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    July 2, 2004      File #
    Contact: Jean Wasp , Media Relations Coordinator, (707) 664-2057


Festival’s Chamber Series Adds St. Lawrence String Quartet To World-Class Line-up

With a line-up that takes chamber music fans from the tried and true of Bach, Mozart, and Brahms to exciting new works by Kevin Puts and Paul Schoenfield, Green Music Festival artistic director Jeffrey Kahane has raised the bar again with this year 's Chamber Music series.

The four-concert program runs July 9-18 at 8 p.m. on Friday and Tuesday and at 4 p.m. on Sundays in the Evert B. Person Theatre at Sonoma State University.

Kahane, an outstanding pianist in his own right, will perform in each concert with a variety of new and returning guest musicians. Featured this year is the Saint Lawrence String Quartet, winners of the Banff International String Quartet competition and the Young Concert Artists Auditions.

The SLSQ will perform Schubert's monumental String Quintet (8 p.m., July 9), the String Quartet No. 11 by Dvorak and the Piano Quintet in F minor by Brahms (4 p.m., July 11).

Currently the Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University, SLSQ's members include Geoff Nuttall and Barry Shiffman, violins, Lesley Robertson, viola and Christopher Costanza, cello.
St. Lawrence String Quartet

Also joining the series for the first time are:

° Violinist Alexander Barantschik, concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, performing the Halvorsen Passacaglia and Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 (8 p.m., July 13)

° Cellist Daniel Gaisford, first place winner of the National Young Artists Competition in Los Angeles and The Juilliard School's Shostakovich Cello Competition, playing J.S. Bach's Solo Cello Suite No. 1 and music by Mozart and Faure (4 p.m., July 18)

° Oboist William Bennett, principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, performing the Oboe Quartet by Mozart (4 p.m., July 18)

Returning guest artists from last year's performances include:

° Violinist Chee-Yun, who recently brought down the house with her performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Santa Rosa Symphony. Chee-Yun will perform American composer Kevin Puts' dynamic new work, Arches, for solo violin (4 p.m., July 11). She will also play Paul Schoenfield's Café Music and Saint-Saens' Violin Sonata No. 1 (8 p.m., July 9) and Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello with Alisa Weilerstein (8 p.m., July 13).

° Cellist Alisa Weilerstein, the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant who in 2001 performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Santa Rosa Symphony. Weilerstein will play music by Schoenfield, Schubert, Ravel and Shostakovich (8 p.m., July 9 and 13).

° Violist Geraldine Walther, principal viola of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, playing music by Halvorsen, Mozart and Faure (8 p.m., July 13 and 4 p.m., July 18)

° Violinist Margaret Batjer, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, playing music by Mozart and Faure (4 p.m., July 18)

Concert goers are invited for complimentary wine, hors d'oeuvres and fine art under the Festival tent prior to each chamber series concert.

To purchase tickets online go to or For phone sales, call (866) SSU-FEST; for walk-in sales (M-F 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) go to City Box Office, 180 Redwood Street, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $30 adult, $25 senior and $10 youth. Parking is free. For detailed festival information, visit the Web site at

As a special feature, during the week of July 12, Greenfarm, the Arts + Education program of the Green Music Festival, will present two master classes with chamber series artists including Kahane, Batjer, Bennett, Gaisford and Walther. Both sessions, to be held in Ives Hall Room 119 on campus, are free of charge and open to the public.

For information on dates and times, call (707) 664-3312.


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