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Quartet San Francisco
Home of Robert Schwartz and Judy Staicer
Lexington, MA
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The Musical Chairs House Concert Series is proud to present:

Quartet San Francisco

Saturday, July 13, 2019
7:30 PM

Tickets will not be sold at the door.
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The Ensemble:

Non-traditional in their delivery, QSF redefines the sound of chamber
music. "When the music says swing, we swing. When the music says
groove, we groove."

Three-time Grammy nominees and International Tango competition winners,
Quartet San Francisco expresses itself in its agility and standout virtuosic
playing. Quartet San Francisco was founded in 2001 by celebrated Bay Area
violinist and composer-arranger Jeremy Cohen. Along with violinist Joseph
Christianson, violist Chad Kaltinger, and cellist Andres Vera, these
crossover specialists excel in multiple styles  from jazz to tango, pop to
funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond.

Since its concert debut in 2001, Quartet San Francisco has offered its
groundbreaking literature to local, national and international audiences in
performing arts centers, tango and concert halls, jazz festivals, museums, and
classrooms. In 2002 the quartet began its on-stage collaborations with tango
dancers Sandor and Parissa.

Quartet San Francisco recently toured Italy, China, South Korea, Japan, and
Turkey, performing in Cremona, San Giovanni in Galdo, Seoul, Tokyo, Hyogo,
Sanda, and Istanbul. Recent U.S. appearances include the Monterey Jazz
Festival, Napa Valley Opera House, Berkeley Art Museum, Hopkins Center for
the Arts, Minn., Old Town Temecula Community Theater, New York's Le
Poisson Rouge, Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco as the inaugural guests of
"The Artist Sessions," the Brubeck Room in the Wilton (Conn.) Library, the
Mendocino Music Festival, in concert with the Marin Symphony and Bob Weir
of The Grateful Dead in San Rafael, Calif., the Bay Area's Peninsula
Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. They
have appeared at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., Troy Music
Hall in Troy, N.Y., Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Cafe Tortoni in Buenos
Aires, Portland (Ore.) Friends of Chamber Music, the La Jolla Music Society,
Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society Summer Music Festival, University
of Vermont Lane Series, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, St. Peter's Church
in New York, N.Y., Dumbarton Concert Series in Washington, D.C., Manhattan
School of Music, Berklee College of Music, The Jazzschool in Berkeley, Ford
Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, San Francisco Performances, Redlands Bowl
Summer Music Festival, and the University of the Pacific's Brubeck Festival at
Mills College in Oakland, Calif.

QSF's September 2018 CD release, A QSF Journey (Reference Recordings),
features new chamber music from Jeremy Cohen, Helmut Lipsky, and
Giovanni Sollima, and showcases world music and the lyrical leanings of the
group. Their 2013 disc, Pacific Premieres: New Works by California Composers
(Violinjazz Recordings), received two composer Grammy nominations (Gordon
Goodwin and Vince Mendoza). In 2010 the quartet and its engineers were
awarded two Grammy nominations for their release QSF Plays Brubeck
(Violinjazz Recordings), and the quartet appeared on NPR's Weekend Edition
Sunday in a studio interview with Leane Hansen. Their Latin and tango CD,
Látigo (Violinjazz Recordings, 2006), was honored with Grammy nominations
for Best Classical Crossover and Best Engineered, Classical. The quartet
members were again Classical Crossover Grammy nominees for Whirled
Chamber Music (Violinjazz Recordings, 2007), " ... what could easily be the
most cheerful and brilliantly-executed release of 2007" (Judith Schlesinger, All
About Jazz).

The Performers:


From Oakland, California, Jeremy Cohen is from a family of five musicians. Classicallytrained
and a student of Itzhak Perlman and Anne Crowden, Cohen's eclectic style reflects
his respect for a wide range of violinists from Perlman and Fritz Kreisler to Joe Venuti
and Eddie South. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras including the
Virginia Symphony, the California Symphony and the Reno Philharmonic. His recording
credits include motion picture and television soundtracks including The Dukes of Hazzard
and Jane Fonda's Dollmaker, and as concertmaster on recordings with Linda Ronstadt,
Ray Charles, Aaron Neville, Howard Keel and Cleo Laine. He appeared on Carlos
Santana's Grammy-winning CD Supernatural and the original Star Wars compilation CD
with John Williams. On the stage he was the solo violinist in Forever Tango and The
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. He has toured and recorded with the Grammy Awardwinning
Turtle Island Quartet. Cohen's orchestral arrangements have been featured by
numerous orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, and the San Jose and San
Francisco Chamber Orchestras. As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the
Henry Mancini Institute (Los Angeles), The Jazz School (Berkeley, CA) and the Stanford
Jazz Workshop. In 2004 Cohen released Jeremy Cohen and Friends Celebrate Joe Venuti
100 Years (VAI), a DVD tribute to Joe Venuti. Cohen and Violinjazz pay homage to
violinist Eddie South in the 2010 release, The Music of Eddie South (Sono Luminous).
Jeremy Cohen has received multiple Grammy nominations for CDs he produced and with
Quartet San Francisco (Violinjazz Recordings). Most of their multi-genre material has been
composed or arranged by Cohen who aspires to widen the repertoire available to modern
string players.


A graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Joseph has performed in venues
throughout the United States and across the globe, including a 2012 production of La
Boheme at the Muscat Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, under Lorin Maazel's baton.
Joseph has toured and taught chamber music workshops with Quartet San Francisco. As
a member of Lazuli String Quartet, he has performed in concert series at Noe Valley
Chamber Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and worked with members of
the Kronos Quartet, Takacs Quartet, and Danish Quartet.
Originally from San Luis Obispo, California, Joseph has played with conductors including
Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano, and Scott Yoo. In 2017 he performed with violinists Andrew
Wan and Stefan Hersh in a video of Peter Norman's virtuoso ensemble piece Gran
Turismo, produced and published by the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. Joseph
has been awarded fellowships at Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Castleton
Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, and the Rubin Institute of Music Criticism.
During his studies at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and San Francisco
Conservatory of Music, his mentors have included Nina Bodnar, Herbert Greenberg, Axel
Strauss, and Bettina Mussumeli.


Chad Kaltinger is an active freelancer in the San Francisco area and maintains a busy
schedule as orchestral violist, chamber musician, soloist, and recording artist. Principal
violist for Opera San Jose and the Santa Cruz Symphony, he is a frequent guest principal
at the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. Chad has performed in many festivals around the
U.S. including Music in the Mountains, Arizona Musicfest, South by Southwest, the
Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Mendocino Music Festival. He is an active proponent of
new music and performs regularly with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the
University of California-Santa Cruz New Music Works Ensemble, and the Worn Chamber
Ensemble. He was the soloist in the 2012 U.S. premiere of Noam Sheriff's Canarian
Vespers, for solo viola and strings, with the Cadenza Chamber Orchestra in Santa Cruz,
California. Chad hails from Chicago where he began his studies at age 9. He studied at
the Music Institute of Chicago in Wilmette, Ill. with Peter Slowik, and at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Emanuel Vardi. As a fellowship student at the Aspen
Music Festival he studied with Heidi Castleman and Victoria Chiang. Chad was the winner
of the 1994 E. Nakamichi Viola Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival.

ANDReS VERA, cello

A native of Puerto Rico, Andres Vera brings a rich mix of cultural influences to his
playing. Surrounded by the sounds of salsa, reggae, Latin jazz, Mozart, Beethoven and
Brahms, Andres grew up with an affinity for music and its variety, color, and ethnic diversity.
He was invited to join the cello section of the Miami Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17.
Andres holds a B.A. degree from the University of Miami and an M.M. degree and postgraduate
Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He
studied with Ross Harbaugh, Jean-Michel Fonteneau and Jennifer Culp. Andres is a founding
member of the Cello Street Quartet, with whom he traveled in 2014 to Russia, Kosovo and
Hungary for the U.S. State Department.
Andres Vera is a skilled collaborator and performer of Classical and Baroque cello repertoire.
He currently performs as a soloist, orchestra member, and chamber musician, and has been
seen in countless cabaret venues throughout the Bay Area. Andres teaches at Sacred Heart
Preparatory High School in San Francisco. He is also an instructor for the YMCA of San
Francisco's After School Program, fostering the next generation of young cellists.

The Program:

Works from our new CD "A QSF Journey"

Tango Carnevale for String Quartet by Jeremy Cohen
Federico II by Giovanni Sollima
Tango Eight by Jeremy Cohen

Two from West Side Story:
Tonight / America  By Leonard Bernstein arr Cohen
Gee Officer Krupke by Leonard Bernstein arr Cohen
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Home of Robert Schwartz and Judy Staicer (View)
6 Patterson Road
Lexington, MA 02421
United States


Music > World

Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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