Sundays @ Four

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.

Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 seniors/students 18+, and free for children under 18.

Hot Club of San Francisco

Hot Club of San Francisco

March 10, 2019


Paul "Pazzo" Mehling, guitar
Isabelle Fontaine, vocals, guitar
Evan Price, violin
Jordan Samuels, guitar
Sam Rocha, bass

Inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, the Bay Area's favorite gypsy jazz band brings the traditional sounds of Reinhardt's famous Quintet of the Hot Club from Paris to Berkeley.

Evan Price is a member of Crowden's Summer Chamber Music Workshop faculty!


The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Postcards from Gypsyland, featuring:

      • Django Reinhardt Nuages
      • Cole Porter Just One of those Things
      • Lennon/McCartney Michelle
      • Lennon/McCartney Hey, Jude
      • Paul Mehling Waltz Magique
      • Paolo Conte Alle Prese con una Milonga Verde
      • And more!

Join us for a free "Meet-the-Artists" reception following the concert

About Hot Club of San Francisco

Django Reinhardt is rightly hailed as one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived, but many people praising his accomplishments as a guitarist tend to overlook his roots in Gypsy culture and the musically fertile, polyglot Paris of the 1920's. Reinhardt and his companions used all these elements, along with American jazz, to create this new music, but the Gypsy heritage seems to be the most important ingredient. Once you hear it you can’t forget it. It is sophisticated, yet it has a sentimental quality. It is Gypsy jazz, and the popularity of this sometimes flamboyant, sometimes melancholy guitar music is growing around the world. Aficionados everywhere are forming bands, called Hot Clubs, in honor of Django Reinhardt’s famous Quintet of the Hot Club of France.

There are Hot Clubs in Norway, Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, and probably every country where the guitar is played. It is through the playing of the brilliant Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt that most people are introduced to jazz manouche, as they call the style in its birthplace, France.

Quartet San Francisco

Quartet San Francisco

September 30, 2018


Jeremy Cohen, violin
Joseph Christianson, violin
Chad Kaltinger, viola
Andres Vera, cello

Non-traditional in their delivery, four-time Grammy nominee QSF redefines the sound of chamber music. "When the music says swing, we swing. When the music says groove, we groove."

Founder Jeremy Cohen was a student of Anne Crowden!

A QSF JourneyCD Release Party! Quartet San Francisco celebrates the September release of its fifth album and first for the world-renowned Reference Recordings label, A QSF Journey. This concert, the official release party, will feature works from the new CD. Don't miss the party!

Join us for a free "Meet-the-Artists" reception following the concert.

About Quartet San Francisco

Grammy nominees for their last four CD releases (2013, 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. Along with violinist Joseph Christianson, violist Chad Kaltinger, and cellist Andrés Vera, these crossover specialists excel in multiple styles — from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond.

Since its concert debut in 2001, Quartet San Francisco has offered its groundbreaking literature to local, national and international audiences in performing arts centers, tango and concert halls, jazz festivals, museums, and classrooms. In 2002 the quartet began its on-stage collaborations with tango dancers. Quartet San Francisco recently toured China, South Korea, Japan, and Turkey, performing in Seoul, Tokyo, Hyogo, Sanda, and Istanbul. Recent U.S. appearances include the Monterey Jazz Festival, Napa Valley Opera House, Berkeley Art Museum, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Minn., Old Town Temecula Community Theater, New York's Le Poisson Rouge, Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco as the inaugural guests of “The Artist Sessions,” the Brubeck Room in the Wilton (Conn.) Library, the Mendocino Music Festival, in concert with the Marin Symphony and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead in San Rafael, Calif., the Bay Area’s Peninsula Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. They have appeared at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., Troy Music Hall in Troy, N.Y., Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires, Portland (Ore.) Friends of Chamber Music, the La Jolla Music Society, Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society Summer Music Festival, University of Vermont Lane Series, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, St. Peter's Church in New York, N.Y., Dumbarton Concert Series in Washington, D.C., Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music, The Jazzschool in Berkeley, Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, San Francisco Performances, Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival, and the University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Festival at Mills College in Oakland, Calif.

