MUSICAL EVENINGS AT SAN FERNANDO CATHEDRAL MERGE THE HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE OF THE NATION’S OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY OPERATING CATHOLIC SANCTUARY WITH ENCHANTING MUSIC OF SOME OF THE FINEST, AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE!

SEASON 22

MOSCOW NIGHTS | 27 OCTOBER 2019

RUSSIAN STRING ORCHESTRA, Misha Rachlevsky, conductor and music director | Russia

(formerly Chamber Orchestra Kremlin) Founded in 1991, the orchestra, comprised of some of Russia’s finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. About half of nearly 2,000 concerts the orchestra has performed to date have taken place in Moscow, the rest were played on tours in 25 countries in North and South America, Europe and the Far East. The orchestra’s discography of over 30 CDs has received widespread international acclaim, such as the Diapason d’Or award in France, Critics Choice in London’s Gramophone, Critics Choice in The New York Times, and Record of the Year award in Hong Kong.  The orchestra prides itself in offering unique programs for audiences around the globe.

NINA KOTOVA, Cello | Russia

The Russian-American cellist Nina Kotova, has been praised by Gramophone as a “strong and individual artist” and by the Los Angeles Times as “a talent to reckon with- poised, committed, graceful and spirited.”Ms. Kotova has been internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of her generation. She studied at the Moscow Conservatory and graduated from the Musikhochschule in Cologne. Ms. Kotova has performed on Red Square in Moscow, for the Imperial family of Japan and at Buckingham Palace. She has appeared in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, at Town Hall and Carnegie Hall in NewYork, Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Berlin Philharmonic to name a few.

UNDER THE PARIS SKY | 8 DECEMBER 2019

VICTOR PRIETO, Accordion | Spain

Grammy Winner Victor Prieto is hailed by The New York Times as “A fiendishly skilled accordionist and composer” and by All About Jazz as “One of the best World music and Jazz accordionists now days”. He has changed the way musicians and spectators view accordion by revolutionizing both technique and sound. His love for traditional Galician music and classical education enriches his compositions with explosive rhythm and colors uniquely combining Galician Roots, Celtic, Brazilian, Jazz, Tango, and Classical music. Victor continues collaborating on world stages with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble among many others. He teaches Master Classes in US Berklee College of Music and heads jazz accordion studies at the Brooklyn Conservatory, New York.

THE THALEA STRING QUARTET | Canada-US

The Thalea String Quartet is dedicated to bringing timeless music to audiences from all walks of life. They are devoted to building a new and diverse audience for chamber music through innovative programming and community engagement. Formed in 2014 at the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, the Thalea String Quartet has been praised for their “vibrant performance” and “sincere expressivity” (SF Classical Voice). They were the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2015-17. They were appointed as the Sphinx Ensemble at the 2018 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and will return this coming summer as a Shouse Ensemble. They were ensemble-in-residence at the Bear Valley Music Festival for the summers of 2018 and 2019.

SUITE STRINGS | 23 FEBRUARY 2020

AVI AVITAL, Mandolin & BRIDGET KIBBEY, Harp | Israel

Avi Avital is a driving force behind the reinvigoration of mandolin repertory. More than 90 contemporary compositions, 15 of them concertos, have been written for him, while his inspired re-imaginings of music for other instruments include arrangements heard on some of his recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. Enhanced by his infectious spirit of adventure and the warm rapport he fosters with his audience, Avital’s championship of his instrument is taking the mandolin centre stage. As well as appearing frequently in the major concert halls of Europe, including the Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, Zurich’s Tonhalle, and Paris Philharmonie, Avi has exploded onto the US stage with recent debuts with the St. Louis Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony. In 2019, he makes his main stage debut at Carnegie Hall.

In demand as a soloist and chamber musician alongside today’s top artists, harpist Bridget Kibbey is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist Award, a Salon de Virtuosi Grant, the only harpist to win a position with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II, a winner of Concert Artist Guild’s International Competition, Astral Artist Auditions, and Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France.  “Bridget Kibbey makes it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.” The New York Times

DREAMS FROM AFAR | 12 APRIL 2020

MANE GALOYAN, Soprano | Armenia

Mane Galoyan recently completed her residency with the Houston Grand Opera Studio in the 2017-2018 season, where she made her role debut as Violetta in La traviata, as well as the Confidante in Elektra. Mané Galoyan is a winner of numerous international competitions, including First Prize in the 27th Eleanor McCollum Competition and Concert of Arias with Houston Grand Opera, Third Prize in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, Fourth Prize in the 6th International Vocal Competition China in Ningbo, Third Prize in the 2017 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, a 2014 prize in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, and first prize in the Bibigul Tulegenova International Singing Competition in Kazakhstan. Ms. Galoyan will soon sing select Russian song repertoire with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall.  

DUO: JOLENTE DE MAEYER, Violin & NIKOLAAS KENDE, Piano | Belgium

After their successes at international competitions – including the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, Jolente De Maeyer and Nikolaas Kende began performing as soloists with all major Belgian orchestras. As a duo, concerts throughout Europe followed. They have performed in major halls and festivals all over the globe. Highlights of the 2018-19 season include debuts in Illinois, New York State and Nova Scotia and concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, the UK and China. Following De Maeyer’s ‘Editors Choice’ award by Diapason and the ‘Young Soloist of the Year’ award by Belgian classical Radio Klara. Their CD “ The Kreutzer Sonata” won the ‘Gold Label Prize’ for best chamber music album by Klassiek Centraal.

DUO BALDO | 3 MAY 2020

DUO BALDO | Italy

The musical comedy team Duo Baldo is renowned violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Gentileschi. Their critically acclaimed concerts combine virtuosic performances and theatrical humor. Duo Baldo made their debut with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in 2004. In February 2006, they won first prize at the National Short Theater Competition in Florence. After winning first prize at the 2009 Musicomicontest, they performed at the opening of the 2010 Salzburg Festival. In 2018 the duo performed to a sold-out crowd at Taipei’s prestigious National Concert Hall, earning themselves a second Chinese/Taiwanese tour in October of 2019. Violinist Brad Repp has appeared as violin soloist with José Carreras in two Asia tours. He performs on a 1736 Testore violin. Aldo Gentileschi performs on whatever piano he can find.

TRIBUTE TO VIOLINIST | 7 JUNE 2020

Special Summer Concert : Tribute to YURI SHEYKHET by daughter ANYA GROKHOVSKI, piano, son MARK CHEIKHET, violin, & Friends

Join us to celebrate and commemorate the incredible artistic life of Yuri Sheykhet, a violinist with Moscow Philharmonic for 40 years with musical offerings from “golden age” repertoire of romantic violin, piano and piano four hands performed by his family and friends. Anya Grokhovski is a pianist, founder and Artistic Director of Musical Bridges Around the World and holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from The Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Mark Cheikhet is a concert violinist and noted visual artist with a Doctorate from The Moscow Conservatory. Elena Portnaya, holds two Doctorates: piano performance from Moscow Conservatory and Opera Coaching from University of Texas at Austin and is the staff pianist and artistic coordinator at MBAW and Alena Gorina, a pianist who holds a Doctorate from UT Austin and is currently faculty at the University of Texas in San Marcos.

I love it because music is a language that fosters understanding among God’s people on earth.”

- Amble Hernandez Caseres