The May Treat Morrison Chamber Music Center, now in its 58th season, was created to promote and advance the art of chamber music and its appreciation. Its major vehicle is the Morrison Artists Series of free concerts held in the McKenna Theatre in the Creative Arts Building on the San Francisco State University (SFSU) campus. Each concert is preceded by an informative pre-concert talk, arranged by Artistic Director Richard Festinger and often involving the performers themselves. The public is also invited to observe the artists lead master classes (also at no charge), which may take place either before or after the concert, depending on the availability of the performers.
The first concert of the new season will take place at the end of this month. It will feature a performance by the Alexander String Quartet, SFSU’s Quartet-in-Residence since 1989. On this occasion they will present the world premiere of the fourth string quartet by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wayne Peterson. For the remainder of the program, they will be joined by special guest David Shifrin on clarinet. They will perform the two best-known quintets for clarinet and string quartet, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s K. 581 in A major and Johannes Brahms’ Opus 115 in B minor.
This concert will take place in the McKenna Theatre of the SFSU Creative Arts Building at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 29. The pre-concert talk will begin at 2 p.m. Admission is free, and further information may be obtained from 415-338-2467 or through the event page on the Creative State Web site. This Web page also has a hyperlink through which tickets may be reserved in advance. In addition all five artists will participate in the free master class, which will take place this coming Friday, September 20, running from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held Knuth Hall, which is also in the Creative Arts Building.