2020-21 Season Concerts

Please note: 2020-21 Fall Season Concerts will be on Sundays at 5:00 PM, via LIVESTREAM.

Tickets and Viewing link to be published at later date

Sunday, June 6 at 5:00 PM, LIVESTREAM

Please join us for our final concert of this challenging year. Despite all odds, we will have managed to present three excellent chamber music concerts with remarkable support from our online and enthusiastic audience members. There is always a silver lining.

Tickets: by donation. To find the link to the livestream, go to www.musiconthehill.org and click on the "Livestream Link."

"Ava & Friends"

Bay Area chamber musicians violinist Kate Stenberg and cellist Monica Scott join Music on the Hill Artistic Director Ava Soifer in an exciting program of Piano Trios. Featured are Trios by renowned tango composer Astor Piazzolla in his 100thbirthday anniversary year. The ensemble will also perform the beloved Dumky Trio by Dvořák and the rarely performed Piano Trio No. 1 by Shostakovich.

Kate Stenberg, a leading interpreter of new music has performed as soloist and collaborative artist in a dozen countries. She performs regularly with pianist Sarah Cahill and was a former member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble & Del Sol String Quartet. She is currently on the faculty of the Crowden School of Music.

Monica Scott has performed throughout the US, Europe, Argentina , Canada & South Korea. A former member of the Del Sol String Quartet, she performs regularly with the Martha & Monica Duo, and currently teaches at the Crowden School of Music.

Ava Soifer has performed in recitals throughout the Bay area with ensembles: Trio della Rosa, Montage, and with members of the Kronos Quartet, San Francisco Symphony, Ballet, and Opera orchestras. She is artist-in-residence at Ruth Asawa S.F. School of the Arts where she heads the piano department and chamber music program. Ms. Soifer is founder and artistic director of the chamber music series, Music on the Hill, since 1998.

Sunday September 6 at 5:00 PM, LIVESTREAM

The Stratos Duo

Michael Grossman, violin and Miriam Perkoff, cello

Performing a concert of works by Beethoven, Massenet, & Gliere.

We are very grateful to Eric Whittington for hosting our first livestream concert of the Fall season at Bird and Beckett. Due to the city health restrictions, there will be no live audience attending this concert.

Michael Grossman, violinist, performs with Opera San Jose, San Francisco Opera & Ballet, and the Marin & Santa Rosa Symphonies. He held the position of concertmaster with the Oregon Mozart Players, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the Portland Columbia Symphony. As a member and leader of the San Francisco string orchestra Stratos, he recorded their first classical CD, produced on the Warner Bros. label. Michael was a founding member of the Quartet “Metolius,” the resident string quartet at Oregon State University.

Miriam Perkoff, cellist, studied at Indiana University School of Music and received her Masters of Music from Yale University. She performs frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, Ballet, and Opera orchestras. Miriam co-founded Stratos, a conductor-less chamber orchestra whose acclaimed CD is on Warner Bros. Records. In addition, she co-founded the New Century Chamber Orchestra in 1992, was the founder of the Modern Arts Trio, and performed with the San Francisco Cello Quartet. She records film and video game scores at Skywalker Ranch, and can be heard on two CD volumes of the Yale Cellos on Delos Records. Both were nominated for a Grammy Award.

Sunday, October 18 at 5:00 PM, LIVESTREAM

Trio Solano

Dan Flanagan, violin, Paul Ehrlich, viola, and Victoria Ehrlich, cello.

See video of Dan's second newest composition, "Timeless" (Rhapsody in Discomfort #5), below.

Performing: Schubert’s String Trio in Bb D 471; Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9 #3 in c minor; Rhapsody in Discomfort #5 (World Premiere) “Ehrlichea” by Dan Flanagan; Wrong-Mountain Stomp (2004) by John Mackey

Dan Flanagan, violinist currently serves as Concertmaster of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, Concertmaster of the Modesto Symphony, Concertmaster of West Edge Opera, Concertmaster of Opera Paralléle, and Instructor of Violin at University of California, Berkeley. He performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet, and records film and television soundtracks with the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. His original compositions have been performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. During Covid times, he created a successful Youtube series, “Corona Quarantine Concerts,” where he performs solo violin pieces in front of paintings in his collection.

Victoria Ehrlich, cellist, received her musical education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, State University of New York at Stony Brook, and summer programs at Interlochen, Aspen, and Tanglewood. She has been a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1984 and has performed with the San Francisco Ballet and Symphony, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Ms. Ehrlich is an active chamber musician, appearing regularly with the Picasso Ensemble, I.O. Piano Quartet, the Edgewood Ensemble, the Bridge Players, the Fath Chamber Players, and the Ariel String Quartet.

Paul Ehrlich, violist, studied at the Royal College of Music (London), at Cambridge University (London), and Yale School of Music, where he received his Masters and Doctorate in Music. He is a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and performs frequently with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Mr. Ehrlich performs chamber music as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento and in other groups throughout the Bay Area. His teaching activities include chamber music coaching at the Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, and the summer chamber music programs in Asilomar.