Prayers and Celebrations
Aug
5
4:00 PM16:00

Prayers and Celebrations

Dana Wilson: Hungarian Folk Songs
   Formosa Quartet

Wei-Chieh Lin: Pasibutbut
   Formosa Quartet

INTERMISSION

Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 87
   Jesse Mills, violin
   Ayane Kozasa, viola
   Paul Wiancko, cello
   Juliana Han, piano


 

Both life and art abound in dualities, whether as joys and sorrows or music and words. Dana Wilson’s Hungarian Folk Songs weaves gripping tales through feverish dance and quiet song. Wei-Chieh Lin’s Pasibutbut is the astonishing ritual song of an aboriginal Taiwanese tribe, sung to rally their annual millet harvest. Dvorak's E-Flat major Piano Quartet evokes rustic Czech bands and exotic lands, tranquil scenes and the exuberance that Dvorak felt as he was composing this masterpiece: "Melodies are coming to me in droves. Thanks be to God!"

$30 general, $15 student ($80 season pass for all PCMF 2018 events)
General seating. Box office opens 1 hour before the concert; the house opens 30 minutes before the concert.

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The Written Word
Aug
3
7:30 PM19:30

The Written Word

Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing Suite
   Jesse Mills, violin
   Juliana Han, piano

Paul Wiancko: American Haiku
   Ayane Kozasa, viola
   Paul Wiancko, cello


Dana Wilson: The Night of H's
   Formosa Quartet

INTERMISSION

Beethoven: String Quartet in C major, Op. 59 No. 3
   Formosa Quartet

 

PCMF celebrates the written word, starting with Korngold’s charming suite of incidental music to Shakespeare's Much Ado About NothingAmerican Haiku takes inspiration from the Japanese poetic form, throws in some Appalachian fiddling, and ends up with a musical language that’s all Paul Wiancko. Dana Wilson’s The Night of H’s sets Jasmine Lin’s whimsical poem for four actors doing double duty as a string quartet. Beethoven inscribed his Third Razumovsky Quartet with a statement refusing to cede to his growing deafness – and the music bears out his determination.

$30 general, $15 student ($80 season pass for all PCMF 2018 events)
General seating. Box office opens 1 hour before the concert; the house opens 30 minutes before the concert.

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The Poetry of Music
Aug
1
7:30 PM19:30

The Poetry of Music

Richard Strauss: String Sextet from Capriccio
   Wayne Lee and Jesse Mills, violins
   Ayane Kozasa and Che-Yen Chen, violas
   Paul Wiancko and Deborah Pae, cellos

Gideon Klein: String Trio
   Jesse Mills, violin
   Ayane Kozasa, viola
   Paul Wiancko, cello


INTERMISSION

Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor
   Formosa Quartet   
   Juliana Han, piano

 

In Richard Strauss’s 1942 opera Capriccio, a countess is torn between a poet and a musician who are both vying for her love, personifying an intriguing question: which is the greater art, poetry or music? The sumptuous string sextet that opens Capriccio makes a convincing case for the latter, as do the other pieces on the program: Gideon Klein’s String Trio, written two weeks before he died in a concentration camp during the Second World War, and César Franck’s supremely passionate Piano Quintet in F minor.

$30 general, $15 student ($80 season pass for all PCMF 2018 events)
General seating. Box office opens 1 hour before the concert; the house opens 30 minutes before the concert.

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A Young Person's Guide to Chamber Music!
Jul
29
4:00 PM16:00

A Young Person's Guide to Chamber Music!

Our children's concert is back! Come enjoy a fun afternoon of chamber music, designed just for PCMF fans ages 12 and under. Learn about our musicians, the instruments they play, and the collaborative process of making music with friends. PCMF musicians will perform and talk about selections from this week's programs.

This program is approximately 50 minutes long.

