This coming week pianist Menahem Pressler will begin the Chamber Music Masters series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) with his annual one-week residency. While the primary purpose of the residency involves intense interaction with both students and faculty, the visit also offers two public events. The first of these is a master class, and the second is a recital performance of chamber music involving faculty, alumni, and student participation.
This season the master class will take place on Tuesday, October 29, in the SFCM Recital Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m. As always, this event is free and open to the public. However, it is important to observe that, in the Recital Hall, seating is limited; and no reservations will be taken.
The program for the recital will be one of transition from the nineteenth century to the twentieth. The earliest piece will be Ludwig van Beethoven’s final violin sonata, his Opus 96 in G major. This will be followed, chronologically, by Robert Schumann’s Opus 44 piano quintet in E-flat major. The twentieth century, in turn, will be presented by an alumni ensemble, the Prometheus Quartet, who will perform Henry Cowell’s fourth (“United”) quartet. Members of the faculty who will join Pressler will be violinist Ian Swensen and violist Jodi Levitz.
This concert will take place on Wednesday, October 30, at 8 p.m. in the SFCM Concert Hall. Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors, and Friends of the Conservatory. They may also be purchased through the Box Office, which is in the SFCM lobby at 50 Oak Street (near the Van Ness Muni station) ands may be reached by telephone at 415-503-6275.