Berkeley Chamber Performances
 


2002-2003 Season

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

Sun Quartet / October 8, 2002
Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio / December 9, 2002
Paul Hanson and members of DAVKA, with Steve Erquiaga / January 28, 2003
Chiaroscuro Duo / Tuesday, March 25, 2003
San Francisco Saxophone Quartet / May 20, 2003


Tuesday, October 8, 2002
Sun Quartet


Ian Swensen, violin
Anna Presler, violin
Anna Kruger, viola
Andrew Luchansky, cello

Works of Haydn, Brahms and others.

This group of honored performers and teachers, led by new first violinist Ian Swensen, promises to become a Northern California favorite. We look forward to their distinctive characterizations and creative interpretation to their performance.

“Swensen is also fond of vivid gestures. . .an exhilarating performance, full of physical and intellectual energy.” – San Francisco Classical Voice

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Monday, December 9, 2002
Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio


David Abel, violin
Julie Steinberg, piano
William Winant, percussion

Works of Dresher, Satoh, Campion and Harrison

This dynamic trio is dedicated to the performance of contemporary music from the Pacific Rim and the Americas. They frequently collaborate with the great composers of our times, such as Lou Harrison, whose Varied Trio will be featured on this program.

“Steinberg’s performance brought all the subtleties – and all the power – necessary to give flight to the composer’s intentions.” – San Francisco Classical Voice

http://www.newalbion.com/artists/asw/

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Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Paul Hanson and members of DAVKA, with Steve Erquiaga


Paul Hanson, bassoon
Daniel Hoffman, violin
Moses Sedler, cello
Kevin Mummey, percussion
Steve Erquiaga, guest guitarist

Original works by Hanson and DAVKA will be announced by the performers.

Paul Hanson’s eclectic and utterly original bassoon stylings meld brilliantly with DAVKA, a group taking its name from Hebrew slang for “contrary to expectation.” This ensemble promises an inventive synthesis of Jewish melody, combined with the rhythms of the Middle East.

“Hanson has brought the double reed instrument where it’s seldom if ever gone before. . . .”
– Andrew Gilbert, Downbeat magazine

http://www.jazzbassoon.com/

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Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Chiaroscuro Duo


Cynthei Mei, violin
Aileen Chanco, piano

Works of Stravinsky, Janacek and R. Strauss

This stunning partnership brings beauty, brilliance and musical balance to its performances. We are very pleased to welcome Ms. Mei back to our series. About Ms. Chanco, Kent Nagano, in an interview in the Argus, has said, “a combination of courage and willingness to explore, a real openness to discovery. . . .She has some sort of gift that stays in your mind.”

“They are excellent musicians who have a true feel and passion for their art.”
– Mary Tanner, Lancaster Performing Arts Center

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003
San Francisco Saxophone Quartet


David Schrader, soprano saxophone
Bill Aron, alto saxophone
David Henderson, tenor saxophone
Kevin Stewart, baritone saxophone

Works to be announced

Equally in home in baseball caps and tuxes, the quartet offers its unique treatment of works from Baroque to Contemporary. Eye-opening transcriptions of familiar pieces and sometimes-neglected saxophone quartet literature are delivered with skill and artistry.

“Superlative. . . .perfectly in tune. . . .four bodies breathing as one.” – San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfsax.com/

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