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Final plans for the 2014 Chamber Music San Francisco season

Pianist Dmitri Alexeev, who will be making his San Francisco recital debut with CMSF
courtesy of Chamber Music San Francisco

The 2014 season of Chamber Music San Francisco (CMSF) will get under way next month. As was announced this past summer, the series of nine concerts in San Francisco will feature the San Francisco debut of the Escher Quartet and the San Francisco recital debuts of pianists Dmitri Alexeev and Khatia Buniatishvili. Here is the complete summary of the dates, artists, and programs:

Sunday, February 9, 3 p.m.: The Eroica Trio (pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Sara Parkins, and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio) will return to San Francisco with a program that will sandwich the unfamiliar between two favorites:

BEETHOVEN Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
GODARD Berceuse de Jocelyn
BRAHMS Trio in C Major, Op. 87

Saturday, February 22, 8 p.m.: The Escher Quartet will make its San Francisco debut with a program of music from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries:

MOZART String Quartet in G Major, K. 387
DUTILLEUX String Quartet "Ainsi la nuit"
DVORAK String Quartet in C Major, Op. 61

Saturday, March 8, 8 p.m.: Violinist James Ehnes will return to CMSF with a program from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries:

GRIEG Sonata No. 2 in G Major
BRAHMS Sonatensatz
SCHUBERT Fantasy in C Major

Saturday, March 22, 8 p.m.: Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev will make his San Francisco recital debut with a program of piano compositions by Robert Schumann and Frédéric Chopin and transcriptions by Franz Liszt:

SCHUMANN Arabeske, Op. 18
SCHUMANN Sonata No. 1, Op. 11
WAGNER/LISZT Pilgrims' Chorus from “Tannhäuser”
WAGNER/LISZT Isolde's Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde”
SCHUBERT/LISZT Der Mueller und der Bach
CHOPIN/LISZT Five Polish Songs
CHOPIN Mazurkas, Op. 24 No. 3 & Op. 7 No. 3
CHOPIN Polonaise op.53 “Heroique”

Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m.: The Vogler Quartet (violinists Tim Vogler and Frank Reinecke, violist Stagan Fehlandt, and cellist Stephan Forck) will present a program ranging from the early work of Ludwig van Beethoven to the first quartet by Erwin Schulhoff:

SCHUBERT Quartettsatz
BEETHOVEN Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3
SCHULHOFF Quartet No. 1
SCHUBERT Quartet in A minor "Rosamunde"

Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m.: Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili will make her San Francisco recital debut with a program of intense virtuosity:

LISZT Sonata in B minor
RAVEL La Valse
CHOPIN Sonata No. 2

Saturday, April 26, 8 p.m.: Piano Olga Kern will return to CMSF with her own program of virtuoso selections:

MENDELSSOHN Variations Serieuses

Sunday, May 11, 3 p.m.: This will be the annual Mother’s Day concert by the Archetti Baroque String Ensemble. The core members of this groups are Carla Moore, Jolie von Einem, David Wilson, and Alicia Yang on violin, Anthony Martin on viola, Elisabeth Reed on cello, John Dornenburg on violone, and Yuko Tanaka on harpsichord. They will be joined by Judith Linsenberg on recorder, Debra Nagy on Baroque oboe, and John Thiessen on Baroque trumpet. The program will consist of four concertos, each for different instruments:

BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
TORELLI Trumpet Concerto in D Major
BACH Concerto for Violin and Oboe
VIVALDI Concerto for 4 Violins in E minor

Sunday, May 25, 3 p.m.: The season will conclude with a historically-informed all-Beethoven recital, performed on period instruments by pianist Eric Zivian and cellist Tanya Tomkins:

BEETHOVEN Sonata for Piano and Cello No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2
BEETHOVEN Sonata for Piano and Cello No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102 No. 2
BEETHOVEN Bagatelles for solo piano, Op. 119
BEETHOVEN Sonata for Piano and Cello No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69

All of this season’s concerts will take place at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre, located just off Union Square at the southwest corner of Sutter Street and Mason Street. Both single tickets and a variety of subscription options are available. These all may be purchased online through the Tickets Web page of the CMSF Web site. Tickets may also be ordered by phone at 415-392-4400.

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