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Safety Protocols for COVID-19:

FOR YOUR SAFETY: We will follow required health and safety protocols—CDC, State, County, City, Diocesan and St. Francis Episcopal Church—to make your concert experience as safe as we can, including [subject to change]:

PROOF OF VACCINATION: Everyone attending the concert—audience, staff, and musicians—must be fully vaccinated, and provide proof of full vaccination before entering the church.

FACE MASKS: Everyone—including the vaccinated— must wear a face mask while on the church grounds— both indoors and outside.

HAND SANITIZER: Upon entering, please use the hand sanitizer offered at entrance foyer.

NO INTERMISSION: To reduce our time together, there will be no intermission, no pre-concert talk, and the concert time has been shortened to about 75 minutes. Please use restrooms before or after the concert.

NO INDIVIDUAL WATER: Food and beverages are not permitted in the church.


Our 2021 - 2022 Concert Schedule

Programs are subject to change

Printable Schedule: SJCMS 2021 - 2022 Brochure (PDF)

Our 6 Subscription Concerts

7:00 PM - Saturday

Oct. 9, 2021

Auryn Quartet (Germany)

Haydn, Mozart & Mendelssohn for their final US tour!


Program notes for Haydn Quartet in C Major, Op.20/No.2 "Sun"
Progran notes for Mozart Quartet #15 in D Minor, K. 421/417b, Op.10, "Haydn," No.2
Program notes for Mendelssohn Quartet #6 in F Minor, Op.80


“Shared spirituality”  New York Times

“this is one hot ensemble”  Ottawa Citizen

7:00 PM - Sunday

Nov. 21, 2021

Schumann Quartet (Germany) with pianist Jon Nakamatsu (Silicon Valley)

Schumann Piano Quintet, & Beethoven & Janáček Quartets!


Program notes for Beethoven Quartet in A Major, Op.18/No.5
Program notes for Leos Janáček Quartet No.1, "Kreutzer Sonata"
Program notes for Robert Schumann Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op.44

“Personal and profound”  BBC Magazine

“Fire and energy”  Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Mr. Nakamatsu delivered both a graceful singing quality and assertive
muscularity…”  – Allan Kozinn, The New York Times.

7:00 PM - Saturday

Feb. 5, 2022

Poulenc Trio (Baltimore)

Virtuosity & delight – with oboe, bassoon & piano!


“Warmly molded phrases and panache…equal doses of polish and personality.”  Baltimore Sun

“A beautifully played program…elegance…lightness and grace.”  Washington Post

7:00 PM - Sunday

March 13, 2022

St. Lawrence String Quartet (Palo Alto)

‘Dance Party’ featuring Haydn menuets, & Dvořák Quartet in G, Op.106!


“…precision, warmth and an electricity of playing…”   New York
Times

“Impassioned performances full of operatic lyricism and structural insight”   The New Yorker

7:00 PM - Sunday

April 10, 2022

Catalyst Quartet (New York City)

introduces us to overlooked remarkable composers it’s high time we know!


“Perfect ensemble unity”   Lincoln Journal Star

“…energetic and finely burnished”   New York Times

7:00 PM - Sunday

May 1, 2022


Delphi Piano Trio (Bay Area)

– “Music, She Wrote”

Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Lili Boulanger, Gabriela Frank!


Their debut album, Triptych, won Gramophone’s praise.

“Rich committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility”  Sarasota Herald Tribune

Concerts are held at St. Francis Episcopal Church, in the Willow Glen area of San Jose, at 1205 Pine Avenue, corner Newport Avenue. No pre-concert talk is provided for this season.



Auryn Quartet

October 9, 2021 -    
(Saturday at 7:00PM)

PROGRAM

  • HAYDN Quartet in C Major, Op.20/No.2 “Sun” (1772)
  • MOZART Quartet #15 in D Minor, K. 421/417b, Op.10, “Haydn,” No.2 (1783)
  • MENDELSSOHN Quartet #6 in F Minor, Op.80 (1847)

Pre-concert Talk: Not available

MUSIC

Haydn developed the String Quartet to the masterly maturity of his passionate and intense Op.20 set—a supreme achievement of the Classical period.
Mozart’s Quartets dedicated to Haydn were, Haydn said, the greatest composed up to that time. Mozart’s D Minor Quartet is
intensely and darkly expressive.
Mendelssohn’s impassioned F Minor Quartet, composed following sister Fanny’s death, is a “surging agony enfolding a loving elegy within.”


ARTISTS

Final US tour by the Auryn Quartet—whose outstanding 40-year career with its original personnel lets them reveal classic repertoire with singular depth and mastery—and freshness. Their lauded recordings of the entire Haydn cycle won the Echo Klassik Prize and German Record Reviewers’ prize, and their Schubert CDs the Diapason d’Or.


Auryn Quartet



Schumann Quartet
with pianist Jon Nakamatsu

November 21, 2021 -    
(Sunday at 7:00PM)

PROGRAM

  • BEETHOVEN Quartet in A Major, Op.18/No.5 (1798-1800)
  • Leos JANÁČEK Quartet No.1, “Kreutzer Sonata” (1923)
  • Robert SCHUMANN Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op.44 (1842)

Pre-concert Talk: Not available

MUSIC

Beethoven’s first String Quartets, Op.18, honor Haydn and Mozart, but also reflect his own musical personality and vision.
Inspired by Tolstoy’s novella Kreutzer Sonata, Janáček depicts psychological drama with the “spontaneous ebb and flow of human emotions” in his distinctive modern but tonal musical language.
Robert Schumann’s powerful pioneering piano quintet (dedicated to his pianist wife Clara) inspired the quintets of Brahms, Dvořák, and Franck.


