Concert Series at Temple Emanu-El
January to June 2015 - Now in Our 12th Year!

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

April 20 - Monsieur Debussy, Damien Luce
May 18 - Music of Remembrance
June 1 - The Farallon Quintet, featuring Pianist Jon Nakamatsu

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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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MOR-EnsembleMay 18

Music of Remembrance
Mina Miller, Artistic Director and pianist

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

MOR makes its San Francisco debut with After Life, a bold new MOR-commissioned opera by Tom Cipullo that reunites Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein, who meet posthumously to argue about art and life in an impassioned debate over the artist’s responsibilities in times of war. This not-to-be-missed evening also features the California premiere of Jake Heggie’s Farewell, Auschwitz, in addition to Holocaust-era works by Robert Dauber and David Beigelman.

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


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
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

San Francisco Premiere of Tom Cipullo's After Life (2015)
Libretto by David Mason
Directed by Erich Parce
Commissioned by Music of Remembrance
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.

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June 1

The Farallon Quintet
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu

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 clarinet repertoire. In addition to playing the classics, the quintet seeks to perform rarely heard works, innovative arrangements, and new music by living composers.

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.  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 members:

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

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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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