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This groupmuse happened on Saturday, February 3, at 7:00 PM PST.

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.

Sunset Casita Muse

Sunset Casita Muse

Sunset District, SF

Sat, February 3, 2018 7:00 PM, PST

0 of 30 spots available
And 4 on waitlist
No COVID-19 restrictions
Drinking policy
Bring your own drinks
No bathroom at this event
ADA access
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Hello All!

Completely thrilled to be hosting our FIRST groupmuse at our little Outer Sunset home on the dunes. We'll have a great trio of Cello, Violin and Viola from the charmed ensemble that makes up James, Rachel and Jessica (program TBD). We've had the pleasure of seeing them perform at a friend's groupmuse and could not wait to have them in our own home! The way they engage with not just the music, but the guests attending the groupmuse made the evening all the more special, providing intimacy and playfulness all in one bundle.

Looking forward to hosting you all!
Alicia, Talia and Phil.

What's the music?

We're excited to share a fun program of string trio repertoire with y'all, including selections from some of our favorites:

Dohnanyi - Serenade for String Trio, Op. 10
Beethoven - String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9 No. 3

We'll be sure to share more about each piece during the performance!


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Tiffany M., almost 6 years ago

What a great show! I look forward to seeing this trio again. It was really cool to learn more about the culture and history of the music. What a treat! Thanks Jessica, James, Rachel for the lovely show and Alicia for hosting!

Alicia C., almost 6 years ago

Thank you SO much to all for coming this past weekend! I know I had a great time and I really hope everyone else did too! I can't thank James, Jessica and Rachel enough for their incredible performance. It just goes to show that there are such talented musicians all over, and we're very fortunate that group muse makes it easy to find them.

If anyone has any comments about how it could have gone better/ more smoothly on the hosting end, please feel free to tell me! Would love to do this again so any feedback is much appreciated :)


Michael B., almost 6 years ago

First of all, I thought the performance of the Beethoven was radiant. (Unfortunately, I had to leave at intermission for another appointment.) I'm glad to read Tiffany's comments, because I, on the other hand, had problems with the conversations encouraged between movements. I thought doing things that way went too far in an attempt to make the music "accessible" Are we really such fearful, musical illiterates that we need, like schoolchildren, to be coached and encouraged to move out of our pop-music "comfort zones"? As an aside, the performers and one or two audience members equated certain problems faced by musicians as similar to those faced by actors on movie sets. Nobody mentioned stage actors. Doesn't anyone attend "serious" stage plays at ACT or other theaters, or does "stage" to most people mean only "Hamilton" and other blockbusters? Just wondering.

Tiffany M., almost 6 years ago

One of the things I LOVE about Group Muse is that it makes classical music accessible to people like me who are, quite frankly, music illiterates. Ha! I grew up without access to amazing concerts or ACT plays. Not only were these types of things not available in my town, but also my parents couldn't afford them, nor would they have even understood the value.

NOW, as I'm slowly making my way up in the world and about a year into violin lessons myself, I am so honored and relieved that there are people like J, J & R who are willing to break it down for me and help me appreciate what I'm hearing with no hint of judgement about where I'm at in my education. It's cool to learn from ALL of you - musicians and audience members included.

I overheard someone - I don't think it was you, Michael - with the same suggestion to play the music all the way through. The musicians did this in the second set and it was ENCHANTING. I appreciate the suggestion and it was super interesting to hear it played both ways.

James J., almost 6 years ago

We had a great time playing for you all! Shoot any of us a message if you’d like to host your own Groupmuse!

, almost 6 years ago

Michael may find it interesting to learn that in the days of Shakespeare's Globe theater, audience members would often stop the performers in the middle of the play to demand that certain scenes be performed again. It was rowdy and anarchic. I think it's tempting to romanticize human interaction with art from other eras as somehow more refined and transcendent than that of our own "crass" modern times, but it's historically inaccurate and speaks more to one's own longing to feel spiritually and aesthetically superior to others.

P.S. Hamilton is great. Almost as good as Cats.

Michael B., almost 6 years ago

I didn't think either Hamilton or Cats could hold a candle to Sweeney Todd.

Tiffany M., almost 6 years ago


James J., almost 6 years ago

Wanted to say thanks for the healthy debate! To be honest, we’re still searching for the best ways to present chamber music, even after studying it for so many years. That’s why I appreciated folks being willing to experiment re: conversation between movements. Even when we don’t get a quick answer for the “right” way to do things, useful questions tend to stick around as guides for us: How do we find a balance to inspire both classical music beginners and experienced listeners? How do we respect the relationship between each audience member and the art itself?

Michael B., almost 6 years ago

Dear James,

I certainly cannot answer your questions. But I understand you played the Beethoven a second time without interruptions after intermission, and that seems like an excellent way to do things, although it's a lot of extra work for you. I wish I hadn't needed to leave early, so I could have heard it then, since I was very impressed with the first, more "chopped-up" performance.


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