Next month the Community Music Center (CMC) will begin the new concert season with an impressive array of recitals. As has already been reported, these will include a program of compositions and piano performances by Fred Adler on Friday, September 11, and the launch of the new season of the Bernal Hill Players with a program entitled SF-DF: Music of Two Cities on Sunday, September 20. The evening before that latter concert has now been scheduled to present a cello recital by Matthew Linaman accompanied by Miles Graber at the piano.
Linaman is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), where he studied with Jean-Michel Fonteneau. He is also a member of the Cello Street Quartet, which he founded with fellow students Adam Young (also studying with Fonteneau at the time), Andres Vera, and Gretchen Classen (both students of Jennifer Culp). Originally founded for busking purposes, this group spent the summer of 2014 in Europe on a tour supported by the State Department. Their repertoire ranges from the Baroque period to the nineteenth century; but they also have a more contemporary side that includes arrangements of pop, classic rock, and show tunes.
Linaman has not yet released full details of his program. However, he will be preparing two of the five sonatas that Ludwig van Beethoven composed for cello and piano. He has also announced that he will be playing music by Robert Schumann. While Schumann did not explicitly compose for the duo of cello and piano, he prepared cello parts to substitute for the horn in his Opus 70 coupling of adagio and allegro movements and for the clarinet in his Opus 73 set of three “fantasy” pieces. Linaman also plans to play music by cello master Pablo Casals.
This recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 19. The venue will be the Capp Street Concert Hall at CMC, located in the Mission at 544 Capp Street. Capp Street runs between Mission Street and South Van Ness Avenue, and CMC is on the block between 20th Street and 21st Street. General admission will be $15 with a $10 rate for seniors and students. In addition, there will be two special categories. $35 will pay for not only the recital but also a private guest reception that will precede the performance, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will also be “Cable Car Circle” tickets. Those who pay $25 will have their names included in the program and thankful acknowledgement on the Donate Web page of Linaman’s Web site. All four categories of tickets may be purchased online from a Fractured Atlas event page.