Iris Kwok is a journalist based in Berkeley, CA. She plays the cello and studied music, among other subjects, at the University of California, Berkeley. Articles By This Author Feature Perceptions of Freedom Overlap and Collide in FRE!HEIT Iris Kwok - October 3, 2022 What do ramekins and freedom have in common? More than you’d expect, if you’re asking German performance artist David Brandstätter. Preview Music of the Heart: Noontime Concerts to Highlight the Evolution of Spirituals Iris Kwok - August 16, 2022 A long roster of great singers join together to celebrate the foundational African American musical genre. Preview Theresa Wong Builds Soundscapes Inspired by Asian Art Iris Kwok - May 31, 2022 The cellist/vocalist has three upcoming “Sound/scape” concerts at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Music News San José Chamber Orchestra to Premiere Two Works Iris Kwok - March 13, 2022 A commissioned triple concerto from Clarice Assad explores the mythology of mermaids. Preview New York Jazz Band Brings Incidental Music to the Forefront Iris Kwok - January 24, 2022 Catch the madcap antics of The Queen’s Cartoonists in California in the coming weeks. Music News Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Releases “Jews and Music” Series for Hanukkah Iris Kwok - December 5, 2021 The ongoing online history programs bring a new perspective to some great music. Music News Opera Cultura Documents the Pandemic Stories of Bay Area Farmworkers Iris Kwok - June 29, 2021 Composer Héctor Armienta’s latest song cycle gets the virtual treatment. Music News Local Trio Wins Gold at Fischoff Chamber Music Competition Iris Kwok - May 25, 2021 The junior division-winning Aveta Trio marks the third consecutive win for the Young Chamber Musicians Program, run in cooperation with Music at Kohl Mansion. Music News Breaking Down Barriers: California Symphony Collaborates With Mercury Soul in Mini-Series Iris Kwok - May 4, 2021 Three short concerts will feature video by Mercury Soul and three works for string orchestra.