Sunday, November 30, 2014

Romance and Humor in the 19th Century: Joseph Gold, Miles Graber, and Bruce Jenett



Program:

Duetto Amoroso..........Nicolo Paganini 1782-1840
Commencement, Entreaty, Consent, Timidity, Happiness,
Quarrel, Reconciliation, Tokens of love, Announcement of departure, Departure

Five Humorous Pieces..........Hubert Leonard 1819-1890
1. Rooster and hens - 2. In the dark forest - 3. Cat and mice
4. Donkey and driver - 5. Serenade of the bellicose rabbit
Joseph Gold,violin
Miles Graber, piano
Bruce Jenett, actor-narrator
In this  concert we begin with one of the pieces that changed the course of music. It is "Duetto Amoroso" by Paganini. It was no less significant than "Symphonie Fantastique" by Berlioz. Paganini was the sex symbol of his age. The piece is overtly sexual in an autobiographical way.

The second piece is one of the most humorous. It was the inspiration for Saint-Saens to compose his "Carnival of the Animals."

Romance and Humor in the 19th Century: Joseph Gold, Miles Graber, and Bruce Jenett
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $20 at the door.
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Violinist Joseph Gold began playing the violin at the age of eight. In his youth, he studied with violinists Grisha Golubov and Henry Fisher.  A graduate of the University of Southern California, Joseph had the privilege of being coached by the great Jascha Heifetz.  Joseph is an enthusiastic proponent of the “romantic revival” of Nineteenth Century music.  He is a widely respected author, lecturer, and critic.  Mr. Gold’s numerous publications include his book, Paganini’s Art of Violin Playing, as well as many transcriptions and original compositions.  Although steeped in the tradition of the Romantic style, he is a versatile musician who has premiered and championed many Twentieth Century compositions while maintaining a large Baroque repertoire.  He has soloed in dozens of countries, including Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, Nicaragua, Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines.

Pianist Miles Graber received his musical training at the Juilliard School. He has performed with numerous artists, including Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Camilla Wicks, Axel Strauss, Mimi Stillman, Judith LeClair, Frederica von Stade, Martha Aarons, and Lev Polyakin.  Mr. Graber has been associated with such organizations as the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Midsummer Mozart, the  Oakland-East Bay Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, Oakland Lyric Opera, Berkeley Opera, Opera San Jose, and the California Symphony. His accompanying posts include the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the San Domenico Conservatory, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the Summer Brass Institute, the Mondavi  Young Artist Competition, and Northern California Flute Camp. He is a member of the Alcyone Ensemble, MusicAEterna, the GGR Trio, the Sor Ensemble, and the new music group Sounds New.

Narrator Bruce Jenett is Senior Counsel with DLA Piper LLP (US), located in the firm’s Palo Alto, California office. Mr. Jenett has for many years been consistently recognized in peer-selected rankings as one of the leading life sciences industry lawyers in the United States. He is also a member of The Family Club (San Francisco), and has acted in over 80 roles in short and long plays over the past 13 years. He  has written and had six comedy plays produced at the Family Club. He also is a member of Broadcast Legends (San Francisco), a live old-time radio serial show broadcast re-creation performing group. In his spare time he plays blues harmonica in a rock band.