Concert Series at Temple Emanu-El
January – June 2015

Now in Our 12th Year!

“Both the venue and the roster of performers are superb.”
—SF Classical Voice

All concerts are Monday nights at 7:30 pm in the Martin Meyer Sanctuary of Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco

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March 30

Mirror Visions Ensemble


Vira Slywotzky, soprano

Scott Murphree, tenor

Jesse Blumberg, baritone


The Mirror Visions Ensemble sings its way to far-flung destinations, real and imaginary. Travel songs by Barber, Berlioz, Blangini, Duparc, Haydn, Poulenc and Hugo Wolf share the ride with commissions by Christopher Berg, Tom Cipullo, Deborah Fischer Teason and Scott Wheeler, as well as Gilda Lyons' "Great Barrier Reef." The poetry of Baudelaire, Joyce and Metastasio is featured, as well as the correspondence of Paul Bourget, Henry James and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

As The New York Times aptly states, MIRROR VISIONS' "programs are shaped with an ear to the poetry of song texts." The initial interest of the ensemble comprised of soprano Vira Slywotzky, tenor Scott Murphree, and baritone Jesse Blumberg was the back-to-back performance of multiple settings of a single text.

Led by Artistic Director and co-founder Tobé Malawista, the ensemble has commissioned more than 80 vocal chamber music works from 18 composers, including Christopher Berg, Tom Cipullo, Richard Lalli, Gilda Lyons, Russell Platt, Richard Pearson Thomas, Francine Trester, Scott Wheeler and Yehudi Wyner. Past seasons include performances at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic, SubCulture(Le) Poisson Rouge, Lincoln Center's Library for the Performing Arts, New York University's Frederick Loewe Theatre,and Bard College's Longy School of Music, as well as frequent appearances in Paris at the American University of Paris, the American Church in Paris, Musée Carnavalet, Musée Nissim de Camondo and Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

“Charm is a quality that this ensemble of three engaging singers has in spades.”  - The New Yorker

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April 20

Monsieur Debussy, Damien Luce, piano

Walk in the footsteps of this unique composer. The U.S. debut of this musical theater performance with images and music, based on Claude Debussy's correspondence.


• Masques

Général Lavine

Eccentric (Prélude)

Ondine (Prélude)

Cloches à travers les feuilles (Images - 2nd book)

Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum (Children's Corner)

Pagodes (Estampes)

L'Isle joyeuse

“The young musician (and actor) deploys the most convincing tenderness.” - Diapason

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MOR-EnsembleMay 18

Music of Remembrance
Mina Miller, Artistic Director and pianist (pictured below) 


Robert Dauber (1922-1945)

Serenata for Violin & Piano (Terezin, 1942)

Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Mina Miller, piano

David Beigelman (1887-1945)

Dybbuk Dances (Lodz Ghetto, 1941)

Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Jonathan Green, double bass

Jake Heggie

Farewell, Auschwitz (2013)

Poetry written by Krystyna Zywulska in Auschwitz, English adaptation by Gene Scheer

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance

California Premiere

Prologue: For Maria



In the Cards


Miss Ziutka

The Sun and the Skylark

Farewell, Auschwitz


Ava Pine, soprano; Catherine Cook, mezzo soprano; Robert Orth, baritone; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Walter Gray, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass; Craig Sheppard, piano

Tom Cipullo

After Life (2015)

Libretto by David Mason

Directed by Erich Parce

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance


World Premiere Performances

Catherine Cook, mezzo soprano; Robert Orth, baritone; Ava Pine, soprano; Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Walter Gray, cello; Craig Sheppard, piano

Founded in 1998, Music of Remembrance (MOR) fills a unique cultural role in Seattle and throughout the world by remembering the Holocaust through music with concert performances, educational programs, recordings and commissions of new works.

• Mainstage concerts and innovative programs at Seattle's Benaroya Hall featuring leading musicians and world acclaimed guest artists

"Sparks of Glory," a series of free concerts-with-commentary at the Seattle Art Museum and other community settings

Educational outreach, live performances and multi-media presentations to schools and colleges

Six CD recordings produced for Naxos, the world's leading classical music label

The Boys of Terezin, MOR's 2011 documentary film, continues to be screened by film festivals around the globe

MOR also commissions and premieres new Holocaust-inspired works by today's leading composers, building bridges across generations and sharing stories that underline the Holocaust's urgent moral relevance for us now.

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Emmy and Ludwig Altman, and is sponsored in part by the Ludwig Altman Fund of Temple Emanu-El.

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June 1

The Farallon Quintet
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu


Natalie Parker, clarinet
Dan Flanagan, violin
Matthew Oshida, violin
Elizabeth Prior, viola
Jonah Kim, cello

Jon Nakamatsu is the Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.


Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegretto con variazioni

Mahoney, Shafer: Clarinet Quintet


Copland, Aaron: Sextet for Clarinet, Piano, and String Quartet
I. Allegro vivace
II. Lento
III. Precise and rhythmic

Prokofiev, Sergei: Overture on Hebrew Themes

The Farallon Quintet, founded in the summer of 2012, is a dynamic Bay Area ensemble and the only professional chamber music group focused exclusively on the clarinet quintet string quartet plus clarinetrepertoire. In addition to playing the classics, the quintet seeks to perform rarely heard works, innovative arrangements, as well as new music by living composers.

The ensemble is made up of leading Bay Area musicians who are currently principal players in such orchestras as the San Francisco Ballet, Santa Rosa Symphony, Marin Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Fremont Symphony, Modesto Symphony, and the Sacramento Philharmonic. Collectively, its member have graduated from some of the world's top conservatories, including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, SUNY Stony Brook, and the Hochschule für Music in Freiberg, Germany.

American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. Mr. Nakamatsu has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with such conductors as James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vänskä and Hans Vonk. He also performed at a White House concert hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton.

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Single Tickets: $25 general/$22 senior and student

This series is made possible by a generous grant from the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, Inc.


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