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  • Up Next–January 31 through February 8

    New Esterhazy Quartet–Thursday, January 31

    We’re thrilled to be hosting the New Esterhazy Quartet for the first time. This Bay Area string quartet has been together and performing regularly since 2006, specializing in music from the Classical period on period instruments. As Haydn experts—the quartet has performed all 68 of Haydn’s string quartets and created four recordings of them—who better to introduce us to works by composers who influenced him? This is a program they’re calling “Haydn & His Teachers”, with music by Georg Reutter, Nicola Porpora, JJ Fux, CPE Bach, and, of course, Haydn himself.

    Musicians Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violins, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen are all specialists on period instruments. In addition to playing together as a quartet, all four of them play regularly with other Bay Area ensembles, including the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists.

    Check out a video of the quartet playing here. And here’s an SF Chronicle interview with violist Anthony Martin.

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    John Reischman & The Jaybirds–Monday, February 4

    “…an accomplished, experienced band at the peak of their powers, with musicianship of the very highest order. The Jaybirds put their own particular stamp on bluegrass, old time and acoustic roots music, with a satisfying blend of traditional and modern styles, and they also give the impression that they really enjoy playing together. There’s plenty here to please both bluegrass traditionalists and lovers of modern American folk music, especially for those with an appreciation of great harmony singing as well as masterful instrumental playing.”

    The Jaybirds have seven recordings that you can check out here.

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    Del Sol Quartet–Friday, February 8

    “I could be wrong, but I’m guessing it’s been a while since you’ve rocked out to a string quartet recording”—those are the opening words from a New York Times review of a Del Sol Quartet recording. This San Francisco-based quartet has been exploring the boundaries of the string quartet genre since its founding in 1992. They’ve made a point of collaborating with artists from other media and have been responsible for commissioning and performing new works of a slew of international composers over the years, and they have nine critically-acclaimed albums to show for it.

    Benjamin Kreith and Samuel Weiser, violins, Charlton Lee on viola and cellist Kathryn Bates will bring us a program they’re calling “Reinventing Traditions”, which will include Lou Harrison’s String Quartet Set, Bay Area composer Erica Oba’s “Halcyon”, “Hoppa” by Turkish composer Erberk Eryilmaz and American contemporary composer Ben Johnston’s Quartet #4: “Amazing Grace”.

    If you haven’t heard the Del Sol before, here’s a video that shows off the wide range of their repertoire and talents.

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    UPCOMING SHOWS:

    Ashley Broder Trio–Saturday, February 23
    Crooked Jades–Saturday, March 2
    MUSA–Friday, March 15
    Whiskey Deaf–Friday, March 29
    Kathy Kallick Band–Friday, April 5
    Corvo String Quartet–Saturday, April 6