QSF’s September 2013 CD release, Pacific Premieres: New Works by California Composers, features new chamber music from Gordon Goodwin, Vince Mendoza, Patrick Williams, and Jeremy Cohen which showcases the swing, jazz, and lyrical leanings of the group. In 2009 they celebrated the music of the great Dave Brubeck with their release QSF Plays Brubeck which was awarded two Grammy nominations and featured on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday in a studio interview. Their Latin and tango CD, Látigo (2006), was honored with Grammy nominations for Best Classical Crossover and Best Engineered, Classical. The quartet members were again Classical Crossover Grammy nominees for Whirled Chamber Music (2007), "…what could easily be the most cheerful and brilliantly-executed release of 2007" (Judith Schlesinger, All About Jazz).

Telegraph Quartet

Telegraph Quartet

November 4, 2018

Eric Chin, violin
Joseph Maile, violin
Pei-Ling Lin, viola
Jeremiah Shaw, cello

Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as " incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape" and powerfully adept...with a combination of brilliance and subtlety, the Telegraph Quartet was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Telegraph Quartet is part of Crowden's Summer Chamber Music Workshop faculty!


      • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575
      • Erwin Schulhoff 5 Pieces
      • Antonín Dvořák Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 51

Join us for a free "Meet-the-Artists" reception following the concert.

About Telegraph Quartet

The Telegraph Quartet (Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, viola; Jeremiah Shaw, cello) formed in 2013 with an equal passion for standard and contemporary chamber music repertoire. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “…an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape” and “powerfully adept… with a combination of brilliance and subtlety,” the Telegraph Quartet was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

The Quartet has performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Masters Series and at festivals including the Chautauqua Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Emilia Romagna Festival. They have collaborated with cellists Norman Fischer and Bonnie Hampton; violinist Ian Swensen; pianist Simone Dinnerstein; and the Henschel Quartett. A fervent champion of 20th- and 21st-century repertoire, the Telegraph Quartet has premiered works by John Harbison, Robert Sirota, and Richard Festinger. In 2018 the Quartet will release its debut album, Into the Light, featuring works by Anton Webern, Benjamin Britten, and Leon Kirchner on the Centaur label.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Quartet is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as their Quartet-in-Residence and has given master classes at the SFCM Collegiate and Pre-College Divisions, at San Francisco State University, and abroad at the Taipei National University of the Arts and National Taiwan Normal University.

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Delphi Trio

January 13, 2019

Liana Bérubé, violin
Michelle Kwon, cello
Eunmi Ko, piano (special guest!)

Praised for “…spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound…” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “…rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility, and risky tempi…” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) the Delphi Trio has become a powerfully eloquent voice in the world of chamber music.


      • Beethoven Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3
      • Schumann Piano Trio in F Major, Op. 80
      • Schubert Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 100

Delphi Trio is part of Crowden's Summer Chamber Music Workshop faculty!

Join us for a free "Meet-the-Artists" reception following the concert.

About The Delphi Trio

Prizewinners of the 2015 Orlando Concours in the Netherlands, the Delphi Trio has performed in Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, and across the United States. Recent highlights include the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Piano Trio; a concerto residency with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and Barbara Day Turner; the west coast premiere of Paul Juon’s Episodes Concertantes (1912) with Michael Morgan and the Oakland Symphony; and performances throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and WFMT Studios Chicago.

The Delphi Trio is grounded in the immensely rich classic repertoire for piano trio and is committed to the exploration of its deep, lasting meaning for performers and audience alike. The Trio sees contemporary music as a natural extension of the standard repertoire and is therefore dedicated to the music of our time. Delphi has given acclaimed world premieres of William Bolcom’s Piano Trio (2014), Max Stoffregen’s Coyote Plan (2013) and Sahba Aminikia’s Deltangi-ha (2012) and Shab o Meh (2014). The Trio will be premiering a new work by Evan Price, composer and jazz violinist formerly of the Turtle Island Quartet, in the 2017-18 season.

The Delphi Trio believes chamber music is an ideal model for education. Delphi is committed to supporting young artists as they begin their careers and has established their Emerging Artist Program to collaborate with collegiate students in their first professional chamber music concert. The Trio also curates the Practice Project, a social media group dedicated to fostering community, openness, and vulnerability among both professional and amateur artists.

The ensemble is built on trust and communication; to that end, each Delphi rehearsal starts in the same way – a meal, conversation, and music.

Delphi is excited to add the energy of a new pianist as the ensemble launches into its second decade. Delphi will be touring for the remainder of the season with a select group of favorite collaborators. Joining us for Sundays @ Four is Eunmi Ko, a celebrated pianist and Professor of Piano at the University of South Florida.

Our Mission

Crowden combines music and education to nurture, develop, and inspire students of all ages, and provides essential support to the musical life of the community.