Our first concert of the season will be at the beautiful Swedenborg Church in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood. The church was built in 1895, and is a masterpiece of the Arts and Crafts movement, featuring beams in the ceiling made of untrimmed logs, and murals of the four seasons by William Keith.
Please note that this concert will actually be on the Third Sunday of September!
We will play the world premiere of Vincent Russo's full, four-movement work, Visions and Visitations. Sketches of the first movement, Visions of Joan of Arc, have been performed, re-written and played again. All four movements are musical depictions of visions, dreams, and visitations by angels. They are:
I. Visions of Joan of Arc
II. Scherzo - Apocalypse: Meidner's Visions
III. Passacaglia - Lincoln's Dream
IV. Boehme's Vision - Aurora
Mr. Russo will be at the performance to talk about the historical and spiritual inspirations for the piece.
We hope you will join us for an unusual and beautiful way to spend Mothers' Day afternoon!
KPFA featured us as part of their Women in Music program. There was a short interview, then we played Musings by Neal Desby, and Scherzo - Apocalypse: Meidner’s Vision from Vincent Russo’s Visions and Visitations. It was a wonderful way to preview the full, 4-movement work, whcih was premiered at Community Concerts at Epworth in Berkeley on May 13th.
Maestro Jean Louis LeRoux had begun his musical life as an oboist, and eventually became a conductor, leading the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He was a friend, colleague, and neighbor, and we were honored to play the Adagio from the Mozart Oboe Quartet as part of the memorial and celebration of his life.
Strobe is happy to be part of a concert benefitting our neighbors in the North Bay. It is being presented by Community Concerts at Epworth, where we will be playing later in the season. Music and generosity will make it a truly wonderful Saturday afternoon!
Laura, Alicia, Caroline and Krisanthy
Strobe will be playing at SF Music Day again this year, at 12:45pm in the Education Studio at Herbst Theater. Come hear us play music from 1781 to 2016, with composer-in-residence Vincent Russo present to describe the first movement of his piece, Visions and Visitations, inspired by Joan of Arc.
We will be playing for a meeting of the San Francisco Symphony's Silicon Valley League. Like the Upper Peninsula League meeting on January 16th, there is a meeting and a musical program, usually presenting symphony members but also other musicians on occasion. This season we are playing for not one but two of these leagues. The members are supreme music lovers, and performing for them is both an honor and a pleasure.
We were invited to play a program for the League, which presents musicians from the symphony, and occasionally, musicians from the community. We played the Britten Phantasy Quartet, as well as Neal Desby's Musings, and Vincent Russo's Visions of Joan of Arc. Mr. Russo was on hand to talk to the audience and take questions about the process of writing a piece of music. He talked about how his personal experiences inspired him to choose this iconic medieval figure, and how he described her life through music.
Strobe will perform at Presidio Sessions, a weekly Friday evening concert held at the historic Presidio Officers' Club. There's a new work being written for us by composer Vincent Russo, The Visions of Joan of Arc. Not only will you hear the first movement, but Vincent will be there so you can ask about the piece and the process of preparing it.
Tapas and drinks are offered at the bar nearby, and are allowed in the Moraga Room, where the concert will take place.
There will be two sessions of 40 minutes each, the first one beginning at 6pm.
Though the event is free, you must make a reservation with Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.com, or through the musical host for this program, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, at sffcm.org
Strobe is among a select group of ensembles asked to play for SF Music Day, Live + Free. This 8-year old festival begins at noon and ends at 8pm, and is free and open to the public.
We will be playing from 3:30-4:15pm at the Taube Atrium, located on the fourth floor of Herbst Theater. Our program will include Mozart, Lully, Britten, and a new piece for oboe quartet by composer Neal Desby, brother of cellist Krisanthy Desby.
For more information about the whole event, go to sffcm.org
We were honored to represent Noontime Concerts at the San Francisco Travel Association Annual Luncheon, which was held at Moscone Center West.
Musicians: Stephanie Bibbo, Violin; Peter Lemberg, Guest Oboe; Krisanthy Desby, Cello
Organizers: Lisa Cleveland, San Francisco Travel; Robin Wirthlin, Executive Director, Noontime Concerts