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Avedis Chamber Music Series






"...musicianship at its zenith" – SF Classical Voice

"For more than 30 years, Avedis — the fine series led by flutist Alexandra Hawley — has been regaling San Francisco audiences with a variety of chamber music, performed by a shifting constellation of the areas leading instrumentalists. From Bach to the modern era, this is a reliable source of amiable music-making." – San Francisco Chronicle

Subscribe to three or four Avedis concerts for value discounts (and for even greater savings, subscribe by December 31, 2017). Concerts are in the beautiful Gunn Theater (formerly the Florence Gould Theater) at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

Illustration by Roger Huyssen

Sunday, January 21, 2:00 PM – Avedis Chamber Music Series
Stanford Woodwind Quintet’s 30th Anniversary

Stanford Woodwind Quintet
Désirée Goyette, soprano
Emily Laurance, harp
Paul Hersh, piano

Joseph Weigl - Concertino
Joseph Canteloube - Cinq Chants d’Auvergne
Gordon Jacob - Sextet in B flat, Op. 6
Theodor Blumer - Sextet, Op. 45

The 33rd season of the Avedis Chamber Music Series opens with the Stanford Woodwind Quintet celebrating its 30th year. Joining the quintet on this program are soprano Désirée Goyette, harpist Emily Laurance and pianist Paul Hersh. Concertino for harp and winds, by Viennese composer, Joseph Weigl, in the style of Beethoven, opens the program. Désirée Goyette joins the ensemble in Joseph Canteloube’s glorious Cinq Chants d'Auvergne, based on folksongs from that region. The second half of the program features the Quintet with pianist Paul Hersh, the poignant sextet of English composer Gordon Jacob contrasted with the rich romanticism of Theodor Blumer’s sextet.

Sunday, February 25, 2:00 PM – Avedis Chamber Music Series
Music for Flute, Strings and Piano, with Robin Sutherland

Robin Sutherland, piano
Alexandra Hawley, flute
Roy Malan, violin
Paul Hersh, viola
Susan Freier, viola
Stephen Harrison, cello

Ferdinand Ries – Quintet in B minor, Op. 74
Ernest Bloch - Concertino
Philippe Gaubert - Trois Aquarelles
César Cui - Five Pieces, Op. 56
Bohuslav Martinu - Trio

Pianist and San Francisco Symphony Principal Keyboard Robin Sutherland is featured in this varied program of works for flute, strings and piano. The program opens with a quintet by Ferdinand Ries, a friend and student of Beethoven’s, followed by a trio for flute, viola and piano, by Swiss born American composer Ernest Bloch and Russian composer César Cui’s charming Five Pieces for flute, violin and piano. Rounding out the program are two well known trios for flute, cello and piano – Philippe Gaubert’s beautifully romantic Three Water Colors and Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu’s magnificent trio.

Sunday, May 6, 2:00 PM – Avedis Chamber Music Series
Featuring Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

Robin Sutherland, piano
Alexandra Hawley, flute
Carlos Ortega, clarinet
David Tanenbaum, guitar
Daniel Smith, bass
Mckenzie Camp, percussion

Joseph Kreutzer - Trio in A major, Op. 16
Maximo Diego Pujol - Suite Buenos Aires
Maurice Emmanuel - Sonata, Op. 11
Claude Bolling - Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

This program features acclaimed pianist Robin Sutherland, bassist Daniel Smith and percussionist McKenzie Camp with Alexandra Hawley in Claude Bolling’s famous Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio. The program begins with Joseph Kreutzer’s delightful trio for flute, clarinet and guitar, with Carlos Ortega and David Tanenbaum. Also included on the program are French composer Maurice Emmanuel’s sparkling trio for flute, clarinet and piano and Argentinian composer Maximo Diego Pujol’s brilliant Suite Buenos Aires for flute and guitar.

Sunday, June 3, 2:00 PM – Avedis Chamber Music Series
Masterpieces from Bach and Telemann

Alexandra Hawley, flute
Paul Hersh, piano
Thalea String Quartet
Liam Boisset, oboe
Robert Giambruno, trumpet

Georg Philipp Telemann - Suite in A minor
Johann Sebastian Bach - Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 1038
Bach - Triple Concerto in A minor, BWV 1044
Telemann - Trio Sonata in A minor
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 2047

Masterpieces from Bach and Telemann comprise the final program in the series. Telemann’s effervescent Suite in A minor contrasts with Bach’s monumental Triple Concerto and his well-loved Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. A trio sonata by each composer completes the program. Alexandra Hawley and Paul Hersh are joined by Liam Boisset, oboe, Robert Giambruno, trumpet and the Thalea Quartet from the San Francisco Conservatory.

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