On Sunday, May 12, Noe Valley Chamber Music presents Tomkins, Zivian, Stone, Bhasin and Dalby in a performance featuring rare and incredible instruments and works for duo, trio and quintet. This Evening with Kai will preview key aspects of two early Romantic-era works: Mendelssohn's first piano trio and Schumann's legendary piano quintet, the very first in the history of this epic genre. In both cases, Classical forms are intensified with Romantic textures, contrasts and gestures.
The previous February Evening with Kai highlights 4 centuries of chamber music featured on the Sunday afternoon program. That's music from the 21st, 20th, 19th and 18th centuries. As an extension of this already sprawling timeline, this Evening with Kai touches upon the "primordial" history of chamber music exploring TWO MORE centuries with their canonical ensembles: the 17th century baroque trio sonata and the 16th century consort of viols, arguably the ancestor of the classical string quartet.
On Sunday, February 10, 2019, Noe Valley Chamber Music presents the world-renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet with clarinetist Todd Palmer featuring 4 centuries of string quartet music. This Evening with Kai will preview works from the program highlighting Beethoven's otherworldly "Heiliger Dankgesang", one of Haydn's most unusual minuets and excerpts of Golijov's powerfully evocative, klezmer-inspired "Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind."
Inspired by our October NVCM concerts with Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, this evening will focus on repertoire featuring Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Ravel’s Valse. We’ll talk about the Ballet Russe and Franco-Russian sensibilities straddling WWI, since this year marks the Centennial anniversary of the 1918 Armistice. Get inside the music you’re hearing live on our concerts. Discover interesting backstories and explore what makes this music great!