, Ensemble Illume is dedicated to sharing the rich character of the viola, cello, and piano trio with audiences of all ages. With its unconventional instrumentation, Illume’s mission is to nurture and expand the repertoire for the ensemble by identifying rarely-heard work and working with contemporary composers, while also pursuing collaborations with fellow musicians to perform quartets, quintets, and larger chamber ensembles. The ensemble was formed with an inaugural concert in San Francisco in 2018, which featured works by Kaija Saariaho and Johannes Brahms.

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Participants:
Teresa Halsey, Eloise Sant’ Johnson,
Margaret Marshall, Alexandra Mena, Alexandra Tiller, Patricia Wallinga

Sunday April 14, 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute
YEAR – LONG PROGRAM for YOUNG SINGERS
October 2018- April 2019
Professor Sylvia Anderson, General and Artistic Director
Professor Matthias Kuntzsch, Musical Director

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  • Master Classes by Robert Britton, Professor, Alexander Technique, Sylvia Anderson, Mezzo and Dramatic Soprano
  • Dramatic Training by Robert Weinapple, Stage Director and Teacher
  • Practical aspects of singing with conductor  –
    International Opera and Concert Conductor, Prof. Matthias Kuntzsch
  • Accompanists – Charles Calhoun, SFCM, Margaret Halbig, SFCM, Alex Katsman, SFCM

San Francisco Girls Chorus (Level III)

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Date & Time: Friday April 26, 7:30 pm
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus is a leading voice in music in the Bay Area and across the nation. Led by Artistic Director Lisa Bielawa and Music Director and Principal Conductor Valérie Sainte-Agathe, the Girls Chorus produces and collab­orates in concerts, recordings and tours that empower young women, expand the field of music for treble voice, and set the standard for the highest level of performance and education. Hundreds of singers ages 5-18 from over 45 Bay Area cities participate in this program, which has won honors including 3 ASCAP awards for Adventurous Programming and five Grammy awards.

Cristobal Selamé

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Date & Time: Saturday April 27, 7:30 pm
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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Described as “inspired… every note comes straight from his heart” by Grammy-Award winning artist Sérgio Assad, Chilean guitarist Cristobal Selamé is the only undergraduate to ever win the prestigious Guitar Concerto Competition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Since then, Selamé has been invited to perform in prestigious guitar festivals, including the Mauro Biasini International Festival and Competition, where he performed the Giuliani Concerto op.30.

San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Passion and Lamentations
Fr. Manuel Cardoso’s Requiem and Allegri’s Miserere

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Date & Time: Sunday April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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San Francisco Renaissance Voices made their debut in 2004 with a “standing room only” performance of Victoria’s Requiem and quickly became a favorite of San Francisco Bay Area Early Music audiences. SFRV is the San Francisco Bay Area’s professional mixed-voice ensemble dedicated to performing and exploring the a cappella choral music of the Renaissance particularly lesser-known and rarely-performed works, as well as exploring music from this period outside of the traditional European canon.

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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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