OCTOBER 25 | 4PM
Charles Chandler, bass
Bassist Charles Chandler has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1992. Prior to his current position, he was Associate Principal Bass and Soloist with the Phoenix Symphony. He also served as Principal Bass of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra and the New York 20th Century Chamber Players. His primary teachers were Shinji Eshima of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and David Walter at the Juilliard School. His numerous honors and awards include the San Francisco Symphony Pepsi Cola Young Musician Award, the Pittenger Scholarship, the Irving Klein Scholarship, and first prize in the A.S.T.A. National String Competition. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Juilliard in 1987, Charles Chandler was selected to perform as a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. Playing with Marin Symphony, he has enjoyed performing with his wife Van, a violinist. He also performs at the Music@Menlo Festival and Chamber Music Sundaes series and frequently records at Skywalker Ranch. Mr. Chandler resides in San Francisco with his wife and their daughter Julie. When not playing on his 1750 double bass made by the Venetian luthier, Domenico Busan, he enjoys organic gardening, bicycling, hiking and spending time with his family.
Caroline Lee, viola
Violist and founder/artistic director of Community Concerts at Epworth Caroline Lee has performed throughout the US and Canada as an orchestral player as well as a chamber musician and recitalist. She is currently a member of the San Francisco Ballet orchestra and also performs with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. Before relocating to the Bay area, Caroline was a member of the Kansas City Symphony for eight years and also performed regularly with the Chicago Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra during their summer seasons. She also performed with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra as principal violist and New Ear Ensemble, an ensemble dedicated to performing music written by living composers. An active chamber musician, she has performed in Banff, Domaine Forget, and the International Musical Arts Festivals, collaborating with members of the Tokyo, Cleveland and Colorado quartets, as well as artists such as Eric Friedmann, Steve Dann, Richard Stolzman and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Along with her sister Aeri, Caroline formed the Lee duo and performs recitals throughout north America, championing less familiar viola repertoire. She is also a member of Eos and Strobe Ensembles, performing a wide range of works for chamber ensembles within the SF bay area. Caroline received her bachelor in music degree at the University of Michigan and her masters and Artist Diploma at Yale School of Music.
Alicia Yang, violin
A former member of the Oregon Symphony, concert violinist Alicia Yang regularly performs with such renowned ensembles as Philharmonia Baroque, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Her training from the Oberlin and New England Conservatories spans genres from Renaissance to contemporary-minimalist, and she has recorded an album of contemporary compositions on the Opus One label. Ms. Yang is a specialist in historically-informed violin performance, and has appeared with period instrument ensembles across the US, including the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Carmel Bach Festival, and American Bach Soloists. Her performances have taken her through Europe and the US, including such lauded orchestras as the Kennedy Center Opera, the Seattle Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon (Spain). In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio in San Francisco, Ms. Yang enjoys performing with the baroque string band Archetti, playing chamber music with her husband Amos Yang, Assistant Principal Cellist of the San Francisco Symphony, and spending time with their children, Isabel and Noah.
Amos Yang, cello
Amos Yang is the Assistant Principal cellist for the San Francisco Symphony. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., the Far East and Europe, including performances at the Aspen Music Festival, the American Academy in Rome, Wigmore Hall and Alice Tully Hall. He has also collaborated in chamber music with the Ying Quartet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, pianists Ann Schein and Melvin Chen, violinist Earl Carlyss and composer Bright Sheng.
Yang’s awards include the Performer’s Certificate at Eastman School of Music and first prizes in the American String Teacher’s Association and Grace Vamos competitions. He was finalist in the Pierre Fournier International Cello Competition and was awarded the CD Jackson Prize at the Tanglewood Music Festival for outstanding musical contribution.
As cellist of the Maia String Quartet from 1996-2002, Yang was involved in many educational programs, performing throughout the country for schools under the auspices of such organizations as Arts Excel, Young Audiences Inc. and the Midori Foundation. During this time he also served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Iowa, Grinnell College and the Interlochen Advanced String Quartet Institute. Yang holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School of Music. His primary teachers have included Irene Sharp, Channing Robbins, Paul Katz and Steven Doane.
Before joining the San Francisco Symphony, Yang was a member of the Seattle Symphony, maintaining a private teaching studio as well as cultivating an active solo and chamber music life. Born and raised in San Francisco, he is a graduate of Lowell and was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and San Francisco Boys Choir.
OCTOBER 25 | 4PM
NOVEMBER 8 | 4PM
Peter Myers (b. 1985), praised for the warmth of his sound and range of tonal color, joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra as Assistant Principal Cello in 2017, and is internationally known as a chamber musician. He is a founding member of the Saguaro Piano Trio, which won first prize in the 2009 International Chamber Music Hamburg, as well as SAKURA, a unique and innovative cello quintet.
Peter has appeared at the Marlboro, La Jolla and Mozaic Music Festivals and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. Additionally, he has toured abroad with chamber ensembles in Germany, Italy, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Mongolia, Laos and Pakistan. He has also performed as guest Principal Cellist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His mentors include Ronald Leonard at the Colburn Conservatory and Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California. He performs on a cello made by Claude-Augustin Miremont in 1876.
The COVID-19 lockdown has afforded Peter extended time to focus on composing and arranging. Among several other Summer 2020 projects, he filmed an elaborate video of his arrangement of the cheerful and breezy Nintendo Wii Shop Music.
Apart from music, Peter enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and watching science videos on YouTube. He besottedly follows the Instagram accounts of a number of pet parrots, and as his landlord doesn’t allow pets, he often finds himself talking to his robotic vacuum cleaner, who is an extremely good boy.
Sought after for his ‘finely-calibrated leadership’ and ‘ebullient performance[s]’, conductor Robert Mollicone is becoming a familiar face in opera houses across the US and Europe. As a member of San Francisco Opera’s music staff, he has acted in capacities including assistant to the Music Director, assistant conductor, prompter and coach/pianist, and has worked on 40+ productions spanning the breadth of the repertoire, including Rusalka, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Les Troyens, and Don Carlo. Equally committed to new works and the development of the American operatic canon, he has helped bring several new operas by composers such as Jake Heggie, Tobias Picker, and John Adams to life.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, he has conducted performances with Opera San Jose (Where Angels Fear to Tread, Silent Night), San Francisco Opera (Opera in the Park 2014/2019, Christmas with Sol3 Mio), and West Edge Opera (The Chastity Tree). Additionally, he recently made his conducting debut at Austin Opera (Ariadne auf Naxos) and was the cover conductor for the European premiere of Girls of the Golden West at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam.
Mollicone also performs regularly in recital with renowned vocal artists, including Denyce Graves, Andrew Stenson, Joyce El-Khoury, Brian Jagde, Ailyn Pérez, Nicholas Phan, and Jamie Barton, with whom he was lauded for ‘miracles of sensitive expression’. He made his Carnegie Hall debut alongside soprano Melody Moore in May 2016.
He is a graduate of San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellowship, as well as of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. He holds a M. Mus. from Boston University, where he studied with Shiela Kibbe
NOVEMBER 15 | 4PM
Violinist Cordula Merks is the Concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Previous positions include First Assistant concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony and concertmaster of Germany's Essen Philharmonic, Bochum Symphony and Bergische Symphony. She has also served as guest concertmaster for many orchestras, including the Houston Symphony, American Ballet Theater at the Met, Dresden Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Portuguese National Opera.When not playing in the orchestra, Cordula enjoys playing as a soloist and as a chamber musician and has performed in the US, Israel and all over Europe.
Cordula was born in Germany and spent her childhood in Holland. She started playing the violin at the age of 6 and was accepted to study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague at the age of 12. Her teachers have included Theodora Geraets, Jaring Walta, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and Herman Krebbers, and she holds degrees from the Amsterdam Conservatory and Northern Illinois University.
Ms. Merks has won prizes at all Dutch national competitions, at various concerto competitions and at several international competitions, including the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria.
Cordula is married to contrabassoonist Mike Gamburg, and together they have two daughters, Mia, and Emmie.
Pianist Britton Day enjoys a busy career performing across the Bay Area. Recently featured on the critically-acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Soundbox Series, Britton performed piano-four hand repertoire with Michael Tilson Thomas and accompanied his father, SFS Principal Flutist Tim Day. Other recent engagements include performances with members of the San Francisco Symphony on their Chamber Music Series in Davies Symphony Hall, the Berkeley Hillside Club Chamber Series, and the Eastern Sierra Symphony Summer Festival.
Britton is currently a member of the accompanying staff at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has worked as a rehearsal pianist for the San Francisco Ballet.
Britt is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He received his Masters Degree as well as a Professional Studies Diploma in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Daniel Bernard Roumain
Daniel Bernard Roumain’s acclaimed work as a composer, performer, educator, and activist spans more than two decades, and he has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (NYT), DBR is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations span Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga.
Known for his signature violin sounds infused with myriad electronic, urban, and African-American music influences, DBR takes his genre-bending music beyond the proscenium. He is a composer of chamber, orchestral, and operatic works; has won an Emmy for Outstanding Musical Composition for his collaborations with ESPN; featured as keynote performer at technology conferences; and created large scale, site-specific musical events for public spaces. DBR earned his doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Michigan and is currently Institute Professor and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University.
An avid arts industry leader, DBR serves on the board of directors of the League of American Orchestras, Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Creative Capital, the advisory committee of the Sphinx Organization, and was co-chair of 2015 and 2016 APAP Conferences.
DBR has most recently created the musical score for The Just and The Blind, a collaboration with spoken word artist and writer Marc Bamuthi Joseph, commissioned by Carnegie Hall; and a new work for Washington State University’s Symphonic Band, Falling Black Into The Sky, based on the work of the artist James Turrell and his “light work” at Roden Crater. DBR is currently creating Cipher, a new pocket opera for the Philadelphia Boys Choir, with a libretto by Joseph, based on the incarceration of young, Black boys.
DECEMBER 13 | 4PM
The Eos Ensemble is an exciting chamber music group featuring musicians of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Through the intimacy of chamber music, these talented musicians thrill audiences with artistry normally reserved for the grand canvas of opera. The ensemble presents concerts of wide ranging musical styles and instrumental combinations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Composer Kay Rhie was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to U.S. as a teenager. She received much of her musical training in Los Angeles where she started college as a pianist at UCLA. During college, she started composing and continued her doctorate studies in composition at Cornell University. She received scholarship to attend the summer music camps at Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival and School, Banff Centre for the Arts, among others. She finds her musical inspirations from various literary and art forms, reflecting her background in both avant- garde and tonal idioms.
A recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Rhie was a composition fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University during 2008-09 when she explored subjects related to time in music. She was the winner of the Tanglewood Music Center’s New Music commission, Ojai Music Festival Grand Prize. Rhie’s music has been performed by the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s Ars Nova players (South Korea), the BBC Singers (UK),
Her upcoming performances include a new chamber opera Quake for Opera UCLA, and a new song cycle for the LA Philarmonic Orchestra. She has been teaching at UCLA since 2017 as professor of composition and theory.