Dr. Chu’s Recommended List of Performances

Several of my students have already had the privilege of hearing Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, and other professional artists perform live in the Bay Area.

As part of my ongoing message that my students seek out great examples and listen closely, here is my list of 2007-2008 performances in the Bay Area that may be of interest to my students and/or their parents. The performances were selected on the basis of their timing (not too late on a school night!), the venue, and the relevance to a young person with a fascination for great violin playing in particular and the electricity of great performance in general.

  • What Makes It Great? Rob Kapilow with the Stanford Chamber Strings, at Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium: Friday, November 2, 2007, at 8:00PM (Always entertaining, Rob Kapilow presents an innovative performance format that begins with a whirlwind tour and analysis of “what’s behind the music” before giving a complete performance of the work after intermission. This time, he analyzes Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.)
  • Music for Families night with James Gaffigan conducting the San Francisco Symphony at Flint Center, Cupertino: Saturday, November 3, 2007, at 2:00PM (even though the program features the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto, I have a great respect for the young conductor James Gaffigan, who recently joined the San Francisco Symphony as Associate Conductor. I had the chance to play under him once when he coached the Cleveland Institute of Music’s conductors’ lab orchestra…it was one of the ways I snuck in some music while continuing my day job as a venture capitalist)
  • Recital by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg at Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium: Sunday, December 9, 2007, at 2:30PM
  • Recital by Gil Shaham (violin), at UC Berkeley: Sunday, January 20, 2008, at 3:00PM
  • Recital by Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall: Monday, April 8, 2008, at 8:00PM (Even though it’s a school night, I had to share my excitement at Ms. Mutter’s decision to perform in San Francisco! She will do an all-Brahms program of the Violin Sonatas Nos. 1,2,&3 with pianist Lambert Orkis. She is absolutely my favorite living violinist.)
  • Gil Shaham performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony, at Davies Symphony Hall: Saturday, March 8, 2008, at 2:00PM
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