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Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 7 pm - Kohl Début
St. Petersburg Piano Quartet
St. Petersburg Piano Quartet
Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47
Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op. 25
Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

First violinist Alla Aranovskaya and violist Boris Vayner of the world-renowned, Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet have joined forces with rising star cellist Thomas Mesa and pianist Ilya Yakushev, winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, whose “vigor and virtuosity” in an “astounding triple debut” with the SF Symphony earned him a place him on the SF Chronicle’s list of “Ten Best Classical Music Events of the Year.” The St. Petersburg Piano Quartet made its début this spring with two sold-out concerts on New York City’s Barge Music series, and makes its Bay Area début to open the 2014-2015 Music at Kohl season with works by Mozart and Schumann as well as Brahms’ fiery Piano Quartet in G minor.

Sunday, Novemeber 16, 2014 - 7 pm - Kohl Début
Escher String Quartet
Escher String Quartet
Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 50, No. 6
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 15 in E-flat minor, Op. 144
Dvořák: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 51
Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

Founded in 2005, the Escher String Quartet has inspired The Guardian to proclaim it “one of the finest quartets of its generation.” Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the Escher Quartet became one of the few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fischer Career Grant. With a busy international touring schedule, the Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty as well as its youthful verve and daring. In the summer of 2014, the quartet will have released a daunting two-volume recording of the complete string quartets of Zemlinsky on Naxos.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 7 pm
Kohl Mansion 100th Anniversary Grand Finale Concert: John Santos and Jackeline Rago
John Santos Sextet
VNote Ensemble
Anniversary Concert

Non-subscription concert marks the
Kohl Mansion's 100th Anniversary.

Bay Area Latin Jazz superstar and 5-time GRAMMY nominee John Santos and his Sextet will be joined by Venezuelan Jazz-Fusion virtuosa Jackeline Rago and her VNote Ensemble for a rousing concert and celebration to conclude a year of festivities marking the Kohl Mansion's 100th anniversary. Subscribers receive a 20% discount! Presented in association with Mercy High School Burlingame.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 7 pm - Kohl Début
Musica Pacifica
Musica Pacifica
A Baroque Holiday Concert

Non-subscription concert benefits Kohl for Kids programs.

A popular program of Baroque gems visits the major artistic centers of Europe and samples the musical forms of the 17th and 18th centuries with works by Rameau, Scarlatti, Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Handel, Boismortier and more.

Since its founding in 1990, Musica Pacifica has become widely recognized as one of America’s premier baroque ensembles, lauded for both the dazzling virtuosity and the warm expressiveness of its performances. Described as "some of the finest baroque musicians in America" (American Record Guide) and "among the best in the world" (Alte Musik Aktuell), the ensemble is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its members perform with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists as well as with numerous other prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad. Musica Pacifica brings its lush period sound to the splendor of Kohl Mansion for our traditional Gala Holiday Concert. This non-subscription concert benefits Kohl for Kids programs, serving 5,000+ children and youth annually.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 7 pm - Début
ensemble
Musicians of the
San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
Shinji Eshima: The Despot’s Rule, The Slave’s Revenge for cello, piano and marimba (composed for Emil Miland)
Erich Korngold: Suite for two violins, cello, and piano left hand, Op. 2
Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

In Music at Kohl’s early years, musicians from our world-renowned San Francisco Symphony and Opera orchestras regularly made guest appearances. We proudly bring back this tradition with an ensemble of six magnificent musicians including SFO Concertmaster Kay Stern, violinist Dawn Harms, cellist Emil Miland (an early MAKM favorite), oboist Janet Archibald, percussionist Mark Veregge and pianist Steven Bailey. Together, these great colleagues and friends have selected a program of beloved pieces exclusively for us, as well as the Bay Area premiere of The Despot’s Rule, the Slave’s Revenge for cello, piano and marimba, composed for Emil Miland by SF Opera Orchestra double- bassist Shinji Eshima. Mr. Eshima is enjoying widespread acclaim for his recent compositions and is currently at work on his second commissioned work for the San Francisco Ballet.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 7 pm - Kohl Début
Horszowski Trio
Horszowski Trio
Saint-Saëns: Trio No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18
Joan Tower: For Daniel
Schumann: Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63
Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

The Horszowski Trio makes its first appearance on the Kohl Mansion stage this season, yet the trio features two familiar faces: pianist Rieko Aizawa appeared at Kohl Mansion with the Amelia Piano Trio and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan made his first Kohl appearance as a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet. Following many years of friendship, Aizawa and Ramakrishnan joined with violinist Jesse Mills to form the Horszowski Trio in 2011. Based in New York City, the members of the Horszowski Trio teach at Columbia University and the Longy School of Music at Bard College. Ms. Aizawa was the last pupil of the legendary pianist Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993.) The Trio presents repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary, additionally seeking out works by composers with whom Horszowski had personal associations such as Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Martinu, Villa-Lobos, and Granados.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 7 pm - Kohl Début
Classical Jam
Classical Jam
Roussel: Trio for Flute, Viola and Cello Op. 40
Dohnányi: Serenade for String Trio Op. 10
Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia
Philip Glass: The Hours
J. S. Bach: The Art of Fugue
Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

Following a memorable week in residence with Music at Kohl in 2013 that included family and children’s concerts, visits to schools and community centers, and a sold-out command performance at Sam’s Castle in Pacifica, Classical Jam joins our chamber series roster this season with a program that showcases the ensemble’s unique approach to classical chamber music. Classical Jam’s wide-ranging repertoire spans from traditional classical works by Mozart, Handel and Dohnanyi to original compositions by members of the ensemble, as well as exciting improvisations and world influenced classical music. Based in New York City and hailed nationally for their magnetic ability to engage listeners of all ages, Classical Jam members perform regularly with Musicians from Marlboro, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Ethel. Classical Jam is devoted to making classical music experiences memorable for the audiences of today.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 7 pm - Kohl Favorite
Borromeo String Quartet
Borromeo String Quartet
Beethoven: Grosse Fugue, Op. 133
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8, Op. 110
Beethoven: Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

Returning to Kohl Mansion three years after a highly lauded performance that incorporated projections of original hand-written manuscripts by Beethoven and Mendelssohn, the Borromeo String Quartet brings back to our stage its innovative and deeply probing explorations of the great standards of the chamber repertoire. The quartet will perform Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue, Op. 133 and String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132, as well as Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 8, Op.110. The Chicago Tribune calls the Borromeo “a remarkably accomplished string quartet, not simply for its high technical polish and refined tone, but more importantly for the searching musical insights it brings.” The Borromeo has been Quartet in Residence at the New England Conservatory of Music for more than twenty years and collaborates extensively with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 7 pm - Kohl Favorite
Alexander String Quartet
Alexander String Quartet
Brahms: String Quartet No.3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67
Heggie: Camille Claudel: Into the Fire for string quartet and mezzo-soprano
Additional work TBA
Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

Frequent Music at Kohl collaborators and Honorary Chairs of our 30th Anniversary Season two years ago, the Alexander String Quartet returns to close the series with a program including Brahms’s String Quartet No.3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67, and a haunting work written for the Alexander String Quartet by internationally celebrated Bay Area composer Jake Heggie in celebration of the ASQ’s 30th Anniversary in 2012. The Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier ensembles. A major artistic presence in its San Francisco home base, the quartet’s members serve as directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at San Francisco State University and Ensemble in Residence of San Francisco Performances.

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