The musicians of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival have planned a two-week, ten-concert tour of California to spread the word about their annual summer festival in Trinity County. The San Francisco leg of this tour will involve a recital jointly presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco and the Italian Cultural Institute. The program will feature the music of Italian, Swiss, and American composers. The performers will be pianist Ian Scarfe (the “prime mover” behind the Festival), cellist Charles Akert (a regular Festival performer), soprano Indre Viskontas, and clarinetist Lux Brahn, who joined Scarfe and Akert when they toured Switzerland last summer.
All of the composers are relatively recent with the exception of Vincenzo Bellini. Viskontas will being the recital, accompanied by Scarfe, with Juliet’s aria from that composer’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi, “Oh! quante volte,” along with its preceding recitativo. The other Italian composers on the program are Gaetano Braga, Dominik Argento, and Nino Rota. Switzerland will be represented by the clarinet solo “Arlecchino” by Rodolpho Lehnherr. The American composition was commissioned by the Festival, the art song “Rosebud Peeks,” scored for voice, clarinet, and piano by Stephen Kahn.
This concert will take place at the Italian Cultural Institute (814 Montgomery Street in North Beach) on Saturday, March 2. This event will begin at 7 p.m. and include a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Admission will be free. However, there will be a suggested donation of $20 at the door to benefit the funding of this summer Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival.