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 17

In our final episode before taking the summer off, there’s a mix of orchestral, chamber, and vocal works. We’ll start with some Stravinsky from Redwood Symphony; the first performance of a work written for Cappella SF by Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten; Kitka sings music from the play Iron Shoes they recently staged with Shotgun Players; then it’s Schumann in wine country, courtesy of Music in the Vineyards; and we’ll wrap up celebrating a birthday, and departure, as outgoing Santa Rosa Symphony music director Bruno Ferrandis leads them in music of Leonard Bernstein.

Igor Stravinsky: Scherzo a la Russe
Redwood Symphony, Eric Kujawsky

Fredrik Sixten: A Spiritual for Peace (world premiere)
Cappella SF, Ragnar Bohlin

Janet Kutulas: Love Song/Parting from Iron Shoes
Kitka

Robert Schumann: Quartet for Piano and Strings
Simin Ganatra, violin; Michael Adams, viola; Brandon Vamos, cello; Eric Zivian, piano
Music in the Vineyards

Leonard Bernstein: 3 Dance Episodes from On the Town
Santa Rosa Symphony, Bruno Ferrandis

 

 

Bay Area Mix – May 20

There’s Chopin for piano, Beethoven for three, and symphonic Mozart on this month’s program. Russian pianist Sofya Gulyak plays the G minor Ballade of Chopin in a Steinway Society of the Bay Area performance from San Jose, Musicians from the Valley of the Moon Music Festival team up for a set of variations by Beethoven, and there’s a performance from last year’s Midsummer Mozart Festival of his Symphony 29.

 

Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Sofya Gulyak, piano
Steinway Society of the Bay Area

Beethoven: ‘Kakadu Variations’ Op. 121a
Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Tanya Tomkins, cello; Eric Zivian, fortepiano
Valley of the Moon Music Festival

Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A Major (K.201)
Midsummer Mozart Festival
Robin Hansen, concertmaster

 

Bay Area Mix – April 15

It’s a program of strings and concertos tonight, beginning with Daniel Hope as one of the soloists as New Century Chamber Orchestra plays Bach’s ‘Double’ (Just this past month it was made official that he’ll be their next Music Director, after acting as their Artistic Partner during the search). With the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Joshua Roman plays music that was written for him by Aaron Jay Kernis; Gershwin gets a bluegrass makeover courtesy of Quartet San Francisco; and Philippe Quint plays Korngold with Berkeley Symphony.

 

J.S. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
New Century Chamber Orchestra; Daniel Hope, Dawn Harms, violins

Aaron Jay Kernis: ‘Kora Song’ from Dreamsongs
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Simon; Joshua Roman, cello

Gershwin/Rouse (arr. Jeremy Cohen): Rhapsody in Bluegrass
Quartet San Francisco: Jeremy Cohen, Matthew Szemela, Chad Kaltinger, Andres Vera

Erich Korngold: Violin Concerto in D Major
Berkeley Symphony, Edwin Outwater; Philippe Quint, violin

 

 

 

Bay Area Mix – March 18

Two unlikely concertos share the stage this hour, along with a cappella choral works from the 8-voice ensemble called Gaude. In 2016, composer-in-residence Dan Visconti wrote a guitar concerto called Living Language for Jason Vieaux and the California Symphony; we’ll have their world premiere performance. And the first ever double bass player to win the Irving M. Klein International String Competition plays Bottesini with the Peninsula Symphony.

Noel Bauldeweyn: Kyrie from Missa da Pacem
Francis Poulenc: Timor et Tremor
Francis Pouenc: Tristis est anima mea
Trad. Bulgarian: Dostojno Jest
Gaude

Dan Visconti: Living Language
California Symphony, Donato Cabrera; Jason Vieaux, guitar

Giovanni Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto no. 2 in B-minor
Peninsula Symphony, Mitchell Sardou Klein; William Langlie-Miletich, double bass

 

 

Bay Area Mix – February 18

It’s a pair of Haydn bookends this time, beginning with a trio from the Music in the Vineyards festival a few years back, and a month-old performance from the Santa Rosa Symphony of the Symphony No. 100, known as the “Military” to finish. Conductor Graeme Jenkins is one of the five candidates to replace outgoing Music Director Bruno Ferrandis. In between, the San Francisco Girls Chorus sings music by Philip Glass, and an encore by Schubert.

Haydn: Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano in G Major, Hob.15:15
Bart Feller, flute; Michelle Djokic, cello; Eric Zivian, cello
Music in the Vineyards

Glass, arr. Lisa Bielawa: ‘Vessels’ from Koyaanisqatsi (with members of the Philip Glass Ensemble)
Schubert: Ständchen, D.920
San Francisco Girls Chorus

Haydn: Symphony No. 100 (“Military”)
Santa Rosa Symphony, Graeme Jenkins guest conductor

 

 

Bay Area Mix – January 21

We’ve got the first Bay Area Mix appearances from the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and singers from the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition on this month’s show, with music of Respighi, Debussy, Wagner, and Andre Previn. Then there’s a Schumann Piano Quintet from the Alexander String Quartet and Joyce Yang, recorded in concert at the Mondavi Center just this past December.

