Once again, the San Francisco performances of the 2015 season of Chamber Music San Francisco (CMSF) will not begin until February. However, subscriptions are now on sale with a variety of options. Those options include not only the full series of nine concerts but also miniseries consisting of the selection of four, five, or six of the events. Also as in the past, all of these options will be available at a special Early Bird rate until September 1. These will entail savings of from $6 to $23 per ticket. The basic summary of current information about the concerts is as follows:
Sunday, February, 15, 3 p.m.: Violinist Renaud Capuçon will be accompanied by pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. Both musicians will be making return appearances in San Francisco. The program will feature two major sonatas, Edvard Grieg’s Opus 45 in C minor and César Franck’s only violin sonata in A major. The first selection will be Antonín Dvořák’s Opus 75, a set that he called Four Romantic Pieces.
Saturday, February 28, 8 p.m.: The Casals Quartet (violinists Vera Martinez and Abel Tomàs, violist Jonathan Brown, and cellist Arau Tomàs) will make its San Francisco debut performing quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (K. 465 in C major), Maurice Ravel, and Johannes Brahms (Opus 51, Number 1 in C minor).
Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m.: This will be the San Francisco debut of the Sitkovetsky Trio, led by violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky. The other members are cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Wu Qian. They will perform trios by Ludwig van Beethoven (Opus 10, Number 2 in E-flat major), Felix Mendelssohn (Opus 66 in C minor), and Brahms (Opus 8 in B major).
Sunday, March 22, 3 p.m.: Violinist Augustin Hadelich will make his San Francisco recital debut. (He made his San Francisco debut with the San Francisco Symphony in April of 2013, playing Beethoven’s Opus 61 concerto in D major under the baton of Conductor Laureate Herbert Blumstedt.) For his recital debut he will be accompanied by pianist Joyce Yang. He will play Eugène Ysaÿe’s third solo violin sonata (“Ballade,” composed for Georges Enescu). Yang will accompany him in sonatas by Robert Schumann (Opus 105 in A minor) and Leoš Janáček (his only surviving sonata). The program will begin with Igor Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne” and conclude with André Previn’s Tango, Song and Dance.
Sunday, March 29, 3 p.m.: The Pacifica Quartet (violinists Simin Ganatra and Sibbi Bernhardsson, violist Masumi Per Rostad, and cellist Brandon Vamos) will return to San Francisco to perform quartets by Joseph Haydn (Hoboken III/78 in B-flat major), György Ligeti (“Métamorphoses nocturnes,” his first string quartet), and Beethoven (Opus 59, Number 2).
Sunday, April 12, 3 p.m.: The Artemis Quartet (violinists Vineta Sareika and Gregor Sigl, violist Friedemann Weigle, and cellist Eckart Runge) will present a program of quartets by Beethoven (Opus 18, Number 1 in F major), Dmitri Shostakovich (Opus 92), and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Opus 11 in D major).
Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m.: This program will be entitled The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla. It will feature a chamber orchestra with two leading violinists. Kay Stern will lead the ensemble in a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s four concertos known collectively as The Four Seasons. Dawn Harms will then take the lead for Astor Piazzolla’s tango-inspired response to Vivaldi, Estaciones Porteñas (usually translated as “the four seasons of Buenos Aires”).
Sunday, May 3, 3 p.m.: This will be a debut recital by the young Russian pianist Nikolay Khozyainov. There will be a generous supply of music by Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt (including Liszt’s transcription of music from Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro). For those who prefer the eighteenth century, the program will also include a sonata by Haydn (Hoboken XVI/33 in D major).
Sunday, May 10, 3 p.m.: The season will conclude with the annual Mother’s Day Brandenburg Concertos concert performed by the Archetti Baroque string ensemble.
All of the concerts in the 2015 season will take place at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre, located just off Union Square at the southwest corner of Sutter Street and Mason Street. In addition to saving on ticket prices, Early Bird subscribers receive the benefit of preferred seating, complimentary ticket exchange, and the unlimited purchase of additional single tickets at the subscriber rate. Subscriptions may be purchased now through the Tickets Web page of the CMSF Web site. This page is designed to support not only full subscriptions but also all miniseries options. Subscriptions may also be purchased over the phone by calling 415-759-1756.