2019-20 Season

2019-20 Season

All concerts take place at 2:30 pm at Faye Spanos Concert Hall at the Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific
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Ensemble ARI

September 22, 2019
“Ari” is a Korean word with multiple meanings: big river, wisdom and beauty. Ensemble Ari is a group of Korean-American musicians in the SF Bay Area who share this quality with the community. Their mission is to bridge Korea and other communities through western instruments while honoring Korean history and culture.

Program

J.S. Bach, Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
J.S. Bach, Sonata No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
Michael Lee, Ghost Break Dance (world premiere performance)
Joseph Haydn, Piano Trio No. 27 in A-flat Major, Hob. VX/14
Jean Ahn, A Flashback of Ravel for Piano Trio
Igor Stravinsky, Petrushka (arr. Ahn)

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Arod Quartet

October 20, 2019
Established in 2013, the Paris-based Arod Quartet has taken First Prize at the Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen in 2015 and at the FNAPEC European Competition (Paris) in 2014. In 2017, it was appointed “BBC New Generation Artist” for the 2017 to 2019 seasons, and ECHO Rising Star for the 2018-2019 season.

Program

Franz Schubert, String Quartet No. 4 in C Major, D. 46
Anton Webern, Langsamer Satz für Streichquartett
Alexander Zemlinksy, String Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 15

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Third Coast Percussion

November 17, 2019
Third Coast Percussion is a Grammy-winning, artist-run quartet of classically-trained percussionists hailing from Chicago. For over ten years, the ensemble has forged a unique path in the musical landscape with virtuosic, energetic performances that celebrate the extraordinary depth and breadth of musical possibilities in the world of percussion.

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Program

David Skidmore, Donner
Peter Martin, Bend
Augusta Read Thomas, Resounding Earth: II. Prayer
Gemma Peacocke, Death Wish
Devonté Hynes, Perfectly Voiceless
Mark Applebaum, Aphasia
Robert Dillon, Ordering-instincts
Philip Glass, Perpetulum
David Skidmore, Torched and Wrecked

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Seraph Brass Quintet

February 16, 2020
Seraph Brass is a brass ensemble composed of America’s top female brass players. Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works, and well-known classics. Seraph studio album won a Silver Medal Global Music Award.

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Program

Edvard Grieg, “Prelude” from Holberg Suite
W.A. Mozart, “Der Hölle Rache” from Die Zauberflöte
Claude Debussy, Cakewalk Suite
Alexander Borodin, “Polovetsian Dances” from Prince Igor
Isaac Albeniz, Three Pieces from Suite Española
P. I. Tchaikovsky, “Does the Day Rain” from Seven Romances
Arthur Pryor, Fantastic Polka
Reena Esmail, Tuttarana
Anthony DiLorenzo, Go
Grigoraş Dinicu, Hora Staccato
Leonard Bernstein, Three Pieces from West Side Story
Catherine McMichael, Asteria: II. Virgo, the Lover of Justice
Vittorio Monti, Csárdás
Franz Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

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Winds of Frisson

April 5, 2020
Frisson Ensemble is nine musicians comprising brass and winds; we will be hearing a special performance by the group’s five woodwinds, directed by Thomas Gallant. From New York City, the ensemble features artists drawn from many of the nation’s major music schools including Juilliard, Curtis, and Yale. Frisson showcases a myriad of rarely-performed and traditional masterworks.

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Program

Maurice Ravel, Tombeau de Couperin
Francis Poulenc, Sextour pour Piano et Quintette à Vent
Igor Stravinsky, Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet
Ludwig van Beethoven, Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, Op. 16

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