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Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival Finds a New Path

October 13, 2020

The Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival has been a mainstay of the annual SFCV summer-music guide for years. Founded in 2011 by pianist Ian Scarfe and violinist Ellen McGehee, the festival has been both a wilderness retreat for musicians and a community arts organization. Over the years, it has become one of the premier presenters of classical chamber music in Northern California, with dozens of performances each year, including seasonal programs, tours of local schools, and family concerts.

Like many other determined music organizations around in the world, the Trinity Alps folks have found a way to circumnavigate the barricades imposed by the pandemic by going online. After a robust livestreamed summer season, the festival continues into the fall with the Bach cello suites — one per concert — with a rotating roster of cellists and guest artists rounding out the programs. You can get more details here, but here is a list of the remaining shows this season:

Sunday, Oct. 18th, 11 a.m. 
Bach Suite No. 2 — Evan Kahn, cello
Guests: violinists Emma Steele and Hulda Jónsdóttir, live from Copenhagen

Sunday, Nov. 8rd, 11 a.m. 
Bach Suite No. 3 — Karl Knapp, cello
Guests: soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine and violinist Roseminna Watson

Sunday, Nov. 15th, 5 p.m. 
Bach Suite No. 4 — Charles Akert, cello
Guest: violist Stephen Fine, live from Gainesville, Florida

Sunday, Nov. 22nd, 11 a.m. 
Bach Suite No. 5 — Hannah Addario-Berry, cello
Guest: percussionist Owen Weaver, live from Bergen, Norway

Sunday, December 6th, 11 a.m.
Bach Suite No. 6 — Joseph Howe, cello
Guest: tenor Samuel Levine, live from Frankfurt, Germany

Paul Kotapish is the managing editor for SFCV.  You can learn more here or at guitarfish.net.