The Farallon Quintet is a dynamic Bay Area ensemble and the only professional chamber music group focused exclusively on the clarinet quintet—string quartet plus clarinet—repertoire. In addition to playing the classics, the group seeks to perform rarely heard works as well as new music by living composers. With more than 60 existing clarinet quintet compositions and several planned composer commissions, the group offers diverse and engaging programs to the general public.
Mobius Trio is an ensemble of three classically trained guitarists, Matthew Holmes-Linder, Robert Nance, and Mason Fish. The ensemble formed with the explicit intent to perform and promote contemporary music, so all of the repertoire that Mobius plays has either been written (or, in rare cases, arranged) for them. For this reason, every addition to the trio’s repertoire is also a collaboration with a composer. This constant collaborative spirit is, in many ways, the primary function the ensemble.
The Vinaccesi Ensemble focuses on music of the Baroque for solo voice and continuo, especially that of the Italy and the Veneto, and Italian composer Benedetto Vinaccesi (1666–1719), for whom the ensemble is named. The ensemble consists of Nanette McGuinness, soprano; Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano; Jonathan Smucker, tenor; Kirk Eichelberger, bass; Hallie Pridham, viola da gamba and baroque cello; Paul Morton, theorbo and baroque guitar; and Susie Fong, harpsichord.
Salon Classique is a chamber music group and organization founded and directed by violinist and music narrator Karsten Windt. Outstanding Bay Area musicians present masterworks and hidden gems of chamber music in intimate settings. The series features lively and informative introductions by Windt, providing examples of the music and interesting background information prior to a performance. The mission of Salon Classique is to make classical music more enjoyable and accessible.
The genius of Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck will be on display at the Legion of Honor beginning this week in his elegant Portrait of a Lady (ca. 1620), a work with an intriguing history that is tied to the museum’s own. Thomas Carr Howe Jr., director of the Legion of Honor from 1939 to 1968, was a leading figure with the “Monuments Men”—the art and museum professionals of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section, who were dispatched to Europe toward the end of World War II to rescue some of the world’s greatest art treasures from Nazi looting.
Members are invited to view Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art before it opens to the public.
Martin Chapman is curator in charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Sarah Coffin is curator and the head of the product design and decorative arts department, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Intimate Impressionism, on view at the Legion of Honor from March 29 through August 3, 2014, showcases approximately 70 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, interiors, and portraits, from the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.