2015-16 Season

All events will be held in the Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette.
Pre-concert talks 30 minutes before each performance.

Program 1 – Gypsy

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


Haydn: Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, ‘Gypsy’
Brahms: Piano Quartet no.1 in g minor, op. 25
Ravel: ‘Tzigane’ (gypsy) for violin and piano
Bartok: Rhapsody No. 1 for cello and piano


Geoff Nuttall, violin (http://www.slsq.com/geoff-nuttall/)
Pamela Freund-Striplen, viola
Robert Howard, cello
Jeffrey LaDeur, piano (www.jeffreyladeur.com)

Program 2 – Prodigies

Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


Mozart: Quintet, k. 515 in C major for two violins, two violas and cello
              Duo, KV 423 for violin and viola

Mendelssohn: Quintet in B flat for two violins, two violas and cello


Gil Sharon*, Rebecca Jackson, violin
Ron Ephrat*, Pamela Freund-Striplen, violas
Jennifer Culp, cello
* members of the Amati Ensemble from the Netherlands

Program 3 – Crime and Punishment

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. (changed from Jan 16, 2016)


Music by composers who committed or were victims of a crime.

J.S. Bach
     Laudamus te (from b minor mass) for soprano, strings and harpsichord
     Sonata BWV 1027 arranged for viola and harpsichord
     Sonata N° 3 in E Major, BWV 1016 for violin and harpsichord

Johann Rosenmüller
     Aeterne Deus for soprano, strings and harpsichord
     Sonata #7 in d minor for strings and harpsichord
     Treiffet ihr Himmel for soprano, strings and harpsichord

Alessandro Stradella
     Sinfonia #22 for strings and harpsichord
     Vocal selections for soprano, strings and harpsichord

Carlo Gesualdo
     Moro, lasso, al mio duolo for soprano, strings and harpsichord


Christine Brandes, soprano
Mitchell Newman (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Lisa Weiss (Esterhazy Quartet), violins
Pamela Freund-Striplen, viola
Eric Gaenslen, cello
Katherine Heater, harpsichord

Program 4 – Convictions

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

* Two additional performances in Palo Alto:
   March 11 at 7:30pm and March 13 at 4pm.

   For tickets and more information, email: eralifschitz@gmail.com


Felix Mendelssohn
     Piano Quartet No. 3 in b minor for violin, viola, cello and piano
Richard Strauss
     Piano Quartet in c minor, op. 13 for violin, viola, cello and piano
David Popper
     Serenade, op. 54 no. 2 for cello and piano

Featuring early piano quartets by composers with Jewish connections. Pianist Yana Reznik brings her signature passion to these youthful works.


Yana Reznik, piano
Pamela Freund-Striplen, viola
Moni Simeonov, violin
Eugene Lipschitz, cello

Program 5 – Boundless

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.


Bach: Suite no. 5 in c minor for unaccompanied cello
Debussy: Sonata for violin and piano
Shostakovich: Quintet, op. 57 in g minor for piano and string quartet


Nadya Tichman*, Polina Sedukh, violins
* Associate Concertmaster San Francisco Symphony
Pamela Freund-Striplen, viola
Amos Yang, cello*
* Assistant Principal cello, San Francisco Symphony
Marc Shapiro, piano