Circadian Quartet–Saturday, November 16

Circadian Quartet with Hamid Taghavi

Saturday, November 16

For this concert, the Circadian String Quartet–Monika Gruber & David Ryther, violins, Omid Assadi, viola and David Wishnia, cello–teams up with Iranian-born santour virtuoso Hamid Taghavi. They’ll explore themes of coming together and “yeganegi”, or uniting in times of crisis, with music by Reza Vali, Sahba Aminikia, and Hamid Taghavi, representing two generations of Persian-American composers. Weaving through and uniting the program will be chiaroscuros, or short interludes, by David Ryther based on poetry by Rumi and read by narrator Dr. Nikolaus Hohmann.

The Circadian Quartet is a Bay Area-based string quartet that performs classical and contemporary string quartet repertoire with an emphasis on music of cultural and folkloric significance. In 2014, they were invited to collaborate with the St. Petersburg-based Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet during its North American tour. They have also given U.S. premieres of pieces by world-renowned British composer Ian Venables in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Sally Munro of the San Francisco Opera and Natalie Parker, principal clarinetist of the San Francisco Ballet.

Hamid Taghavi is considered one of the best santour players of his generation. Hear him playing a santour solo here.

Join us on November 16th for a cross-cultural exchange that’s not to be missed.

See the RESERVATIONS page to reserve seats


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