Sunday afternoon the Morrison Artists Series presented the Canadian chamber ensemble ARTefact in a free concert at SF State. The program began with Takemitsu's Quautrain II, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano. It featured many eerie slides for the string players. Next was a serious & astringent quartet by Hindemith for the same combination of instruments. The audience mistakenly clapped halfway through the final movement. Violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan sounded clean & bright. After intermission we heard the Brahms clarinet trio, & cellist Yegor Dyachkov played more assertively than he had in the 1st half. Tempos were unhurried, & the performance felt a bit arid. It might have been a bad idea for the musicians not to tune on stage.
The audience lined up for juice & cookies in another room during the intermission, & there was a drawing for a gift bag of CDs. The audience was a mix of older people & students. During the 1st half, a high-pitched electronic whine, perhaps from a hearing aid, came from the left side of the hall. The printed program had the order of the Takemitsu & the Hindemith reversed, but this was acknowledged only after we had already heard the Takemitsu.
Yegor Dyachkov, cello
Arianna Warsaw-Fan, violin
Louise Bessette, piano
David Perreault, clarinet
Takemitsu (1930–1996): Quatrain II (1977)
Hindemith (1895–1963): Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano (1938)
Brahms (1833–1897): Trio in A minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 114 (1891)
Morrison Artists Series
Sunday, November 4, 2012 3:00pm
McKenna Theatre, San Francisco State University