Chamber Music Series | Trinity Alps Chamber Players

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Third season of Chamber Music Series
Presented in partnership with San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and Classical Revolution

Trinity Alps Chamber Players


 Ian Scarfe and the Assisi Quartet (left to right : Deanna Badizadegan, Laura Gaynon, Emily Botel , Matthias McIntire)

The program will consist of:
Bach's Concerto for Two Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043
Dvorak's Bagatelles for Two Violins, Cello, and Harmonium, Op. 47
Mendelssohn's String Quartet No.1 in E-flat Major, Op.12
Elgar's Two Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 4
Debussy's String Quartet in G minor, Op.10

The musicians of the Trinity Alps Chamber Players are Ian Scarfe, piano and reed organ, and the Assisi String Quartet. Ian is founder and director of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival and holds both a Master's Degree in Piano and an Artist's Certificate in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is a founding member of several Bay Area–based organizations, including Classical Revolution, Nonsemble Six, and the Oak Street Trio. Ian's passion for chamber music and his discovery of the beautiful natural scenery of the Trinity Alps led him to establish the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival in the historic gold country town of Weaverville, about 130 miles south of the Oregon border, close to the beautiful Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. (Weaverville was possibly the inspiration for the mythical Shangri-La in English writer James Hilton's 1933 novel, Lost Horizon.) The two-week festival began in the summer of 2011, and this year 12 to 15 musicians will perform six public concerts, many of them outdoors, as well as four concerts for schoolchildren and rural communities.

Supporting Ian in his endeavor to bring chamber music to Trinity County, the Assisi String Quartet will be the first ensemble-in-residence for the festival this year. Violinists Matthias McIntire and Emily Botel, violist Deanna Badizadegan, and cellist Laura Gaynon met at the San Francisco Conservatory, and they share Ian's enthusiasm for performance and his talent for spreading the love of chamber music.

To complement theThe Cult of Beauty, this concert will feature (in addition to Bach and Debussy) composers who were well known during the Victorian era. Mendelssohn's music was greatly admired by Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, and much of his later music was inspired by his visits to England. Dvorak made nine visits to England. On his death in 1904, the Times stated in its obituary: “England can say of herself with pride that Dvorak's name has swiftly spread abroad in this country.” Ian will be playing an instrument that is rarely heard now but was common in Victorian parlors—the harmonium, or reed organ. It is a portable instrument powered by a foot pump. Dvorak had a close friend who owned a harmonium, and it is speculated that Dvorak wrote the Bagatelles for his chamber group, replacing his own instrument, the viola, with the harmonium. Elgar, whose compositions did not come to national prominence until the late 1890s, is represented by an early composition for violin and piano, written when he was 26 and was conductor of the attendants' band at the Worcester and County Lunatic Asylum, as well as working in his father's sheet music and musical instrument shop and teaching piano and violin.


La Belle Vie at the Legion of Honor is a collaboration of the Fine Arts Museums with San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and Classical Revolution.

Third Season of the Chamber Music Series: Upcoming dates
Sundays, noon–2 pm

June 3: Classical Revolution
June 17: Left Coast Ensemble

Ticket Information

Program is free after museum admission. Seating is limited and first come, first served.


Contact Information

Gregory Stock
gstock@famsf.org