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Chamber Music Tuesday with Robert McDonald


Barbro Osher Recital Hall
200 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio No. 45 in E-flat Major, Hob XV:29
     I. Poco allegretto
     II. Andantino ed innocentemente
     III. Finale. Allemande. Presto assai

Daniel Dastoor, violin
Jennifer Culp*, cello
Robert McDonald**, piano

Gabriel Fauré: Dolly Suite Op. 56 for Piano 4 Hands
     I. Berceuse
     II. Mi-a-ou
     III. Jardin de Dolly
     IV. Kitty Valse
     V. Tendresse
     VI. Pas Espagnol

Robert McDonald** and Julio Elizalde*, piano

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
      I. Allegro non troppo
     II. Andante, un poco Adagio
     III. Scherzo: Allegro
     IV. Finale: Poco sustenoto - Allegro non troppo - Presto, non troppo

Suni Norman and Daniel Dastoor, violins
Dimitri Murrath*, viola
Will Laney, cello

*SFCM Faculty
** Guest Artist

About Robert McDonald

Robert McDonald tours extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. He has appeared with major orchestras in the United States and was the recital partner for many years to Isaac Stern and other distinguished instrumentalists. He has played with the Takács, Vermeer, Juilliard, Brentano, Borromeo, American, Shanghai, and St. Lawrence string quartets, as well as Music from Marlboro. His discography includes recordings for Sony Classical, Bridge, Vox, Musical Heritage Society, ASV, and CRI.

Mr. McDonald’s prizes include the gold medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition, the top prize at the William Kapell International Competition, and the Deutsche Schallplatten Critics Award. With degrees from Lawrence University, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music, he studied with Theodore Rehl, Seymour Lipkin, Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Beveridge Webster, and Gary Graffman.

A member of the piano faculty at Juilliard since 1999, Mr. McDonald joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2007.

Departments and Faculty Involved with This Event

String and Piano Chamber

About SFCM’s String and Piano Chamber Music Department

The String and Piano Chamber Music degree and diploma programs are a year-round focus on chamber music, providing the same atmosphere of a summer festival. Performance opportunities are wide-ranging through workshops, masterclasses, and concerts for the public—all while playing regularly with acclaimed industry professionals and faculty. SFCM created the nation’s first graduate String and Piano Chamber Music program and the musical excellence continues to this day.

The String and Piano Chamber Music program is one of SFCM’s most selective. Intentionally small, the program allows for several talented individuals each year, meaning that students in the program enjoy unrivaled access to learn from and perform with top faculty and accomplished guest artists.

Chamber Music Students will experience high profile performance opportunities through SFCM’s unique Chamber Music Residency Series, giving members of the program the opportunity to intensely and perform closely with exciting and world renowned chamber musicians. Recent artists-in-residence include Marcy Rosen, Tessa Lark, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, and the Miro Quartet.


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