Food & Wine Benefit
A Crowden School Music Tour '19 fundraiser!
March 8, 2019, 7-10pm
Ifshin Violins Gallery (6420 Fairmount Ave, El Cerrito 94530
Enjoy a delightful evening of chamber music, exceptional foods and wines, silent auctions and more, all in support of the Crowden School's biennial music tour!
Our outstanding silent auction includes:
- Exclusive PIXAR Studio tour for eight
- Ski-In Condo at Squaw Valley
- Bottle of Opus One wine
- Gift certificate from Top Chef luminary Tanya Holland, and more!
Winter Benefit Recital
February 7, 2019, 7:30pm
Owen Dalby, violin
Stephen Prutsman, piano
Superb violinist and Crowden School alumnus Owen Dalby (St. Lawrence String Quartet) performs a memorable evening of masterworks with pianist Stephen Prutsman.
- Schumann Violin Sonata in A minor, Op.105
- Bolcom Sonata for violin and piano No. 2
- Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80
General admission tickets are $125 and include a dessert and wine reception with the artists following the concert. Proceeds will benefit music education programs and scholarships at Crowden.
Crowden members at the Patron ($500) level and higher receive complimentary tickets to the Winter Benefit, as well as to an exclusive reception prior to the concert. Become a Crowden Member here.
Praised as "dazzling" (The New York Times), "expert and versatile" (The New Yorker), and "a fearless and inquisitive violinist" (San Francisco Classical Voice), Owen Dalby is hailed for his gripping interpretations of music from across the stylistic spectrum. A specialist in both new and early music, and both violin and viola, Owen brings daring and sophisticated artistry to audiences worldwide. As the newest member of the St Lawrence String Quartet, Owen lives and works as artist-in-residence at Stanford University. He is also a co-founder of Decoda, New York City's trailblazing society of virtuoso chamber musicians, arts advocates, and educators.
Owen made his Lincoln Center debut in 2010 with Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, and that same year gave the world premiere of Look Around You, a one-man double concerto by Timo Andres for solo violin and viola, with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He is the concertmaster of Novus NY, the contemporary music group of Trinity Wall Street, is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and frequent concertmaster for the Westminster Choir College ensembles. Owen appears frequently with leading groups in and around New York City such as Ensemble ACJW, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble, the Locrian Chamber Players, and the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble.
Owen loves early music and can be heard as soloist and leader on baroque violin with New York Baroque Inc., Four Nations Ensemble, Clarion Music Society, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Choir. In 2010 he completed a three-year tenure in The Academy, a fellowship of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School that seeks to link a performer's life with advanced training in education and community engagement. He has taught music to students of the Choir Academy of Harlem, PS 14Q in Queens, and PS 112 in Brooklyn, and in masterclasses in Mexico, Iceland, at Princeton University, Skidmore College, and the University of South Carolina.
Owen is regularly invited to perform chamber music at festivals from Hamburg to Honolulu, and from Iceland to Mumbai. His chamber music partners have included Daniel Hope, Dawn Upshaw, the Persian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, and Simon Rattle.