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Fourth Annual Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar Concerts and Master Classes, June 2 through June 4 at San Francisco State


College of Creative Arts


Ariane Bicho, Publicist
College of Creative Arts
San Francisco State University
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs


SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2006 -- Combining gala concerts, riveting master classes and the fertile interaction of international artists with the next generation of chamber musicians, the Fourth Annual Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar presents three days of exceptional musicianship, Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4 at San Francisco State University. Hosted by SFSU's School of Music and Dance and presented by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, 19 outstanding emerging professional and young chamber ensembles receive day-long coaching culminating with evening performances featuring the program's world class roster: Alexander String Quartet, Turtle Island String Quartet, Cypress String Quartet, Jupiter Trio, pianist Emile Naoumoff, tenor Victor Floyd, pianist Aglika Angelova, and violist Toby Appel.

Primarily for the artistic edification of emerging and young professionals and college students, as well as high school and middle school students, participating ensembles include players from San Francisco State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Peabody Institute, the University of Arizona, San Jose State University, Nueva School, Crowden School, Golden Gate Philharmonic and the Young People's Ensemble.

"Chamber music is a great metaphor for human interaction at its best. The communication that it fosters resounds in so many ways," says Paul Yarbrough, Menuhin Seminar Artistic Director and member of the Alexander String Quartet. "We're thrilled to create an opportunity for young players to learn and grow under the mentoring of major artists, to see the ideal of chamber music actually brought to life."

As in years past, the seminar opens with a Friday night concert featuring the entire faculty. Toby Appel and Emile Naoumoff present Robert Schumann's Märchenbilder for Viola & Piano, Op. 113 followed by Ernest Bloch's Five Short Pieces with the Cypress String Quartet. The Alexander String Quartet presents On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams with tenor Victor Floyd and pianist Aglika Angelova, and the concert concludes with the Jupiter Trio performing Beethoven's Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 70, No.1, "Ghost." [Concert One: Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar, Friday, June 2, 7:30 pm at Knuth Hall, Creative Arts bldg, San Francisco State University. Single tickets: $20 general admission and $10 for students and seniors.]

The second concert opens with Mozart's Piano Quartet in g minor, KV 478 performed by the Jupiter Trio and violist Toby Appel. A selection of works performed by the Menuhin Fellowship Ensembles (the three most advanced groups) follows, and the Cypress String Quartet with Emile Naoumoff on piano conclude the concert with Brahms' Piano Quartet in g minor, Op. 25. [Concert Two: Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar, Saturday, June 3, 7:30 pm, Knuth Hall, Creative Arts bldg, San Francisco State University. Single tickets: $20 general admission and $10 for students and seniors.]

A selection of works performed by the Menuhin Fellowship Ensembles opens the final concert. The Yehudi Menuhin String Orchestra, with Menuhin Seminar faculty and participants, concludes the series with a performance of Mozart's Adagio and Fugue in c minor, K.546 for String Orchestra and Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 10 in A flat Major, Op. 118- Allegretto Furioso. [Concert Three: Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar, Sunday, June 4, 7:00 pm, Knuth Hall, Creative Arts bldg, San Francisco State University. Single tickets: $20 general admission and $10 for students and seniors.]

Master Classes
Master classes are open for audit to the public. All classes are located in the Creative Arts building on the SFSU campus. The schedule is as follows: Saturday, June 3, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm and Sunday, June 4, 11:00 am to 2:45 pm. Single tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 415/710-0551.

Single concert tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Single master class tickets (to audit) are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors.
One-day pass $25, two-day pass $40, three-day pass $60. All events/all weekend benefactor passes are $150 and include all concerts and classes, and a special benefactor reception. For tickets, call 415/710-0551 or online at (subject to a convenience fee). All major credit cards are accepted. All tickets will be held at Will Call. Tickets are also available at the door.

Special Event
As part of the Morrison Artists Series, the Alexander String Quartet with Turtle Island String Quartet performs Sunday, June 4 at 3 pm in McKenna Theatre on the San Francisco State University campus. Admission is free. Program: Ravel/Quartet in F Major; Milhaud/La Création du Monde; Mark Summer/Julie-O (cello duo); David Balakrishnan/Mara's Garden of False Delights; Evan Price/Variations on an Unoriginal Theme

Yehudi Menuhin
Legend has it that at age 13, Menuhin inspired Albert Einstein to declare at a Berlin concert, "Now I know there is a God in heaven!" Years earlier, Menuhin made his debut in San Francisco. By the tender age of seven, he impressed international audiences with his technical mastery and emotionally charged playing, beginning with his performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, which propelled him to instant fame. Over the course of his life, Menuhin performed thousands of concerts, made recordings from the great works of the classical canon, and collaborated with Bela Bartok in what is considered one of the greatest compositions of twentieth-century classical music. In 1963, Menuhin opened the Yehudi Menuhin School for musically gifted children. On March 12, 1999 he died in Berlin ending one of the longest and most prestigious careers of any American violinist.

Guest Artists
Distinguished performers and educators involved in the Menuhin Seminar include SFSU's and San Francisco Performances' quartet-in-residence, the Alexander String Quartet, known to local and international audiences as the premier quartet of its generation; the award-winning Cypress String Quartet, featured in Chamber Music Magazine as a "Generation X Ensemble to Watch;" Jupiter Trio, the first American chamber music ensemble to win the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, in 2002; the Turtle Island String Quartet, a group that fuses the classical quartet ethic with contemporary music styles, including folk, bluegrass, swing, bebop, funk, R&B, hip-hop, Latin American and Indian music; Toby Appel, a renowned violist who has appeared in recital and concerto performances throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Far East; tenor Victor Floyd, dubbed "a nightingale" by Maya Angelou, has performed throughout the United States; accomplished pianist Emile Naoumoff who collaborated with Menuhin himself, and who currently performs with various renowned chamber music groups; and Aglika Angelova, a gifted pianist now serving on the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The Fourth Annual Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar is sponsored in part by the Ross McKee Foundation, The L.J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation and hosted by the School of Music and Dance, College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University. Special thanks to The May Treat Morrison Chamber Music Center.

Directions and Parking
McKenna Theatre is located in the Creative Arts building on the SFSU campus, 1600 Holloway Avenue at 19th Avenue, San Francisco. Public parking is available in Lot 20 on the SFSU campus, accessed from Lake Merced Boulevard between Winston Drive and Font Boulevard. Parking is $1 per hour with a $5 daily maximum. Nearby on-street parking is readily available on weekends. For more information, please visit


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