2017-18 Season

All concerts are held in the Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, with additional new performances on February 2, 2018 and May 20, 2018
at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont.

Pre-concert talks 30 minutes before each performance (except May 20, 2018 in Piedmont).
Advance sales close 5 hours prior to concert & resume at the box office one hour prior to concert.

Program 1 – Family Business

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.


J.C.F. Bach- Sonata II for Violin, Viola, and Piano
W.A. Mozart- E-flat Piano Quartet, k.493
Felix Mendelssohn- Sextet in D major, op. 110
Fanny Hensel- Das Jahr, selections: January, February and September for solo piano


*Zakarias Grafilo, violin
*Paul Yarbrough and Pamela Freund-Striplen, violas
*Sandy Wilson, cello
Jon Keigwin, bass
Bernadene Blaha, piano

*Member Alexander String Quartet

Program 2 – Wayfarers

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.


In partnership with LIEDER ALIVE!

Musicians describe the special chamber arrangements of Mahler Song Cycles

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Gustav Mahler
New arrangements for mezzo-soprano and string quartet by Zakarias Grafilo
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Wayfarer Songs)
Rückert Lieder


Alexander String Quartet

  Zakarias Grafilo, violin 1
  Frederick Lifsitz, violin 2
  Paul Yarbrough, viola
  Sandy Wilson, cello

with Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano

Program 3 – Fantezie (2 Performances)

Performance 1: Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. (Piedmont Center for the Arts)
Performance 2: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.(Lafayette)


Georges Enescu: Octet for strings
Georges Enescu- Aubade for string trio
Eugene Ysaÿe- Solo Violin Sonata No. 3 “Georges Enescu”
Bela Bartok- Romanian Dances for violin and string quartet


*Gil Sharon, Florin Parvulescu, Corina Stoian, and Dan Flanagan, violins
*Ron Ephrat and Pamela Freund-Striplen, violas
Jean-Michel Fonteneau and Jennifer Kloetzel, cellos

*Amati Ensemble, Holland

Program 4 – Czech Mate

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.


In partnership with The Orinda/Tabor Sister City Foundation

Josef Suk: Elegie, op. 23
Bederich Smetana, Piano Trio, Op. 15
Antonin Dvorak- Piano Quartet, op. 87


Boston Trio
  Irina Muresanu, violin
  Jonah Ellsworth, cello
  Heng-Jin Park, piano
with Pamela Freund-Striplen, viola

Program 5 – French Connection (2 Performances)

Performance 1: Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. (Lafayette)
Performance 2: Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. (Piedmont Center for the Arts)

Crohn’s disease cut Lili Boulanger’s life short at the early age of 24. Find out how to support research to find a cure at www.propelacure.org


In partnership with the city of Lafayette.

Lili Boulanger- Piano Trio
Maurice Ravel- Piano Trio in a minor
Gabriel Faure- Piano Quartet, No. 2, op. 45


San Francisco Piano Trio

  Axel Strauss, violin
  Jean Michel Fonteneau, cello
  Jeffrey Sykes, piano
with Pamela Freund-Striplen, viola