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A Hall with One More Seat than Variations in the Diabelli

October 16, 2012

Humble, gutsy street corner concert abode: "405 Shrader" 405 Shrader, the Haight's 34-seat concert hall, is located on the corner of Oak Street, just a block away from Golden Gate Park. Here is the inviting season for these free intimate recitals, all starting at the eminently civil hour of 7 p.m.

  • Oct. 22: The Delphi Trio performs three American piano trios — Pierre Jalbert’s 1998 two movement piano trio ("Life Cycle" and "Agnus Dei"), Henry Cowell’s 1965 Piano Trio in Nine Short Movements, and Charles Ives 1911 Piano Trio.
  • Oct. 26: Violist Don Ehrlich plays Bach unaccompanied Cello Suites Nos. 1, 2, and 3. (Recent scholarship suggests that these pieces were written for viola da spalla, rather than viola da gamba, thus an instrument more akin to the viola.)
  • Nov. 2: Soprano Greta Feeney-Samuels and pianist Robert Mollicone perform George Crumb’s Apparition based on "Death Carol" from Walt Whitman’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd; light sculptor Heather Carson and butoh dancer Michael Curran participate.
  • Nov. 9: Violinist Petr Masek and pianist Ian Scarfe play the Copland Violin Sonata (1944), plus Gypsy music for the violin: Dvořák’s Sonatina, Vittorio Monti’s Csárdás, and Fritz Kreisler’s La gitana.
  • Nov. 23, pianist Ellen Milenski plays the Copland Piano Fantasy (1957) and Samuel Barber's Excursions.

According to Michael Milenski, creator and overloard of 405 Shrader, aperitifs (yes) are offered at these concerts, there is no charge to attend a performance, "however often a hat is passed to benefit the artists." Reservations are required by e-mail to [email protected]

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