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Free SF Chamber Orchestra Concert: The Romantics | Berkeley

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Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE
First Congregational Church (Berkeley) | 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA

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Free San Francisco Chamber Orchestra Concerts

Founded in 1953, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra has remained an active voice in the Bay Area music community, presenting free concerts with an ensemble of the region’s top professional musicians.

The rollout of an exciting new concert format, Maestro Ben Simon becomes your host for a 90-minute, no intermission podcast. Think of it as a cross between Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and From the Top with games, prizes, Ben’s famous trivia quiz, and of course, great music.

Featuring a host of SFCO All-Stars, this engaging program will feature variations on familiar themes by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, and more. With special guest Anthony Lane, luthier.

Free admission. Members entry one hour before. General audience entry 15 minutes before. Recommended for middle school-age and up.

Mozart 12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman” K.265

  • Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano

Haydn String Quartet in C Major, op. 76 no.3 (“Emperor”)

  • Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra string quartet
  • Second movement, Poco adagio; cantabile

Schubert Die Forelle (“The Trout”)

  • Ann Moss, soprano
  • Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano

Schubert Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 (“Trout”)

  • Fourth movement: Tema con variazione (Andantino)

Heidrich Happy Birthday Variations

Masterworks by the great Romantics Schubert and Brahms feature the virtuosic string players of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Making his West Coast debut with these performances of Franz Schubert’s heart-wrenchingly beautiful “Arpeggione” Sonata is Sterling Elliott, a 14-year old cellist and honor student from Newport News, Virginia.

Sterling is the 2014 junior division winner of the Sphinx Competition, organized by Sphinx-a Detroit-based nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Johannes Brahms’ F major string quintet is a favorite of our musicians, so we’re expanding the quintet to 18 and letting all our wonderful players join in the fun.

Benjamin Simon, conductor
Sterling Elliott, cello [2015 Debut Artist and 2014 Sphinx Competition Winner]

Franz Schubert – Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D. 821 (arr. Klug)
Johannes Brahms – String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88 (arr. Simon)

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Cost: FREE
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, East Bay, Lectures & Workshops, Live Music
Address: 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA