Singing the Gamut

Charles Peck Sunburst for Piano Quartet *2018 COMPOSITION CONTEST WINNER*

Jon Deak BB Wolf for Double Bass

Mario Davidovksy Festino for Guitar, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass

Jonathan Favero Keep On Movin' for Guitar, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass WORLD PREMIERE*

Benjamin Britten Songs from the Chinese for Guitar and Voice

Sheila Silver On Loving

Olly Wilson There Is A Need

Vincenzo Bellini Oh quante volte

Alfred Bachelet Chère nuit

From Jon Deak's tongue-in-cheek Big Bad Wolf to arias from Bellini, Bachelet, and others, this program explores music that amplifies human emotions. Other works include Mario Davidovsky’s Festino, capturing the fun of the party, and Sheila Silver’s tender song cycle, On Loving.

Join us at 7pm both nights for a free pre-concert lecture! Composers Sheila Silver and Jonathan Favero will illuminate their music on our program, share processes and more, and even take questions from the audience!

Open seating. 

*Jonathan Favero's new work is made possible by generous support from the Kurt Rohde Emerging Composer Fund.


Anna Presler, violin
Kurt Rohde, viola
Leighton Fong, cello
Michel Taddei, double bass
Michael Goldberg, guitar
Eric Zivian, piano
Nikki Einfeld, soprano
Candace Johnson, guest vocalist

Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St, Berkeley [directions]
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 7:30 PM

SF Conservatory of Music, Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco [directions]
Monday, October 8, 2018, 7:30 PM


Image credit: Vivian Sachs

Get to know the music! 

"It is a tour de force of virtuosity and balance. Like all great music, it opens the mind to new sounds and the limitless possibilities of an imagination. Even the silences are wildly expressive."
- Cellist Leighton Fong on Mario Davidovsky's Festino

"The young composers of the last 25 years are often well versed in other music traditions. Favero is a guitarist who plays both rock and classical music, and his works reflect the power that rock and metal have become indispensable resource for the music of today. It is this type of cross pollination that [...] has allowed us as performers to maintain the joy we find in bringing new works to life."
-Violist and composer Kurt Rohde on Jonathan Favero's Keep on Movin *WORLD PREMIERE*

"Striking for its intense lyricism."
-Pianist Eric Zivian on Sheila Silver’s 3-song cycle On Loving

"BB Wolf has been such a pleasure to work on -- evocative, funny, full of fun sonic tricks. Looking forward to bringing humor and a touch of the theatrical to a chamber concert!"
-Bassist and vocalist Michel Taddei on Jon Deak's BB Wolf

"It has been immensely enjoyable for me to work on Charles Peck’s Sunburst. I particularly admire the contrast between the outward energy of Reflect and the inner intensity of Absorb. As a pianist, I am also struck by the composer's very effective use of the piano’s extreme registers."
-Pianist Eric Zivian on Charles Peck's Sunburst - winner of the 2018 Left Coast Composition Contest!

"I am really looking to performing Britten's Songs from the Chinese with our soprano, Nikki Einfeld. The text are translated from Chinese poems which  speak to innocence, loss and regret.  The guitar part is beautifully written, showing a deep understanding of the capacities of the guitar."
-Guitarist Michael Goldberg on Benjamin Britten's Songs from the Chinese


Soprano Nikki Einfeld on preparing a program spanning several eras:
"I love the challenge of serving all of the composers and their styles. With a well-balanced program, which takes in to account the needs such as range and depth of emotion, this promises to be an amazing program of vocal treats."