This is one of those “this just in” stories. However, I wanted to make sure to get out the word as soon as I received it. ZOFO Duet (pianists Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmerman) may have been bested by Eighth Blackbird at the GRAMMY Awards Ceremony; but they are still one of the most important chamber music ensembles here in San Francisco. Those who have not yet had a chance to experience their solid technique and imaginative approach to repertoire will have two opportunities this week and next, both of which will take place during lunch break.
Tomorrow, February 14, ZOFO will present a Valentine to San Francisco at one of the free concerts in the UCSF Chancellor’s Concert Series. These concerts take place at different facilities of the University of California at San Francisco. The venue for tomorrow’s performance will be Cole Hall, which is in the building at 513 Parnassus Avenue. The featured work will be Franz Schubert’s D. 940 fantasia in F minor for piano duet, followed by a four-hand arrangement of the “Jupiter” movement from Gustav Holst’s suite The Planets.
The following Tuesday, February 19, ZOFO will give a repeat performance of D. 940 in the Noontime Concerts™ series. At this recital the Schubert will be followed by the first of Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Sonata Serrana” compositions, which received its world premiere last month in an Old First Concerts program consisting of five world premieres, all commissioned. Noontime Concerts™ recitals are held at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral (660 California Street at the northeast corner of Grant Street), beginning at 12:30 p.m. There is no admission charge, but a donation of $5 is strongly encouraged.