Noe Music 2021
Harpist Bridget Kibbey, Persian singer Mahsa Vahdat, and percussionist John Hadfield perform on March 20, 2022. 

Noe Music may not have pushed its reopening throttle to the max, but what they are offering is a choice selection of artists with some very exciting concert ideas. Two superb pianists, Timo Andres and David Kaplan start things off in November with four-hand versions of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. But the season is backloaded with talent, as the presenter takes a break until late March, when (we hope) the Delta variant will be vanquished and people will feel more comfortable about returning to music venues. And maybe masking will no longer be mandatory.

On March 20, 2022, harpist Bridget Kibbey, Persian singer Mahsa Vahdat, and percussionist John Hadfield come together for “From Persia to Iberia,” a musical travelogue that includes traditional numbers and new compositions making connections between two rich cultures.

The Calisto Quartet have risen to the forefront of young string quartets, having won the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition. On May 1, they make their Bay Area debut and, really, no matter what they’re playing, it will be an exciting afternoon.

Capping off the season is the early music group Ruckus, whose take on Baroque music is summed up in their name. Celebrated tenor Nicholas Phan joins the group for a performance on May 22.

Noe Music also continues their pandemic-created programs, the Lullaby Project and their children’s education project.

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