KDFC’s show that highlights our outstanding Bay Area groups. KDFC arts producer, Jeffrey Freymann and Robin Pressman 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 – May 17

This month, we have choral, chamber, and orchestral performances to share… Chanticleer sings selections from a Stephen Paulus work that was written for them (with texts by a Chinese woman from the fourth century) and then puts a new spin on a familiar piece by Villa Lobos; eight string players from the Valley of the Moon Music Festival play early Mendelssohn; and Berkeley Symphony plays the often overlooked Fourth Symphony by Beethoven, with guest conductor Christian Reif on the podium.

Stephen Paulus: from The Lotus Lovers: “A Rich Brocade,” “Late Spring,” “All Night,” “Illusions”
Heitor Villa-Lobos, arr. Ben Jones: “Vocalise” from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5  (soloist: Cortez Mitchell, countertenor)

Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (finale)
Toma Iliev, Monica Huggett, Jessica Park, Carla Moore, violin; Katherine Kyme, Isabelle Seula Lee, viola; Eugenio Solinas, Tanya Tomkins, cello
Valley of the Moon Music Festival

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Berkeley Symphony, Christian Reif


Bay Area Mix – April 19

We’re starting off this edition of the show with a piece that was written celebrating resilience in the face of a crisis: the devastating wildfires of the fall of 2017. The commissioned work which Francesco Lecce-Chong chose to open his first season as music director of the Santa Rosa Symphony was written by Paul Dooley, who was born in Santa Rosa, and now teaches at the University of Michigan. Then, there’s a duet for violins by Prokofiev, courtesy of Music in the Vineyards. Denis Kozhukhin plays tempestuous  Brahms in a Saratoga performance through the Steinway Society of the Bay Area, and we’ll finish with a contemplation of time and space in a work by American composer Pierre Jalbert, as played by the California Symphony.


Paul Dooley: Sonoma Strong
Santa Rosa Symphony, Francesco Lecce-Chong

Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56
Axel Strauss, Daria Tedeschi Adams, violin
Music in the Vineyards

Johannes Brahms: Seven Fantasies, Op. 116
Denis Kozhukhin, piano
Steinway Society of the Bay Area

Pierre Jalbert: Les espaces infini
California Symphony, Donato Cabrera


Bay Area Mix – March 15

We’ll celebrate women’s voices, and women composers to start this month’s show. Sacred & Profane sings a trio of songs with Shakespearean texts by American composer Amy Beach, followed by the San Francisco Girls Chorus (and members of the early music ensemble TENET) performing sacred works written by Italian cloistered nuns from the time of the early Baroque. We’ll follow that up with the beloved Tchaikovsky violin concerto, played by Peninsula Symphony and winner of the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, Alex Zhou.

Amy Beach: Three Shakespeare Songs
Sacred and Profane, Rebecca Petra Naomi Seeman

Caterina Assandra: Duo Seraphim
Caterina Assandra: O Dulcis amor Jesu
Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana: Domine Dominus noster
San Francisco Girls Chorus, Valérie Sainte-Agathe

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Peninsula Symphony, Mitchell Sardou Klein; Alex Zhou, violin


Bay Area Mix – February 16

A Haydn quartet from last summer’s Piedmont Chamber Music Festival (this year’s runs from July 20-26), and a Berkeley Symphony performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto make up this string-focused edition of Bay Area Mix. The Formosa Quartet, including festival co-director and violinist Wayne Lee, play the Opus 76 number 6 of Joseph Haydn, before soloist Benjamin Beilman and conductor Ming Luke take on the Pulitzer Prize-winning concerto that Higdon wrote for Hilary Hahn.

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 6
Formosa Quartet – Jasmine Lin, Wayne Lee, violins; Che-Yen Chen, viola; Deborah Pae, cello
Piedmont Chamber Music Festival

Jennifer Higdon: Violin Concerto
Berkeley Symphony, Ming Luke; Benjamin Beilman, violin



Bay Area Mix – January 19

There are two concertos on the lineup this month, with a dream-inspired piece written for Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and a rarely programmed work for harp and orchestra from the Santa Rosa Symphony and soloist Marie-Pierre Langlamet. Between them, in honor of the just-begun 250th birthday anniversary year of Beethoven, the Alexander String Quartet plays his last ‘middle period’ quartet, the Op. 95 “Serioso.”

Clarice Assad: Dreamscapes
New Century Chamber Orchestra; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”
Alexander String Quartet: Zakarias Grafilo, Frederick Lifsitz, violin; Paul Yarbrough, viola; Sandy Wilson, cello

Alberto Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Santa Rosa Symphony, Bruno Ferrandis; Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp



Bay Area Mix – December 15

A holiday tradition returns, as the men of Chanticleer present their annual ‘A Chanticleer Christmas’ concert, recorded just this past weekend on the Upper East Side of New York City. They filled the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola with a program that blends early music, contemporary and gospel retellings of the story of the Nativity. They’ve now begun their Bay Area concerts of the program, which stretch as far north to Sacramento and south to Carmel, running through the 23rd.

Charles Hubert Hastings Parry: I Sing the Birth

Jacob Handl: Canite tuba in Sion

German, trad. arr. Robert Shaw/Alice Parker: Susanni

Francisco López Capillas: Cui sol, luna et Omnia

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Ne timeas, Maria

Hans Leo Hassler: Dixit Maria ad Angelum

John Jacob Niles, arr. John Rutter: I Wonder as I Wander
Soloist: Andrew van Allsburg, tenor

Spanish, trad. arr. Shaw/Parker: La Virgen lava pañales
Soloist: Adam Ward, countertenor

French, trad. arr. Shaw/Parker: Touro-louro-louro

Michael Praetorius, arr. Harry Christophers: Quem pastores laudavere

Cristóbal de Morales: Pastores dicite

Trond Kverno: Corpus Christi Carol
Soloists: Cortez Mitchell, countertenor and Andy Berry, bass

Herbert Howells: A Spotless Rose
Soloist: Zachary Burgess, bass-baritone

Franz Biebl: Ave Maria
Soloists: Brian Hinman, Andrew van Allsburg, tenors; Matthew Knickman, baritone.

Rosephanye Powell: Christmas Medley ( Rise Up, Shepherd, an’ Follow / Mary Had a Baby / Come an’ See )
Soloists: Matthew Mazzola and Brian Hinman, tenors; Cortez Mitchell, countertenor


And from previous Chanticleer Recordings:

Trad: The Holly and the Ivy

Trad: Good King Wenceslas




Bay Area Mix – November 17

On this edition of Bay Area Mix, we have ‘seasonal’ singing, a turbulent Rachmaninoff sonata, and dances and rhythms from West Side Story. David Conte’s Madrigals for the Seasons appeared on a Cappella SF  concert program in February; Alexander Ghindin played in a Los Altos Hills Steinway Society recital a few seasons ago, and Donato Cabrera led the California Symphony  in music by Leonard Bernstein for their opening concert from last season.

David Conte: Madrigals for the Seasons (Summer, Autumn, Winter)
Cappella SF, Ragnar Bohlin

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor
Alexander Ghindin, piano (Steinway Society – Bay Area)

Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
California Symphony, Donato Cabrera




Bay Area Mix – October 20

We’ll start this month’s show with a pair of performances from young musicians, the members of the San Francisco Girls Chorus singing excerpts from a work by Buxtehude, and a swirling waltz by Berlioz played a few seasons ago by members of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Then it’s an early 20th Century flute concerto with Emi Ferguson and the Peninsula Symphony, and we’ll finish with conductor Joseph Young leading the Berkeley Symphony in a performance that led to his being offered the job as their new music director!


Dietrich Buxtehude: Salve Jesu, patris gnate unigenite
San Francisco Girls Chorus, Valerie Sainte-Agathe

Hector Berlioz: ‘The Ball’ from Symphonie Fantastique
San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Donato Cabrera

Carl Reineke: Flute Concerto in D Major
Peninsula Symphony, Mitchell Sardou Klein; Emi Ferguson, flute

Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Berkeley Symphony, Joseph Young




Bay Area Mix – September 15

We return from the summer with works of celebration to start the new season of the Santa Rosa Symphony, plus a work written for the men of Chanticleer by Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, a double violin concerto by Vivaldi from New Century Chamber Orchestra, and we’ll pay tribute to Clara Schumann, (whose bicentennial is the 13th of September) with her piano trio played by members of the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang.

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Celebration
Santa Rosa Symphony, Francesco Lecce-Chong

Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Hommage à Edith

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor for Two Violins
New Century Chamber Orchestra; Daniel Hope, Candace Guirao, violin

Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17
Zakarias Grafilo, violin; Sandy Wilson, cello; Joyce Yang, piano



Bay Area Mix – June 16

As we head into our summer hiatus, we’ve got a program that includes performances recorded at past summer music festivals, beginning with the Piedmont Chamber Music Festival with music by Ravel; the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will help us say ‘Farewell’ until the fall by playing the finale from Haydn’s symphony with that nickname; and from Music in the Vineyards, there’s a meditative work for voice and chamber ensemble by Maria Schneider, and a Brahms piano quartet to finish!

Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
Julie Smith Phillips, harp; Joshua Smith, flute; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet;
Formosa Quartet: Jasmine Lin, Wayne Lee, violin; Che-Yen Chen, viola; Deborah Pae, cello
Piedmont Chamber Music Festival

Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony No. 45, “Farewell” final movement
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Simon

Maria Schneider: “Walking By Flashlight” from Winter Morning Walks (text by Ted Kooser)
Nikki Einfeld, soprano; Axel Strauss, violin; Pei-ling Lin, viola; Nicholas Cannelakis, cello; Michael Brown, piano; Greg Milliren, flute/alto flute/piccolo; Bixby Kennedy, clarinet
Music in the Vineyards

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60
Axel Straus, violin; Masumi Per Rostad, viola; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Michael Brown, piano
Music in the Vineyards



Bay Area Mix – May 19

A mix of old and new this time, with Cappella SF singing Monteverdi and Mason Bates; but before that, the early music ensemble Voices of Music plays arrangements of a pair of Scottish folksongs collected by the Italian baroque composer Francesco Barsanti (and some solo Bach from the group’s co-director and founder); and Eric Kujawsky leads Redwood Symphony in the groundbreaking Rite of Spring by Stravinsky.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude in C Minor
David Tayler, archlute

Francesco Barsanti: To Danton Me
Francesco Barsanti: Lochaber
Voices of Music

Claudio Monteverdi: Now the Waves Murmur (Ecco mormorar l’onde)
Mason Bates: “From the Book of Matthew” from Sirens
Cappella SF, Ragnar Bohlin

Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Redwood Symphony, Eric Kujawsky



Bay Area Mix – April 21

There’s music from Poland, Russia, and Denmark this time on Bay Area Mix, with songs written by Chopin, arranged by his friend Franz Liszt, and played by Dmitri Alexeev in a Steinway Society recital performance; then the first quartet of another Dmitri, as the Alexander String Quartet plays Shostakovich from the Mondavi Center; and we’ll end with the Vallejo Symphony playing the fifth symphony by Danish composer Carl Nielsen, from a February concert at the Empress Theatre.

Frederic Chopin (arr. Franz Liszt): Four Polish Songs

The Ring

Dmitri Alexeev, piano
Steinway Society, The Bay Area

Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49
Alexander String Quartet

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 5
Vallejo Symphony, Marc Taddei


Bay Area Mix – March 17

This month we start the show by bidding farewell to winter with a trio of ice-tinged choral works from the ensemble Sacred and Profane. Then it’s a bone-chilling dance of death from Berkeley Symphony and piano soloist Conrad Tao, as they play music of Franz Liszt. The hour ends with the Santa Rosa Symphony playing Elgar’s famed set of ‘Enigma’ Variations.

Pavel Chesnokov: In Winter
Ola Gjeilo: Wintertide
Eriks Esenvalds: Stars
Sacred and Profane, Rebecca Petra Naomi Seeman

Franz Liszt: Totentanz
Berkeley Symphony, Gemma New (guest conductor); Conrad Tao, piano

Edward Elgar: ‘Enigma’ Variations
Santa Rosa Symphony, Bruno Ferrandis



Bay Area Mix – February 17

Clarice Assad’s arrangement of selections from Porgy and Bess, written for New Century Chamber Orchestra and Chanticleer start us off this month. Then, it’s intimate Schubert for singer, clarinet and keyboard from the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, with his Shepherd on the Rock. We’ll finish with a Midsummer Mozart Festival performance from 2017, with his concerto for violin and viola known as the Sinfonia Concertante.

George Gershwin (arr. Clarice Assad): Porgy and Bess Medley
(It Ain’t Necessarily So / Summertime / Bess, You Is My Woman Now / There’s a Boat)
New Century Chamber Orchestra, Chanticleer

Franz Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock (Der Hirt auf dem Felsen) D. 965
Nikki Einfeld, soprano; Eric Hoeprich, clarinet; Eric Zivian, fortepiano
Valley of the Moon Music Festival

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra K.364
Robin Hansen, violin; Elizabeth Prior, viola
Midsummer Mozart Festival


Bay Area Mix – January 20

The Peninsula Symphony takes us on a trip from the 20th Century to the 16th, with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ take on a piece by Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis; Members of the Philip Glass Ensemble join with the San Francisco Girls Chorus for a selection from Einstein on the Beach; and chamber and orchestral works by Ravel, with violinist Ian Swensen playing a sonata at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Santa Rosa Symphony playing the second Daphnis and Chloe Suite.


Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Peninsula Symphony, Mitchell Sardou Klein

Philip Glass: Knee Play 5 from Einstein on the Beach
San Francisco Girls Chorus, members of the Philip Glass Ensemble

Maurice Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major
Ian Swensen, violin; Weicong Zhang, piano
Faculty Artist Series, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Maurice Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2
Santa Rosa Symphony, Bruno Ferrandis



Bay Area Mix – December 16

We continue our tradition of sharing Chanticleer‘s holiday tour program as they return to the Bay Area for their final performances of ‘A Chanticleer Christmas’ (they’re performing in Sacramento, Carmel, and Santa Clara between now and their final performance, at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco on the 23rd. ) This performance was recorded in concert on the Upper East Side of New York City during this year’s tour.


Plainchant: Corde natus ex parentis

Francesco Corteccia: Surge, illuminare Jerusalem (Arise, Shine, o Jerusalem)

Francis Poulenc: Quem vidistis, pastores dicite (Whom Did You See, Shepherds?)

Trad. Canadian: D’où viens-tu, bergère?  (Where Do You Come from, Shepherdess?)
Soloists: Gerrod Pagenkopf, Adam Ward

Trad. French, arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw: Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

Trad. French, arr. Parker/Shaw: Here, mid the Ass and Oxen Mild
Soloist: Cortez Mitchell

Tomàs Luis de Victoria: O Magnum Mysterium

Peter Bloesch: Behold, a Simple, Tender Babe
Soloist: Kory Reid

Jacob Regnart: Ave regina coelorum (Hail, Queen of Heaven)

Franz Biebl: Ave Maria
Trio: Brian Hinman, Andrew van Allsburg, Matthew Knickman

Trad. English, arr. Fenno Heath: What Child Is This
Soloist: Zachary Burgess

Franz Gruber, arr. Michael McGlynn: Silent Night
Soloists: Cortez Mitchell, Adam Ward, Andrew van Allsburg

Trad. Spirituals, arr. Joseph H. Jennings: Christmas Spiritual Medley

Rise up Shepherd and Follow
Sweet Little Baby Jesus Boy
What Month Was Jesus Born In?
Children, Go Where I Send Thee
Go Tell it On the Mountain

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Rejoice and Be Merry
I Saw Three Ships
The Holly and the Ivy
Good King Wenceslas


Bay Area Mix – November 18

There’s a pair of works written within a decade of eachother on this month’s show: an early Beethoven chamber work for clarinet, cello, and keyboard, and the final symphony by Mozart, his ‘Jupiter.’ The Beethoven is courtesy of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival from a few seasons ago, and the Vallejo Symphony played the Mozart just this past April, at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Fortepiano in B-flat Major
Eric Hoeprich, clarinet; Tanya Tomkins, cello; Eric Zivian, fortepiano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C Major, “Jupiter”
Vallejo Symphony, Marc Taddei



Bay Area Mix – October 21

We’ve got some knucklebusting transcriptions of music by Richard Wagner arranged for piano by Franz Liszt, courtesy of Sofya Gulyak in a Steinway Society recital; the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and harpist Meredith Clark play Claude Debussy; and Jennifer Koh is the soloist with Berkeley Symphony for one of Jean Sibelius’s best-known works, the Violin Concerto.

Richard Wagner (arr. Franz Lizst): Pilgrim’s Chorus from Tannhauser
Richard Wagner (arr. Franz Lizst): Isolde’s Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Sofya Gulyak, piano
Steinway Society of the Bay Area

Claude Debussy: Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Simon; Meredith Clark, harp

Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Berkeley Symphony, Joana Carneiro; Jennifer Koh, violin


Bay Area Mix – September 16

As we return from the summer break, we’ve got soprano Nicole Greenidge, from her James Toland Vocal Arts Competition-winning performance of an aria by Charpentier; an early Beethoven piano quartet from the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Roger Woodward; California Symphony with jazzy music by Bernstein (with a soloist who’ll join them again in their season opener next week); and the end of Mahler’s Ninth symphony as played by the Santa Rosa Symphony in their final concert with Bruno Ferrandis as Music Director.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: ‘Depuis le jour’ from Louise
Nicole Greenidge, soprano; Paul Caccamo, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Quartet in C Major Woo 36 no 3
Alexander String Quartet; Roger Woodward, piano

Leonard Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
California Symphony, Donato Cabrera; Charlie Albright, piano

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (mvt. IV  – Adagio)
Santa Rosa Symphony, Bruno Ferrandis


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

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

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