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Lovely Day Presents: Dinner and a Groupmuse

Lovely Day Presents: Dinner and a Groupmuse

Longfellow, Oakland

Sat, May 11, 2024 5:30 PM, PDT

Pay the musicians
Drinking policy
Don't bring your own drinks
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for sale
Wheelchair access
Wheelchair Accessible
Kid-friendly event

This is a groupmuse

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


Belle V.
Jen M. Co-host
Torrance S. Co-host
Kyle S. (he/him) Co-host

Hidden inside a 150-year-old former streetcar barn in the Longfellow neighborhood of North Oakland, you’ll find Lovely Day — hosting pop-up and private events, elevated comfort food, and craft cocktails.

We are thrilled to host you for our first ever Groupmuse! Families welcome.

Come early to enjoy delicious food available for purchase from 5:30-7p, and peruse our full bar of craft cocktails, wine and beer — or join us for the stellar live music starting around 7:30p.

Groupmuse’s own Kyle Schmolze to emcee.

We can’t wait for this beautiful evening!

Groupmuse Menu


• Steelhead Salmon over Orzo ft pine nut, feta, kalamata olives, spinach, champagne vinaigrette — 37

• Mary’s Chicken Breast over Quinoa ft roast veggies, champagne vinaigrette — 32

• Three Bean Chili with Cornbread ft cheddar, sour cream, onion — 23

• Chopped Chicory & Gems ft local apples, Barely Buzzed Idaho spiced cheddar, candied walnuts, garlic herb vinaigrette — 14


• Brown Butter Sage Popcorn — 4

• Cheese Trio — 23

• Mezze for Two ft marinated feta, hummus, country olives, pita — 18


• Chocolate Chunk Walnut Cookie — 5

• Brownie — 5

What's the music?

Ava Gehlen-Williams (she/her)

String Quartet K. 465 No. 19 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No. 1 (1932) by Elizabeth Maconchy

Where does this music come from?

The so-called "Dissonant" Quartet by Mozart is not very dissonant to modern ears, but it challenged 18th Century listeners with its wandering between keys and sections where you may not be able to tell where it's going next.

We will also play String Quartet No. 1 by Dame Elizabeth Maconchy, an Irish/British composer (1907-1994) who composed 13 quartets in her long and prolific career. She achieved great renown in England, in spite of the rampant sexism faced by female composers of her time. Her work deserves to be much better known.

We will share insights during the program about how people's perceptions of dissonance and consonance in music have changed radically from the 18th Century to now. Mozart's music was innovative for its time, and is still fascinating today - but we have to dig a little to understand what made it challenging for people of his day.

In the 20th Century, composers openly challenged listeners with strongly clashing sounds as well as more harmonious ones. Elizabeth Maconchy experimented with both during the 20th Century and was influenced by Béla Bartók's use of driving rhythms and plaintive melodic motifs.

Do we enjoy the "sweeter" harmonies of music of the past? Or do we embrace the complexity and contradictions of modern expressions? Can we appreciate both? Come on out for an interesting, beautiful, and challenging listening experience!


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