First Festival of French Classical Music in Silicon Valley

Friday, June 20 at 8 pm


“Une Soirée Parisienne”

Saturday, June 21 at 8 pm
Four virtuoso soloists :
Stephen Waarts, Violin – Gwendolyn Mok, Piano
Layna Chianakas, Mezzo-soprano – Isabelle Chapuis, Flute
Musique de Chambre Virtuose

Special early-bird pricing available until June 1 It is preferable that you buy online. However, you can pay by check before June 13. Please send your check to : AFSCV PO Box 111296 Campbell, CA 95011. Click here to open a mapping of the seating arrangements. Choose your seats numbers (Row name + number) and put your check in the mail. We do not guarantee seat reservations if you pay by check. Only online tickets are guaranteed seating. Thank you.



On June 20, the group “Ensemble San Francisco”, an exciting group of noted Bay Area soloists, will present a wide variety of works in an all-French program entitled “Une Soirée Parisienne.”
•The ensemble will begin with Darius Milhaud’s jazzy 1923 ballet La creation du monde, which describes the creation of the world as told in African mythology. The music combines modernist musical techniques with forms from popular music, tinged with exotic rhythms from jazz and African folklore.
•Clarinetist Roman Fukshansky and bassoonist Rufus Olivier will join together in Francis Poulenc’s virtuoso romp, the Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon. Composed in 1922, Poulenc called it “an entertainment.”
•Violinist Rebecca Jackson, accompanied by pianist Christine McLeavey Payne, will perform Maurice Ravel’s fiery Tzigane. Ravel’s hair-raising synthesis of elements from gypsy music represents one of the summits of violin virtuosity.
•Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 1 is a landmark in French chamber music. This passionate Romantic music was produced in the midst of an emotional crisis in the life of the composer: his engagement and subsequent rupture with Marieanne Viardot, the daughter of the celebrated opera singer Pauline Viardot. Christine McLeavey Payne is the featured pianist in this work.
•Cellist Jonah Kim has produced a fascinating mélange of tunes made famous by the world-famous chanteuse Edith Piaf.


On June 21, twenty major instrumentalists and singers will present a four French works in a program entitled “Musique de Chambre Virtuose” (Virtuoso Chamber Music).
•The major work of the evening is Ernest Chausson’s Concert pour violon, piano et quatuor a cordes. This unusual double concerto will feature violin soloist Stephen Waarts and piano soloist Gwendolyn Mok. Stephen is the recent First Prize winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition. Gwendolyn is an internationally-renowned soloist who has appeared in concertos with the London Symphony, and the Hague Philharmonic.
•Opera star mezzo-soprano Layna Chiankis will perform Maurice Ravel’s thrilling Chanson’s madecasses (Madegascan Songs). She will be accompanied by pianist Gwendolyn Mok, flutist Teresa Orozco and cellist Michael Graham.
•Isabelle Chapuis (Principal Flute of Opera San Jose) will perform Andre Jolivet’s avant-garde Suite en concert (1966) for flute and percussion ensemble, conducted by Mark Starr. Isabelle and Mark are comusical directors of the Alliance Française Silicon Valley Festival of French Classical Music.
•A quartet of noted Bay Area flutists with piano will perform a tour de force by Charles-Valentin Alkan entitled Comme le vent (Like the Wind.) Originally composed in 1857 for piano solo, it is here.



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