According to the 2013–14 Season Calendar released by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) last week, the Faculty Artist Series will present sixteen recitals between September and April. I have to confess that this series is a personal favorite. Perhaps it has to do with the commitment of the performers to teaching; but I have come to expect that each of these concerts will provide some aspect of discovery, often reflecting discoveries made by the performer(s). Here are the specifics for the new season:
Sunday, September 8, 2 p.m., Concert Hall: Curt Pajer, Music Director of the Opera Program will accompany soprano (and SFCM graduate) Rebecca Plack (’03) in a recital of songs by Hugo Wolf, Claude Debussy, and Robert Schumann organized under the thematic title I’ll Change Your Tune: One-Upmanship in 19th Century Song.
Saturday, September 14, 8 p.m., Concert Hall: Darryl Cooper, Assistant Music Director of the Opera Program will accompany baritone Daniel Mobbs of the Voice Faculty in a recital that will feature Gabriel Fauré’s “La bonne chanson” and the four Opus 27 songs by Richard Strauss.
Thursday, September 19, 8 p.m., Concert Hall: Cello Faculty Member Jean-Michel Fonteneau will be accompanied by his San Francisco Piano Trio colleague, pianist Jeffrey Sykes in a program that will present the two cello sonatas composed by Johannes Brahms, as well as the Opus 62 set of three “legends,” originally composed for viola and piano by the Austrian composer (and vigorous advocate of Brahms’ music) Heinrich von Herzogenberg.
Thursday, September 26, 8 p.m., Concert Hall: Violin Faculty Member Ian Swensen will perform two piano trios, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Opus 11 in B-flat major and Frédéric Chopin’s Opus 8 in G minor. He will be joined by cellist Paul Katz and pianist Pei-shan Lee. Swensen and Lee will also perform George Enescu’s third violin sonata, his Opus 25 in A minor.
Sunday, October 13, Recital Hall: Cellist and Visiting Faculty Member Bonnie Hampton will perform the complete cello sonatas by Beethoven. She will be accompanied by SFCM graduate Julio Elizalde (’05) on piano. The full set will be presented over the course of two programs, the first beginning at 2 p.m. and the second beginning at 5 p.m.
Friday, October 25, 8 p.m., Recital Hall: Clarinetist Jeff Anderle, who is Coordinator of Woodwind Chamber Music will give a full-evening recital with his Splinter Reed Quintet colleagues; this will be a free concert.
Thursday, November 14, 8 p.m., Recital Hall: This recital will be given by the two Directors of the Conservatory Baroque Ensemble, Corey Jamason on harpsichord and Elisabeth Reed on gamba. This will be the inaugural performance of a French harpsichord built by John Phillips. The program will include selections by François Couperin, Marin Marais, and Johann Sebastian Bach. This concert will be free, but reservations will be required.
Sunday, January 12, 2 p.m., Concert Hall: Scott Foglesong, Chairman of Music Theory and Musicianship, will give a piano recital featuring music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, and Heitor Villa-Lobos entitled Leipzig, Vienna, and Rio.
Thursday, January 23, 8 p.m., Recital Hall: Anderle will return to give a solo recital, this time accompanied by SFCM graduate Kate Campbell (’04) on piano; this will again be a free concert.
Monday, January 27, 8 p.m., Recital Hall: Viola Faculty member Don Ehrlich will give a recital whose program has not yet been announced.
Saturday, February 8, 8 p.m., Recital Hall: Composition Faculty member David Conte will present a program of his works. Tenor Brian Thorsett (’04) will sing his Yeats Songs collection, as well as his settings of three poems by Christina Rossetti. He will be accompanied by pianist Steven Bailey. In addition, the Friction Quartet will perform Conte’s second string quartet. This will be a free concert.
Monday, February 10, 8 p.m., Recital Hall: Electronic Music Faculty member Alden Jenks will present an evening of his own works for soprano, piano, computer, and actress.
Saturday, March 1, 8 p.m., Concert Hall: Piano Faculty member Yoshikazu Nagai will present a program of the music of Domenico Scarlatti, Joseph Haydn, Franz Liszt (including an arrangement of Schubert), and Sergei Prokofiev.
Sunday, March 16, 2 p.m., Recital Hall: Hampton will return to give a lecture-demonstration on the topic of The 20th Century Cello Legacy.
Friday, April 4, 8 p.m., Recital Hall: String Department Chair and violist Jodi Levitz will give a viola performance of three of Bach’s solo cello suites, BWV 1007 in G major, BWV 1011 in C minor, and BWV 1012 in D major.
Tickets for those events not marked as free will be $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors, and Friends of the Conservatory. Tickets may be purchased online through the Performance Calendar Web page. Reservations required for a free concert may be arranged by calling the Box Office at 415-503-6275, which also handles ticket purchases. Box Office hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday.