Piano Quintets from Russia and France, with a touch of Africa
Mariya Borozina and Dian Zhang, violins • Yi Zhou, viola • Angela Lee, cello • Miles Graber, piano
Five powerhouse performers bring two masterpieces from the piano quintet literature:
Dmitri Shostakovich’s piano quintet in g minor
and Darius Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde. Both intimate and grand in scale, the Shostakovich quintet, written in 1940 during the height of Stalinist cultural repression, is a mature expression of the composer’s piano chamber music output. Worlds away in Paris in the 1920s, Mihaud’s arguably most famous work was first written for a chamber orchestra (rewritten for a piano quintet by the composer later) as a ballet depicting an African creation story.
February 23rd | 4pm
Davis High School
Angelo Moreno, Director
CCE welcomes Davis High School Baroque Ensemble in our first Young Performers Concert. Under the leadership of founder and director Angelo Moreno, DHSBE has the distinction of being the first public high school ensemble with an emphasis on historically
informed performance practice, using period instruments reflecting the style of Baroque music. This concert will be a special benefit concert as the group prepares for their third European tour in summer of 2020. All donations will support their upcoming tour.
In its 15th season, Quinteto Latino continues to expand the boundaries of classical music by performing and championing the classical and contemporary music of Latin America in the Bay Area and across the country. This program features a fugue by Argentina’s renowned tango composer, Astor Piazzolla; a theme and variations by Brazilian Ronaldo Miranda; a new arrangement of Brazil’s biggest hit, Waldir Azevedo’s “Brasileirinho”; as well as a sneak peak of a new work by American/Peruvian composer Gabriela Lena Frank. Come and enjoy the vibrant colors and vigorous rhythms of Latin America performed by the orchestral winds: flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, plus a guest from the brass section, the French horn.
*As a part of our ongoing mission to support community organizations through music, all donations received at our December concert will benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
March 1st | 4pm
Bach’s Goldberg Variations is considered by many to be one of the most iconic masterworks in all of classical music literature. A work for solo harpsichord, its theme and 30 variations were written in 1741 for Bach’s student Goldberg, who performed the piece to soothe his employer, the Russian ambassador Count Kaiserling in his bouts of insomnia. In 1984 Russian born violinist
and conductor Dmitri Sitkovetsky transcribed the work for both string orchestra and string trio, giving string players a chance to experience performing this monumental work. CCE artistic director and violist Caroline Lee is joined by violinist Alicia Yang and cellist Eric Gaenslen for this program.
January 12th | 4 pm
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor
With John Churchwell, piano
Acclaimed as a “young star” and “complete artist” by the New York Times and “extravagantly gifted...poised to redefine what’s possible for singers of this distinctive
voice type” by the San Francisco Chronicle, American countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen has quickly been identified as one of opera’s most promising rising stars. A member of the SF Opera’s Adler Fellowship, Aryeh’s 2018-2019 season included his debut with the SF Opera as Medoro in Handel’s Orlando, as well as performances with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Ars Lyrica Houston, SF Ballet and American Bach Soloists. His 2019-2020 season includes the role of David in Houston Grand Opera’s production of Handel’s Saul, performances with the Portland Opera, Glimerglass Festival, SFSymphony’s Messiah, among others. CCE is proud to present a rare opportunity to hear this rising young star in an intimate recital. Program will include works by Brahms, Duparc, Ravel, Quilter, Howells, and more.
“Ari” is a Korean word with multiple meanings: big river, wisdom and beauty. Ensemble Ari is a group of Korean American musicians in the Bay Area who wants to share this quality with the community through music. Their mission is to bridge Korea and other communities through western instruments while honoring Korean history and culture. In this program Ensemble Ari will collaborate with Sooyeon Lyuh, master of the Korean
two stringed instrument, haeguem.Together they will explore Korean traditional music, contemporary music by two Korean composers and an arrangement of western song cycle. ARI will also perform piano quintet by Dvorak, a composer noted for turning folk material to romantic music.