Performed on July 20, 2021
LIVE STREAM JULY 27, 2021, AT 12:30 PM PDT
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in A Minor, Op. 23
Ottorino Respighi: Romanza
Olivier Messiaen: Louange à l’immortalité de Jésus
Gabriel Fauré: Bercuese
George Gershwin/Jascha Heifetz: Summertime
BARBARA RICCARDI (violin) graduated magna cum laude from Vassar College where she studied with Russian violinist Boris Koutzen and Casals disciple Luis Garcia-Renart both of whom kindled her love of chamber music. This inspiration led to a mentorship with the Guarneri String Quartet and its first violinist Arnold Steinhardt who became her sole teacher for many years. She joined the San Francisco Symphony under Seiji Ozawa and subsequently the San Francisco Opera Orchestra where the vocal masters continue to inspire. Ms. Riccardi is a founding member of the Temescal String Quartet as well as the Nipper Piano Trio and performs throughout the Bay Area.
CARL BLAKE (piano) holds three degrees in piano performance: Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) from Boston University, Master of Arts from San Jose State University, and Doctor of Musical Arts from Cornell University. Dr. Blake has performed to critical acclaim three times in Weill Recital Hall (formerly, Carnegie Recital Hall), Wigmore Hall (London), and L’Hermitage (Winter Palace of the Czars, St. Petersburg, Russia). In addition, he has toured in France, England, Central and South America, and the Caribbean Islands as Artistic Ambassador for the United States Department of State. Currently, he serves as Director of Music of The Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco.
Mr. Blake serves on the Board of Directors for Noontime Concerts SF.