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite 3 (movements i-iii)
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Simon

Debussy: “Lia’s Aria” from L’enfant prodigue
Julie Adams, soprano; Hadley McCarroll, piano

Wagner: “O Du, mein Holder Abendstern” from Tannhäuser
Cody Quattlebaum, baritone; Timothy Shaindlin, piano

Andre Previn: “I Want Magic” from A Streetcar Named Desire
Clarissa Lyons, soprano; Paul Caccamo, piano

Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet
Alexander String Quartet; Joyce Yang, piano

 

 

Bay Area Mix – December 17

We continue a Bay Area Mix tradition, bringing you Chanticleer’s holiday program, A Chanticleer Christmas, recorded live in concert at Saint Ignatius Loyola on the Upper East Side of New York City. They’re currently performing the Bay Area leg of their annual tour, and will be presenting their final performance this season on the night of December 23rd at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco.

Chanticleer, Music Director William Fred Scott.

Eustace du Caurroy: Noel

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Ab Oriente

Trad, arr. Robert Shaw & Alice Parker: Away in a Manger

Benjamin Britten: Hymn to the Virgin
Tim Keeler, Alan Reinhardt, Matthew Mazzola, Eric Alatorre, solo quartet

Max Reger: Maria’s Wiegenlied
Cortez Mitchell, soloist

Franz Biebl: Ave Maria
Andrew van Allsburg, Brian Hinman, soloists

William Billings: Methinks I See a Heavenly Host

Trad, arr. Joseph H. Jennings: Huron Carol
Tim Keeler, soloist

Trad, arr. Robert Shaw & Alice Parker: Good King Wenceslas
Zachary Burgess, Tim Keeler, soloists

Father Geronimo Gonzales: Serenisima una Noche

Trad, arr. Robert Shaw & Alice Parker: La Virgen Lava Panales
Adam Ward, soloist

Father Alfonso Liguori: Tu scendi dalle stelle

Trad Welsh Carol: Suo Gan
Andrew van Allsburg, soloist

Lewis Redner, William Fred Scott, Ralph Vaughan Williams: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Logan Shields, soloist

Rosephanye Powell: A Christmas Medley
Matthew Mazzola, Cortez Mitchell, Brian Hinman, soloists

 

John Goss: See Among the Winter’s Snow (from CD)

 

 

Bay Area Mix – November 19

An Estonian composer’s depiction of Fall, and a pair of concertos separated by almost two hundred years make up this evening’s show. Cappella SF sang Autumn Landscapes (Sügismaastikud) by Veljo Tormis in a November concert from 2015; New Century Chamber Orchestra and guest soloist, now Artistic Partner, Daniel Hope play Mendelssohn’s “other” violin concerto; and Joshua Roman joins Berkeley Symphony in a performance of the Cello Concerto that Mason Bates wrote for him.

Veljo Tormis: Autumn Landscapes
Cappella SF, Ragnar Bohlin

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D Minor
New Century Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Hope, violin

Mason Bates: Cello Concerto
Berkeley Symphony, Christian Reif (guest conductor)
Joshua Roman, cello

 

 

Bay Area Mix – October 15

The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra starts off this edition, with the piece of music that music director Christian Reif chose to begin his new post – an orchestral dance from the 1966 opera The Bassarids by Hans Werner Henze; then a Haydn Sonata from a Steinway Society recital by Denis Kozhukhin; the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra present the show stopping “Dies Irae” from Verdi’s Requiem; and Pedja Muzijevic joins the Santa Rosa Symphony for Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor.

Hans Werner Henze: Maenads’ Dance from The Bassarids
San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Christian Reif

Haydn: Piano Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:24
Steinway Society of the Bay Area, Denis Kozhukhin, piano

Verdi: “Dies Irae” and “Tuba Mirum” from Requiem
Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, Ming Luke

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor
Santa Rosa Symphony, Bruno Ferrandis; Pedja Muzijevic, piano

 

 

Bay Area Mix – September 17

The new season of BAM is underway, with the California Symphony (which has its first concert of the season on the 24th of September) playing a fitting Rossini overture; the early music ensemble Voices of Music offers a set of dances by Michael Praetorius; there’s a movement from a Mendelssohn string quartet from the Valley of the Moon Music Festival; and wrapping things up, Redwood Symphony is joined by Jonah Kim for Elgar’s memorable Cello Concerto.

Rossini: William Tell Overture
California Symphony, Donato Cabrera

Praetorius: Suite of Dances from Terpsichore
Voices of Music

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13, mvt. 2
Valley of the Moon Music Festival

Elgar: Cello Concerto
Redwood Symphony, Eric Kujawsky; Jonah Kim, cello

 

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