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Noe Valley Chamber Music presents the Ives Quartet
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
San Francisco, CA
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Noe Valley Chamber Music presents the Ives Quartet
April 14, 2013 4pm  |   Ives Quartet

Bettina Mussumeli, violin; Susan Freier, violin; Jodi Levitz, viol; Stephen Harrison, cello

Noe Valley Chamber Music is delighted to have the highly-acclaimed Ives Quartet perform on our series again! For this concert, they will combine the traditional (Mozart and Tchaikovsky,) with the cutting edge (Lou Harrison's Quartet Set.)

St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Doors open at 3:30pm.

Tickets are $25/$20 at the door and $22.50/$18 in advance.

With a reputation for passion, precision, and provocative programming, the Ives Quartet presents an annual home concert series in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area in addition to performing nationally and internationally at noted chamber music series and festivals. Inspired by American composer Charles Ives, the Quartet engages its audiences with an exciting and varied repertory of standard and neglected music of the past as well as the newest music of today. The Quartet combines players with American and European experience and sensibilities, drawing on the talent and experience of the international, solo, orchestral, chamber, and recording careers of its artist members.

Performers' Bios

-Bettina Mussumeli-
   At age 11, Bettina Mussumeli began her violin studies. At 13 she was accepted as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School, Pre-College Division. She received her Bachelor and Master of Musical Arts degrees from Juilliard, also on full scholarship. She has studied with such eminent teachers as Dorothy Delay, Ivan Galamian, Paul Doktor, and Kato Havas, as well as chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri and Cleveland Quartets.
   Upon completing her studies at Juilliard, Ms. Mussumeli was invited to assume the post of Co-Concertmaster and Soloist of the Italian chamber group "I Solisti Veneti". She also formed the "Chicago String Trio and "Duo Rolla" with the principal players of "Solisti Veneti". In the years that followed, she performed as soloist with "I Solisti Veneti" in many of the world's most important halls and festivals. Her numerous solo and chamber music recordings include works of Corelli, Mendelssohn, Pergolesi, Schoenberg, Rolla and Vivaldi for the Agora, Erato, Concerto, and Tactus labels. She has been professor of violin at San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 2001.

-Susan Freier-
   Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Susan Freier moved to Palo Alto as a child, and at age 10 began to play violin. She performed in the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra through high school, and went on to Stanford University as a Ford Scholar where she double majored in Music and Biology. After deciding to pursue an advanced degree at the Eastman School of Music, she was asked in her first year there to join three friends to form the Chester String Quartet and enter the Cleveland Quartet competition. The Chester won, working intensively with the Cleveland Quartet at Eastman and the Aspen School of Music, and went on to win the Evian, Munich International, Portsmouth (England) and Chicago Discovery competitions.
   Immediately after leaving Eastman, the Chester became faculty ensemble-in-residence at Indiana University at South Bend. In 1989 Susan returned to the Bay Area to join the Stanford University faculty and the Stanford String Quartet. She has been a participant at the Aspen, Grand Teton and Newport Music Festivals, and has performed on NPR, the BBC and German State Radio. Her recordings are on the Newport Classics, Stolat, Pantheon, Laurel, Music and Arts, and CRI labels. Formerly an artist-faculty member at the Pacific Music Festival, Music in the Mountains at Steamboat Springs and the Rocky Ridge Music Center, she now teaches and performs at the Orfeo Music Festival (Italy) and the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop.

-Jodi Levitz-
   Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Jodi Levitz was principal viola and soloist with the Italian chamber group "I Solisti Veneti" for twelve years, a position she was offered while still a student at the Juilliard School.
   She has performed as soloist throughout Europe, South America, the USA and the Far East, and recorded works of Cambini, Giuliani, Hummel, Mendelssohn, Rolla, Schoenberg and Schubert on the Concerto, Dynamic, and Erato labels. She was the principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of Mantova and the Orchestra Città di Ferrara, and collaborated as guest principal viola with the National RAI Orchestra, the Orchestra Toscanini of Parma, and the Chamber Orchestra of Tuscany. She has served on the faculties of the Ars Musica Academy at Imola, Progetto Orchestra, numerous European summer festivals, and is the co- founder of the Italian summer music festival "Musica Lozzo".
   Ms. Levitz attended the Juilliard School, Pre-College Division from the age of twelve, and also received her Bachelor and Master of Musical Arts degrees from Juilliard. Her principal teachers include Margaret Pardee, Paul Doktor, William Lincer and Dorothy DeLay. She serves on the board of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

-Stephen Harrison-
   Cellist Stephen Harrison has been on the Stanford University faculty since 1983. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and Boston University, where he received the Award for Distinction in Graduate Performance. Former principal cellist of the Opera Company of Boston, the New England Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Symphony of San Francisco, he has performed on National Public Radio, the BBC, and on both German State Radio and the Netherlands State Radio.
   As solo cellist of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, he has toured internationally and recorded on the Delos, CRI, New Albion and Newport Classics labels. He has also performed on both the "Music of the Sacred and Profane" and New and Unusual Music Series presented by the San Francisco Symphony, and for Chamber Music West. Mr. Harrison has been on the faculty of the Pacific Music Festival and is currently an artist/faculty member of the Rocky Ridge Music Center.

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 or call (415) 648-5236 or visit our website



St. Mark's Lutheran Church (View)
1111 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States

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