Berkeley Chamber Performances
 


2001-2002 Season

All concerts will take place at 8:00 on Tuesday evenings at the Berkeley City Club.

Strata – October 23, 2001
Paula West and friends -- December 4, 2001
Musica Pacifica – January 29, 2002
Glover and Hansen -- March 26, 2002
Del Sol String Quartet -- May 21, 2002


STRATA

Tuesday, October 23, 2001, 8:00 p.m.
In the Ballroom

Nathan Williams, Clarinet
James Stern, Violin and Viola
Audrey Andrist, Piano

Performing works by Mozart, Maggio, Ince, and Stravinsky

This world-class ensemble, consisting of clarinet, violin/viola and piano, will be presenting two exciting works written specifically for the group, as well as beloved works from the standard repertoire. Come enjoy the keyboard, wind, and string layers (or “strata”) of sound.

“Superb technical skills….All three musicians responded expressively….The musicianship was exhilarating.”
-- The Independent Coast Observer

“…sputtering repeated notes, sudden chordal interruptions, and fitfully charging textures…show off the virtuosity of Strata….”
-- Jules Langert, San Francisco Classical Voice

To read more about Strata, please see http://performingarts.net/LSMI/strata.htm

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PAULA WEST and friends

Tuesday, December 4, 2001, 8:00 p.m.
In the Ballroom

In the jazz tradition Paula West will introduce each number.

Paula West has built her reputation as an interpreter of the “Great American Songbook”, classic songs by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen and others.

“For me, singing a song is telling a story, so you have to believe in what you are singing.”
-- Paula West, interviewed in the San Francisco Bay Guardian

“It’s not just her exquisite control of her gorgeous, smoky contralto voice. What sets West apart…is that her emotional reading of each song is three-dimensional and entirely present tense. She plays in the material rather than with it…with her sumptuous phrasing and unerring sense of rhythm.”
-- Andrew Gilbert, Mercury News

For more information on Paula West, please see http://www.citycabaret.com/paulawest/

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Musica Pacifica

Tuesday, January 29, 2002, 8:00 p.m.
In the Members Lounge

Judith Linsenberg, Recorder
Elizabeth Blumenstock, Baroque violin
Gonzalo X. Ruiz, Baroque oboe
David Morris, Cello and Viola da gamba
Charles Sherman, Harpsichord

Works to be announced

The members of Musica Pacifica belong to the ranks of the finest early music performers in the United States, and their recordings have been acclaimed by the international press. This program will the solo talents of each musician, as well as various combinations of instruments.

”As affable and charming as they are talented, regaling the audience with their musicianship and scholarship.”
--Washington Post

“Supremely tight ensemble and smooth blending….Performed with flair!”
-- Arizona Daily Star

For more information on Musica Pacifica, please see http://www.musicapacifica.org/

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Glover and Hansen

Tuesday, March 26, 2002, 8:00 p.m.
In the Ballroom

Daniel Glover, Piano
Thomas Hansen, Piano

Works of Lutoslawski, Dutkiewicz, Rachmaninoff, and others

Bay Area favorites as individual soloists as well as in ensemble, this masterful piano duo will be presenting a colorful program, including Rachmaninoff’s delightful Symphonic Dances. Glover and Hansen’s artistry covers the emotional and dynamic spectrum, and their technical precision and power will delight listeners. Don’t miss the rare chance to experience two pianists in the dramatic ballroom setting!

“It was a coherent and impressively controlled performance…. Glover's impressive technique and reliable musicality make him a natural for exploring even more of the Russian repertory.”
-- San Francisco Classical Voice

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Del Sol String Quartet

Tuesday, May 21, 2002, 8:00 p.m.

Works of Piazzola, Brown, Crawford-Seeger, Brubeck

With the theme of “Music of the Americas – Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Blue”, this incredible Bay Area group brings a new swing to the traditional quartet form. Displaying technical wizardry, imagination and passion, they are sure to bring a wide variety of sounds.

“…innovative and well paced performances have won editorial [audiences] over…”
-- Strings magazine

“…from the sweet harmony of Haydn to the dissonance of Stravinsky, the group served up a little something for everyone’s taste….The musicians must be respected for their virtuosity and guts…in breaking away from a strictly classical mode.”
-- The Independent

For further details, please see http://www.delsolquartet.com/

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