One of the major events of every season at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) is the Chamber Music Masters series. This consists of four one-week residencies by leading performers of chamber music. For the general public this entails a free Master Class held in the Recital Hall and a Concert in the Concert Hall at which the visitor performs with both faculty and students.
The four visitors for the coming 2013–14 season will be as follows:
- Pianist Menahem Pressler: Master Class on Tuesday, October 29; Concert on Wednesday, October 30, performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Opus 96 violin sonata in G major and Johannes Brahms’ Opus 34 piano quintet in F minor
- Violinist Jorja Fleezanis: Master Class on Tuesday, November 19; Concert on Thursday, November 21
- Violist Kim Kashkashian: Master Class on Tuesday, February 11; Concert on Thursday, February 13
- Cellist Norman Fischer: Master Class on Tuesday, March 4; Concert on Thursday, March 6, performing Benjamin Britten’s Opus 36 string quartet in C major, the fifth of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras” suites, and Richard Strauss’ “Metamorphosen” in a version for string septet
All the free Master Classes begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Concerts, which begin at 8 p.m., are $20, with the usual special $15 rate for students, seniors, and Friends of the Conservatory. Tickets may be purchased or reserved online at the Conservatory Web site or by calling the Box Office at 415-503-6275. (The Box Office is located in the lobby of the SFCM building at 50 Oak Street; and its regular hours, which begin in September, are 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday.)
The other major chamber music event of the 2013–14 season involves the fact next year will again be SFCM’s turn to host the San Francisco-Shanghai International Chamber Music Festival. The public events of the festival will take place on Thursday, March 13, and Friday, March 14. Details will be released later in the season.
Finally, SFCM will host the annual Chamber Music Days concerts organized by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. This year the theme will be Latin American Connections. It will begin with a two-hour concert beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 19. Then, on Sunday, October 20, there will be a seven-hour marathon of concerts utilizing the different performing areas at SFCM. This will begin at noon and conclude at 7 p.m. All events will be free.