Sunday, November 04, 2012


Morrison Artists Series, 11.04.2012 McKenna Hall set for ARTefact Quartet, Morrison Artists Series, SF State University.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.

Morrison Artists Series, 11.04.2012 Refreshment at intermission of Morrison Artists Series.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.

§ ARTefact
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


Lisa Hirsch said...

They didn't play the Messiaen!

Axel Feldheim said...

Indeed not, though it appears that the ensemble was originally created to tour Quartet for the End of Time. The Takemitsu piece was definitely reminiscent of the Messiaen, though.