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Gold Coast Chamber Players

Gold Coast Chamber Players Gold Coast concert: ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET

The award winning Gold Coast Chamber Players bring the finest in chamber music to Lafayette and now to the city of Piedmont. Founded in 1987, GCCP distinguishes itself by its eclectic programming and by providing community access to leading musicians from throughout the world. The next concert titled St. Lawrence String Quartet will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, Musicologist Kai Christiansen, provides a pre-concert talk 30 minutes prior to each performance. The concert is presented in partnership with the newly formed Bay Area Music Consortium (BAMC). Watch this video

Conceived and instigated by GCCP violist Pamela Freund-Striplen, BAMC is a visionary partnership between four distinct Bay Area organizations, dedicated to presenting the finest in chamber music experiences. With the synergy of combined resources, collective planning, and a shared artistic vision, the Bay Area Music Consortium is able to present outstanding ensembles performing uniquely designed programs that enrich each of the individual member communities.

The Bay Area Music Consortium presents the St. Lawrence String Quartet and three-time Grammy nominated clarinetist Todd Palmer, in a jointly curated program of extraordinary breadth and depth. With the string quartet as centerpiece, the program spans four centuries of high art, featuring the compositions of Joseph Haydn, Jonathan Berger, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Osvaldo Golijov whose finale pairs the string quartet with the ineffably expressive Klezmer-style clarinet for a towering expression of spiritual especially prepared by the profound legacy that precedes it. Representing the intimate historical dialectic linking composers in a self-aware process of call and response, Jonathan Berger’s “Tango alla Zingarese” specifically references the Haydn Op. 20 No. 4 quartet, a 21st century creation acknowledging its 18th century forebear.

Indisputably, Beethoven’s late quartets represent a zenith of the genre where the expressive and spiritual profundity of the mysterious “Song of Thanksgiving” from Op. 132 represents a particularly lofty peak. Finally, Golijov’s “Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind” finds its programmatic inspiration in a Medieval Jewish Mystic from Provence, blind, but paradoxically one with “great sight” who’s devotion to art is akin to string quartet players where, “In their search for something that arises from tangible elements but transcends them, they are all reaching a state of communion”.

Tickets are $45- Senior (65+) $40- Student $15. Purchase online at or by calling (925) 283-3728.
• The program offers an unprecedented musical, emotional and spiritual experience of epic proportions.
• Beethoven’s string quartet op. 132 will transport the audience into a spiritual realm cultivating a deeply vulnerable receptivity for Golijov's shattering and transcendent Klezmer-inspired finale.

Four chances to hear this Bay Area Music Consortium's concert:
Gold Coast Chamber Players (February 9, 2019, 7 PM):

Noe Valley Chamber Music (February 10, 2019, 4 PM):

Berkeley Chamber Performances (February 12, 2019, 8 PM) :

Mill Valley Chamber Music Society (February 17, 2019, 5 PM):

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String Quartet, Op. 20 #4

Jonathan Berger

Tango alla Zingarese


String Quartet, Op. 132 (3rd movement)

Osvaldo Golijov

Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind


Geoff Nuttall

1st Violinist, St. Lawrence String Quartet

Owen Dalby

2nd Violinist, St. Lawrence String Quartet

Lesley Richardson

Violist, St. Lawrence String Quartet

Chris Costanza

Cellist, St. Lawrence String Quartet

Todd Palmer