$10 general, $5 ages 12 and under
($80 season pass for all PCMF 2018 events)

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Winter Series: The Complete Bach Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard, Part 2
Dec
17
4:00 PM16:00

Winter Series: The Complete Bach Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard, Part 2

Join PCMF directors Juliana Han and Wayne Lee for a two-concert survey of the six sonatas for violin and keyboard by Johann Sebastian Bach! Composed around 1719 when Bach was employed by Prince Leopold of Cöthen, these are among his most melodic and inventive pieces: the fast movements will dazzle you with their brilliance, and the soulful slow movements will touch your heart.

Bach: Sonata No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
Bach: Sonata No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1018
Bach: Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV 1019

This concert is approximately 65 minutes long.

$25 general, $15 student. $40 for tickets to both concerts.
Tickets become available on November 1, 2017 through this website.
General seating. Box office opens 1 hour before the concert; the house opens 30 minutes before the concert.


Proceeds to benefit the 2018 Piedmont Chamber Music Festival.

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Winter Series: The Complete Bach Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard, Part 1
Dec
16
7:30 PM19:30

Winter Series: The Complete Bach Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard, Part 1

Join PCMF directors Juliana Han and Wayne Lee for a two-concert survey of the six sonatas for violin and keyboard by Johann Sebastian Bach! Composed around 1719 when Bach was employed by Prince Leopold of Cöthen, these are among his most melodic and inventive pieces: the fast movements will dazzle you with their brilliance, and the soulful slow movements will touch your heart.

Bach: Sonata No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1014
Bach: Sonata No. 2 in A major, BWV 1015
Bach: Sonata No. 3 in E major, BWV 1016

This concert is approximately 65 minutes long.

$25 general, $15 student. $40 for tickets to both concerts.
Tickets become available on November 1, 2017 through this website.
General seating. Box office opens 1 hour before the concert; the house opens 30 minutes before the concert.


Proceeds to benefit the 2018 Piedmont Chamber Music Festival.

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Aug
6
3:00 PM15:00

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Our closing concert spans over two hundred years and traverses the globe. We begin in Vienna in 1816 with one of Schubert's most irrepressibly buoyant works. Almost a century later, Ravel's ethereal and kaleidoscopic Introduction and Allegro showcases what was then the newly invented double-action pedal harp. A new piece from Wei-Chieh Lin (PCMF co-director Wayne Lee's Juilliard roommate and one of today's foremost Taiwanese-American composers) is inspired by Taiwanese folk songs. To cap off our season, let your hair down for Thierry Pélicant's seductive, Argentinean-inspired Milonga, featuring seven of our eight musicians. It's guaranteed to raise the roof!

Schubert: Rondo in B minor, D. 895
     Wayne Lee, violin
     Juliana Han, piano


Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
     Julie Smith Phillips, harp
     Joshua Smith, flute
     Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
     Formosa Quartet


INTERMISSION

Wei-Chieh Lin: Five Taiwanese Folk Songs (commissioned by the Formosa Quartet) *Bay Area premiere
   
Spring Breeze 望春風
   Hengchun Folksong 恒春民謠
   Seaport Goodbye 港邊惜別
   Dark Sky 天黑黑
   Rain Night Flower 雨夜花
     Formosa Quartet

Thierry Pélicant: Milonga
     Joshua Smith, flute
     Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
     Formosa Quartet
     Juliana Han, piano

This concert was generously underwritten by The Piedmont Post.

$25 general, $15 student
General seating. Box office opens 1 hour before the concert; the house opens 30 minutes before the concert.

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FRIDAY EVENING
Aug
4
7:30 PM19:30

FRIDAY EVENING

The first half of this program features two trios of very different styles and instrumentation — and there's not a violinist to be found! To close, the Formosa Quartet and PCMF co-director Juliana Han team up for the first time for Dvorak's famous Piano Quintet, one of the best-loved pieces of Romantic chamber music.

Beethoven: Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11
     Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
     Deborah Pae, cello
     Juliana Han, piano


Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola, and harp
     Joshua Smith, flute
     Che-Yen Chen, viola
     Julie Smith Phillips, harp


INTERMISSION

Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
     Formosa Quartet
     Juliana Han, piano

This concert was generously underwritten by McCutcheon Construction.

