Archive of Past Shows
January 11, 12, 13, 14 and 18, 19, 20, 21
Machine, an opera with librettist Mark Streshinsky, at the
Crucible in Oakland.
Listen / View Video
June 3 - 5, 2011
new orchestral work with poet Jane Hirshfield
Mill Valley Philharmonic
Sat, July 30 – 8:00pm
Fri, August 5 – 8:00pm
Sun, August 7 – 2:00pm
an opera with librettist Amanda Moody, featuring John
Duykers and Laura Bohn.
West Edge Opera
First Look Sonoma
Here Debuts at SFO
You Are Here, the music festival at San Francisco Airport, presents the
String Quartet on June 25, 2010, from 11am to 3pm, playing the music of
composers Alexis Alrich, Dan Becker, Michael Kaulkin, Belinda Reynolds,
Suprynowicz in the concourse of the International Terminal.
Singing in the Dark for flute / harp /
Will premiere as part of the 3rd annual John Adams Young Composers
Program Faculty Concert, Crowden School, Berkeley, Ca. March 20, 7 PM.
1475 Rose Street Berkeley, CA
String Quartets at the Crowden Center for Music
Press Release (.pdf)
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April 8, 2009
Inaugural Concert: The Eidolon Quartet - New Works for String Quartet
by Alexis Alrich, Clare Twohy, Michael Kaulkin and Clark Suprynowicz
Saturday, May 9th, 2009
Dalby Room, Crowden Music Center
1475 Rose Street Berkeley, CA 94702-1255
Tickets are $15 and available at the door; no advance sales
Berkeley, Ca. -- On Saturday, May 9th, 2009, Franklyn D'Antonio,
Concertmaster of the Berkeley Symphony, leads the newly formed Eidolon
String Quartet in premieres of new work by Alexis Alrich, Clare Twohy,
Michael Kaulkin and Clark Suprynowicz.
About the Eidolon Quartet
Violinist Franklyn D'Antonio has amassed a wealth of orchestral and
solo experience since his studies with Jascha Heifetz at the age of 16 at
the University of Southern California. A former member of the Chicago
Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, he has been heard in numerous solo
and chamber music recitals throughout the Midwest and California. Mr.
D'Antonio is Concertmaster of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.
Violinist Noah Strick has appeared in concert halls throughout the
United States, Europe, and China. As an active orchestral musician, Noah
has served as both Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin for the San
Conservatory of Music’s Orchestra as well as the Oberlin Conservatory
Orchestra. In April 2008, he was appointed to the position of Assistant
Concertmaster of the Berkeley.
Clare Twohy, viola, is a recent graduate of the San Francisco
Conservatory of Music. She is on the faculties of the San Francisco
Conservatory Preperatory Department, and the Crowden School. Clare has
participated in many festivals including Roundtop and the Music Academy of
the West. She has had compositions performed by Emil Miland, Sarah Cahill,
and the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra.
Gianna Abondolo, cellist, performs regularly as soloist, chamber
musician, improviser and composer. Top prize winner of the 1988 Young
Musician’s Foundation Debut Competition, she gave her New York solo debut
in 1991 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. She is on the faculties of
U.C. Berkeley and Mills College. A Master’s graduate of the Juilliard
School, she has also participated extensively in various festivals around
the country and abroad.
The four composers are joined by their connections to the San Francisco
Conservatory, where they are all on the faculty. Kaulkin and Twohy are
also alumni; Suprynowicz and Alrich are directors of the Summer West
young composers. Alexis Alrich has an international career, with
many works performed in the U.S. and abroad. She currently makes her home
in Hong-Kong. Clare Twohy is an active member of the San Francisco
Chamber Orchestra. Michael Kaulkin studied at the Liszt Academy in
Budapest before moving to the Bay Area. Clark Suprynowicz was
composer-in-residence with the Berkeley Symphony in 2008, where he
developed his friendship with D'Antonio, who leads the Eidolon Quartet.
John Adams Young Composers Program Faculty
March 21, 2009 at 8 PM
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Premieres of New Music About Youth and Being Young
John Adams Young Composers Program Faculty Recital 2009
ChamberMix performs works of Clark Suprynowicz, Molly Axtmann, Dean
Curtis, Katrina Wreede and Alexis Alrich
Music of Youth
Performed by ChamberMix quartet
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Dalby Room, Crowden Music Center
1475 Rose Street
Berkeley, CA 94702-1255
On Saturday, March 21, 2009, the John Adams Young Composers Program will
present its second annual Faculty Concert. ChamberMix, a contemporary
music quartet with flute, clarinet, cello and piano, will perform works by
Clark Suprynowicz, Molly Axtmann, Dean Curtis, Katrina Wreede and Alexis
The John Adams Young Composers Program was founded in 2007 to honor
Pulitzer prize–winning composer John Adams. The program offers an
opportunity for young composers to learn from each other in a community,
and to have their works performed by professional musicians.
ChamberMix is an alliance of musicians dedicated to the performance of
contemporary music. They perform regularly in the Bay Area and have
premiered numerous pieces by living composers and also play well-known
pieces from the repertoire.
Youth strikes a different chord with each composer on the program. These
are pieces to appeal to young performers, young composers and contemporary
music fans of any age.