ARTISTS

Schumann Quartet’s three brothers and violist Liisa Randalu thrive on musical adventure and audience-bonding. They were in residence 2016-20 at Lincoln Center, New York City.
Local favorite Jon Nakamatsu wins unanimous praise worldwide as a true aristocrat of the keyboard.

Schumann Quartet Jon Nakamatsu



Poulenc Trio

February 5, 2022 -  
(Saturday at 7:00PM)

PROGRAM

  • POULENC Trio (1926)
  • Juri SEO Mélodie de Poulenc (2021)
  • Viet CUONG Trains of Thought (2012)
  • SHOSTAKOVICH (arrgmt.) Romance, Op.97a, & A Spin Through Moscow
  • André PREVIN Trio (1994)
  • ROSSINI (arrgmt.) Fantaisie Concertante on “L’Italiana in Algeri” (1856)

Pre-concert Talk: Not available

MUSIC

Poulenc’s playful music has color, clarity and poise.
We hear the West Coast premiere of Princeton University Professor and Korean American composer Juri Seo’s new work for the Trio.
Viet Cuong “aurally brings life to the mind’s [train-like] stream of consciousness.”
Romance is from Shostakovich’s film score The Gadfly Suite.
Previn’s trio has Poulenc-like clarity, and playful and jazzy energy.
Enjoy ebullient melodies from Rossini’s 1813 opera.

ARTISTS

The Poulenc Trio, founded in 2003, is the most active touring piano-wind ensemble in the world, having performed in 45 states, and in festivals around the globe.

Poulenc Trio 



St. Lawrence String Quartet

March 13, 2022 -  
(Sunday at 7:00PM)


PROGRAM

  • HAYDN menuets [18thC. small-step court dances in 3/4 time] alternated with dance pieces by other composers, announced from the stage
  • DVOŘÁK Quartet No.13 in G Major, Op.106 (1895)

Pre-concert Talk: Not available

MUSIC

SLSQ, passionate persuasive proponents of Haydn’s brilliant string quartets, engagingly explore the creativity of his Menuets—set off by other dance music.
Dvořák’s penultimate quartet shows him at his creative and expressive prime, combining classical form, romantic lyricism, and emotional directness—its Adagio is both profound and touching.


ARTISTS

“Modern,” “dramatic,” “superb,” “wickedly attentive,” “with a hint of rock ’n roll energy” are a few ways critics describe the St. Lawrence String Quartet. With two EMI Grammy-nominations, and its 30th anniversary in 2019, the SLSQ galvanizes listeners’ minds and emotions, both on tour and at Stanford University as resident ensemble since 1998.

St. Lawrence String Quartet

 


Catalyst Quartet

April 10, 2022 -  
(Sunday at 7:00PM)


PROGRAM

  • HAYDN Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op.76/No.4, “Sunrise” (1797)
  • Florence PRICE Five Folksongs in Counterpoint (1951)
  • Terry RILEY Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector (1981)
  • Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Five Fantasy Pieces for String Quartet, Op.5 (1895)

Pre-concert Talk: Not available

MUSIC

Haydn’s Op.76 Quartets are a peak achievement; the “Sunrise” refers to No.4’s opening violin solo.
Catalyst Quartet presents beautifully crafted works of two overlooked masterful Black composers—pioneering female African-American symphonist Florence Price and English high-romanticist Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
The modular nature of Terry Riley’s fascinating “Sunrise” lets performers co-compose it.

ARTISTS

The Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet, laureates of the Sphinx Competition for Black and Latinx string players in 2010, tour
widely in the U.S. and abroad. Though debuting on our series, they are favorite annual mentor-artists at San Jose State’s School of Music and Dance.

Catalyst Quartet




  Delphi Piano Trio

May 1, 2022 -  
(Sunday at 7:00PM)


PROGRAM

Music, She Wrote:
  • Lili BOULANGER D’un matin de printemps [Of a spring morning] (1917)
  • Fanny HENSEL (née Mendelssohn) Piano Trio in D Minor, Op.11 (1846)
  • Gabriela Lena FRANK Four Folk Songs for Piano Trio (2012)
  • Clara Wieck SCHUMANN Piano Trio in G Minor, Op.17 (1846)

Pre-concert Talk: Not available

MUSIC

Celebrate music by women! Revelatory music by two well-known musicians of the Romantic era, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Clara Wieck Schumann.
The expressive depth of Lili Boulanger, whose life was cut short at age 25, and the lively and colorful music of noted contemporary composer Gabriela Lena Frank reflect the progress and freedom women now enjoy.

ARTISTS

Praised for “spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully-blended sound” (SF Classical Voice), the Delphi Trio of Bay Area stars has performed widely in Europe, Canada, and the U.S., and has become a powerfully eloquent voice. Their debut album, Triptych, won Gramophone’s praise, and their world premieres are acclaimed.

 Delphi Piano Trio