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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


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.


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


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.


Mozart Duo for Violin & Viola in B-flat Major, K. 424
Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia
Glière Selections from Huit Morceaux, Op. 39
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

Praised by The New York Times for his “electrifying performances” which “conveyed every nuance,” Crowden School alumnus cellist Jay Campbell is the First Prize Winner of the 2012 CAG Victor Elmaleh International Competition. This spellbinding artist combines eclectic musical interests and a diverse spectrum of repertoire, which has led to collaborations with musicians ranging from Elliott Carter and Pierre Boulez to David Lang and John Zorn to members of Radiohead and Einstürzende Neubauten.

For the 2014-15 season, featured concerto appearances include a return to Alice Tully Hall to perform the Ligeti Cello Concerto with the Axiom Ensemble and conductor Jeffrey Milarski, and debut performances with the Alabama Symphony, Ohio Valley Symphony, and Wartburg Symphony. Jay’s solo recitals this season include his Kennedy Center debut on the Washington Performing Arts series, featuring a world premiere by David Fulmer, and an appearance on CAG’s series at SubCulture in Manhattan.

Recent concerto highlights include his New York Philharmonic debut performing Tan Dun’s Silk Road Encounters from Crouching Tiger Concerto on a Young People’s Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, and his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony at Stern Auditorium, as well as Lucerne Festival Academy, Oakland East-Bay Symphony, The Juilliard Orchestra, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Among the conductors with whom he has collaborated are Pierre Boulez, Matthias Pintscher, Michael Morgan, Jeffrey Milarsky, Joshua Weilerstein and Ryan McAdams. Recent recitals include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Italian Academy at Columbia University, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and the Mondavi Center at UC Davis, all with pianist Conor Hanick.

Jay has premiered nearly one hundred works to date, including concerti by Chris Rogerson and Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang. In 2013-14, Jay premiered a new recital piece written for him by John Zorn called occam’s razor, and for the 2015-16 season, a new cello concerto will be commissioned for Jay from American composer David Fulmer, which is entitled Genus and Species and co-commissioned by the Human Rights Foundation. Jay has had the privilege of working with leading new music groups including ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Ensemble InterContemporain, Da Capo Chamber Players, and the Argento Ensemble. A further testament to his dedication to the music of our time comes from the ASCAP Foundation which honored him with the Lieber & Stoller Award.

As a chamber musician, Jay has worked with members of the Arditti, Takacs, Kronos, and Afiara String Quartets. Festival appearances include Marlboro Music, Moab Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and Festival Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, and he has enjoyed residencies at Vermont’s Yellow Barn Music Festival and at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Texas.

Born in Berkeley, Jay Campbell studied at The Juilliard School where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees while studying with celebrated cellist Fred Sherry. He began his cello studies at Crowden at the age of eight.


Debussy Cello Sonata
Brahms Sonata No. 2 in F Major
Elliott Carter Elegy
Stravinsky Suite Italienne (after Pulcinella)

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.


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