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Margret Elson's Benefit Piano Recital for Young People's Symphony Orchestra
Berkeley Piano Club
Berkeley, CA
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Margret Elson's Benefit Piano Recital for Young People's Symphony Orchestra
Pianist Margret Elson will play a benefit concert for the Young People's Symphony Orchestra (YPSO) Scholarship Fund. The program will feature music of J. S. Bach, Frederic Mompou, and Frederic Chopin.

Partita in E Minor - J. S. Bach
Canciones y Danzas 6 and 8 - Frederic Mompou
Arabesque Valsante - Mischa Levitzki

Two Nocturnes:  
 Op. 55, No. 1 in F Minor - Frederic Chopin
 Op. 27 No. 2 in Db Major - Frederic Chopin
Impromptu, Gb Major, Op. 51 - Frederic Chopin
Ballade in F Minor, Op. 52 - Frederic Chopin

Young People's Symphony Orchestra (YPSO) Board Member Margret Elson began her musical studies at Juilliard School of Music, Preparatory Division, where she was a piano scholarship student for ten years.  At Juilliard she studied with Edgar Roberts, protégée of Roslyn Tureck, who was then considered one of the major Bach interpreters, helping bring Bach back into the mainstream of the classical repertoire. Margret continued studies in Paris, and in the San Francisco Bay Area with master teachers Alexander Libermann and Marjorie Petray, and early music specialist Laurette Goldberg.

Margret performs throughout the Bay Area and is known for her interpretations of Bach and Chopin. She especially enjoys performing in benefits for young musicians, and for conservation groups.

In addition to performing as soloist and in ensemble, Margret frequently adjudicates competitions, and has served as Music Director for the Junior Bach Festival Association in Berkeley.  For twenty- five years she and her four-hand piano partner Elizabeth Swarthout concertized throughout California and on the east coast. In 1993 they received an NEA grant to make a CD, "20th Century American 4-Hand Piano Music" on the Laurel label.  Amongst many venues, their national tour took them to Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Elson has been teaching and coaching musicians for over 40 years, both in her Oakland studio and in workshops across the country, Oslo and London. She is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in performing and artistic issues, and is author of the book Passionate Practice: The Musician's Guide to Learning, Memorizing and Performing, on the reading list in many music departments.  Her second book, now in progress, is The Couch and the Piano, in which Elson describes the interrelation between her professions as musician and therapist.

She has been a Board Member of the Young People's Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and is on the Boards of the Music Teachers Assoc., Alameda, and the Berkeley Piano Club.


Founded in Berkeley in 1936, YPSO is the oldest youth orchestra in California and the second oldest in the nation. YPSO's mission is to guide young musicians to achieve excellence within an orchestral setting. YPSO encourages young people to become exemplary musicians, and young musicians to become exemplary people. Now in its 76th season (2012-2013) YPSO has developed the musical talents and skills of hundreds of students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many YPSO alumni are internationally distinguished musicians and prominent community members.

Celebrating his 24th season in 2012-13 as Music Director/Conductor of YPSO, David Ramadanoff conducts 95 musicians who range in age from 12 to 21 and hail from 29 Bay Area cities in six counties.



Berkeley Piano Club (View)
2724 Haste Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States

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Music > Classical

Minimum Age: 5
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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