SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY: an evening of classical music

The Emerald Tablet is proud to present the San Francisco Chamber Music Society in concert, playing Mozart’s ‘Dissonance’ K465 and Beethoven’s op. 132. Please join us for this wonderful quartet performing classical music in an intimate space surrounded by beautiful artwork. Not to be missed!

Natasha MakhijaniNatasha Makhijani, violin: Natasha Makhijani holds a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music. Her principle teachers include Bettina Mussumeli, Zvi Zeitlin, and Charles Castleman. Natasha has appeared as concertmaster and assistant concertmaster of numerous orchestras, including those of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the Eastern and Las Vegas Music Festivals. She appeared as assistant concertmaster and soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra and while at Eastman she was invited to be a member of the Graduate Chamber Music Society. Currently residing in San Francisco, Natasha is in demand throughout the Bay Area as a performer and a teacher, having appeared in such diverse venues as Davies Symphony Hall, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, and the Independent, as well as nationally and internationally as a chamber musician. She is a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, the Monterey Symphony, and the Magik*Magik Orchestra. Equally dedicated to teaching as she is to performing, Natasha has held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music, and is on the faculty of the San Domenico School Music Conservatory, Crowden’s CCMC, and the Nueva School.

Jory FankuchenJory Fankuchen, violin: Violinist and violist Jory Fankuchen is quickly building a reputation as an engaging performer of many genres as well as a passionate pedagogue. Jory’s studies include a Bachelor’s of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory where he studied with Ian Swensen, and a Master’s of Music from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Lucy Chapman. An avid chamber musician, Jory has performed in concert with artists such as Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, Joel Krosnick, Bonnie Hampton, Mark Sokol, and Ian Swensen. As first violinist of the Kailas String Quartet, Mr. Fankuchen performed throughout North America, winning first prize in the Chamber Music International Competition, and silver at the National Fischoff Competition. Jory’s recent engagements have taken him to Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States. As a member of the Bridge Chamber Virtuosi, Jory had the honor of representing the city of San Francisco at the Shanghai world expo. This past year, Mr. Fankuchen traveled to Germany to perform with the Knights orchestra, and toured the US and Canada with the band, Death Cab for Cutie.  His current chamber ensembles include the Musical Art Quintet, a Latin jazz ensemble which regularly performs at some of the Bay Area’s most notable clubs, and Squid Inc, a pop music string quartet who recently released their first album, “Fresh Ink”. Jory is a member of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and Magik Magik Orchestra, and regularly performs with many of the Bay Area’s symphony orchestras as well. Mr. Fankuchen is faculty at the Crowden School Music Center, and frequently coaches and gives master classes at many Bay Area summer festivals. He has taught in the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division, and has been a judge for the San Francisco Youth Orchestra concerto competition.

Clio TiltonClio Tilton, viola: Clio Tilton, San Francisco violist and violinist, is a musician of many interests. Equally at home with contemporary, classical, and early music repertoire, she studied at Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School and has been heard across Europe, Asia, and the United States. A Fulbright fellowship recipient, she spent two years studying and performing viola and early music in Switzerland. Clio performs regularly as a baroque violist and violinist with the American Bach Soloists, the Albany Consort, Musa, and the Wallfisch Band. Currently a substitute with the San Francisco Symphony, Clio has also performed with the Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Camerata de Lausanne, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Genève. An active chamber musician, she performs with Classical Revolution, Friction, and Prince de Dame.

Samsun van LoonSamsun van Loon, cello: Cellist Samsun van Loon studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Jean-Michel Fonteneau, and as a quartet cellist at seminars with the Alexander, Miro and Takacs string quartets. During that time he received the conservatory’s Chamber Music Honors Award as well as the M. Alan Neys Award for first prize at the Pacific Musical Society’s annual competition. He has recorded for the Phoenix Spring Ensemble as well as the Arcos Chamber Orchestra’s Portrait of Anders Eliasson on the Neos label, and has been critically praised as a “promising talent” with “the rhetorical polish of a skilled storyteller.” An active supporter of new chamber music, he performs regularly with such ongoing projects as the Monterey County Composer’s Forum, Charya Burt Combodian Dance Company, and San Francisco’s Classical Revolution String Quartet, and is curator of the concert series at San Mateo’s Transfiguration Episcopal Church.

Friday May 31. Doors 7:30 pm. Show 8 pm.
$10-20 suggested donation, but nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Delicious complimentary snacks. Drinks by donation.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)

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