The fourteenth year of the Music in the Mishkan series of chamber music concerts directed by violinist Randall Weiss will get under way at the beginning of next month. These concerts are sponsored by Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, which provides the venue. Each program features the work of at least one Jewish composer.
This season the composer Jonathan Berger, the Denning Family Provostial Professor of Music at Stanford University, will be featured at two of the three season concerts, the first of which will be the first concert of the season. His composition, which was written in memory of the journalist Daniel Pearl, is a setting of the Jewish song “Eli, Eli” (my God, my God), for string quartet. Weiss will be joined by violinist Jeremy Preston, violist Natalia Vershilova, and cellist Robert Howard.
The program will also feature two major string quintets. It will open with Felix Mendelssohn’s Opus 87 quintet in B-flat major and conclude with Antonín Dvořák’s Opus 97 quintet in E-flat major. The second viola part will be taken by Patricia Whaley. The program will also include arrangements of three duets from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s K. 620 opera, Die Zauberflöte (the magic flute).
The performance will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, and last about two hours. It will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. The venue will be Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, which is located at 290 Dolores Street at 16th Street. Because the season has not yet begun, full subscriptions are still available for $55 with a special $40 rate for Congregation Members. Single tickets cost $20 and $15 for Members. Orders may placed by calling the synagogue at 415-861-6932.