British cellist Hannah Sloane has been giving duo chamber music recitals with San Francisco pianist Allegra Chapman since 2010. They met at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and began working together as students at the Juilliard School. Since then they have been performing throughout England and New York City. Sloane is now visiting the Bay Area and has planned two performances in San Francisco with Chapman.
The first of these will be presented by Concerts at 405 Shrader. This series calls itself “Aperitif Concerts for the Neighborhood.” The neighborhood in question is just south of the Panhandle and just east of Golden Gate Park. The rest of the title refers to the fact that the concerts begin at 7 p.m. (the aperitif hour), last about 50 minutes, and are followed with a hosted aperitif service.
Because of the brevity of the performance time, Sloane and Chapman have limited themselves to two compositions. However, both of them are seldom performed; and both embody the rich rhetoric of the Romantic style during the twilight of the nineteenth century. Each is a duo sonata, the earlier by Richard Strauss in F major (Opus 6, composed between 1880 and 1883) and the later by Alexander Zemlinsky in A minor (1894).
405 Shrader Street is located at the corner of Oak Street on the southern edge of where the Panhandle meets Golden Gate Park. Because space is limited, reservations are required. They can only be made by sending electronic mail to 405Shrader@gmail.com, after which, if space is available, a confirmation will be sent. There is no charge for these performances. However, after the concert a hat is passed; and a minimum contribution of $10 per person is highly recommended.
For the second concert Chapman will return to the salon-like setting of Salle Pianos, where she gave a recital with violinist Solenn Séguillon this past March. This program will feature another performance of the Strauss sonata and a different composition by Zemlinsky, a set of three pieces that he composed before his sonata in 1891. The program will also feature two works by Anton Webern, a set of two pieces composed in 1899 and only published posthumously and the Opus 11 set of three little pieces, composed in 1914. The program will begin with a cello performance of Franz Schubert’s D. 821 sonata in A minor, originally composed for arpeggione in 1824.
This recital will take place on Saturday, November 2. Salle Pianos is located at 1632C Market Street, just behind the Zuni Café. Fine food and wine will be served in conjunction with the event when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. A $20 donation is suggested to cover the performance, a glass of wine, and the food. ($15 is acceptable for students.) Reservations may be made in advance by sending electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.