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Jacqueline Chew, Continuing Education Faculty Recital


Sol Joseph Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Jacqueline Chew, piano

Michael Seth Orland, piano


Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Suite, Op. 4b (1905-1907; reworked for two pianos 1941)
     I. Serenata
     II. Allegro diabolico
     III. Scena della Puszta
     IV. Per finire

Chris Castro
IV-I (2017)


Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Visions de L’Amen (1943)
     I. Amen of the Creation
     II. Amen of the Stars, of the Ringed Planet
     III. Amen of the Agony of Jesus
     IV. Amen of Desire
     V. Amen of the Angels, Saints, and Birdsong
     VI. Amen of the Judgement
     VII. Amen of the Consummation


JACQUELINE CHEW has devoted much of her life to performing the music of Olivier Messiaen. At conductor Kent Nagano’s invitation, Ms Chew went to Europe to meet Olivier Messiaen and prepare Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus (Twenty Contemplations of the Infant Jesus) with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, for whom the piece was written. In Paris, she worked with Roger Muraro on the entire cycle and upon returning to San Francisco gave her first complete performance of this work. She has since recorded the complete Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus. The influence of Messiaen’s music on Ms Chew’s life appears in an interview in the Italian magazine, Messenger of Saint Anthony (March 2014).

Ms Chew has performed throughout North America and also in Italy, Brazil and Poland. Upcoming concerts include May 7th, SFCMC Music Marathon at Old First Concerts, San Francisco and May 10th, New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur, CA.

Jacqueline Chew currently teaches at San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Continuing Education), University of California – Berkeley and San Francisco Community Music Center.

MICHAEL SETH ORLAND appears often in the Bay Area in performances of chamber music, performing with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay, and Other Minds; in bygone days, he played with New Music Theater and in the San Francisco Symphony’s New and Unusual Music series. 

Sometimes Michael has ventured further from home, playing in the Gund Series at Kenyon College in Ohio and in festivals such as June in Buffalo (N.Y.) and at Cal Arts (LA). He has also enjoyed performing chamber music at April in Santa Cruz and the Mendocino Music Festival, and can be heard on recordings of contemporary music released by Centaur, Albany, and others. He has shared the stage with or performed for composers such as John Cage, Frederic Rzewski, Steve Reich, and Morton Subotnick.

Michael studied piano with Margaret Kohn in Claremont, CA, and is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Music Department, where he studied composition with Gérard Grisey. He later continued his studies with David Sheinfeld.

In addition to appearing as a freelance symphony musician, Michael has performed many times with vocalists, as well as in vocal master classes given on the UC Berkeley campus by Frederica von Stade and Sanford Sylvan. He’s even dabbled in playing piano concertos, with the UC Symphonies of Berkeley and Davis. Michael teaches at UC Berkeley and UC Davis.


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