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2016 Season

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Avedis 2016 – Jan 17, Feb 14, Mar 13 and May 1!

Mark your calendar for 2 pm on Sundays, January 17, February 14, March 13 and May 1, performance dates for the 31st season of the Avedis Chamber Music Series.

We open on January 17 with our annual Bach and Friends concert, including works by Vivaldi and Telemann. The Bach Concerto for piano and two flutes is a setting by the composer of the familiar Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. The program concludes with Bach’s magnificent Cantata No. 94, featuring four vocal soloists.

On February 14, Valentine's Day, we welcome back internationally renowned pianist, Jon Nakamatsu, joining the Stanford Woodwind Quintet to perform Beethoven’s brilliant trio for piano, flute and bassoon and sextets by Roussel, d’Indy and Blumer. The quintet also performs Muczynski’s “lyrical, rhythmic and expressionistic,” wind quintet.

The March 13 concert features the west coast premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Lullaby for flute and guitar. The program opens with Serenade, a delightful trio by Matiegka, a Viennese contemporary of Beethoven, and is followed by Roussel’s French impressionistic trio, Golijov’s Fish Tale, a beautiful water color for flute and guitar, and Gary Schocker’s brilliant Garden Music for flute, guitar and cello.

The May 1 concert honors two Dutch holocaust victims in beautiful and deeply touching music. I Remember is a haunting distillation of Anne Frank’s inner life as shown through her diary and written by American film music writer Michael Cohen. Leo Smit, having studied in Paris, brings us warmth, energy and melodious creativity in the French style with his Quintet. The program opens with a classical quintet by Antonio Salieri (contemporary of Mozart) and includes Arnold Bax’s impressionistic Elegiac Trio.

All concerts are in the Florence Gould Theater at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

Lincoln Park | 100 34th Avenue • San Francisco, CA 94121

Great Holiday Gift

Order by December 31 to receive extra savings on season tickets. Avedis ticket holders will be admitted at 1 pm for the 2 pm concerts, so consider having lunch at the café before each concert.

For those wishing to see the Legion of Honor’s permanent collection, there is an admission fee of $10 general, $7 for seniors and $6 for students. However, on May 1st museum admission is free for BofA or Merrill Lynch cardholders with the Museums On Us program.

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Avedis, which means “good news” in Armenian, takes its name from the late San Francisco pianist, Robert Avedis Hagopian (1945-1984) and is dedicated to his memory, honoring the spirit of joy, excellence, and adventure he brought to his music and to the musical world.

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Thirty-one years ago, our inaugural season captivated both audiences and critics alike.

“Avedis means ‘good news’ in Armenian. And Monday’s debut…for Avedis, San Francisco’s newest chamber music series, was certainly that.” – SF Chronicle

Since then Avedis has continued to bring inspiration to our programming and joy to our performing with each new season.

“…this year’s trio of concerts is a smashing example of quality, variety and freshness…” – Newhouse News Service

…musicianship at its zenith” – SF Classical Voice

In our 2016 season we once again offer chamber music lovers a diverse repertoire from well-loved masterpieces to unique musical gems.

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images of Anne Frank and her diary: © ANNE FRANK FONDS, Basel, Switzerland