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San Francisco Chamber Orchestra - New Year's Celebration

Friday, December 30 - Sunday, January 1

Fri & Sat at 8 PM; Sun at 4 PM


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Ring in the New Year with The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra!
Benjamin Simon, Music Director

FREE New Year's Concert in memory of Edgar Braun (1933-2002)

Special guest artists:  The Jacques Thibaud String Trio (from Berlin)  
and cellist Dana Putnam Fonteneau

SAN FRANCISCO: Friday, December 30, 2005, 8 PM, Herbst Theatre (401  
Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco)

BERKELEY: Saturday, December 31, 8 PM, First Congregational Church  
(2345 Channing Way, Berkeley)

PALO ALTO: Matinee: Sunday, January 1, 4 PM, St. Mark's Episcopal  
Church (600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto)

Ring in the new year with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra's  
annual New Year's Eve Celebration presented in memory of Edgar Braun  
(1933-2002), SFCO's music director for four decades.  This year, The  
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra welcomes the illustrious Jacques  
Thibaud String Trio from Berlin.  With their charm, youthful  
exuberance, and astounding virtuosity, the internationally acclaimed  
string trio is a delight for audiences and a wonderful way to ring in  

· W.A. Mozart:  Overture to Bastien and Bastienne, K. 50
· Beethoven:  Variations on Mozart's La Ci Darem la Mano from Don  
· Franz Danzi:  Variations on Mozart's La Ci Darem la Mano for cello  
and orchestra
· Jean Francaix:  String Trio (1933)
· Osvaldo Golijov:  Last Round (1996)
· W.A. Mozart: Trio Concertante in A Major, K. 320e for Violin,  
Viola, and Cello

The Jacques Thibaud String Trio (Burkhard Maiss, violin; Philip  
Douvier, viola; Bogdan Jianu, cello) was founded at the Berlin School  
of Art in 1994 and won the prestigious 1999 Bonn Chamber Music  
Competition.  Since then, the ensemble has performed throughout  
Europe, Japan and North America, to tremendous acclaim from audiences  
and critics alike.  Calling their playing: spontaneous and  
commanding; the New York Times said: this could be the first string  
trio in some time to have a major career...by turns affecting and  

And as another music critic wrote: What would attract this generation  
to concert music?  For starters, how about an ensemble whose members  
look like a boy band, exhibit no apparent pretension and play with  
the passion of Nine Inch Nails?  Meet the Jacques Thibaud Trio.

FREE ADMISSION TO ALL CONCERTS! Become an SFCO Association Member and  
get priority reserved concert seating. For more information, visit  
http://www.sfchamberorchestra.org or call (415) 248-1640.


The mission of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra is to bring the  
immediacy and intimacy of music for small orchestra and chamber  
ensemble to audiences of all ages by presenting classical,  
contemporary, and commissioned works as well as to educate and  
enlighten the next generation of music lovers through outreach programs.

Founded by conductor Adrian Sunshine, the first concert of the SFCO  
took place in April 1953 in Berkeley's Hillel Foundation. The  
musicians in the early years were all members of the San Francisco  
Symphony, which was then a very part-time engagement. The name San  
Francisco Chamber Orchestra wasn't used until 1957, when the  
orchestra made its "debut" at the University of San Francisco under  
Maestro Sunshine's direction.

Edgar Braun (July 4, 1933 - August 4, 2002) became a guest conductor  
of the SFCO in 1955, and took charge of the ensemble when Maestro  
Sunshine departed for Europe in 1958. Maestro Braun led the orchestra  
for more than forty years until his retirement in January 2002. Under  
his leadership, the orchestra presented over 600 admission-free  
concerts in venues throughout California, received rave reviews from  
the press, became the first orchestra-in-residence at the Lake Tahoe  
Music Festival, and presented two generations of Bay Area musicians  
as soloists and ensemble players. When Maestro Braun decided to  
retire, he asked Benjamin Simon to keep the orchestra going.

In January 2002, Benjamin Simon became the SFCO's new Music Director.  
A violist by training and a chamber musician at heart, Maestro Simon  
has assembled a team of friends and colleagues to revitalize this  
cultural treasure, and to turn the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra  
into a vibrant, exciting "player" on the stage of the Bay Area's  
classical music scene. Executive Director Richard Aldag, a new Board  
of Directors, and volunteers from our three concert communities -  
Palo Alto, Berkeley, and San Francisco - are building a new  
organization, based on the solid foundations and accomplishments of  
the past 52 years.



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12/30: Herbst SF; 12/31: Berkeley; 1/1: Palo Alto
12/30: 401 Van Ness, SF; 12/31: 2345 Channing Way; 1/1: 600 Colorado  
12/30: San Francisco; 12/31: Berkeley; 1/1: Palo Alto

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