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September 27, 2021
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Andrew Wood 415-399-9554 (o) 415-305-1102 (c) [email protected]
Kavya Palepu 415-399-9554 (o) 408-829-1693 (c) [email protected]

Lunchtime Recitals, Sunday Voices and String Fusion!
Classical Music at SF International Festival

Calendar Editors Please Note

SFIAF 2021 Calendar Listings
Who: Multiple Artists
What: San Francisco International Arts Festival
Where: Fort Mason
Outdoor Festival: October 23- October 24
Single Tickets: $20 - $25. Festival Passes from $36.
Box Office and Information: or 415-399-9554.

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San Francisco, September 27, 2021: San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) is pleased to re-introduce classical music to the Festival program. Classical music had become an increasing part of the SFIAF repertoire during the expansion years from 2015-2019, but was cut with the rest of the Festival program when COVID-19 resulted in the cancellation of all public events in March 2020. As SFIAF has been among the leaders in the arts community working to reopen the industry, so we have included classical music in the line-up with prominent billing as one of the season's opening concerts.

  • Strings will be front and center at a lunchtime recital program on Saturday October 23 at noon featuring the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and Chamber Music Society of San Francisco. The program will feature works by Zoltán Kodály, Ernst von Dohnanyi and Ludvig van Beethoven. The lunchtime concert on Sunday October 24 will feature Diana Strong's fusion ensemble, Wind Weavers.

  • Later on Saturday afternoon,14-year old soloist Serena Fan, will open a triple bill concert led by three women violinists with J.S. Bach's Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor. Fan's live interpretation is the inspiration for a dance piece by Alyce Finwall prior to performances led by Briana di Mara and Hannah Glass with their respective ensembles La Zuli and Manos Lindas.

  • Finally, one of the Festival's closing options (and an opportunity to raise a {distanced} glass in cheer) will include a live rendition of a program originally initiated by Ars Minerva online during the lock-down. Artistic director, Céline Ricci presents a powerful lineup of opera soloists as part of the Cocktails and Chit Chat series.

  • As always, A FESTIVAL PASS is the most economical way to see multiple concerts at the Festival.

Classical (and related) Music at SFIAF (in chronological order)

Chamber Music Society of San Francisco (USA)
String Trio in G Major & Opus 10 (25 minutess w/out intermission)
Black Point Battery  |  Saturday, Oct 23, 12:00 PM  |  Tickets: $16 - $20
The Chamber Music Society of San Francisco will perform selections from Beethoven's effervescent String Trio in G Major, Op 9 No 1 and Dohnanyi's rich and vibrant Serenade, Op 10.

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (USA)
Duo for Violin and Cello Op. 7 (25 minutess w/out intermission)
Black Point Battery  |  Saturday, Oct 23, 12:00 PM  |  Tickets: $16 - $20
Left Coast violinist, Anna Presler, and cellist, Leighton Fong, will be performing Zoltán Kodály's lush and dramatic Duo for Violin and Cello Op. 7

Alyce Finwall Dance Theater (USA)
In Response (10 minutess w/out intermission)
Parade Ground  |  Saturday, Oct 23, 3:45 PM  |  Tickets: $20 - $25
"In Response" is Alyce Finwall's movement interpretation of J.S. Bach's Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor--and all of the complexity and depth that it entails. The piece was created for solo dancer and violinist. "In Response" is performed by dancer Sasha Gologorskaya and violinist Serena Fan.

Las Almas, Bandoneón and Piano Duo (USA)
Tango Music to Your Soul (60 minutess w/out intermission)
Eucalyptus Grove  |  Saturday, Oct 23, 3:00 PM  |  Tickets: $20 - $25
Las Almas will present traditional, nuevo, and contemporary Argentine tango music that will take the audience on a magical journey to Buenos Aires. They will be presenting duo and solo pieces that were written and arranged by tango legends such as Pugliese, Piazzolla, Salgan, and many more.

Wind Weavers (USA)
Wind Weavers in Concert (60 minutess w/out intermission)
Black Point Battery  |  Sunday, Oct 24, 12:00 PM  |  Tickets: $16 - $20
Wind Weavers make their return to the live stage with a lunchtime concert overlooking the Bay. Expect superb musicianship, rhythmic depth and playful improvisation. This acoustic instrumental music has eclectic influences spanning classical, jazz, and a range of international folk traditions.

Florante Aguilar (USA)
Fantasies & Dances for Solo Guitar  (45 minutess w/out intermission)
Black Point Battery  |  Sunday, Oct 24, 2:00 PM  |  Tickets: $16 - $20
Filipino-American composer and guitarist Florante Aguilar performs his compositions and arrangements of traditional dances from his country of birth: the Philippines.

Ars Minerva (USA)
Cocktails & Chit-Chat (60 minutess w/out intermission)
Young Performers Theatre  |  Sunday, Oct 24, 5:00 PM  |  Tickets: $20 - $25
Ars Minerva is excited to share rare pieces by unfairly neglected composers and to engage in a conversation about their work and careers. This performance will include a live selection of past episodes, future projects and novelties - including a project highlighting castrato Farinelli.

Funding Credits
The outdoor component of this year's program has been underwritten by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Sam Mazza Foundation.

For Fiscal Year 2021-22, the San Francisco International Arts Festival is funded in part by California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Federal Small Business Administration (through the PPP, EIDL and Shuttered Venue Grants Programs), Bernard Osher Foundation, New Place Fund, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Sam Mazza Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, WESTAF's Tourwest Program and other generous individuals and institutions.



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