The full schedule of performances for the Salons at the Rex series of one-hour informal recitals at the Hotel Rex, a regular part of every San Francisco Performances (SFP) season, has now been announced. These performances are held in an intimate 75-seat room, whose ambience recalls the arts and literary salons of 1930s San Francisco. Programming has always been designed to embrace a broad number of genres, each in a “chamber setting” requiring only a few performers. Traditionally the audience is invited to participate in a Q&A with those performers after the program has been completed.
All performances are held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. There will be eight events in the full series for 2014–2015. Full program details are available only for the first concert. However, available specifics for the entire season are as follows:
- October 1: Paul Yarbrough, violist with the Alexander String Quartet, will perform along with mezzo Kindra Scharich, a founder of the early music Vinaccesi Ensemble whose tastes embrace the full gamut of music history. Pianist John Parr will serve as accompanist. This trio provides the resources to perform the two songs of Johannes Brahms’ Opus 91, which he scored for alto, viola, and piano. Scharich will also sing selections from Robert Schumann’s Opus 39 Liederkreis song cycle; and she will bring her early music expertise to two songs by John Dowland, “If My Complaints Could Passions Move” and “Flow My Tears.” These two songs constitute the thematic crux for Benjamin Britten’s Opus 48, a duo for viola and piano, which he entitled simply “Lachrymae” (tears). Yarbrough will perform this piece with Parr following Scharich’s presentation of the Dowland sources. He will also open the recital with Robert Schumann’s Opus 113 “Märchenbilder” (fairy tale pictures) in four movements, also scored for viola and piano.
- October 15: This will continue a tradition of the series, providing a recital platform for Adler Fellows from the San Francisco Opera. The soloists will be soprano Erin Johnson and mezzo Zanda Švēde. They will perform duets as well as solo selections. The piano accompanist will be announced at a later date, as well as the specific pieces on the program.
- November 5: Jazz has also always been a part of the series. This Salon will feature trumpeter Sean Jones, a new jazz resident artist at SFP. He will perform with pianist Adam Shulman, whose trio performed at the last concert in the 2013–2014 Salon series.
- February 25: This will be the second Adler Fellow program. Soprano Maria Valdes will give a solo recital. Accompanying pianist and selections for the program will be announced at a later date.
- March 25: This recital will feature the Icelandic cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir. Thorsteinsdóttir is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Green Music Center of Sonoma State University, whose primary performing venue is Weill Hall. Her current plan is to perform without an accompanist, focusing primarily on the solo cello suites by both Britten and Johann Sebastian Bach.
- April 22: This is likely to be an “anything can happen” program. The featured artist will be Lisa Bielawa, composer, vocalist with the Philip Glass Ensemble, and now Artistic Director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Bielawa will share the stage with several of her collaborators to present her diverse musical explorations and insights into current perspectives on making music.
- May 20: This will be a performance of the Farallon Quintet, consisting of clarinetist Natalie Parker playing with the string quartet of violinists Dan Flanagan and Matthew Oshida, violist Elizabeth Prior, and cellist Jonah Kim. This ensemble has been commissioning new works. So the program is likely to extend beyond the “usual clarinet quintets” of Brahms and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
- May 27: The season will conclude with more cello music. Cellists David Requiro and Meta Weiss will give a duo performance. Last season Requiro was the final performer in the SFP Young Masters Series, while Weiss gave a Salon recital with her duoW partner, violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan.
Tickets for these events may be purchased both singly and as a full subscription. Individual tickets are $25 and the price of a full subscription is just $160. Hyperlinks for both options are provided on the Web page for the full series. The Hotel Rex is located at 562 Sutter Street, on the north side between Powell Street and Mason Street.