Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More "E"s

Lots of "E"s!
Edward Elgar and Eric Ewazen! And the Eloquence String Quartet!
The quartet, made up of Peggy Brady and Rachelle Davis, violins, Beth Heid, viola and Gwyneth Davis can be checked out at Eloquencestringquartet.com. (pictures there too) They are playing the Elgar Quartet, a piece which isn't played nearly often enough.
But to crank up the volume a bit, Dan Norris will join them for a Quintet By Eric Ewazen, a composition teacher at Juilliard, who apparently went to Juilliard at the same time as Shinji.

about the "E" concert

Live composers are featured on the "E" concert!
San Francisco composer and bass player Shinji Eshima has written a very moving piece for bassoon, string quartet and optional buddhist monk. It's called Krapp's Endgame and refers to a Samuel Beckett play: Krapp's Last Tape, but also references an Allen Ginsberg's poem: Song.
It's a great poem. The beginning is:

The weight of the world
is love.
Under the burden
of solitude,
under the burden
of dissatisfaction

the weight,
The weight we carry
is love.

The players for this are; Greg Barber, bassoon, Peggy Brady and Rachelle David, violins, Beth Heid, viola and Judiyaba, cello.

Shinji also wrote a piece for Judiyaba and Gwyneth Davis called the Judiyabadabaduo, which we will play.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


This Sunday, April 25th we will be repeating the "D" concert in San Francisco!
At 7:30 at the St. James church. A beautiful small church at 4620 California (between 8th and 9th Avenues) There is a suggested donation of $10 which also helps the church learning center.

Monday, April 5, 2010

"D"....a slavic romp

We visit the 1890's through the ears of Dohnanyi and Dvorak in this concert. The 2 main pieces were composed only 2 years apart. Dvorak wrote the American Quartet in 1893, while he was teaching in New York, and Dohnanyi wrote the Piano Quintet (his first published composition) in 1895. Both are big romantic pieces....great fun to play.
Nancy Hayashibara will be the pianist. Violinists are Heidi Wilcox and Beni Shinohara. Wayne Roden is the violist and Judiyaba the cellist.
This concert is a faculty concert at Sonoma State where Beni and Judiyaba are leading the string orchestra this semester. Tickets are $12 general, $8 seniors and students, and SSU students free.
The box office number is 664-2352.