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Chamber Music Silicon Valley: Wind Remix

Saturday, March 25, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10-$30 (Tickets found here: Chamber Concert Tickets)


The virtuosic wind players of CMSV perform works originally written for strings including Ravel's infamous String Quartet and Dvoraks beloved Piano Quintet in A major.

  • ENESCO: Decet for Winds, Op.14
  • RAVEL: String Quartet in F Major, M. 35 (Popkin)
  • DVORAK: Piano Quintet No.2, Op.81 (Jolley)

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Coffee with the Curator

Monday, April 3, 2017
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Admission: Free for museum members, $5 for non-members


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Sunday Gallery Concert with Cal Arte Ensemble

Sunday, April 23, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free! ($20 Suggested Donation)


The Cal Arte Ensemble, led by award winning pianist Tamami Honma, presents the second in its Sunday Gallery Spring series with an unusual combination of outstanding works for viola, cello, and piano. Schumann's set of miniatures for viola and piano, Märchenbilder, presents not only one of the finest works written for viola and piano but an example of Schumann at his best, portraying intimate character scenes - in this case from fairy tales.

Cellist Yong-Zi Ma will be playing three cello works including the beautiful Élégieby Faure, the virtuosic Polonaise Brillante by Chopin, one of the few works that Chopin wrote not intended primarily for the piano, and a work by the performer's uncle, Sicong Ma, Nostalgic Song No. 3, a Chinese hit dating from 1937 that draws upon a Mongolian folk song about the yearnings of being away from home.

The concert also includes Beethoven's very first published Piano Sonata, Op 2 No.1 in F minor, the first of a set of three that marked the beginning of incredible musical journey that saw him writing a total of 32 piano sonatas, all of them outstanding works of genius. This first offering came soon after his arrival as a young man in Vienna, where he had been predicted to take the mantle from Mozart who had died a few years earlier. He did not disappoint and his earliest published works including this sonata more than hint at a deeply original mind who would transform classical music forever.

  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata in F minor Op. 2 No. 1
  • Robert Schumann – Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) for Viola and Piano Op. 113
  • Gabriel Fauré – Élégie for Cello and Piano Op. 24
  • Sicong Ma – Nostalgic Song No 3
  • Frédéric Chopin – Polonaise Brillante for Cello and Piano Op.3
  • Tamami Honma (piano)
  • Goetz Leonhardt (viola)
  • Yong-Zi Ma (cello)

Brown Bag Lunch

Night Owl Guitar Quartet

Sunday, April 30, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Admission: Free!


The Night Owl Quartet started in the halls of San Jose State University. Under the instruction of Steven Lin, a group of guitarists joined forces to create a quartet full of creative minds and devotion. Christopher Adams (performance major), Aaron Bjorge (composition major), Melody Sheppard (music education major), and Paden Schmidt (composition major). They started performing together in 2012 and have grown tremendously in skill and discipline. All members of the Night Owls are active music teachers of the bay area. With their passions in music and teaching, the Night Owl Quartet strive to entertain and educate audiences all over the bay area.

    List of pieces we would like to choose from, but are not limited to:
  • Andrew York - Lotus Eaters, Bantu, Quiccan
  • Pacific Coast Highway
  • Albert E. Brunle - I’ll Fly Away
  • Traditional - Poor Wayfering Stringer
  • Jeronimo Gimenez - El Baile De Luis Alonso
  • Paden Schmidt - Awk ‘n Shaw
  • Aaron Bjorge - Awakening
  • Camille Saint-Saëns - Danse Macabre

This concert is made possible in part by a grant from Silicon Valley Creates.

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