Events

October 6, 2018
7:30 pm

Poulenc Trio

Regents Theatre at Holy Names University, Oakland CA

James Austin Smith, Oboe
Bryan Young, Bassoon
Irina Kaplan, Piano

“The Poulenc Trio presented an intriguing and beautifully played program with convincing elegance, near effortless lightness and grace.”
– Washington Post

October 27, 2018
7:30 pm

Kenari Saxophone Quartet

Regents Theatre at Holy Names University, Oakland CA

Bob Eason, Soprano
Kyle Baldwin, Alto
Corey Dundee, Tenor
Steven Banks, Baritone

Founded in 2012 at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Kenari has won top prizes in national and international competitions. The quartet presents music from a wide range of genres.

November 3, 2018
3:30 pm

Park Brothers Guitar Duo

Berkeley Piano Club, Berkeley CA

Alex Park and Wesley Park

“Alex and Wesley Park make beautiful music on the guitar by using tonal colors and contrasts. They utilize the entire range of the guitar to bring out the intrinsic beauty of the instrument.”
– Christopher Parkening

January 12, 2019
7:30 pm

Formosa Quartet

Regents Theatre at Holy Names University, Oakland CA

Jasmine Lin, Violin
Wayne Lee, Violin
Che-Yen Chen, Viola
Deborah Pae, Cellist

Winners of both the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition, Formosa Quartet is “one of the very best quartets of their generation” (David Soyer, cellist, Guarneri Quartet).

Program:
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11
Lei Liang: Song Recollections (2016) (written for the Formosa Quartet)
Shostakovitch: String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73

February 23, 2019
7:30 pm

Joaquin Achucarro, Pianist

Regents Theatre at Holy Names University, Oakland CA

“With a dazzling technique and an exquisite poetical sensitivity Achúcarro mesmerized the public” – Roma

March 9, 2019
3:30 pm

Thomas Buckner, Baritone “Music of Living Composers”

St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley CA

As an innovative performer, producer and promoter, Buckner continues to be a pioneer in a wide range of musical contexts, mixing genres and breaking barriers in his on-going pursuit of the yet-to-be imagined.

March 23, 2019
7:30 pm

Elena Abend, Pianist; Orlando Pimentel, Clarinetist

Regents Theatre at Holy Names University, Oakland CA

Husband and wife duo Orlando Pimentel and Elena Abend are both from Caracas, Venezuela and are well-known chamber musicians in Venezuela and the United States. She performs with the Fine Arts Quartet, the Ravinia and Marlboro Music Festivals among others. He began his music in Venezuela’s music program “El Sistema” and performed regularly with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra before moving to the US and performing with orchestras around the country.

April 6, 2019
3:30 pm

Astrid Schween, Cellist

Palache Hall at St. Clements Church, Berkeley CA

Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. This season marks her second year with the Juilliard String Quartet; in 2016, she succeeded Joel Krosnick as cellist of the Quartet and joined the Juilliard cello faculty.

April 27, 2019
3:30 pm

Trio Suono

Palache Hall at St. Clements Church, Berkeley CA

Aileen Chanco, Pianist
Ertan Torgul, Violinist
Jennifer Kloetzel, Cellist

Chanco: “awesome technical skill and sensitive artistry …”

Torgul: “Mesmerizing, profound …”

Kloetzel: “… impressively passionate …” “robust and earthy sound.”

May 18, 2019
3:30 pm

“W. Hazaiah Williams Memorial Concert” - Artist To Be Announced

St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley CA

The Rev. Dr. W. Hazaiah Williams was the Founder of Four Seasons Arts and the first African-American impresario of a major classical music concert series. He directed the program from its inception in 1958 until 1999.