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Noe Valley Chamber Music will hold its annual Gala Concert next month

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Last season pianist Robin Sutherland concluded the Alumni Recital Series at the San Francisco Conservatory (SFCM) with a concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of his admission to matriculate at SFCM. The event was practically a gala occasion in which Sutherland shared the stage with both current faculty and other alumni. The highlight of the concert was what, at the time, I called a “tag team” approach to the performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Opus 17 C minor suite for two pianos. Rachmaninoff composed two of these suites, both consisting of four movements. I called Sutherland’s performance a “tag team” because a different pianist performed as his partner for each of the four movements.

Those who missed out on this “feast of pianists” will get a second chance next month. Sutherland will be the featured artist in Noe Valley Chamber Music’s 2014 Gala Concert and Celebration. He will perform the same Rachmaninoff suite with the same four partners. In the order of the movements, those pianists will be Scott Foglesong, Keisuke Nakagoshi, Christopher Basso, and Nicholas Pavkovic. Sutherland will also give a solo performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s BWV 825 partita in B-flat major, the first of a set of six in the first Clavier-Übung (keyboard practice) volume that Bach published in 1731. The program will also include a performance of Earl Wild’s “Hommage à Poulenc.”

This Gala event will take place on Sunday, February 9, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (1111 O’Farrell Street, just west of the corner of Franklin Street). The celebration begins with a silent auction at 4 p.m. The one-hour concert will then take place at 5 p.m., followed by a champagne reception at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60 if paid at the door, but they may be purchased in advance through an Eventbrite event page for $50. Further information may be found at the event page on the Noe Valley Chamber Music Web site or by calling 415-648-5236.

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