405 Shrader St. (Shrader at Oak)

Concerts at 405 Shrader are at 7 PM (the aperitif hour) and are about 50 minutes in length with a hosted aperitif following

If you wish to attend a concert, an RSVP to its announcement is absolutely necessary (space is quite limited). Reservations can be made only by email to 405Shrader@gmail.com and must be confirmed by 405 Shrader. There is no charge to enter 405 Shrader, however before you leave you will want to express your appreciation to the artist(s) — a minimum of $10 per person.

If you are not already on the mailing list (email only) please write 405Shrader@gmail.com to add your name. Note that concerts begin on time and that there is no late seating.

Spring 2015

Friday, Apr 3, 7 PM. Johannas Brahms Pianist Robert Schwartz plays Brahm’s massive Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 5 (Clara Schumann gave its premiere in 1854), and adds several of Mendelssohn’s beautiful Songs Without Words.

Friday, Apr 10, 7 PM. High Octane The Friction Quartet! Our first ever string quartet concert. The program includes Beethoven’s Op. 95 (Beethoven said it should only be performed for connoisseurs!) plus a new work by Eric Tran.

Friday, Apr 17, 7 PM. The Devil Cares Pianist Jason Chiu plays Debussy’s L’Isle Joyeuse, Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata (Op 31, No. 2) and Liszt’s daunting Mephisto Waltz No. 1.

Friday, Apr 24, 7 PM. Eusebius Goes All-American Pianist Hillary Nordwell and violinist Monika Gruber are The Eusebius Duo. They perform works by Copland, Ives, and SFCM's Allan Crossman.

Friday, May 1, 7 PM. The Delphi Trio This prestigious ensemble performs Saint-Saens second piano trio, plus Max Stoffregen's Coyote Plan.

Friday, May 8, 7 PM. Trinity Alps Chamber Players Mozart's "Kegelstatt" Trio for piano, clarinet and cello plus Poulenc's Sonata for clarinet and Kodaly's Sonata for cello.

Friday, May 15, 7 PM. On the Cusp Pianist Allegra Chapman performs Luigi Dallapiccola's Quaderno di Annalibera for piano solo and then is joined by Laura Gaynon for the Debussy Cello Sonata and by Bethanne Walker for Boulez' Sonatine for flute.

Friday, May 22, 7 PM. SF Munich Trio This unique ensemble performs a Trio by Loeillet for cello, bassoon and piano plus works by Rachmaninoff, Arensky, Ravel, de Falla and Louis Spohr.

Friday, May 29, 7 PM. Maurice Ravel His astonishing Gaspard de la Nuit and his charming Valses Sentimentales are played by pianist Ellen Milenski. This final concert of the spring season is a benefit for 405 Shrader.

Next Concerts Oct/Nov 2015

Piano at 405 Shrader, with seating for 44 guests

If you are a non-improvisational musician or performance artist and think you might like to perform at 405 Shrader please email your resume.

For information about 405 Shrader presenter Michael Milenski see www.CapSurOpera.com

Artists of the Spring 2015 Season

Robert Schwartz performs and teaches around the world (Beijing, Vienna, Albignac [France], Chautauqua [NY], Portland [OR]) and throughout northern California — the Mendocino Music Festival, Oakland’s Dewing Recitals, San Jose’s Steinway Society, and in San Francisco at Noontime Concerts and at Old First Concerts where he has recorded the complete “Iberia” by Isaac Albéniz.

The Friction Quartet’s high octane music making has been called terribly beautiful and chillingly effective. The quartet was founded in 2011 by students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and since has established itself as a purveyor of new music for string quartet. The quartet has worked with dancers in Garrett-Moulton’s A Show of Hands for six dancers, and this summer appears with West Edge Opera in Laura Kaminsky’s As One. www.frictionquartet.com

Jason Chiu is a 2004 Masters Degree graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he was a finalist in the Viardo International Piano Competition. In spring 2014 he won 2nd place in the American Protege Competition, and as well was a prize winner in the professional division of the American Prize Competition for his recording of Chopin’s Four Ballades, a program he performed last spring at 405 Shrader.

