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Dolci will give its first Old First Concerts recital this weekend

The Dolci duo of Ted Rust and Viva Knight
The Dolci duo of Ted Rust and Viva Knight
courtesy of Old First Concerts

Last February I introduced readers to Dolci, the duo of pianist Viva Knight and oboist Ted Rust, both of whom are in their seventies. They named themselves after the final course of an Italian meal, since they view their performances as “the after-careers dessert course (dolci) of their lives.” At that time I wrote about their weekly concerts at San Francisco Aquatic Park Center on Fridays at 1 p.m. and their YouTube channel of performance videos covering composers from Johann Sebastian Bach to Elliott Carter.

This Sunday the Dolci duo will take their act to the Old First Concerts series. They have prepared a program of four oboe sonatas, one of which will be a West Coast premiere, the sonata by the British composer Peter Hope. The other three sonatas are all by twentieth-century composers: Francis Poulenc, Paul Hindemith, and Alec Wilder. In addition Knight will perform a set of piano preludes by Nino Rota and a three-movement piano solo by Bruce Babcock of short pieces that he calls “metaphors.”

Old First Concerts events take place in the Old First Church at 1751 Sacramento Street (on the southeast corner of Van Ness Avenue). This recital will be held on Sunday, August 24 at 4 p.m. General admission is $17 with a special $14 rate for seniors and $5 for full-time students. Children aged twelve and under are admitted at no charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the event page on the Old First Concerts Web site. Further information may be obtained by calling 415-474-1608. The recital will be followed by an after-party at Ti Piacera, a short walk from Old First at 1507 Polk Street.