This groupmuse happened on Sunday, March 1, at 5:00 PM PST.

This is an in-person Groupmuse Concert

A live in-person performance in a living room or private space. They're casual and friendly, hosted by community members.

Shifting Balance
In-person Concert

Shifting Balance

Marina District, SF

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

30 spots total at this groupmuse
Drinking policy
Bring your own drinks
ADA access
Not accessible
Kid-friendly event

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.


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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Ian Scarfe, over 2 years ago

Thank you to everyone for being a part of the fun yesterday at Craig and Mary's beautiful home! Charly and I enjoyed our "kickoff party" for this tour, and we hope to see you again soon.
If anyone would like to join our email list, so you can hear about other concerts (groupmuses and other events!) you should contact me directly at [email protected].
I meant to put out a signup-sheet but I forgot!
For those who are keeping score, here was the program from yesterday:
Schumann - 5 Pieces in Folk-Style, Op. 102
Chopin - Etude in C-sharp Minor, (arranged)
Cassado - Requiebros
Beethoven - Cello Sonata No. in F Major


Anne Sloper
Michael Smith
Yuliya Savelyeva
Tane Bechtold
Jef caers
John Giordano
Samuel Mcintyre
Thomas P Hall
Kathleen Kahl
J A Bickers
Simon Benfrech
Sakura Kuo
Danielle Nuñez
Evan Dorsky
Liv NC