Quartet San Francisco

News and Updates

We are pleased to announce a summer tour to Italy and Germany. Summer means it’s festival season in Europe, where live music is supported by the local communities and people come out to town squares and historic spaces to listen to music in the cooler evening air.

Concert stops include Rome (details forthcoming), Arcidosso (in Tuscany), Cremona (the home of violin making and Antonio Stradivarius), Lucca (more to come on that), Foggia (in the south), and finally Ravensburg, Germany, where we collaborate with German singer Wiltrud Weber in an evening of tangos, klezmer, and jazz.

Tour map summer 2017

Violinist and composer Helmut Lipsky of Montreal joins us in the second violin chair for the first half of the tour. Helmut is a highly inventive, award-winning composer and a fellow Itzhak Perlman classmate of Jeremy’s. Here he is in a performance with his group, Melosphere. Helmut is a co-founder of the Clazz International Music Festival and will be teaching there this summer along with Jeremy and Andres.

Marcello De Francesco of the Alkemia Quartet (Foggia, Italy) joins us for the second half of the tour. Jeremy and Marcello met a few years ago when Marcello came to the Bay Area to work with Jeremy. They performed together in southern Italy in May 2016—check out this YouTube clip of “Tea for Two” from their Foggia concert. Marcello and the Alkemia Quartet are leading the charge of the crossover quartet in Italy.

Why not pack your bags and join us in Italy or Germany this summer!

A group of former Sonoma State University music students is getting the band(s) back together for the first annual Alumni Recital on April 15 at 2 pm in Schroeder Hall. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Ezra G. Rust Scholarship fund.

Performers  include the three-time Grammy nominated Quartet San Francisco led by violinist Jeremy Cohen ‘77 and the groups Muse and Aircastle, featuring Robert Gilmore ‘79, Jan Ferrin ‘75, David Godet, Steve Puleo ‘77, Barbara Vivian Rogers, Rita Thies, Carroll Glenn ’80 and others. The concert will encompass a variety of styles ranging from classical to jazz, tango to cartoon music and progressive rock.

Cohen and Gilmore were among those mentored by the late violinist and music educator Anne Crowden, who taught at Sonoma State before moving to Berkeley and founding The Crowden School in 1983. In Crowden’s memory, Quartet San Francisco will be performing Cohen’s “Crowdambo.” “Anne communicated to me how important it is that the joy of music-making be evident in my playing at every moment,” Cohen says.

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BillyChildsSan Francisco Performances welcomes Billy Childs with QSF, Becca Stevens, and Alicia Olatuja to Herbst Theatre on March 4, 2017. In Fall 2014 QSF joined composer-pianist Billy Childs at the Monterey Jazz Festival in the early days following the release of his album tribute to Lauro Nyro.  Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro was awarded a Grammy in 2015 for Best Arrangement Featuring a Vocalist (for New York Tendaberry).

Billy Childs on the making of Map to the Treasure: Billy Childs video

Laura Nyro links: 4-10-97 Rolling Stone, and a biography

We’re looking forward to revisiting this project with Billy for San Francisco Performances!

 

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We know it. These are trying times.

We are lucky. We can pick up our instruments and let it all  hang out.

Music heals, forgives, brings us together, gives us hope, reminds us of our own beauty.

We feel the power of it. Bringing the music is what we can do to help keep our ears on the good stuff.

We hope you will join us on December 4 at 3:00 for an afternoon of the good stuff.

This event is at a beautiful home in Tiburon. Sponsored by Musica Marin.

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Musica Marin is a premier non-profit concert series dedicated to preserving musical culture through providing unique, quality music programs and concerts that cultivate and grow audiences’ awareness and participation in the musical arts. By bringing together world-renowned artists from Europe, New York City, and the S.F. Bay Area to collaborate with exceptionally-gifted up-and-coming young performers.

 

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Strings Sessions QSF

New video of our Michael Jackson medley and Jeremy Cohen’s Guamba is now up at Strings Magazine. Thanks, Strings!