Yesterday I wrote about those renowned performers and conductors who will be visiting the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) during the 2015–16 season to give master classes. Equally important is that the members of the SFCM faculty are teaching artists, as involved in the practices of giving performances as they are in pedagogy. The Faculty Artist series provides students with the opportunities to experience their teachers as performers, and these recitals are open to the general public to enjoy those same benefits. Like the master classes, most of these recitals are given free of charge; and a few of them will require advance reservation. However, there will be a charge for four of the recitals, $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors, and Conservatory members.
Wednesday, September 16, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau: Fonteneau will be joined by his San Francisco Piano Trio colleagues, violinist Axel Strauss (now based in Montreal) and pianist Jeffrey Sykes. Other performers will be violinist Camille Fonteneau, violists Jodi Levitz and Pei-Ling Lin, and cellist Dana Fonteneau. The program will include works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert M. Greenberg, Maurice Ravel, and Arnold Schoenberg. There will be a charge for this concert.
Monday, September 21, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, pianist Darryl Cooper: Cooper will accompany tenor Kenneth Woods in a program entitled Victorian Voices: Art Song from 19th-Century Britain, featuring songs by Edward Loder, Hubert Parry, Arthur Sullivan, and Maude Valerie White.
Wednesday, September 23, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, violinist Ian Swensen: There will be a charge for this concert, at which Swensen will perform with violist Paul Hersh, cellist Bonnie Hampton, and pianist Eric Zivian.
Thursday, September 24, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Historical Performance Recital: This will be the first of three recitals prepared by harpsichordist Corey Jamason, co-director of the Baroque Ensemble with his faculty colleague Elisabeth Reed. At this concert Jamason will accompany violinists Elizabeth Blumenstock, a leading figure in historically-informed performance in the Bay Area, and Catherine Mackintosh, founding concertmaster of the Academy of Ancient Music in London. This trio gave a similar recital at the beginning of last season. This program will feature Jean-Marie Leclair’s Opus 6 in D major, which he entitled “Récréation de musique,” as will as two canzonas from the Opus 12 of Tarquinio Merula, “La Cattarina” and a chaconne. Reservations will be required for this recital.
Monday, September 28, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, clarinetist Jeffrey Anderle: This will be a program of music by Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, Robert Muczynski, and Alexander von Zemlinsky, for which Anderle will be joined by Zivian on piano and cellist Tanya Tomkins.
Monday October 5, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, violist Jodi Levitz: Levitz’ recital will present works by Rebecca Clarke, György Kurtág, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Robert Schumann. She will be joined by pianist Robin Sutherland and clarinetist Carlos Ortega. There will be a charge for this concert.
Sunday, October 11, 2 p.m., Recital Hall, guitarist Marc Teicholz
Monday, October 12, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, tuba player Jeffrey Anderson: This will be Anderson’s annual OcTUBAfest program of solo and chamber works for tuba.
Thursday, October 15, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Historical Performance Recital: For the second recital in this series, Jamason and Reed will perform the complete sonatas that Johann Sebastian Bach composed for gamba and harpsichord; reservations will again be required.
Sunday, October 25, 2 p.m., Concert Hall, violinist Wei He and pianist Yoshikazu Nagai: The title for this joint faculty recital will be The Art of the Duo. Featured composers will be Schumann, George Frideric Handel, Sergei Prokofiev, and Richard Strauss. There will be a charge for this concert.
Sunday, November 1, 2 p.m., Concert Hall, composer David Conte: This will be a special concert held to celebrate Conte’s 60th birthday. Performers will include tenor Brian Thorsett and pianists Scott Foglesong, Keisuke Nakagoshi, and Tristan Yang. Two conductors, Michael Morgan and Jeffrey Thomas, will participate, as well as members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
Monday, November 9, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, violist Don Ehrlich: Pianist Miles Graber will accompany Ehrlich in works by Brahms, Schumann, and Anton Rubinstein.
Monday, November 16, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, pianist William Wellborn: This will be a solo recital of works by Bach, Mozart, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Alexander Scriabin.
Monday, February 22, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, pianist Mack McCray: This solo recital will feature the full Opus 28 cycle of Chopin preludes as well as other works.
Wednesday, February 24, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, violinist Ian Swensen: Swensen will return, this time for a duo recital with pianist Jeffrey LaDeur; there will again be a charge for this concert.
Monday, March 7, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, violinist Bettina Mussumeli: Mussumeli will perform works of Beethoven, Brahms, and César Frank with cellist Jennifer Culp and pianist Corey McVicar.
Tuesday, March 29, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, violist Jonathan Vinocour: The title of this program will be The Russian Viola. The featured composers will be Mikhail Glinka, Sergei Prokofiev, and Dmitri Shostakovich. Vinocour will be accompanied by pianist Nakagoshi. Reservations will be required.
Friday, April 1, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Historical Performance Recital. The final concert in this series will feature the return of Blumenstock. This time she will be joined by violinist Margaret Faultless. Jamason will again accompany on harpsichord. Featured composers will be Bach, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, and Arcangelo Corelli. Reservations will again be required.
Monday, April 4, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, composer David Garner: This program will feature the premiere of a vocal chamber work, as well as selections from the cycle Mary Pleasant At Land’s End. The vocalist will be mezzo Crystal Philippi. Other participating musicians will be trumpeter Kevin McLaughlin, harpist Emily Laurance, and Stephen Tramontozzi on bass.
SFCM is located at 50 Oak Street, a short walk from the Van Ness Muni station. Arrangements for both tickets and reservations may be made by calling the Box Office at 415-503-6275. The Box Office is located in the lobby of the SFCM building; and its regular hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday.