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Chamber Music Festival in association with YBCA
Chamber Music Day

Live + Free

November 18, 2012


Pictured above from Chamber Music Day 2011: Real Vocal String Quartet, Rootstock Percussion, Magik*Magik, Rob Reich Trio, Del Sol String Q. All photos courtesy San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

Chamber Music Festival in association with YBCA presents
Chamber Music Day | Live + Free
Sun, Nov 18  •  12–7pm  •  YBCA

Chamber Music Day | Live + Free is a unique, day-long showcase of performances designed to spotlight the breadth and variety of professional chamber music in the Bay Area. Produced by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Chamber Music Day, now in its fifth season, unites the community of ensembles, presenters, and arts organizations to feature thirty of the San Francisco Bay Area's finest baroque, classical, contemporary, cutting-edge improvisation, and jazz ensembles, in 30-minute performances created to delight new listeners and seasoned concert-goers of all ages and backgrounds.

Lam Research Theater at YBCA The Forum
Ives Quartet
Clarinet Thing
Musical Art Quintet
Hafez Modirzadeh with Ramin Zoufonoun, Jamsheed Agahi, and Tim Volpicella
Laura Krumm, Ao Li and Robert Mollicone
Adam Shulmann Sextet
Grosse Abfahrt
Tomkins | Zivian Duo
Mutual Aid Project
John Shiurba 8@8
Cahill | Schaffer Piano Duo
The Lee Trio
Francis Wong Unit
The Holly Martins
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
The Living Earth Show
Ensemble Mirable
Wiener Kids
Aleron Trio
Agave Baroque
Screening Room Youth Arts Lounge
Mission Eye & Ear presents 9 filmmaker-composer collaborations:
Konrad Steiner and Matt Ingalls
Mike Kuchar and Phillip Greenlief
Linda Scobie and Aaron Novik
Kathleen Quillian and Ava Mendoza
Carl Diehl and Randy Mckean
Nara Denning and Kasey Knudsen | John Arkin
Sylvia Schedelbauer and Lisa Mezzacappa | Noah
Paul Clipson and Darren Johnston
Bill Basquin and Cory Wright
Next Generation with:
Amabile Trio (San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division)
San Francisco Conservatory Quartet (San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chamber Music Department)
Advanced High School Jazz Workshop II (Jazzschool)
Verbena Quintet (Young Chamber Musicians)
Elara Trio (Young Chamber Musicians)
SF State Creative World Ensemble (San Francisco State University)
String Sextet (San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chamber Music Department)
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo (SFJAZZ)
Holloway String Quartet (San Francisco State University)
Grand Lobby Lam Theater Lobby
Chamber Music Marketplace Hands-On Music Activities with:
Crowden Music Center’s Instrument Petting Zoo
Outsound Gearexplore

Chamber Music Day offers musicians, local chamber music presenting organizations and audiences an unusual opportunity to gather at one venue in a casual atmosphere. Programs are presented in half-hour segments and are organized so that audience members are encouraged to move from venue to venue within Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, enjoying a variety of musical styles and enhancing their overall experience by discovering unfamiliar repertoire, genres, or ensembles.

A California Arts Council survey found that the greatest deterrent for audiences in California to attending concerts is "being unaware of the event." The next closest deterrents were cost of tickets and the accessibility of the venue. Chamber Music Day overcomes all of these deterrents by widely publicizing the event, by offering free admission, and by presenting a fabulous array of music in a user-friendly environment, this year at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In the past four Chamber Music Days, the typical audience member came to hear one or two particular ensembles with whom they were already familiar and ended up discovering and appreciating a number of other groups with whom they were not familiar. Many who attended were hearing chamber music for the very first time and found the event to be relaxed, welcoming and unpretentious. Everyone was appreciative of the opportunity to hear a musical sampling of the Bay Area's finest local professional small ensembles and to gather the information needed to attend concerts in the upcoming season that fit their own personal musical tastes!

Some of the Ensembles who performed last year included Alexander String Quartet, Cascada de Flores, Classical Revolution, Claudia Villela Quartet, Del Sol String Quartet, Delphi Trio, Erik Jekabson String-tet, Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch, Marcus Shelby Trio, Prasant Radhakrishnan's VidyA, Quartet San Francisco, Quinteto Latino, Real Vocal String Quartet, Rob Reich Trio, Ultra World X-tet, and many others.

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  • Chamber Music Day | Live + Free
    Nov 18, 2012 11:00am – 6:00pm

    This year’s performing ensembles are yet to be announced.

Chamber Music Day 2012 is presented in association with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and is supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation, the Ross McKee Foundation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation through Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Arts Program; with generous support from individuals and our sponsor:

YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
Abundance Foundation
Koret Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Lam Research

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Performance 12-13 is made possible in part by:
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Additional Funding for YBCA Performance 12-13:
Zellerbach Family Foundation
Panta Rhea Foundation
New England Foundation for the Arts
and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts