Old First Concerts

Look below to find a list of our upcoming concerts. You can also learn more about the artists by clicking on their names and following the links to their bios and websites.

To respect our artists and patrons, we do not permit infants or toddlers to attend our performances.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015 AT 8:00PM

Melodiya Chamber Ensemble
 
Sergey Rakitchenkov, viola; Arkady Serper, piano
 
Sergey Rakitchenkov is the Associate Principal of the Viola Section in the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. He has performed chamber music in the Bay Area and in Europe for 26 years. His latest appearances include solo performances at the Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, the Musical Academy in Bergamo, a solo performance with the Bratislava Chamber Orchestra at the music festival in Gosau in Austria, and a series of concerts in Germany. He has a long history of collaboration with longtime friend and musical partner Arkady Serper-pianist, composer, and professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Crowden School. Arkady has had many appearances as accompanist and as a soloist in concerts all over Europe. They will perform works by J. S. Bach, W. F. Bach, Chopin, Schumann, Bartók, Smirnov and Enesco.
 

Tickets for this performance can be purchased at the door.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert time.

Ticket Prices:
$20.00 General
$17.00 Seniors (65 and older)
$5.00 Full Time Students
Children 12 and under are free.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2015 AT 4:00PM

Ives Quartet
Last Words
 
Bettina Mussumeli, violin; Susan Freier, violin; Jodi Levitz, viola; Stephen Harrison, 'cello
 
Joseph Haydn Two movements for String Quartet in D minor, Op. 103
George Rochberg String Quartet No. 6, selections
Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887

His health failing, Haydn formally announced his compositional farewell with these two movements intended for a full-length quartet. While George Rochberg’s 6th quartet is not his last, the two movements excerpted here may be his final reflections on Pachelbel’s Canon and Schubert’s final quartet, which closes this program. The Ives Quartet has established a reputation for passion, precision, and provocative programming, winning accolades for playing that shows both super-refinement and visceral, rock-and-roll intensity. Inspired by the passionate, artistic commitment and unique temperament of American composer Charles Ives (1874–1954), the quartet has attracted critical enthusiasm for its “practice of reveling in the unfamiliar,” championing an eclectic repertoire that combines established masterworks with under-appreciated gems, neglected scores of early-twentieth-century America, and specially commissioned new pieces.

 
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$25.00 General
$20.00 Seniors (65 and older)
$10.00 Full Time Students
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FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015 AT 8:00PM

Mobius Trio
San Francisco
 
Robert Nance, guitar; Mason Fish, guitar; Matthew Holmes-Linder, guitar
 
Danny Clay a place that inhabits us (2011)
Sahba Aminikia Persian Dances for Guitar Trio (2010)
Dan Becker Last Night (2012)
Belinda Reynolds Edges (2013)
Aaron Gervais Adderall (2014) World Premiere
Maurice Ravel (arr. Winton White) String Quartet in F major - II. Assez vif
Sergio Assad Kindergarten (2014)

In their San Francisco concert program, captivating young guitar ensemble Mobius Trio joins forces with six of the Bay Area’s brightest composers to present a vibrant evening of virtuosic new music for classical guitar trio. From the twisted jazzy licks of Brazilian guitar legend Sergio Assad to the socially-conscious neo-Persian stylings of Sahba Aminikia, this nuanced treasury offers a taste of the stunning beauty and substantial variety currently evident in the contemporary work coming out of the San Francisco Bay Area. The program also features the World Premiere of Aaron Gervais' Adderall.

 
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$5.00 Full Time Students
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SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015 AT 8:00PM

Zodiac Trio
 
Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; Vanessa Mollard, violin; Riko Higuma, piano
 
please note this concert, which was originally schedule for March 7, will now take place on March 14.

Andrew List Klezmer Fantazye (written for the Zodiac Trio)
Astor Piazzolla (arr. Riko Higuma) Muerte de Angel and Milonga
Gian Carlo Menotti Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
Stephen Chatman Trio
Traditional, arr. Kliment Krylovskiy Saint James Infirmary
Béla Bartók Contrasts

Widely-acclaimed Zodiac Trio, an award-winning ensemble that has forged a path on the international chamber music scene usually reserved for the more traditional ensembles. They will present an unconventional and electrifying program. From Klezmer to Tango to New Orleans Jazz, this all-encompassing tour-de-force program will culminate with one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century: Béla Bartók’s Contrasts.

 
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SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015 AT 4:00PM

Robert Schwartz
 
Robert Schwartz, piano
 
Mozart Sonata in B-flat major, K. 570
Mendelssohn Songs Without Words, selections
Brahms Sonata in F minor, Op. 5

San Francisco pianist Robert Schwartz brings us a program of classical and romantic Germanic works. The evening begins with Mozart's late masterpiece, Sonata in B-flat K. 570, a piece of operatic breadth, in which the composer moves effortlessly between heroism and intimacy, tragedy and rustic humor. Schwartz also presents six selections from Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, a collection of piano pieces that proclaim Mendelssohn's remarkable affinity for the voice as much as his mastery of the piano. Brahms' epic Sonata No. 3 in F minor closes the program. This sprawling symphonic work impelled Robert Schumann to proclaim the twenty-year-old Brahms "a genius" throughout Europe. Schwartz enjoys an international career along with his frequent local appearances. He has most recently performed and given master classes in Rosario, Argentina, Southern France, Beijing and Vienna. Local appearances include the Music Academy of the West, Carmel Music Society and The Steinway Society. Critics have praised Schwartz for his "intense poetic passion" and his "remarkable insights." His varied repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary avant-garde music. He recorded a recital of French music for the Vif label and a CD of Albéniz's Iberia will soon be released. Schwartz teaches currently at Mills College in Oakland and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as maintaining an extensive private studio in San Francisco.

 
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SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015 AT 4:00PM

Junior Bach Festival
 
The program will showcase some of the finest young musicians in Northern California perform magnificent compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Since 1953 the Junior Bach Festival's annual public concerts have drawn audiences from all over Northern California to hear some of the area's brightest young musicians perform masterpieces by the baroque era composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Recognizing that the intensive study and performance of Bach's compositions is an essential part of every musician's training, the nonprofit Junior Bach Festival Association holds annual workshops, professionally adjudicated auditions, and performances for young musicians. Those students who pass their auditions are invited to perform in concerts held around the date of Bach’s birthday, March 21. The performers at Old First Concerts will have distinguished themselves in their auditions by demonstrating their technical, intellectual, stylistic, and emotional mastery of Bach’s complex and dazzling music. The concert will showcase a variety of soloists and ensembles that play with youthful intensity and joy!

 
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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015 AT 8:00PM

Aleron Trio
O1C Artists-in-residence with special guests One Found Sound
 
Solenn Séguillon, violin; Anne Suda, 'cello; Sophie Xuefei Zhang, piano
 
Leoš Janáček Mládi
Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for violin, 'cello, and piano in C major, Op. 56

Praised for their “dexterity and breathtaking perfection” by French critics and for their “emotionally compelling and masterful execution” by the San Francisco Examiner.com, San Francisco-based Aleron Trio draws audiences with their unique energy and commitment to performing. For this second concert in their O1C Artist-in-residence series, the trio will be joined by the unconducted chamber ensemble One Found Sound in a performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Aleron Trio is a fiscally sponsored affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. For more information please visit alerontrio.com.

 
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