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CONCERTS

STRING INFLUX, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 | 3:00 PM | Strauss, Martinu and Bridge | First Presbyterian Church – 208 Grant Ave. SF, NM
Ease into the autumn days with a cluster of mercurial works for strings, featuring Richard Strauss’s enigmatic Sextet from ‘Capriccio’, Bohuslav Martinu’s irresistible bohemian ‘Madrigals’, and the rich, unconventional and free-spirited ‘Sextet’ by the unsung English composer Frank Bridge. View Program

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CHANGES OF PHASE, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 3:00 PM | Finzi, Strauss and Mozart| First Presbyterian Church – 208 Grant Ave. SF, NM
Music that is balm for the soul and food for thought, with the supple, melodious ‘Interlude’ for oboe and strings by Gerald Finzi, Anton Webern’s dark and heady ‘Langsamer Satz’, and a radiant, Viennese classic, the crystalline ‘Clarinet Quintet’ of Mozart. View Program

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THE AMERICANS, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 3:00 PM | Barber, Glass and Ron Strauss | First Presbyterian Church – 208 Grant Ave. SF, NM
Discover a mosiac of American sounds with the final opus of Samuel Barber, his exquisite ‘Canzonetta for oboe and strings’, the organic and shifting sands of Philip Glass’s ‘String Quartet No. 5’, and a sensuous take on Uruguayan anti-imperialist poet Eduardo Galeano by Santa Fe composer Ron Strauss’s chamber quartet ‘Matapolvos’ for soprano, English Horn, viola and cello, written in 2005. View Program 

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THE RUSSIANS | SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 | 7:00 PM | Khachaturian, Prokofiev and Shostakovich| First Presbyterian Church – 208 Grant Ave. SF, NM
Experience sounds living under Soviet rule with young Aram Khachaturian’s hypnotic, gypsy-like ‘Trio for clarinet, violin and piano’, Prokofiev’s urgent and obsessive ‘Sonata for Two Violins’, and the brooding, diabolical ‘Piano Trio in E minor, opus 67’ of Dimitri Shostakovich’. View Program 

ROMANTICS | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 | 3:00 PM | Webern, Strauss, Kenji Bunch and Brahms| First Presbyterian Church – 208 Grant Ave. SF, NM
Hear the Romantic world’s ethereal genius and its kaleidoscopic tonal minimalism displayed by an early ‘Violin Sonata, Op.7’ of Anton Webern, the twists and turns of Richard Strauss’s concise ‘Andante for Horn’, the homeland inspired ‘Common Tones’ of Kenji Bunch, and all of the best Romantic elements in the late, divine ‘Piano Trio in C minor, opus 101’ of Brahms. View Program 

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APPLE HILL SOJOURN | SUNDAY, MARCH 25 | 3:00 PM | Haydn, Tower and Lecca | First Presbyterian Church – 208 Grant Ave. SF, NM
The Apple Hill String Quartet will captivate you with its luscious, colorful sound, breathing new life into classic masterpieces from the vast string quartet repertoire. This dynamic and well traveled group initiated the world-wide curriculum ‘Playing for Peace’, an outreach program that focuses on social change through chamber music. View Program 

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WOMEN & CHILDREN | SUNDAY, MAY 13 | 3:00 PM | Stories from Iraq by Rahim AlHaj, Oud | First Presbyterian Church – 208 Grant Ave. SF, NM
Wrap yourself in the mystical and true sounds of Iraq. Alhaj is a storyteller of deeply personal, poetic and powerful musical tales that will speak to your heart and touch you profoundly. View Program

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