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October 22, 2019

Vincent Russo: Visions and Visitations

Alexis Alrich: Water Colors        

W. A. Mozart: Oboe Quartet, K. 370/368b, Rondeau

Laura Griffiths is Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and was formerly Principal Oboe of The Cleveland Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic. She has been guest Principal Oboe with several major orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  She was Acting Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Opera for three years.  She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.

Stephanie Bibbo is a member of Opera Parallèle and has performed with orchestras and chamber music ensembles in venues throughout Europe and the United States. She was Adjunct Professor of Chamber Music at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. She received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from New England Conservatory, and her Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Caroline Lee has performed throughout the US and Canada as an orchestral player as well as a chamber musician and recitalist. She is a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and plays with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.  She was a member of the Kansas City Symphony for eight years as well as performing regularly with the Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is a member of the Eos Ensemble, performing a wide range of works for chamber ensemble within the San Francisco Bay Area. Caroline is also the Founder and Artistic Advisor of Community Concerts at Epworth in Berkeley:  She received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Michigan and her Master’s Degree and Artist’s Diploma from Yale School of Music.

Krisanthy Desby has been active in chamber ensembles and orchestras in North America, Europe, and South Africa. She founded the Laurel Ensemble, which concertized throughout the Bay Area from 2005 to 2010, which premiered new works at Hong Kong’s Musicarama Festival in 2009.  Ms. Desby has been Assistant Principal of both the Napa Valley Symphony and the Santa Cruz Symphony and coached young chamber and orchestral musicians as a String Specialist at University High School.  During the summers, she is a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival and has taken part in the Mendocino, Midsummer Mozart, Scotia, and Neuberg Kulturtage festivals.  She played with the Houston Symphony under Christoph Eschenbach, as well as the Houston Ballet Orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Institute and a Masters Degree from the Shepherd School at Rice University.

Alexis Alrich is a composer of vocal, chamber and orchestral music. She was an instructor of composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division from 1989 until 2007, and a founding member of the San Francisco Composers’ Chamber Orchestra, working with them as composer, conductor, and pianist. She served as Director of the John Adams Young Composers Program at the Crowden Center for Music in the Community. She was also one of the hosts for the University of San Francisco’s KUSF Radio program, Classical Salon, for 4 years.

Ms. Alrich studied composition at the New England Conservatory of Music, California Institute of the Arts, and got her master’s degree in composition with Lou Harrison at Mills College.

Water Colors, Ms. Alrich’s new work, depicts the colors and texture of water. She was inspired by the rivers and streams near her home, as well as by her synesthesia, a rare condition in which colors are associated with particular notes and tonalities.