A native of Germany, Monika Gruber studied at the Hochschule for music in Weimar, the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique’ in Lyon and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Born in Washington state Hillary Nordwell is a graduate of Lawrence (Wisconson) Conservatory after which she earned a masters degree in chamber music and piano at SF Conservatory. www.eusebiusduo.org

Delphi Trio, violinist Liana Bérubé, cellist Michele Kwon and pianist Jeffrey LaDeur, recently performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. The trio has appeared at festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, and at all local chamber music venues, including a recent appearance at the Santa Cruz Festival of Contemporary Music. Their new CD of works by Haydn and Arensky will be available. www.delphitrio.com

The Trinity Alps Chamber Players is a group of instrumentalists who come together in various combinations to perform programs in the Bay Area and northern California throughout the year. For this concert the group's founder and artistic direct pianist Ian Scarfe is joined by clarinetist Brenden Guy and cellist Hannah Addario-Berry. www.trinityalpscmf.org

Pianist Allegra Chapman studied at Bard College before earning a masters degree at the Juilliard School and then taking a performance diploma at SFCM. Flutist Bethanne Walker, a Eugene, Oregon native, last year was awarded a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Boston Conservatory. Cellist Laura Gaynon gained a bachelor’s degree in biology at Yale University before earning a professional studies diploma in cello at SFCM.

Rebecca Rust, a Bay Area native, has studied with many of the great names in cello and chamber music, and has been a soloist with the Basel (CH) Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. As principal bassoonist of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra from 1977 to 2004 Friedrich Edelmann has played under most of the world’s great conductors. Pianist Christopher Salocks is well known in the Bay Area for his solo concerts and his collaborations with instrumentalists. www.edelmann-rust.com

Ellen Milenski studied with German pianist Bruno Eisner, Italian pianist Carlo Bussotti at San Francisco State, and Berkeley pianist Julian White and has been on the piano faculty at San Francisco State University. Ms. Milenski divides her time between her homes in San Francisco and the South of France where she performs frequently at Le Moulin des Arts in Entrecasteaux as a solo recitalist and as a collaborative artist

Previous Seasons

Fall 2014

Friday, Oct 3, 7 PM. The Grand Polonaise Brillante. Piano virtuoso Daniel Glover plays the famous Chopin polonaise, Schubert-Liszt Wanderer Fantasy, and the Tchaikovsky Scenes from a Russian Village.

Friday, Oct 10, 7 PM. Hair of the Thing that Bit You, a new work composed by Anthony Porter played by Italian guitarist Giacomo Fiore, plus Lou Harrison’s Scenes from Nek Chand for resophonic guitar in just intonation, and works for classical, electric and prepared guitars.

Friday, Oct 17, 7 PM. Trinity Alps Chamber Players. Violinist Roy Malan, cellist Stephen Harrison and pianist Ian Scarfe perform the Shostakovich Trio No. 2.

Friday, Oct 24, 7 PM. The Eusebius Duo. Pianist Hillary Nordwell and violinist Monika Gruber perform an all Czech program — works by Dvorak, Smetana and Josef Suk.

Saturday, Nov 1, 7 PM. Three Empty Spaces Filled with Sound. Metteur en scène Roy Rallo creates a Day-of-the-Dead musical installation for 405 Shrader with pianist Ellen Milenski (the Prokofiev War Sonata), tenor Alek Shrader [sic] and baritone Philippe Sly (madrigals by Johannes Ciconia).

Friday, Nov 7, 7 PM. The Beethoven Pathétique. Pianist Laura Magnani plays this famous sonata and works by Chopin and Debussy.

