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Friction Quartet and Jenny Q. Chai presented by Noe Valley Chamber Music
Noe Valley Ministry
San Francisco, CA
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Friction Quartet and Jenny Q. Chai presented by Noe Valley Chamber Music
On Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 4pm, we are thrilled to present the highly regarded young ensemble Friction Quartet. Friction, whose performances have been described by Joshua Kosman (San Francisco Chronicle) as high-octane music making, will team up with Shanghai's Jenny Q Chai to give the San Francisco premiere of Andy Akiho's Piano Quintet, commissioned by Chamber Music America*.  

Doug Machiz, cello
Kevin Rogers, violin
Otis Harriel, violin
Taija Warbelow, viola
Jenny Q. Chai, piano

4:00pm  Performance (Doors at 3:30pm)
6:00pm AfterParty

The performance lasts approximately 2 hours, including a short intermission with wine and cheese. Join us for an AfterParty with the musicians at La Boulangerie on 24th St.
Kai Christiansen will moderate that discussion to help us debrief and deconstruct the music after the concert! Please RSVP for the Afterparty.


Andy Akiho - Piano Quintet (SF premiere)
Robert Schumann - Piano Quintet

TICKETS are $15-30, FREE for children 12 and under.
($30 at the door; with a discount for students, seniors and advance purchases.)

Childcare is available. Please allow time to look for street parking.

Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called terribly beautiful (San Francisco Classical Voice), stunningly passionate (Calgary Herald) and chillingly effective (San Francisco Examiner), exists to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music through commissioning composers and performing in underserved schools and communities. Recently they gave their Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Kronos Quartet Workshop. They will participate in the Shouse Institute at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival this June where they will give their Detroit debut and appear with Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet. Friction received a Chamber Music America grant to commission a piano quintet from Andy Akiho. John Adams shared Frictions video of the second movement of his first string quartet on his homepage and called it spectacular. They are the first ensemble in residence at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. While Friction has garnered international attention as commissioners and interpreters of new music, they are also devoted to performing masterworks of the string quartet repertoire. They were quarter finalists in the 2015 Fischoff Competition, placed second at the 2015 Frances Walton Competition and received the 2012 Berkeley Piano Club Award. Friction has participated in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, The St. Lawrence String Quartet Emerging Quartet program, the Banff Chamber Music Residency, and the Deer Valley Music Festival.

Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. Based in both Shanghai and Paris, Chais instinctive understanding of new music is complemented by a deep grounding in core repertoire, with special affinity for Schumann, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel. She is a noted interpreter of 20th-century masters Cage, Messiaen, and Ligeti, and her career is threaded through with strong relationships and close collaborations with a range of notable contemporary composers, including Marco Stroppa, Jarosaw Kapuciski, and György Kurtág. The recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trusts 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, the DAAD Arts and Performance award in 2010, and first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, Jenny Q Chai has studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and in Cologne University of Music and Dance.

*The commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

*About Noe Valley Chamber Music

Noe Valley Chamber Music (NVCM) has been presenting superb chamber music to audiences in Noe Valley since 1992. NVCM ticket holders have an opportunity to hear and meet the Bay Area's finest musicians, ensembles, and vocalists in the authentic yet informal chamber music tradition. This concert series allows both established and emerging local artists to develop audiences for their work, and to perform new, old or unusual repertoire in an intimate setting.

For more information please contact Tiffany Loewenberg, Executive Director, NVCM at tiffany@nvcm.org or call (415) 648-5236 or visit our website www.nvcm.org.


Noe Valley Ministry (View)
1021 Sanchez Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
United States



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