The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, located in the Sunset district, has officially announced the formation of the Sunset Music | Arts concert series. The Program Director for this effort is Mathew Chacko, who is also the church’s Music Director. The church offers both a grand piano and a full pipe organ situated in a beautiful space with highly conducive acoustics. Three events have been announced to inaugurate the program:
- August 16, 6 p.m.: This will be a preview chamber music recital of British and American composers. British composer Ian Venables will be the featured guest; and his canzonetta for clarinet quintet will received its first performance in the United States. The clarinetist will be Natalie Parker, joined by violinists Sarah Wood and David Ryther, violist Omid Assadi, and cellist David Wishnia. There will also be songs performed by mezzo Sally Porter, accompanied by pianist Bryan Baker. Other composers on the program will be Thomas Dunhill, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, and Robert Muczynski.
- September 20, 5 p.m.: This will be the celebration of the church’s 100th anniversary. Music will be provided by members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus: soprano Elisabeth Rom Lucio, mezzo Sally Porter Munro, tenor Norman DeVol, and baritone Frederick Matthews. Baker will again provide piano accompaniment. The program will include selections from both operas and Broadway musicals.
- September 26, 7:30 p.m.: This will be the first “official” recital, given by the members of the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet, violinists Mikhail Bondarev and Ekaterina Belisova, violist Alexei Popov, and cellist Anton Andreev, all graduates of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. The concert will mark the beginning of their 2014 tour of the United States. The program has not yet been announced, but their repertoire includes contemporary works as well as the more traditional classics.
The preview event this Saturday will take place at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. This is located at 101 Gold Mine Drive, also in the Sunset district. Tickets will not be sold, but there will be a suggested donation of $15. There will also be a reception for both the composer and the artists, to which all are invited, following the concert.
The other two events will take place at Incarnation, which is located at 1750 29th Avenue. Tickets for the Gala are $35. They may be purchased in advance through an Eventbrite event page. Tickets will not be required for the recital by the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet.