Next month will see the beginning of the 60th anniversary season of the free concerts in the Morrison Artists Series presented under the auspices of the May Treat Morrison Chamber Music Center. As in the past, these recitals will all take place in the 700-seat McKenna Theatre in the Creative Arts Building on the San Francisco State University (SFSU) campus; and each concert will be preceded by an informative lecture. In addition, all artists will present a chamber music master class in Knuth Hall (also in the Creative Arts Building), held for SFSU students but open to the general public, also at no charge.
Here is the summary for the seven concerts that will be offered during the 2015–2016 season:
Sunday, September 27, 2015, 3:00 p.m., pre-concert talk 2:00 p.m.: The Alexander String Quartet with Special Guest Andrew Duckles, viola. Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Benjamin Britten, and Johannes Brahms. Master class Friday, September 25, 2015, 2:10–4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m., pre-concert talk, 2:00 p.m.: The Fidelio Trio. Music by Camille Saint-Saens, Judith Weir, and Arnold Schoenberg. Master class Monday, November 9, 2015, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Friday, December 4, 2015, 8:00 p.m., pre-concert talk, 7:00 p.m.: Special Showcase Performance by The Telegraph Quartet. Music by Joseph Haydn, Erwin Schulhoff, and George Rochberg. Master class Friday, December 4, 2015, 2:10–4:00 p.m.
Friday, February 19, 2016, 8:00 p.m., pre-concert talk, 7:00 p.m.: The Amphion Quartet with Special Guest Bridget Kibbey, harp. Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Claude Debussy, Nathan Shields, Sergei Prokofiev, Andre Caplet, and traditional Celtic reels. Amphion Quartet master class Friday, February 19, 2016, 2:10–4:00 p.m.; Bridget Kibbey master class with student composers, February 19, 2016, 2:10–4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 3:00 p.m., pre-concert talk, 2:00 p.m.: Cellist Jay Campbell in recital with Pianist Conor Hanick. Music by Anton Webern, Robert Schumann, György Kurtág, and Brahms. Master class Monday, March 14, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 3:00 p.m. pre-concert talk 2:00 p.m.: The Calefax Reed Quintet. Music by Bach, Schumann, Richard Strauss, Alexander Scriabin, Jacob ter Veldhuis (JacobTV), and Steve Reich. Master class Monday, April 18, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6, 2016, 8:00 p.m., pre-concert talk, 7:00 p.m.: New York Polyphony. A varied program of Renaissance and contemporary music for male chamber choir, including works by John Dunstable, Jacob Clemens, Ivn Moody, and others. Master class Friday, May 6, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Choral Rehearsal Room.
Specific information about each program is not yet available. However, in the near future, the Web page for the Morrison Chamber Music Center will provide the summary of all of these concerts, and each concert will have its own hyperlink to a Web page with program details. While all events are free, each concert will require tickets for reserved seats. Each of those Web pages will provide a hyperlink for reserving tickets. Further information will be available from the SFSU Box Office, whose telephone number is 415-338-2467.