Katrina Wreede writes: Complementary Supplement (movement #1 of a work in
progress) reflects the perverse and conflicted process of growing up at
Clark Suprynowicz writes: my piece, The Magic Shop, addresses the theme of
youth from this point of view: my own recollections of being ten years
old, and visiting, with my mother, a shop in Hartford, Connecticut that
sold magic tricks, silk handkerchiefs, decks of prepared cards and the
like. This was an enchanted place as I recall it, and it has been a
pleasure to try to imbue this piece of chamber music with some of that
Molly Axtmann writes:-- Imdugud is a mythological creature from ancient
Sumeria. Also known as the "Anzu Bird", this creature is said to be part
eagle, part lion. A servant of the Air God Enlil, Imdugud stole the
tablets of destiny from Enlil. Imdugud had the power to foretell events
particularly of a disastrous nature. Imdugud was eventually killed by the
son of the Enlil, Ninurta. This creature's music harks back to the
beginning of civilization. This symbol from ancient times connects to the
natural imagination and fantasy of youth throughout time.
Dean Curtis writes about her piece Beacon Street Elegy: This is an
unconventional piece that interweaves life memory, dream memory, ancient
chant, ambient music and readings. It arose as an elegy after the death of
a long-beloved friend. The adumbrations of hope and possibility in the
child; the longing for equilibrium in the adult; the reflection on life
experience in the aged -- these are some threads that come together in a
successful presentation of the work..
Alexis Alrich writes: Hong Kong Email is a set of pieces about sounds of
Hong Kong, short messages about daily life. They are suitable for the
imaginations and fingers of student performers.
The “Music of Youth” concert would not be possible without the funding of
the American Composers Forum and Crowden Center for Music in the
For more information please contact the Crowden Music Center at
Clark Suprynowicz is composer-in-residence with the Berkeley
Symphony through their 08-09 season, and will write three short
orchestral works for the symphony's Under Construction series.
evening February 24 @ 8:00 PM, the Crowden Music Center presents an
inaugural recital: New works from the faculty of the John Adams Young
Composers Program, featuring the Ariel String Quartet.
Please join us for new music by:
Ariel Quartet has performed extensively in Northern California. The
recipient of many awards and grants locally, the ensemble also won the
highest commissioning grant awarded from Chamber Music America. The
quartet's recording on Soundspells Productions received this review from
Fanfare magazine: "The musicians convey the feeling of great joy,
superior sound. Fans of jazz, classical fusion, fans of contemporary music
- get this disk!" Besides presenting the classic repertory for string
quartet, the Ariel Quartet has a passion for and a commitment to
presenting new work by Bay Area composers. New works were presented in the
Spring of 2007 by composer Clark Suprynowicz in a series of concerts at
the Giorgi Gallery, and at the Hillside Concert Series in Berkeley.
Ariel Quartet is comprised of:
Barbini - First Violin.
Following his graduation from the Juilliard School, William Barbini became
a member of the New York Philharmonic. While in New York, he performed
frequently in chamber music ensembles. He was first violinist with the
Gramercy String Quartet, the resident ensemble at Lehman College, Fordham
University in the Bronx. The Quartet played a series of pre-concert
performances at Avery Fisher Hall and appeared jointly with Pierre Boulez
and the New York Philharmonic. Other chamber music credits include
performances with the Balihry Piano Trio, the Philharmonia String Quartet,
and violin duos with Kineko Okumura. He has performed solo recitals and
concertos with orchestras in this country and Europe. Some of these
ensembles include; the New York Philharmonic, Tonk'r Orchestre, San
Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, Niagara Falls
Philharmonic, Sacramento Symphony and the Sacramento Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Barbini came to Sacramento in 1983 to serve as concertmaster of the
Sacramento Symphony. A year later he joined the faculty of California
State University at Sacramento as a member of the Music Department. He is
currently the Music Director of the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento
and serves as Concertmaster for the Classical Philharmonic, the Pro Art
Symphony, Chico Symphony and the Monterey Symphony. Recently Mr. Barbini
was invited to join the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory.
Okumura - Second Violin.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, violinist Kineko Okumura was awarded a Fulbright
Scholarship after her successful Tokyo debut. She is a graduate of the
Juilliard School. She has won numerous awards and competitions, including
the Paganini International Competition and the Ysaye Award. Formerly a
member of the Gramercy String Quartet and the New York Chamber Orchestra,
Ms. Okumura has also performed many solo recitals and made numerous music
festival appearances. In 1983 she joined the Sacramento Symphony, where
she appeared as soloist. Currently she holds the position of Principal
Second Violin with the Sacramento Chamber Orchestra and performs
extensively in the Bay Area.
Ehrlich - Viola. Paul
Ehrlich is Principal Violist with The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and
performs frequently with The San Francisco Opera and The San Francisco
Symphony.? He is also active as a chamber musician, and recently performed
as viola soloist in Janacek's "Pridalka" at The Grand Tetons
Festival. Paul was educated at Cambridge University, England, and The Yale
School of Music, where he received the D.M.A. degree.
Ehrlich - Cello.
A cellist with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Victoria Ehrlich, a
native Texan, studied at Southern Methodist University, the Academia di
Santa Cecilia in Rome, and at the State University of New York at Stony
Brook. Her teachers included Robert Marsh, Bernard Greenhouse and Robert
Gardner. Prior to joining the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 1984, she
played with the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and
was principal cellist with the Symphonies of Omaha, Richmond and Phoenix.
Ms. Ehrlich has performed with the San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco
Symphony, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, Classical
Philharmonic, Lamplighters, and the percussion group Adesso. She is also
an active chamber musician. Recent work includes several concerts
involving collaborations between poets and composers.