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🎶 SF Chamber Orchestra performs Beethoven and Brahms

🎶 SF Chamber Orchestra performs Beethoven and Brahms

Cathedral Hill, SF

Sun, December 3, 2023 2:00 PM, PST

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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.


Thomas H. Co-host

Welcome back to Chamber Music at the Century Club, a series that brings incredible Groupmuse performers to the elegant ballroom of the historic Century Club of California, a woman's clubhouse built in the late 1800s.

This program will feature the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars in an extraordinary afternoon of music.

Led and hosted by Music Director Emeritus and violist Benjamin Simon, the ensemble will feature violinist Antoine van Dongen, cellist Samsun van Loon, and Groupmuse regular Ian Scarfe on the piano.

The music at hand is some of the great works of chamber music - Beethoven's early String Trio in E-flat and Brahms' tragic Piano Quartet in C Minor. This music is guaranteed to get your heart pumping. You'll be transported by the intriguing elegance of Beethoven's early trio and the virtuosic tragedy in Brahms' massive quartet.

As always, the members of the Century Club of California are all our hosts, and they will be on hand to show us around this amazing historic building and share stories of the club's cultural connections to San Francisco over the years.

There will be wines, beers, and non-alcoholic drinks provided. Cheers! 🥂

What's the music?

Benjamin Simon Viola
Antoine Dongen Violin
Samsun Van Loon

Ludwig van Beethoven - String Trio in E-flat, op. 3
Johannes Brahms - Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60

Where does this music come from?

These are two of the absolute great masterpieces of classical chamber music.

Ludwig van Beethoven's early String Trio, Op. 3 is one of his so called "divertimentos", indicating an uncharacteristic lightness of tone for this composer of dramatic epics. The work is broken into six different dances, each of which will perfectly fit the mood of this elegant ballroom venue!

Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet in C Minor, on the other hand, is one of the great works of tragedy by this master of the Romantic Era. The Quartet loosely follows the tale of "Young Werther" from a story by Goethe, a story of unrequited love, despair, and death. The music is one of Brahms' most searing and virtuosic displays - the mood only broken in the tender and tearfully beautiful third movement, which is one of the great cello solos of all time.


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