Tuesday, November 18, 2008

American Chamber Players

Morrison Artists Series
American Chamber Players
McKenna Theatre, SF State Campus
Sunday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m.

Miles Hoffman, Viola,
Joanna Maurer, Violin
Alberto Parrini, Cello
Sara Stern, Flute
Reiko Uchida, Piano

Mozart: Quartet for Flute and Strings in D Major, K. 285
Schoenfield: “Three Bagatelles” for Flute, Cello and Piano
Bridge: Phantasie Piano Quartet, F-sharp Minor
Ginastera: Duo for Flute and Violin, Op. 13
Fauré: Quartet No. 1 in C Minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 15.

The Morrison Artists Series sponsors free chamber music concerts held at SF State. The audience was an unlikely mix of senior citizens & students. While I was waiting outside, a van pulled up & bunch of little old ladies filed out. This concert must have been a field trip for them.

The American Chamber Players offered a diverse program containing much beautiful music. No doubt it's a challenging program for the performers, but all the members of the group are brilliant players. In the Ginastera Duo, the flutist even performed double-duty by turning pages for the violinist.

The stage management negligently failed to announce that the pianist was guest artist Reiko Uchida, an excellent New York-based musician.

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