$25 general, $15 student

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WEDNESDAY EVENING
Aug
2
7:30 PM19:30

WEDNESDAY EVENING

The opening concert of our 2017 season begins with Mozart's effervescent and joyful Flute and Harp Concerto — music for a celebration as only Mozart could have written. The Brahms Clarinet Sonata in E-flat turns inward to plumb emotional depths, from turbulent passion to soaring romanticism. The program ends with one of the Formosa Quartet's best-loved pieces, arranged by none other than first violinist Jasmine Lin. Her take on well-loved Grappelli jazz tunes brings quartet playing to an entirely raucous, riotous, and rousing level.

Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto in C major, K. 299
     Joshua Smith, flute
     Julie Smith Phillips, harp
     Formosa Quartet


Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120 No. 2
     Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
     Juliana Han, piano


INTERMISSION

Four Grappelli Jazz Tunes arranged by Jasmine Lin
     Formosa Quartet

This concert was generously underwritten by John Chalik and Susan Chamberlain.

$25 general, $15 student

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A YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO CHAMBER MUSIC
Jul
30
4:00 PM16:00

A YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO CHAMBER MUSIC

Our children's concert is back! Come enjoy a fun afternoon of chamber music, designed just for PCMF fans ages 12 and under. Learn about our musicians, the instruments they play, and the collaborative process of making music with friends. PCMF musicians will perform and talk about selections from this week's programs.

This program is approximately 50 minutes long.

$10 adults, $5 kids

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FINAL CONCERT
Aug
7
3:00 PM15:00

FINAL CONCERT

The first half of this program features French composers from three different generations, and notably Pauline Viardot, a mezzo-soprano who was (for a while) Chopin's lover, and who is now known for a small but treasured output of songs. Our season ends with one of the masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire: Brahms's autumnal Clarinet Quintet.

Claude Debussy: Première rhapsodie for clarinet and piano
Ernest Chausson: Chanson Perpétuelle for soprano, piano, and string quartet
Pauline Viardot: Songs
intermission
Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet

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LOCALLY GROWN
Aug
6
7:30 PM19:30

LOCALLY GROWN

We're pretty excited about this program, which features living composers with Bay Area ties! It begins with a sonata written for Wayne by his childhood friend Anthony Cheung — now one of the most celebrated composers of his generation — and ends with John Adams's exhilarating collection of rhythmic vignettes for string quartet. In between, Bolcom's hip-hop inspired Second Piano Quartet and Heggie's lyrical song cycle (set to poems by Emily Dickinson) will keep you on the edge of your seats.

Anthony Cheung: Violin Sonata (2002)
William Bolcom: Second Piano Quartet (2003)
intermission
Jake Heggie: Newer Every Day for soprano and piano (2014)
John Adams: John's Book of Alleged Dances for string quartet and recorded prepared piano (1994)

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FOLK TRADITIONS
Aug
5
7:30 PM19:30

FOLK TRADITIONS

JOIN US as we kick off PCMF's inaugural season! And we're going to start with a bang — with a new arrangement of Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances, featuring the PCMF band!

Béla Bartók (arranged by PCMF musicians): Romanian Folk Dances
Robert Schumann: Fantasy Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op. 73
Antonín Dvořák: Gypsy Songs
intermission
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D major, Op. 44 No. 1

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A YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO CHAMBER MUSIC
Aug
3
4:00 PM16:00

A YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO CHAMBER MUSIC

COME ENJOY a fun afternoon of chamber music, designed just for PCMF fans ages 12 and under! Learn about the musicians of the 2016 festival, the instruments they play, and the collaborative process of making music with friends. PCMF musicians will perform and talk about selections from this weekend's programs, including pieces by Schumann and Bartok.

This program is approximately 50 minutes long.

$10 adults
$5 ages 12 and under

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