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Voices of Music to invite special guests to this year’s ‘special event’ concert

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Every year Voices of Music supplements its series of subscription concerts with a “special event” concert that is given only one performance in San Francisco. This year’s concert will take place this coming Saturday, and this year the title is Saturday Night at the Movies. This will not be an attempt to compete with the San Francisco Symphony performing “live” soundtrack music for familiar cinema classics. Rather, this will be a “making of” event, during which the entire concert will be recorded with the high-definition video equipment used to capture every Voices of Music recital. Those recordings will then be edited to produce a “highlights” film, which will be given its first public projection as part of next year’s “special event” concert.

For this occasion Voices of Music has invited two guest ensembles, both of which share their commitment to historically-informed performance. This will results in a something-old-something-new program. The older group is the New Esterházy Quartet, founded in 2006 and consisting of violinists Lisa Weiss and Kati Kyme (who alternate in taking first chair), violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen. The newer ensemble is the recently-formed Alchemy Trio of violinist Natalie Carducci (winner of the Voices of Music 2012 Bach Competition), cellist Gretchen Claassen, and harpsichordist Derek Tam. Voices of Music members will also perform. The program has not yet been announced; but the music will be supplemented with a “backstage” tour of the video production facilities and an opportunity to meet all of the musicians during a wine and cheese reception following the concert.

Saturday Night at the Movies will begin at 8 p.m. this coming Saturday, January 18. The performance will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (1111 O’Farrell Street, near the corner of Franklin). All tickets are only $10, and they may be purchased online from an event page accessible through the Voices of Music Web site. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 415-260-4687.

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