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Shifting Balance

Shifting Balance

Marina District, SF

Sun, March 1, 2020 5:00 PM, PST

5 of 30 spots still available
Drinking policy
Bring your own drinks
Toilet with a slash through it
No bathroom at this event
Wheelchair access
Not wheelchair accessible
Kid-friendly event

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A live concert in a living room, backyard, or another intimate space. They're casual and friendly, hosted by community members.


Come join us for a evening of music for cello and piano by Beethoven, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and more. The balance between the two instruments shifts over the course of the program – from the explosive energy and rapid-fire piano writing of the young Beethoven, to the lyrical cello melodies and virtuoso writing of the Spanish Gaspar Cassado.

One hears other elements of the music shift as well, from the off-beat, jagged rhythms in Robert Schumann to the lush blankets of harmonies in Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Scarfe and Akert will bring the audience into this balancing act, narrating the program with a behind-the-scenes presentation. They will explore the history of the composers, the context of their music, and specific examples that offer a kind of listening guide. Find out which passages are Charly's favorites, what the duo argued about in rehearsals, and why Ian calls Schumann's music “way out there.”

The Scarfe-Akert Duo have performed together since 2007, and have a long history of concerts across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

We live on Bay Street, just across from Fort Mason and a stone’s throw from Fisherman’s Wharf. We're close to everything in downtown SF and many restaurants on Chestnut, Steiner and Union streets. It's relatively easy to get here by bus, and parking is easier than in many SF neighborhoods. We hope this will be a low-key event for a wide range of ages and interests. We'll serve (mostly white) wine, beer and snacks (usually some cheese, nachos, etc.) - but feel free to bring the beverage you most enjoy (e.g. red wine if you prefer that over white) and any snacks you'd like to share. There will be both chairs and floor seating.

What's the music?

Charles Akert Cello

music for cello and piano

Robert Schumann - 5 Pieces in "folk style", Op. 102
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata for Piano and Cello, Op. 5, No. 1
Gaspar Cassado - Requieros
Frederic Chopin - Etude, arr. for cello and piano


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