Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, May 7 2017 7:00 PM

Incarnation Episcopal church
1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

An evening of almost all-German music for violin, viola, cello and double-bass. The program will include works by Beethoven, Kerzenmacher, Grunau, and Kreisler.

Mark Volkert (violin) has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1972, and has held the post of Assistant Concertmaster since 1980. A graduate of Stanford University, Mr. Volkert was concertmaster and soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival for many years. As a composer, he has received commissions from many organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, Marin Symphony, Stanford String Quartet, and Fremont Symphony.

Violist Nancy Ellis was born into a family of amateur chamber music players. With a violinist father and cellist mother, the makeup of the family quartet designated her first as a violinist, then violist. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin College, and Mills College where she was a student of Nathan Rubin. A member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1975, her career has included association with many chamber music groups, among them the San Francisco Chamber Soloists, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and Music from Marlboro.

Jan Volkert is Principal Cellist with the Marin Symphony and Assistant Principal Cellist of the Fremont Symphony. She was a long time participant in the Carmel Bach Festival, where she met her husband, violinist Mark Volkert. She is currently a member of the Golden Gate Ensemble. Ms. Volkert holds degrees from Dominican College of San Rafael and the Royal College of Music in London.

Bassist Charles Chandler has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1992. Prior to his current position, he was Associate Principal Bass and Soloist with the Phoenix Symphony. He also served as Principal Bass of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra and the New York 20th Century Chamber Players. His primary teachers were Shinji Eshima of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and David Walter at the Juilliard School. His numerous honors and awards include the San Francisco Symphony Pepsi Cola Young Musician Award, the Pittenger Scholarship, the Irving Klein Scholarship, and first prize in the A.S.T.A. National String Competition.

Hye Yeong Min traded her science career in 1997 for the pursuit of her lifelong passion for music. She began piano lessons at age six and continued to study piano with Naomi Sparrow and chamber music with Bonnie Hampton at Stanford University where she majored in biology. Deeply committed to music education, Hye Yeong has been active in organizing concerts and scholarship competitions for students through the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society, where she served as president, and in 2005 founded a chamber music festival for high school students. She also chairs the Emerging Artists Fund of the Berkeley Piano Club, which aids young artists on the cusps of their professional careers. Hye Yeong completed her master’s degree in Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying piano with Paul Hersh, and has performed with violist Kim Kashkashian, violinist Ian Swensen, and cellist Bonnie Hampton. She currently enjoys performing in the Bay Area as a solo pianist and chamber musician and is on the accompanying staff of the San Francisco Conservatory. During the summer of 2012, she performed with Paul Hersh at the Olympic Music Festival in Washington state, Mendocino Music Festival, and the Moab Music Festival in Utah.

Nick Volkert is a local baritone, singing with the Extra Chorus at SF Opera. He is a professional member of the SF Symphony Chorus and Cappella SF. He earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California, and his Masters in Music from New York University, both in classical vocal performance. In addition to his chorus work, Nick has sung roles with West Edge Opera, Pocket Opera, and Lamplighters Music Theatre. Favorite roles are Leporello in Don Giovanni, Aenas in Dido and Aeneas, Freddy in My Fair Lady, and the Third Billy Goat Gruff in first grade.

Cost: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students