SF Performances Presents: Catalyst Quartet with Anthony McGill

Presented by San Francisco Performances

"Classical music is for everyone-or at least it should be. That's the message the Catalyst Quartet is bringing" (Houston Chronicle). As its name makes clear, the Catalyst Quartet creates musical chemistry that brings about something precious and memorable. Principal Clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, Anthony McGill is one of the most versatile and sought-after soloists and collaborators on any instrument. "That the ovation was so enthusiastic was no surprise" (New York Times).

The Catalyst Quartet has a bold and compelling mission: "We believe in the unity that can be achieved through music and imagine our programs and projects with this in mind." The New York Times summed up their artistry: "beautiful to watch, like a family in lively conversation at the dinner table: anticipating, interrupting, changing subjects." Pianist Stewart Goodyear is a perfect match for the Catalyst, "one of the best pianists of his generation" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

The Quartet, known for "perfect ensemble unity" and "unequaled class of execution" (Lincoln Journal Star), has toured widely throughout the United States and abroad. Catalyst believes in the unity that can be achieved through music and imagine their programs and projects with this in mind, redefining and reimagining the classical music experience. The Catalyst Quartet combines a serious commitment to diversity and education with a passion for contemporary works.

Clarinetist Anthony McGill is one of classical music's most recognizable and brilliantly multifaceted figures. He serves as the principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic-that orchestra's first African-American principal player-and maintains a dynamic international solo and chamber music career.

City: San Francisco
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Program Items

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR PERKINSON String Quartet No. 1, “Calvary”
FLORENCE PRICE Five Folksongs in Counterpoint
SAMUEL COLERIDGE TAYLOR Clarinet Quintet in F-sharp minor


Anthony McGill McGillclarinet
Karla Donehew violin
Abi Fayette violin
Paul Laraia viola
Karlos Rodriguez cello

Herbst Theatre

Herbst Theatre

401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States