Take a break from holiday madness and join chamber music ensemble Tenth Avenue Players (TAP) for a thrilling musical trip around Europe. In a whirlwind 60 minutes of folk-influenced music, TAP travels through Hungary, Spain, England, and Austria as duo, trio, and piano quartet. After the concert please join us for a champagne reception and meet the artists!
The program features two magnificent piano quartets by rarely heard composers Frank Bridge and Joaquin Turina. With rhapsodic passion, both pieces draw on traditional melodies of Bridge and Turina’s homelands – England and Spain – while also paying homage to the composers’ French influences. TAP follows these quartets with instrumental arrangements of true Hungarian and Spanish folk songs set by De Falla, Bartók, and Kodaly. Finally, the program ends with Mozart’s buoyant and dazzling piano quartet in Eb Major.
Seven Popular Spanish Songs | de Falla Hungarian folk songs | Bartók/Kodaly piano quartets | Turina, Bridge, Mozart
Tenth Avenue Players formed in the fall of 2015 when four long-time friends and musical colleagues decided to slow down and dig deep. The award-winning members of the San Francisco-based group aligned themselves with a mission to perform, record, and commission great chamber music at the highest level. In their first year, the group performed under the name of LiveOak Ensemble at Noontime Concerts at St. Mary’s and Noe Valley Ministry. This concert marks the ensemble’s fourth concert and features Jessica Chang, viola; Allegra Chapman, piano; Laura Gaynon, cello; and Elbert Tsai, violin.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Allegra Chapman, piano
Described as “brilliant” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, pianist Allegra Chapman is dedicated to engaging with new audiences as performer, presenter, and teacher. Her performances have been broadcast on WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, and KALW San Francisco and she has performed at Alice Tully Hall, in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, and at festivals including New York City Center’s Fall for Dance, and the Bard, Aspen, Kneisel, and Pianofest music festivals. She has collaborated with renowned artists including members of the Orion String Quartet and ICE, and worked with Charles Wuorinen and Joan Tower, among many other living composers. Allegra is a graduate of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is co-founder and Artistic/Executive Director of Bard Music West, a new Bay Area branch of the Bard Music Festival that will hold its inaugural year, The World of György Ligeti, on March 17-18, 2017 at Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco.
Jessica Chang, viola
Taiwanese-American violist Jessica Chang is dedicated to sharing her love for music through presenting chamber music in accessible ways. As the founder and director of Chamber Music by the Bay, Jessica brings interactive concerts and programs to over 1,600 youth throughout the San Francisco Bay Area annually. Following her studies at The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, she has been broadcast on NPR’s “Performance Today”; performed at festivals including the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Aspen, Tanglewood, Verbier, and Taos; and featured as a teaching artist with Project 440 and the Savannah Music Festival. She has also served as violist of the Afiara Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and visiting faculty at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Jessica is a graduate of Yale, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors and distinction. Her teachers have included Misha Amory, Michael Tree, Roberto Díaz, Steven Tenenbom, Heidi Castleman, Daniel Panner, Jenny Rudin, Jesse Levine, and Jodi Levitz. After a decade of surviving solid East Coast winters Jessica recently relocated to San Francisco, where she maintains a private studio, performs frequently with ensembles throughout Northern California including Chamber Music Silicon Valley and Ensemble San Francisco, and serves as the Director of Chamber Music at California Music Preparatory Academy.
Laura Gaynon, cello
Laura Gaynon is an active performer and presenter of cello and chamber music in the San Francisco Bay Area. Described as “stunning” by the SF Examiner, Laura has performed with the American Bach Soloists, LiveOak, the unconducted orchestra One Found Sound, and as a founding member of the baroque chamber ensemble Musa. She is also Artistic Director of Bay Area Concerts at Home, a chamber music series that takes place entirely in the living rooms around the Bay Area. Laura is dedicated to promoting the music of today, and spearheaded Musa’s “Art Inspiring Art” commissioning project, now in its third year. A devoted teacher, Laura is a teaching artist with Chamber Music by the Bay, as well as on faculty at California Music Preparatory Academy and the Pacific Crest Music Festival. Laura is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Yale University.
Elbert Tsai, violin
Elbert Tsai leads a multifaceted career as virtuoso violinist, sought-after pedagogue, and orchestral musician. As a soloist, one of his musical missions is to revive the art of the virtuoso violin recital, which celebrates the short showpieces and gems of the instrument’s 450-year musical history. Since 2007, he has performed with the San Francisco Ballet orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, touring with the symphony domestically and to Europe and Asia. Elbert has taught violin and chamber music at Center Stage Strings, the Luzerne Music Center, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, SFCM Pre-College Division, and the Crowden School. He holds degrees from University of Southern California, Rice University, and Oberlin College. For more information, please visit https://www.elberttsai.com