Friday, Nov 14, 7 PM. Zemlinsky, Hindemith and Dallapiccola. Works for cello solo, cello and piano, and piano and voice performed by cellist Adaiha MacAdam-Somers, pianist Dale Tsang and soprano Nanette McGuinness.

Friday, Nov 21, 7 PM. Trio Céleste performs the Dvorak Dumky Trio and the Beethoven Archduke Trio.

Friday, Nov 28, 7 PM. ZOFO Duet Gala, a benefit performance for 405 Shrader! Selections from Zofo's new Sono Luminus Records album ZOFORBIT.

Artists of the Fall 2014 Season

Daniel Glover holds a master's degree from New York's Juilliard School. He took first prize in the prestigious Liederkranz Competition in 1990. His 1992 Carnegie Hall recital debut in New York was the result of winning the Artist's International Competition. Mr. Glover has played recitals in Washington, D.C.'s Corcoran Gallery and at the St. Petersburg Palaces Festival in Russia. Locally he has performed the major concerto repertory with the Saratoga Symphony, the North Bay Philharmonic, the Kensington Symphony, the Red Wood Symphony, and the Palo Alto Symphony among others. www.danielgloverpianist.com

Italian guitarist Giacomo Fiore has performed at Microfest LA, Thingamajigs 2012, and the Cervo Guitar Festival. His recently released fourth recording, “iv: contemporary electric guitars,” was funded by New Music USA’s Project Grant Program. Giacomo holds a PhD from UC Santa Cruz, his dissertation is on the just intonation guitar works of Lou Harrison, James Tenney, and Larry Polansky. He is on the faculties of the SFCM, UC Santa Cruz, and the University of San Francisco. www.giacomofiore.com

The Trinity Alps Chamber Players is a group of instrumentalists who come together in various combinations to perform programs in the Bay Area and northern California throughout the year. Pianist Ian Scarfe is the Trinity Alps Chamber Players founder and director. He has participated in the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon, the Telluride Chamber Music Festival in Colorado, and currently is on the staff of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Violinist Roy Malan recently retired as concertmaster of the SF Ballet orchestra. He teaches at UC Santa Cruz. Cellist Stephen Harrison is a member of the Ives quartet and teaches at Stanford. www.trinityalpscmf.org

Violinist Monika Gruber and pianist Hillary Nordwell formed the Eusebius Duo in 2005 (Eusebius is Schumann’s lyrical pseudonym, his opposite is Florestan). A native of Germany, Monika Gruber studied at the Hochschule for music in Weimar, the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique’ in Lyon and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Born in Washington state Hillary Nordwell is a graduate of Lawrence (Wisconson) Conservatory and earned a masters degree in chamber music and piano at SF Conservatory. www.eusebiusduo.org

Metteur en scène Roy Rallo is a stage director at San Francisco Opera (most recently The Barber of Seville). He is also known for the so-called “Fire Operas” at Oakland’s The Crucile. In Europe he has staged Ariadne auf Naxos for the Opéra National de Bordeaux and Don Pasquale at the Staatskapelle Weimar. www.roy-rallo.com

Italian pianist Laura Magnani has performed at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, both in Spoleto, Italy (her home town) and in Charleston, this famous festival’s American location. She is a graduate of Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with further studies at the Conservatory of Perugia. A newcomer to the Bay Area she has performed at the Noontime Concerts at Old St. Mary’s. Upcoming at the Italian Cultural Institute she performs the Liszt/Petrarca Pérégrinages, her husband Lars Primo Angeli recites the poems.

Cellist Adaiha MacAdam-Somers holds a Master of Music in Chamber Music Studies and a Professional Studies Diploma from the SFCM. She has performed with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Oregon’s Astoria Music Festival. Dale Tsang, pianist, was a competitor in the 1997 Van Cliburn Competition, a semi-finalist in the 1999 Washington International Competition and the winner of the 2001 Carmel Music Society Competition. Soprano Nanette McGuinness, a Berkeley PhD, has performed roles with West Bay Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo and Pocket Opera. In concert she has performed with the San Jose Symphony and the Palo Alto Philharmonic.

Trio Céleste is currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. Ukraine born violinist Iryna Krechkovsky is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a PhD at SUNY Stony Brook. Cellist Ross Gasworth has a masters degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has played in the symphonies of San Diego and Houston, and was principal cellist of the Waco Symphony and the YouTube Symphony. Korean born pianist Keven Kwan Loucks is a graduate of the Juilliard School, and a PhD at SUNY Stony Brook. www.trioceleste.com

Swiss born and Geneva Conservatory trained pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann received a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to the U.S. where she has become a San Francisco resident. She currently teaches at the Nueva School in Hillsborough. Japan born pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi earned a Bachelors degree in Composition and a Masters degree in Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he is currently Pianist-in-Residence. Both artists have independent careers as chamber and concerto performers. www.zofoduet.com

Spring 2014

Friday, April 4, 7 PM is ZOFO, a one-piano-four hand team, Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi. The team has had two Grammy Award nominations and have the distinction of being Steinway artists. Their program includes Gustav Holst’s Jupiter, Urmas Sisask’s The Milky Way and Francesco Di Fiore’ The West Coast Point of View.

Friday, April 18, 7 PM is by One Art Ensemble, three artists who explore the rather limited repertory for soprano, viola and piano. The center of their program are songs by William Bolcom that were composed for soprano Benita Valente and mezzo soprano Tatiana Troyanos, though before they were finished Troyanos had died of cancer thus Bolcom replaced her voice with viola.

Friday, April 25, 7 PM The Trinity Alps Chamber Players in the configuration of clarinet, violin, cello and piano for a program of Brahms, Bartok and Mason Bates’ Red River.

Friday, May 9, 7 PM mezzo-soprano Betany Coffland sings a concert of mostly Spanish songs with her friend Aaron Caplan-Larget, a guitarist from Boston.

Friday, May 16, 7 PM The New Generation Ensemble, flute, cello and piano, follow on May 16 to perform George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale.

Friday, May 23, 7 PM viola da gambist Amy Brodo and harpsichordist Katherine Heater perform works from the French and German Baroques.

Friday, May 30, 7 PM the Eusebius Duo play the Strauss and Schumann violin sonatas (Eusebius was Schumann’s name for the lyric side of his musical personality).

Fall 2013

Friday, October 11, 7 PM violist Don Ehrlich performs the powerful viola sonata (1919) by English composer and violist Rebecca Clarke, plus mezzo soprano Betany Coffland sings five songs by Rebecca Clarke including The Seal Man (1922), a celtic legend about a seal who becomes man to lure women to a watery death.

Friday, October 25, 7 PM cellist Hannah Sloane and pianist Allegra Chapman perform the Richard Strauss Sonata in F major for cello and piano (1882, i.e. early) and the Alexander Zemlinsky Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (1894), both works are in rich, post-romantic musical terms.

Friday, November 1, 7 PM metteur en scène Roy Rallo creates an All Saint’s Day installation of Gustav Mahler's Kindertotenlieder. These famous Songs on the Death of Children will be sung by bass baritone Hadleigh Adams, tenor Phillipe Sly, and mezzo soprano Erin Johnson, all Adler Fellows well known to San Francisco Opera audiences.

Friday, November 8, 7 PM piano virtuoso Daniel Glover plays massive Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and 12 Etudes, Opus 33 (1916) by polish composer Karol Szymanowski, dedicated to pianist Alfred Cortot. The composer says his Etudes are technically difficult.

Friday, November 15, 7 PM pianist Ellen Milenski plays Rameau suite for harpsichord in A minor, the Camille Saint-Saens edition for piano, plus preludes for piano by Olivier Messiaen.

Friday, November 22, 7 PM the duoW, violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan and cellist Meta Weiss performs works from this rare duo repertory, including the the spectacular Kodaly duet for violin and cello, Op. 7.

Friday, November 29, 7 PM Olivier Messiaen’s monumental Quartet for the End of Time played by Ian Scarfe, piano, Sasha Rattle, clarinet, Charly Akert, cello and Edwin Huizinga, violin. This highly emotional work, composed in a WWII prisoner of war camp, is recognized as one of the masterpieces of the 20th century.

Spring 2013

Friday, April 12, 7 PM pianist Ellen Milenski plays the Copland Fantasy and the Samuel Barber Excursions, a repeat of the concert she performed in November 2012. The Piano Fantasy is not for the faint of heart as it exploits Aaron Copland’s mastery of the most hermetic techniques of the mid-twentieth century. Samuel Barber’s Excursions is a pianistic tour de force composed for pianist Vladimer Horowitz.

Friday, April 19, 7 PM mezzo soprano Betany Coffland and pianist Christine McLeavey Payne perform songs by Reynaldo Hahn (lover of Marcel Proust), Hugo Wolf (from the Morike lieder), Anton Dvorak (from Pisne Milostne), and John Duke (from Poems based on Alice in Wonderland).

Friday, April 26, 7 PM violist Don Ehrlich, former assistant principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony, plays Bach Cello Suites Nos. 4, 5 and 6. This completes the Bach Cello Suite cycle he began last fall at 405 Shrader (the full cycle is available on CD at the SF Symphony store).

Friday, May 3, 7 PM pianist Daniel Glover performs Chopin's Piano Sonata in B minor (No. 3), Granados' Love and Death from "Goyescas," and the Magic Fire Scene, Siegmund's Love Song and The Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre [it's the Wagner anniversary, folks!]

Friday, May 10, 7 PM pianist Ian Scarfe and friends perform Dvorak's Dumky Trio, Ravel's "Tzigane," Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires" (selections), Gershwin's Three Preludes (arr. Heifetz).

Friday, May 31, 7 PM the Eusebius Duo, violinist Monika Gruber and pianist Hillary Nordwell perform the Janacek Sonata, the Grieg Sonata No.3 in C minor, op. 45 and the Ravel Sonata in G major.

Fall 2012

Monday, October 22, at 7 PM the Delphi Trio performs three American piano trios, Pierre Jalbert’s 1998 two movement piano trio (Life Cycle and Agnus Dei), Henry Cowell’s 1965 Piano Trio in Nine Short Movements, and Charles Ives 1911 Piano Trio.

Friday, October 26, at 7 PM violist Don Erlich plays the Bach unaccompanied Cello Suites nos. 1, 2 and 3. Recent scholarship suggests that these pieces were written for viola da spalla (rather than viola da gamba), thus an instrument more akin to the viola.

Friday, November 2, at 7 PM soprano Greta Feeney-Samuels and pianist Robert Mollicone perform George Crumb’s Apparition based on “Death Carol” from Walt Whitman’s "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." This performance is an All Saints Day installation by stage director Roy Rallo, llight sculptor Heather Carson and Butoh dancer Michael Curran.

Friday, November 9, at 7 PM violinist Petr Masek and pianist Ian Scarfe play the Copland Violin Sonata (1944), plus Gypsy music for the violin — Dvorak’s Sonatina, Vittorio Monti’s Czàrdàs and Fritz Kreisler’s La gitana.

Friday, November 23, at 7 PM pianist Ellen Milenski plays the Copland Piano Fantasy (1957) and the Samuel Barber Excursions of which movements I, II and IV premiered in 1945 (by Horowitz), and movement III not until 1948 (by Barber’s friend Jeanna Behrend).

Artists of the Fall 2012 Season

Haight resident Don Erhlich has recorded all six Bach cello suites on the viola [!] and has performed them at SF Conservatory of Music. Now he performs them at 405 Shrader! Mo. Ehrlich served as assistant principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony for 25 years, and has been a member of the Aurora and Stanford string quartets and principal viola of the Mendocino Music Festival. He plays an ergonomically corrected Pellegrina model viola designed and made by David Rivinus of Portland, Oregon.

