2012-13 Season

All events will be held in the Lafayette Library Community Hall.


Friday, September 21, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. – Auditorium at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way
** Note: The Friday performance is NOT available as part of GCCP season ticket.
Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

In a program celebrating passionate Romanticism, two cello quintets by Franz Schubert and Alexander Glazunov are featured. Juliana Athayde, concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, returns to her hometown to join the GCCP for their season opener.

String Quintet in C major (D. 956, op. posth. 163) – Franz Schubert String Quintet in A major, op. 39 – Alexander Glazunov


Juliana Athayde and Rebecca Jackson, violins
Pamela Freund-Striplen, viola
Amos Yang, Angela Lee, cellos

SAVE THE DATE for our fundraiser, FLIGHTS OF IMAGINATION, on December 1, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds go to GCCP educational programs and artistic endevours.


Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. (Note day of week is FRIDAY)

Featuring works written at pivotal times during the lives of three legendary composers, Beethoven, Brahms, and Faure. Pianist Yana Reznik makes her Gold Coast debut.


Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio, Op. 9 No.1 for violin, viola and cello
Johannes Brahms: Trio, Op. 114 for clarinet, cello and piano
Gabriel Faure: Quartet No.1 in c minor for piano, violin, viola and cello


Mitchell Newman, violin
Pamela Freund-Striplen, viola
Eric Gaenslen, cello
Tony Striplen, clarinet
Yana Reznik, piano


Friday, March 1, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. – Auditorium at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way
** Note: The Friday performance is NOT available as part of GCCP season ticket.
Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Gold Coast explores the sinfonia concertante, a hybrid of the symphony and the concerto. Violinist Gil Sharon and violist Ron Ephrat of the Amati Ensemble from Holland and cellist Jennifer Culp, formerly of the Kronos Quartet return as special guests.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- Quintett, k. 174 for Two violins, two violas, cello
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- Grande Sestetto Concertante
Joseph Haydn- Sinfonia concertante in B flat Major


Gil Sharon, Mariya Borozina, violins
Ron Ephrat, Pamela Freund-Striplen, violas
Jennifer Culp, Victoria Ehrlich, cellos


Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Aaron Copland’s evocative Appalachian Spring and Alan Louis Smith’s Vignettes: Covered Wagon Women in a full display of American spirit. Mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin is featured in a moving portrayal of pioneer life.


Aaron Copland – Appalachian Spring (original version for 13 players)
Alan Louis Smith-Vignettes-Covered Wagon Woman for mezzo soprano, violin, cello, piano
Joe Utterback – Dr. Joe’s Long-fingered Ragtime Special and
                            Tuxedo Blues for piano, violin and cello


Violins: Dawn Harms, Candace Guirao, Annie Yano, Julie Kim
Violas: Pamela Freund-Striplen, Patricia Heller
Cellos: Robert Howard, Victoria Ehrlich
Clarinet: Tony Striplen
Flute: Stephanie McNab
Piano: Helene Wickett
mezzo soprano: Catherine Martin


Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Through the bleakness of World War II comes Olivier Messiaen’s sublime Quartet for the End of Time. Keynote speaker Rebecca Rischin reveals the circumstances under which the Quartet was created.


Quartet for the End of Time for clarinet, violin, cello, piano – Olivier Messiaen


Kay Stern, violin (Concertmaster, San Francisco Opera)
Tony Striplen, clarinet (San Francisco Opera)
Christopher Costanza, cello (St. Lawrence String Quartet)
Yana Reznik, piano