Second Sundays, 7:00 pm, at the Swedenborgian Church
Tickets available at the door or online at BrownPaperTickets.com
“The Benefit Season” – Fostering music education, renewing the urban environment, and empowering the disabled
May 5 (first Sunday) – Tom Rigney and John Burr
Sparkling pianist Burr joins famed Cajun fiddler and composer Rigney for an evening of jazz/folk fusion that is original, eclectic, passionate, and filled with musical and emotional intensity.
Two of the finest and most versatile musicians on the Bay Area music scene–violinist/composer Tom Rigney and pianist John R. Burr–have joined forces in a great new musical duo. These two virtuosos have put together a repertoire that covers a wide range of musical styles—from Celtic to blues, from hauntingly beautiful airs and waltzes to rollicking fiddle tunes and Cajun two-steps, and which includes both original compositions and tunes from the traditional repertoire.
Tom Rigney, the fiery fiddler/composer, has been a part of the Bay Area musical landscape for more than three decades. He has been the leader of three great bands and currently tours the world with his band Flambeau. He has played nearly every style of American Roots Music, from bluegrass to Western Swing to Cajun/zydeco to blues to rock and roll. He is a prolific composer and songwriter, in a multitude of styles, and has recorded more than twenty albums over the past 25 years.
John R. Burr has been one of the most in-demand piano players in the Bay Area for almost three decades. He toured for many years with Grammy-winning banjoist/guitarist Alison Brown in addition to stints with Maria Muldaur, Spang-a-lang, and multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven. He is the favorite accompanist of numerous singers and instrumentalists–jazz, folk, and pop. His imaginative, melodic, and sophisticated soloing have made him a favorite collaborator with many Bay Area musicians.
These two musicians together create an emotionally powerful, deeply melodious chemistry that is as satisfying and entertaining as it is rare. Their interaction is filled with warmth, virtuosity, passion, wit, and when the situation calls for it, they can burn down the house.
June 9 – Shay and Michael Black
Irish brothers from the renowned Black Family sing ballads from the Irish, Scottish and English traditions, old Dublin street songs, music hall songs, rollicking reels & joyful jigs, interspersed with stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes.
July 21 (third Sunday) – Farallon Quintet
The only professional chamber music group focused exclusively on the repertoire for clarinet quintet—string quartet plus clarinet.
August 18 (third Sunday) – Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg
Two of the greatest living mandolinists together perform a wonderfully eclectic collection that ranges from J.S. Bach to Brazilian choro and Venezuelan dance forms plus some of Mike’s original compositions.
September 8 – Zephyrus Woodwinds
Five long-time friends who are veterans of symphonies, opera, chamber and regional orchestras, revel in sharing their favorites scored from a variety of classical, opera, and world folk sources.
October 13 – Curium Piano Trio
The women of Curium trio radiate dynamism and presence, performing the music of female composers along with traditional piano trio repertoire. on piano, violin, and viola.
*Dates and performances subject to change. Check back for more information!
All questions should be directed to Concert Program Manager Andrew Dodd at email@example.com .