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A festival for Valentine’s Day weekend at San Francisco State University

Yehudi Menuhin
Yehudi Menuhin
from the Festival archives

After recently reviewing the many concert opportunities for Valentine’s Day weekend, I discovered that I had neglected to mention one weekend-long activity, the ninth Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival. This is a rather special occasion, since, while the eighth festival took place last February, the seventh took place back in 2010. This event is held under the auspices of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at San Francisco State University (SFSU). It will offer two concerts, a seminar for ensembles of all ages, intensive coaching, public master classes, and workshops.

Leading the faculty for this occasion will be the Alexander String Quartet, which is in residence at SFSU. Other participating faculty members will be violinist Jackie Ross, violist Toby Appel, cellist David Requiro, double bass player Shinji Eshima, soprano Christine Brandes, and pianists Sarah Cahill and Laura Dahl. All members of the faculty will perform in the concerts.

Both concerts will take place at 8 p.m. The programs for the two concert dates are as follows:

February 14
Schubert (1797–1828): Rondo for Violin and Strings in A major, D. 438 (1816), performed by the Alexander String Quartet and Jackie Ross, violin solo
Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat major, D. 897 Notturno (1828), performed by Trio Consonare
Bartók (1923–1945): String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91 (1928), performed by NYX String Quartet
Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956 (1828), performed by Alexander String Quartet with David Requiro, cello

February 15
Schubert: Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821 (1824), performed by Toby Appel, viola, and Laura Dahl, piano
Beethoven (1770–1827): Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 Ghost (1808), performed by Aleron Trio
Schubert: Lieder Set, performed by Christine Brandes, soprano, and Laura Dahl, piano
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (1819), performed by Sarah Cahill, piano; Jackie Ross, violin; Toby Appel, viola; David Requiro, cello; and Shinji Eshima, bass

The final event will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 16. This will be the presentation of the Galante Prize, named in honor of Jane Hohfeld Galante and awarded each year by the Morrison Chamber Music Center to an outstanding ensemble whose members are of high school age. The winning group will receive a cash award of $1000 and will give a featured performance as part of the ceremony.

All events for the general public are free of charge. They will take place in Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts Building of the SFSU Campus at 1600 Holloway Avenue near the corner of 19th Avenue. However, it is highly recommend that tickets be reserved. This may be done online through a single Vendini Web page for all three events. Further information may be obtained by calling 415-338-2467 or by visiting the Festival Web site.