Morrison Chamber Music Center: Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 4:00 pm to Saturday, February 15, 2014, 4:00 pm
This special event incorporates concerts and a seminar for ensembles of all ages, intensive coaching, public master classes, workshops and lessons led by the Alexander String Quartet. Founded in 2003 to honor the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin's association with San Francisco and SF State, this event advances the belief that music has the power to create understanding and transcend differences between people.
Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
May T. Morrison Chamber Music Center
SF State Box Office
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This feast of concerts, master classes and workshops featuring a world-class artist faculty, sensational emerging ensembles and talented students takes place in the beautiful acoustics of Knuth Hall.

Concerts on February 14–15 at 8pm will feature many of Schubert’s most beloved chamber works, including the String Quintet in C major. Master classes will be held the afternoons of February 15–16. The final gala concert, featuring performances of seminar participants and the announcement of the
Galante Prize, will take place Sunday, February 16, at 7pm. Some of the outstanding ensembles applying to join the seminar hail from as far afield as London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Glenn Gould School at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory and New York’s The Juilliard School.

Concert programs

February 14

  • Schubert (1797–1828): Rondo for Violin and Strings in A major, D. 438 (1816), performed by the Alexander String Quartet and Jackie Ross, violin solo
  • Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat major, D. 897 Notturno (1828), performed by Trio Consonare
  • Bartók (1881–1945): String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91 (1928), performed by NYX String Quartet
  • Intermission
  • Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956 (1828), performed by Alexander String Quartet with David Requiro, cello

February 15

  • Schubert: Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821 (1824), performed by Toby Appel, viola, and Laura Dahl, piano
  • Beethoven (1770–1827): Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 Ghost (1808), performed by Aleron Trio
  • Intermission
  • Schubert: Lieder Set, performed by Christine Brandes, soprano, and Laura Dahl, piano
  • Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (1819), performed by Sarah Cahill, piano; Jackie Ross, violin; Toby Appel, viola; David Requiro, cello; and Shinji Eshima, bass


February 13, 5–6:15pm: Jane Galante Prize final auditions

Master classes

  • February 14, 2–2:30pm: Nyx Quartet
  • February 14, 2:30–3pm: Holloway Trio
  • February 14, 3–3:30pm: Aleron Trio
  • February 14, 3:30–4pm: Trio Consonare
  • February 15, 1–1:30pm: Friction Quartet
  • February 15, 1:30–2 pm: Aleron Trio
  • February 15, 2:15–2:45pm: Holloway Trio
  • February 15, 2:45–3:15pm: Nyx Quartet
  • February 15, 3:30–4pm: Lieder Alive!
  • February 15, 4–4:30 pm: Trio Consonare
  • February 15, 4:30–5pm: Nyx Quartet
  • February 16, 1–1:30pm: Holloway Trio
  • February 16, 1:30–2 pm: Trio Consonare
  • February 16, 2:30–3pm: Nyx Quartet
  • February 16, 3–3:30pm: Échappé String Quartet
  • February 16, 3:45–4:45pm: Presentation on Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály by the Alexander String Quartet


  • Alexander String Quartet
  • Jackie Ross, violinist
  • David Requiro, cellist
  • Toby Appel, violist
  • Shinji Eshima, double bassist
  • Sarah Cahill, pianist
  • Laura Dahl, pianist
  • Christine Brandes, soprano

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