[test] Yehudi Menuhin Seminar and Festival for Chamber Music: Beethoven 250 (1770 - 2020)

Thursday, January 30, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, February 2, 2020 (All day)
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This special event provides young chamber music ensembles from throughout California the opportunity to participate in master classes and concerts with acclaimed musicians, including the Alexander String Quartet. Free.


Launched in 2003 to honor the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin’s association with San Francisco and SF State, this event advances the belief that music has the power to create understanding and transcend differences between people. Directed by Cyrus Ginwala.

Members of the Alexander String Quartet and Menuhin Seminar/Festival faculty will serve as judges.

Gala concert, February 1, 7:30 p.m.

Honoring Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year (all works by Ludwig van Beethoven)

  • String Quartet, Op. 95, “Serioso” (performed by Tower Quartet)
  • “An Die Ferne Geliebt” (performed by Kindra Scharich and Jeffrey LaDeur)
  • Selection of folk song transcriptions (performed by Kindra Scharich, Jeffrey LaDeur and members of the Alexander String Quartet)
  • Piano concerto, No. 4, in transcription for piano and string quartet (performed by Jeffrey LaDeur, Alexander String Quartet and Schuyler Karr)

Jane Galante Chamber Music Competition, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • 10 a.m.: Semifinals
  • 1:15 p.m.: Announcement of finalist ensembles
  • 2 p.m.: Finals
  • 3 p.m.: Violins of Hope presentations
  • 4:30 p.m. Alexander String Quartet performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 135, on violins from the Violins of Hope collection

Violins of Hope appears as part of Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area, presented in association with Music at Kohl Mansion, Burlingame.


Alexander String Quartet

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

Jeffrey LaDeur, pianist

Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano

Schuyler Karr, bass

Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
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