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Sundays @ Four Chamber Music Series

Crowden presents chamber music to the public with Sundays @ Four, our series of low-cost, informal concerts featuring distinguished chamber musicians. Artists speak about each work and share their personal observations and inspirations in these intimate concerts, then mingle with the audience in receptions after the performance.

Ticket Information

  • In advance (Brown Paper Tickets): $22.50 general admission, $18 seniors and students 18 and up(with ID), FREE for children under 18 (limit 3 per purchase)
  • At the door: $25 general admission, $20 seniors and students 18 and up (with ID), FREE for children under 18

Venue

Crowden’s 200-seat Jacqueline and Peter Hoefer Auditorium features state-of-the-art acoustic architecture from Berkeley’s Meyer Sound. Seating is not assigned. Our Box Office opens half an hour before a concert’s scheduled time. Crowden is wheel-chair accessible and just two blocks from N. Berkeley BART.

2014-2015 Sundays @ Four chamber music concerts


Sundays @ Four: Quartet San Francisco

October 5, 4:00pm
Free Meet-the-Artists Reception

Quartet San Francisco

Bay Area favorite Quartet San Francisco spotlights California composers on October 5!

Grammy nominees for their last three CD releases (2009, 2007, and 2006) and International Tango competition winners (New York, 2004), Quartet San Francisco expresses itself in its agility and standout virtuosic playing. Quartet San Francisco was founded in 2001 by celebrated Bay Area violinist and composer-arranger Jeremy Cohen. He is joined by violinist Matthew Szemela, violist Chad Kaltinger, and cellist Kelley Maulbetsch. As crossover specialists QSF excels in multiple styles — from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond.

This concert will explore diverse and unexpected approaches to the string quartet genre, including works from QSF’s latest CD, Pacific Premieres: New Works by California Composers, which garnered Grammy nominations for two of its featured compositions, both programmed for the concert: Gordon Goodwin’s California Pictures for String Quartet and Vince Mendoza’s Funky Diversions for String Quartet. Also slated: founding violinist Jeremy Cohen’s original Guamba and The Bay is Deep Blue, a piece of cool jazz written for QSF by Hollywood composer Patrick Williams. Expect a few surprise selections—Cohen, who first studied violin with Crowden’s founder Anne Crowden, promises a few surprise selections, and QSF’s lively repertoire ranges from tango to the Beatles.

Program:

Gordon Goodwin California Pictures for String Quartet
Vince Mendoza Funky Diversions for String Quartet
Jeremy Cohen Guamba
Patrick Williams The Bay is Deep Blue



Sundays @ Four: duoW

November 16, 4pm
Free Meet-the-Artists Reception

duoW

Violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan and cellist Meta Weiss--duoW--burst onto the international music scene when their cutting edge music video, Ghosts And Flowers, went viral on the internet in the fall of 2011.

Strongly committed to bringing classical music to new audiences, these two ambitious Juilliard grads launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the video, which features their performance of the beautiful and highly virtuosic Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia. The result transcends the confines of classical music, proclaimed by Nylon Magazine as "a major announcement" and with visuals described by La Scena Musicale as "a mix of Coppola's 'Marie Antoinette' and Stoker's 'Dracula' alongside graffiti and modern cityscapes."

Meta and Arianna have been performing together since they first met ten years ago. Both are recent graduates of the Masters program at Juilliard, where Meta is now pursuing the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow and a SYLFF Fellow. Meta and Arianna have both been recognized internationally for their astonishing musicianship and brilliant technique, garnering multiple awards and honors, and receiving recognition in major competitions around the world.

Program:

Mozart Duo for Violin & Viola in B-flat Major, K. 424
Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia
Jean-Paul Botteman Sonate pour Violin et Violoncelle "Miroir"
Ravel Violin Sonata
Kreisler Three Viennese Songs

 


Sundays @ Four: Jay Campbell, cello, Conor Hanick, piano

March 8, 4pm
Free Meet-the-Artists Reception
Crowden School Alumnus! Jay Campbell

Cellist Jay Campbell, who has performed as concerto soloist in the world’s most prestigious halls, with conductors like Pierre Boulez, and orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, began his cello career here at Crowden, as an eight-year old beginner.

Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, Jay was recently named First Prize winner of the 2012 Concert Artist Guild auditions. He is the recipient of awards from the BMI and ASCAP foundations and has been heard on television, radio broadcasts and in concert halls around the world, including concerto appearances in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kultur und Kongresszentrum-Luzern, and the Aspen Music Festival, with conductors Pierre Boulez, Jeffrey Milarsky, Michael Morgan, and others.

Jay made his debut with the New York Philharmonic this past season performing the music of Tan Dun. He has collaborated with an array of artists ranging from composers including Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, and John Adams, to members of Radiohead and Einstürzende Neubauten, and has premiered nearly one hundred works to date, including concertos by Chris Rogerson and David Lang. Jay has had the privilege of collaborating with leading ensembles throughout the globe including ICE, Ensemble InterContemporain, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and members of the Arditti, Takacs, Kronos, and Afiara string quartets.

Highlights of the upcoming season include a debut solo CD on CAG Records and chamber works on Tzadik; appearances at Carnegie Hall, National Gallery, Krannert Center, Mondavi Center, and the Heidelberg Festival; and the premieres of new works written for Jay by John Zorn, Eric Wubbels, Oscar Bianchi, and David Fulmer. Jay began playing the cello at the age of 8 at the Crowden School in Berkeley, CA., and studied with Fred Sherry.

Program:

Debussy Violin Sonata
Stravinsky Suite Italienne (after Pulcinella)
Elliott Carter Elegy
David Fulmer new work for cello/piano
Brahms Sonata No. 1 in D major



Sundays @ Four: Fry Street Quartet

April 19, 4pm
Free Meet-the-Artists Reception

Fry Street Quartet

Violinist Robert Waters, a perennial favorite faculty member of Crowden’s summer chamber music workshop, brings his world-famous Fry Street Quartet to close the Sundays @ Four chamber music series.

Hailed as “a triumph of ensemble playing” (New York Times), Fry Street Quartet has perfected a “blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity” (Strad). Since securing the Millennium Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Fry Street Quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to Sarajevo and Jerusalem, exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-affirming potential with "profound understanding, …depth of expression, and stunning technical astuteness" (Deseret Morning News).

Fry Street Quartet began its international career in 2002 as cultural ambassadors to the Balkan States, sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the U.S. Department of State. This tour featured the European debut of J. Mark Scearce’s Y2K, commissioned for Fry Street. Subsequent international appearances have included France, the Czech Republic, Austria and Brazil. The quartet performed its first complete Beethoven Quartet Cycle presented at Utah State University in 2008.

Present projects include working with composer Michael Ellison on a commission to be premiered this season, as well as composer Laura Kaminsky in a multi-disciplinary performance with physicist Dr. Robert Davies, called The Crossroads Project, which employs original music, art, information, and imagery in contemplation our relationship to our Earth System.

Fry Street received rave reviews as prizewinners at the Fischoff Competition, Yellow Springs Competition, and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. The quartet traveled to Israel where they studied with Isaac Stern, who subsequently arranged for the quartet’s Carnegie Hall debut. The Fry Street Quartet holds the Endowed String Quartet Residency at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

Program:

Haydn Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No. 2, Quinten
Bartok Quartet No. 2
Beethoven Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.127