KDFC’s show that highlights our outstanding Bay Area groups. KDFC arts producer, Jeffrey Freymann and Ray White team up to share with you the immediacy of the many live performances that are going on all around us in a relaxed and fun way. You can also stream the most recent edition of Bay Area Mix On Demand!

Bay Area Mix – June 18

We’re going to be taking a hiatus for the Summer after this edition, so we’ve packed as much music into the show as possible. Volti offers a pair of contemporary pieces, San Francisco Girls Chorus sings early works with the New York based ensemble Tenet, and Cappella SF finishes off the set with another recent piece. Quartet San Francisco plays founder Jeremy Cohen’s arrangement of “Autumn Leaves,” cellist Evan Kahn and the SFCM orchestra play the slow movement of the first cello concerto by Shostakovich, and Curious Flights presents the US premiere of Simon Dobson’s Another World’s Hell, played by the San Francisco Wind Ensemble.

Stacy Garrop: Dawn
Eric Banks: the Paths of Peace

Volti, Robert Geary

Hildegard of Bingen: O virtus sapientiae
Leonarda: Ad arma, o spiritus rebelles
Aleotti: Io vama vita mia

San Francisco Girls Chorus, Early music ensemble TENET

Frank Ticheli: Earth Song

Cappella SF, Ragnar Bohlin

Kosma/Cohen: Autumn Leaves

Quartet San Francisco

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1, mvt. 2

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra, Eric Dudley; Evan Kahn, cello

Simon Dobson: Another World’s Hell (US Premiere)

San Francisco Wind Ensemble (presented by Curious Flights)


Bay Area Mix – May 21

This month, a pair of area orchestras present a Jazz-inflected retelling of the Creation story, and Beethoven’s towering Emperor Concerto. Darius Milhaud’s La creation du monde was on a program the California Symphony gave last season showing the influence of jazz in 20th Century ‘serious music,’ then guest conductor Tito Munoz and the Berkeley Symphony are joined by soloist Conrad Tao for Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto at Zellerbach Hall.

Milhaud: The Creation of the World
California Symphony, Donato Cabrera

Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’
Berkeley Symphony, Tito Munoz; Conrad Tao, piano


Bay Area Mix – April 16

It’s a jam-packed show this month, as the choral ensemble Sacred & Profane sings four selections from a concert inspired by flight that they gave last Spring; Voices of Music has a Corelli Concerto; Livia Sohn is the guest soloist with the Vallejo Symphony for a Mozart violin concerto; and Bruno Ferrandis and the Santa Rosa Symphony play Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks in a performance at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall.

Arcadelt: Il bianco e dolce cigno (The White and Sweet Swan)
Bellman: Fjäriln vingad syns på Haga (The Butterfly of Haga)
Stanford: The Blue Bird, Op. 119, No 2.
Hindemith: Un Cygne (A Swan) from “Six Chansons”
Sacred and Profane, Rebecca Petra Naomi Seeman

Corelli: Concerto in F Major, Op. 6, No. 2
Voices of Music

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 2
Vallejo Symphony, Marc Taddei; Livia Sohn, violin

R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Santa Rosa Symphony, Bruno Ferrandis


March 19, 2017

Take the A Train with Chanticleer and New Century Chamber Orchestra as they presented their first joint concert a few years ago with a medley of tunes by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Then there’s Peter (and his Grandfather, the duck, the bird, the cat) and the Wolf, in a solo piano performance by Alexander Ghindin through the Steinway Society of the Bay Area. And Schumann’s Piano Quintet rounds out this month’s program, from the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.

Ellington/Strayhorn: Medley (arr. Clarice Assad)
Chanticleer, New Century Chamber Orchestra

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
Alexander Ghindin, piano (Steinway Society of the Bay Area)

Schumann: Piano Quintet, Op. 44
Valley of the Moon Music Festival
Monica Huggett, Carla Moore, violin; Jodi Levitz, viola; Tanya Tomkins, cello; Eric Zivian, fortepiano


February 19, 2017

Familiar Brazilian music arranged for strings, an early string quartet by Shostakovich, and the quintessentially American Rhapsody in Blue on this edition of Bay Area Mix…New Century Chamber Orchestra plays Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, as arranged by Clarice Assad; we’ll hear the Alexander String Quartet, in a performance from a Friends of Chamber Music concert at the University of the Pacific in Stockton; and Charlie Albright solos with the California Symphony for the Gershwin.

Villa-Lobos (arr. Assad): Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
New Century Chamber Orchestra

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 in A Major
Alexander String Quartet

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
California Symphony, Donato Cabrera; Charlie Albright, piano


January 15, 2017

There’s morning music from Haydn, a medley of Beatles songs arranged for quartet, and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on this edition of Bay Area Mix. The Vallejo Symphony Orchestra and their new Music Director, Marc Taddei led off their season in October with Haydn’s sixth symphony; Quartet San Francisco played songs from the B side of ‘Abbey Road’ at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; and Jon Kimura Parker joined Bruno Ferrandis and the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall for the Rachmaninoff.

Haydn: Symphony No. 6 in D Major, ‘Morning’
Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, Marc Taddei

Lennon/McCartney (arr. Jeremy Cohen): Abbey Road Medley

You Never Give Me Your Money
Sun King
Mean Mr. Mustard
Polythene Pam
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
Her Majesty

Quartet San Francisco (Jeremy Cohen, Matthew Szemela, vn; Chad Kaltinger, vla; Andres Vera, vc)

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
John Kimura Parker, piano; Santa Rosa Symphony, Bruno Ferrandis