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Crowden's 30th Anniversary Season 2013-14

In 1983, violinst Anne Crowden founded her dream school with just 13 students, to provide a rigorous education with classical music at its heart.

30 years later, Crowden is a unique Bay Area center where music changes everything.

Please join us for our 30th Anniversary season!

30th Anniversary Honorary Co-Chairs:
John Adams, Gordon Getty, Michael Tilson Thomas

October 6 Baumer String Quartet Sundays @ Four: Baumer String Quartet

GRAND OPENING of the Jacqueline and Peter Hoefer Auditorium

October 20 Instrument Petting Zoo

Community Music Day

Very First Concerts with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

January 19 Bonnie Hampton Sundays @ Four: Bonnie Hampton & Friends
March 23 Kenneth Renshaw Sundays @ Four: Kenneth Renshaw & Arkadi Serper
March 29 Crowden Gala Crowden 30th Anniversary Gala
May 11 Alexander String Quartet Sundays @ Four: Alexander String Quartet
May 24 Anniversary Concert Crowden 30th Anniversary Concert
May 25 Milly, Anne, Brigit at Crowden Crowden School Alumni Brunch & Berkeley Historical Society Exhibit “Anne Crowden and her Students"

Sundays @ Four: Baumer String Quartet
Grand Opening Jacqueline and Peter Hoefer Auditorium

October 6
Meet-the-Artists Reception

Baumer String Quartet

Composed of three Crowden School graduates, the Baumer String Quartet (Nathan Olson, Aaron Requiro, JT Posadas, David Requiro) is quickly distinguishing itself among audiences and critics for technical finesse, warmth of expression, and cutting edge performances. Join us for the grand opening of our newly renovated Jacqueline and Peter Hoefer Auditorium, featuring Meyer Sound’s Constellation system! With guests Jory Fankuchen and Eugene Sor. Free “Meet-the-Artists” reception. Program: Beethoven, Bartók, Tchaikovsky.

Community Music Day

October 20
10am – 3pm

Community Music Day

Crowden’s annual musical carnival is a day-long celebration for the entire family. Visit our ever-popular Instrument Petting Zoo, where young student Zookeepers help you touch and play the instruments of the orchestra. Hear the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra perform Very First Concerts, made especially for wriggly toddlers (and their moms and dads) and themed “Small Instruments, Tall Instruments: the Highs and Lows of the Orchestra!” That’s just the beginning of the musical fun in store.

Community Music Day is free to all, no tickets needed!
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Bonnie HamptonSundays @ Four: Bonnie Hampton & Friends

January 19
“Meet-the-Artists” Reception

Internationally lauded cellist Bonnie Hampton has done it all—won a Naumburg Award, served on faculty at Juilliard and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studied with Pablo Casals, led Chamber Music America as president, performed all over the world. Somehow, she has always found time throughout the last 30 years to visit and coach the young musicians at Crowden. With guests Cathy Allen, Liana Berube, Jeff LaDeur, Pei Ling Lin, Joseph Maile, Isaac Melamed, and Monica Scott. Free “Meet-the-Artists” reception. Program: Beethoven, Debussy, Riegger, Brahms

Sundays @ Four: Kenneth Renshaw & Arkadi Serper

March 23
"Meet-the-Artists" reception

Kenneth REnshaw

Before he launched an international soloist career that includes first prizes in some of the world’s most prestigious violin competitions, before he headed to New England Conservatory of Music or played on NPR, before he spent two years as concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and won its concerto competition, Kenneth Renshaw attended sixth through eighth grade at The Crowden School. Free “Meet-the-Artists” reception. Program: Bach, Prokofiev, Schubert, Tchaikovsky

Crowden 30th Anniversary Gala

March 29
Craneway Pavilion, Richmond

2011 Crowden Gala

With your support music changes everything. For 30 years, Crowden has had a transformative influence on its students as well as the Bay Area cultural community. Please join us for an exuberant evening of fine food, good company, inspiring music, and live auction. Your support helps our unique institution continue to change lives.

Thank you for making our 2014 Gala benefit our most successful yet!

Sundays @ Four: Alexander String Quartet

May 11

Alexander String Quartet

Alexander String Quartet has a lot in common with Crowden, and not only chamber music. Both have turned 30 years old, although ASQ is two years older. The players of ASQ dedicate themselves fully to both performance and education, refusing to choose or compromise, just like the faculty at Crowden. ASQ has performed on five continents, the Crowden School has toured on three. Both use chamber music to inspire and change the lives of young Bay Area musicians, and both show no signs of stopping. With guests Jory Fankuchen and Eugene Sor. Program: Mozart, Bartók, Brahms. Free “Meet-the-Artists” reception.

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Crowden 30th Anniversary Concert

May 24
Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley

Anniversary Concert

The array of distinguished musicians with close connections to Crowden is dazzling. The finale concert of our 30th anniversary season will bring together many of these good friends, alumni, faculty, and students for one unforgettable evening. Including the world premiere of música, a new composition for unchanged voices and string orchestra by Crowden alumnus Samuel Carl Adams.

Performers to include:

Baumer String Quartet (Nathan Olson, Aaron Requiro, John T. Posadas, David Requiro)
Deirdre Cooper, cello (Anne Crowden's daughter!)
Bonnie Hampton, cello
Emil Miland, cello
Kenneth Renshaw, violin
The Crowden School Orchestra and Choruses

música was commissioned in honor of Crowden's 30th Anniversary thanks to a grant from the East Bay Community Foundation

Thanks to our lead event sponsors: Shelby and Frederick Gans, Meyer Sound

Alumni interested in joining the Fiddle-Faddle performance (a longstanding Crowden tradition) should contact

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Crowden School Alumni Brunch
Berkeley Historical Society Exhibit “Anne Crowden and her Students”


May 25

Crowden School alumni

Alumni are encouraged to come home Memorial Day weekend for our anniversary concert and alumni brunch. Spend the whole weekend with your Crowden friends! Brunch will be followed by informal chamber music readings. The general public is invited to view an exhibit on the history of Crowden presented by the Berkeley Historical Society.

Let us know you’re coming! Alumni and families please RSVP to

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