The Paris Quartet | Oct 22–24

UPDATE (October 14): SFEMS regrets to announce that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Janet See will not be able to perform next week as scheduled; however, we are delighted that Kathie Stewart (who is the principal flute of Apollo’s Fire) has graciously agreed to join The Paris Quartet for these concerts.

The Great Trios and Beyond

Johann Sebastian Bach and François Couperin took the trio sonata to its limit. Georg Philipp Telemann and Jean-Philippe Rameau added a fourth voice, and, in doing so, revolutionized chamber music.

In our inaugural concerts returning to live performance, follow The Paris Quartet—an ensemble of Bay Area luminaries with reputations far beyond—as they demonstrate the blossoming of the trio into the quartet, with one or two voices multiplying into four separate and distinct lines, with each instrument having its own unique part to play. The concert will feature trios and quartets of all kinds by these four composers, starting with trios by Bach, moving on to trios with four voices by Telemann and Couperin, one of Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin, and culminating with—what else?—one of Telemann’s grand “Paris Quartets,” with four voices played on four instruments.

Kathie Stewart, flute; Lisa Weiss, violin; Peter Hallifax, viola da gamba; Katherine Heater, harpsichord

Single tickets available August 9

First Presbyterian Church
1140 Cowper Street at Lincoln, Palo Alto

First Church Berkeley (First Congregational)
2345 Channing Way
Please note venue change; ticket holders who purchased before September 25 will receive a notification about seat exchanges.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco

Single tickets: $55 general|$46.25 SFEMS members (discount applied after log in)|$20 patrons 35 and under (with ID)

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