Bobby Shew Jazz Sextet
Saturday, September 18, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.
Born and raised in Albuquerque and now living in Corrales, Bobby played in the big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, and more. After settling in Los Angeles, he did studio work for shows such as Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, and Mork and Mindy. After retiring from studio work he concentrated strictly on jazz music and teaching, as well as leading his own highly successful combos for many years.
Saturday, October 23, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.
Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called “terribly beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “exquisitely skilled” (ZEALnyc), has garnered international attention as commissioners and interpreters of new music, but the group also is devoted to performing masterworks of the string quartet repertoire. Friction is currently Artist in Residence at Napa Valley Performing Arts Center. They have also been Artist in Residence at the Center for New Music and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.
Socks in the Frying Pan
Video concert only: Saturday, November 20–Sunday, November 28, 2021
Socks in the Frying Pan is a multi-award winning trio from County Clare on the west coast of Ireland, the universal hub of Irish traditional music. Their dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and onstage wit have captured and captivated audiences the world around. One of the most sought after groups in Irish music today, the worldwide ‘Sock Invasion’ continues!
Saturday, December 11, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.
“A passionate and powerful blend of infectious Americana melodies and folky instrumentation, Matthews delivers her honest songwriting through a beautifully raw and unfiltered lens. Oozing soul, her voice bleeds with emotion and gratitude, with appreciation and love for the people around us who fight for change.” Ear Milk
Hot Club of Cowtown
Country meets Jazz
Saturday, January 22, 2022 – 7:30 p.m.
Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent).
Saturday, February 26, 2022 – 7:30 p.m.
The young American pianist Claire Huangci, winner of the first prize and the Mozart prize at the 2018 Geza Anda Competition, continuously captivates audiences with her “radiant virtuosity, artistic sensitivity, keen interactive sense and subtle auditory dramaturgy” (Salzburger Nachrichten). With an irrepressible curiosity and penchant for unusual repertoire, she proves her versatility with a wide range from Bach and Scarlatti, to Bernstein, Gulda, and Corigliano.
Sunday, March 20, 2022 – 3:00 p.m.
With a flair for the wild and unexpected, the genre-defying trio brings the refinement of a rigorous classical music background and infuses it with rock-star charisma. Known for their infectious and down to earth onstage personalities, this threesome leaves their indelible mark on captivated crowds around the country performing their arrangements of top pop hits, Americana, and classical favorites. TAKE3 makes it their mission to impart their love, passion and joy in music-making to all who hear them, using their artistic ability as a conduit for storytelling.
NOVA Guitar Duo
Saturday, April 23, 2022 – 7:30 p.m.
The NOVA Guitar Duo’s unique instrumentation combines the regular guitar and the eight-string “Brahms” guitar, substantially increasing the ensemble’s available range. Described as “lyrical and powerful” by Classical Guitar, the German–Brazilian duo was formed while both of its members were studying at the Royal College of Music in London. Their programs explore the extensive repertoire for two guitars, as well as their own innovative arrangements of music originally written for other instruments and ensembles.