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Archive of Past Shows


January 11, 12, 13, 14 and 18, 19, 20, 21

Premiere of Machine, an opera with librettist Mark Streshinsky, at the Crucible in Oakland.

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June 3 - 5, 2011

Premiere of Tectonic,
new orchestral work with poet Jane Hirshfield
by the Mill Valley Philharmonic

Sat, July 30 – 8:00pm
Fri, August 5 – 8:00pm
Sun, August 7 – 2:00pm

Premiere of Caliban Dreams
an opera with librettist Amanda Moody, featuring John
Duykers and Laura Bohn.
West Edge Opera & First Look Sonoma


Hear Here Debuts at SFO
You Are Here, the music festival at San Francisco Airport, presents the Magik*Magik
String Quartet on June 25, 2010, from 11am to 3pm, playing the music of Hear Here
composers Alexis Alrich, Dan Becker, Michael Kaulkin, Belinda Reynolds, Clark
Suprynowicz in the concourse of the International Terminal.

Singing in the Dark for flute / harp / viola.
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

New String Quartets at the Crowden Center for Music

Press Release (.pdf)

April 8, 2009
Contact:Michael Kaulkin

Inaugural Concert: The Eidolon Quartet - New Works for String Quartet by Alexis Alrich, Clare Twohy, Michael Kaulkin and Clark Suprynowicz

Saturday, May 9th, 2009
8:00 pm
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 Francisco
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 performance
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 Composers

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 program for
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 Composers
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 Recital
March 21, 2009 at 8 PM
Click HERE for Press Release (.pdf)

Music of Youth
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
7:00 pm
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 Alrich.

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 any age.

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 feeling.

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 Community.

For more information please contact the Crowden Music Center at 510-559-6910.

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.

See details here.



Sunday 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:
Alexis Alrich
Katy Wreede
Molly Axtman
Clark Suprynowicz
Arkadi Serper
Alan Crossman

The 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.

The Ariel Quartet is comprised of:

William 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.

Kineko 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.

Paul 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.

Victoria 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.