Violinist Petr Masek was a winner in the National Violin Competition of the Czech Republic, and performed as a soloist with the Prague Chamber Symphony Orchestra and the Pilsen Symphony Orchestra.  In the U.S. he has performed with the New World Symphony in Miami, with the Fresno, Stockton, Monterey symphony orchestras, and with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. Pianist Ian Scarfe is on the staff at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is the founder of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival and performs extensively as a collaborative artist in the Bay Area.

Soprano Greta Feeney-Samuels was an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera where she performed Marzelline in Fidelio and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and at the San Francisco Opera Center she was a Schwabacher Debut Recitalist. She has appeared with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the New Century Chamber Orchestra in the Bay Area, and with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York City. Pianist Robert Mollicone is an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, having previously been a part of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. He has worked as a coach accompanist at Boston Lyric Opera and at the Baltimore Symphony.

This past summer Roy Rallo staged The Barber of Seville at the San Francisco Opera Center. In previous seasons he is known for the so-called “Fire Operas” at Oakland’s The Crucile. In Europe he recently staged Ariadne auf Naxos for the Opéra National de Bordeaux and Don Pasquale at the Staatskapelle Weimar. Sculptor Heather Carson investigates the formal and conceptual properties of light, drawing together the historic strands of East Coast Minimalism and West Coast Light and Space. She is represented by the Ace Gallery in Los Angeles.

The Delphi Trio makes its Haight debut! The trio, violinist Liana Bérubé, cellist Michele Kwon and pianist Jeffrey LaDeur was founded in 2010. Past and upcoming concerts include performances for Chamber Music in Marin, the Old First Concerts (where they are currently in residency), Noe Valley Chamber Music (in early November) and farther away at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival. Next spring it performs the Bach Triple Concerto with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra.

Michael Curran seeks movement in stillness and stillness in movement. He started as an improviser, and then began working with Antero Alli in Paratheatrical Laboratories, where he gained insight into the nature of spontaneous gesture, voice and movement as a task of sourcing energy. His current studies include Somatic Psychotherapy, Non-Dualism, and Hand-balancing Contortionism with Master Lu Yi.

Pianist Robert Mollicone is an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, having been last year a part of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. He was a Spectrum Resident Artist at Virginia Opera in 2009 and a participant in the Merola Opera Program in 2010. As well Mollicone has worked at Boston Lyric Opera, the Baltimore Symphony, and Opera North in Leeds.

Spring 2012

Friday, March 23, 7 PM. Ellen Milenski, piano. Beethoven Sonata No. 12 in A-flat, opus 26, Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, opus 110.

Friday, March 30, 7 PM. Greta Feeney, soprano; Theodora Carson, piano. Schubert Delphine Opus 124, No. 1, Messaien Trois Melodies, Verdi Ave Maria.

Friday, May 18, 7 PM. Don Ehrlich, viola; Theodora Carson, piano. Shostakovitch, Sonata for viola, opus 147, Telemann, Sonata.

Friday, June 1, 7 PM. John Duykers, tenor; Ellen Milenski, piano. Schoenberg, Three Piano Pieces, opus 11, Schoenberg, Cabaret Songs.

Fall 2011

Friday, October 28, 7 PM. Ellen Milenski, piano. From Franz Liszt's Année de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgramage), Book II, Italy, Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa, Sonetto 47, Sonetto 104, Sonetto 123 del Petrarca, Sposalizio di Raffaello.

Friday, November 12, 7 PM. Christina Knudson, violin and Theodora Carson, piano. Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 (the Spring), Beethoven Violin Romances Op. 40 and Op. 50, and the Brahms Scherzo from the F-A-E Sonata for Violin (1853).