Your favorite chamber orchestra ends the season on the lighter side, with music designed to tickle your classical funny bone. Peter Schickele and his hilarious alter ego P.D.Q. Bach (the last and oddest of J.S. Bach’s 20-odd children) will be well represented—namely by P.D.Q.’s brilliant reworking of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as a sportscast, featuring play-by-play announcers, a whistling referee, and a penalty box for errant horn players. Mozart and Haydn were notorious musical jokesters in their day, and Peter Heidrich’s witty “Happy Birthday” Variations sets a familiar tune in the styles of Bach, Brahms, and beyond.
Join us at one of our very favorite intimate venues - a gorgeous, historic Victorian - for an afternoon of music, food, wine, and celebration. Our third annual fundraiser will include a silent auction of one-of-a-kind art pieces, artisanal Armagnac, deluxe tea set, wine collection, exclusive CMS experiences and more!
VIP tickets (limited availability) include early admission, a champagne toast with the artists, reserved seating, and first access to the silent auction.
The Afternoon Salon Fundraiser is not only a fun and unique experience, but it allows us to continue our work- engaging with audiences in intimate, personal concert experiences as we perform masterworks of the chamber music repertoire.
Join CMS of SF for our first-ever sextet performance! SF Conservatory of Music viola professor Jodi Levitz and cellist James Jaffe collaborate with us on Brahms' divine G Major String Sextet.
Doors open at 2:30, Music begins at 3:00
Wine and cheese reception with the musicians to follow.
Meet the Quartet is a great opportunity for kids of all ages to see how much fun it is to play music with other people or to get to hear chamber music for the first time. In an engaging format focused on active participation, we will be introducing the instruments of the quartet and exploring chamber music skills like collaboration and teamwork as we present string quartet music by Mozart, Haydn, and Shostakovich. Read more about us here, tickets available here.
In this program, we explore the voice in its broadest sense: from a premiere of a song cycle by San Francisco composer Richard Festinger to an invocation of the voices of nature in Michael Pisaro’s evocative ricefall for 16 players and various resonant metal and wooden objects. Anchoring the program is a pair of composers – one emerging and another established: Kate Soper’s Door features voice and electric guitar alongside a rare performance of Gyorgy Ligeti’s landmark Chamber Concerto, which features the voices of 13 concertante soloists.
Encouraging and mentoring the next generation of new music performers, SFCMP will once again join San Francisco Conservatory of Music students on this program.
Two-time Grammy Award winner and jazz violinist extraordinaire Evan Price jumpstarts the 2016-2017 season and performs his newly commissioned Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra. A versatile and virtuosic performer, Evan has thrilled audiences around the world with such ensembles as the Turtle Island String Quartet, The Hot Club of San Francisco, and many others.
Evan’s piece is paired with Pergolesi’s Concerto for String Orchestra and music from Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, the 1920 ballet and neoclassical masterpiece about the commedia dell’arte character by the same name. The orchestra’s versatility will be on full display at this Main Stage season opener.
In a concert hosted by Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, we will be performing chamber music by Franck and Haydn. As usual, we will introduce the works and the event will be followed by a reception. Come join for a memorable evening of music!
In a concert hosted by the Alameda String Academy at Trinity Lutheran Church, we will be performing chamber music by Franck and Haydn. As usual, we will introduce the works and the event will be followed by a reception. Come join for a memorable evening of music!
Join us for an evening of original songs on love, longing, hope, and crossing borders as the sounds of guitar, voice, and a string quartet fill a dynamic loft art space. This is an event you won't want to miss!