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:
|October 6||Sundays @ Four: Baumer String Quartet
GRAND OPENING of the Jacqueline and Peter Hoefer Auditorium
Very First Concerts with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
|January 19||Sundays @ Four: Bonnie Hampton & Friends|
|March 23||Sundays @ Four: Kenneth Renshaw & Arkadi Serper|
|March 29||Crowden 30th Anniversary Gala|
|May 11||Sundays @ Four: Alexander String Quartet|
|May 24||Crowden 30th Anniversary Concert|
|May 25||Crowden School Alumni Brunch & Berkeley Historical Society Exhibit “Anne Crowden and her Students"|
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.
10am – 3pm
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!
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
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
Craneway Pavilion, Richmond
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!
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.
Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.