Berkeley Chamber Performances

2005-2006 Season

All concerts begin at 8 PM on the second floor of Julia Morgan’s gorgeous Berkeley City Club.

September 27, 2005 -- CORO D’AMICI
Be dazzled by this enchanting a cappella chorus!

November 8, 2005 -- ALAM KHAN
Enjoy the spellbinding virtuosity of this East Indian ensemble!

February 7, 2006-- NEW PACIFIC TRIO
Don’t miss this award-winning piano trio—save the date!


April 4, 2006 -- LUNA NOVA QUARTET
Relish the luscious sounds of this string quartet with mandolin!

May 9, 2006 -- AVENUE WINDS
The clarity and musicianship of these woodwind players will astound!

September 27, 2005
Coro D'Amici

Michael Senturia, Director

Works of Orlando Di Lasso and others

This astonishing 9-voice a cappella ensemble directed by Michael Senturia, performs classical repertoire from the Renaissance to contemporary and will be with us fresh from performances in Florence and Rome.  Among other pieces, they will perform Orlando Di Lasso’s Tears of St. Peter. Join us for this incomparable experience!

Coro D'Amici

“With only nine singers, Coro D’Amici brings an intimacy and lightness to the newer music that has clearly benefited from their collective and individual experiences with early music.” 
— San Francisco Classical Voice”

Return to top


November 8, 2005
Alam Khan

Alam Khan, sarod
Debopriyo Sarkar, tabla
Manek Khan, tampura

Works from the Indian classical tradition

Alam Khan and his colleagues are musicians studying the classical Indian music tradition which is flourishing at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music. Alam plays the sarod, a teak “northern Indian lute” played using a coconut striker. Joining him will be the stellar musicians Debopriyo Sarkar on tabla and Manek Khan on tampura. This hypnotic music transports the listener to far-away lands.

Alam Khan

““The sound of Indian classical music is composed in such a way, it heals all kinds of things in your mind, in your body...People ask how to find peace. I think this is the only way.”
— Ali Akbar Khan

Return to top

February 7, 2006
New Pacific Trio

Linda Wang, violin
Nina Flyer, cello
Sonia Leong, piano

Works by Liderman, Schoenfeld and Shostakovich

The New Pacific Trio, music professors at the University of the Pacific, offers playing that’s anything but academic. Their exhilarating accounts of repertoire from Romanticism to café music are intense and playful. One of our Board members heard this trio and insisted we couldn’t have our next season without them. We agreed, and invite you to join us as these ladies kick up their heels with Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio, Shostakovich’s Op. 67, and a jazzy trio by Paul Schoenfeld.

New Pacific Trio

“...the playing was fresh and absorbing…an immensely enjoyable account…exciting...”
— San Francisco Classical Voice

Return to top

March 24, 2006
THALIA MOORE, assistant principal cellist with the San Francisco Opera
GWEN MOK, pianist
Performing music of Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Messiaen, and Ravel

Friday 24 March 2006, 7:30 p.m. at a splendid private home in the Berkeley Hills (directions will be mailed after RSVP) for an evening of music, champagne, and dessert.

$100 per person or $160 per couple donation
Please send checks (Sorry, but we are unable to accept credit cards), to be received by 17 March, to
259 Yale Avenue
Kensington, CA 94708

If unable to attend, but you would like to support Berkeley Chamber Performances with a tax-deductible contribution, we would be glad to receive it. We hope you can join us there!

April 4, 2006
Luna Nova Quartet

Ben Brussell, mandolin
Erica Wong, Violin
Thomas Elliott, viola
Elaine Kreston, cello

Works of Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Bartok, Satie, and Jacob do Bandolim

Featuring mandolin, violin, viola and cello, the Luna Nova Quartet instills the traditional quartet medium with a fresh instrumental voice. They infuse the classical quartet concept with contemporary energy and expression through imaginative arrangements. Come hear them perform lively and original interpretations of some of the great classical works by master composers, featuring tangos of Astor Piazzolla, one of the Bachianas Brasileiras of Villa-Lobos, Bartok’s Romanian Dances, and other works.

Luna Nova String Quartet

“Simply a stunning performance. Brilliant musicianship...highly energetic...full of musical surprises!”
—Old First Concerts

Return to top

May 9, 2006
Avenue Winds

Melanie Keller, flutist
Sarah Rathke, oboe
Steve Sanchez, clarinetist
Charles Moehnke, bassoonist
Erika Wilsen, French horn

Works of Bozza, Nielsen, Ligeti and Hindemith

This newly-formed woodwind quintet has been described as the “next generation” of the San Francisco-based CITY WINDS. This evening’s repertoire includes Nielsen’s Quintet, the 6 Bagatelles of Gyorgy Ligeti, and Hindemith’s Kammermusik. This is innovative as well as traditional performance with brilliant precision and artistry.  Don’t miss them!

Avenue Winds

Return to top

Return to BCP Home Page


Copyright © 2010 Berkeley Chamber Performances All rights reserved.