- Artistic Director -
Musica Marin Founder and artistic Director Ruth Kahn has had a special vision for much of her adult life: to inspire, educate and cultivate appreciation and support for the classical arts. Musica Marin is the embodiment of this vision and takes pride in offering “a front row seat with a backstage pass” to premier concert events within easy reach to many. A Juilliard School graduate, renowned violist and Bay Area native, Kahn has performed around the world from the most intimate venues to the most prominent stages. Whether being part of the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Opera or festivals across Europe, Kahn’s passion for the powerfully uniting force of classical music is continuously reaffirmed.
- Culinary Director -
“Best of the Bay” award winner and 20-year veteran of fine restaurants and hotels in San Francisco – including Marriott Marquis, Radius and Broken Record – Chef Mark Furr heads up Musica Marin’s culinary experiences. As a classically trained chef in French kitchens for 10 years, Chef Furr has appeared on the Travel Channel and garnered prestigious awards, including Zagat’s Top 10 Bites at the Eat Drink SF Grand Tasting. In addition to his role as Culinary Director of Musica Marin, Chef Furr is currently the Director of Culinary Arts & Music for Musica Marin.
- Resident Composer -
Clint Borzoni studied under Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici at the City University of New York where he received his MA in Composition. He is a multiple-award-winning composer whose “highly original yet lyrical music … (and) natural gift for melody and harmonic structure” (Huffington Post) has resulted in international performances and premieres. His second collaboration with John de los Santos won Arizona Opera’s commission program and is currently being developed for production — excerpts were recently performed at the American Lyric Theater’s Alumni concert, with a third sold-out workshop at Opera America. Other operatic works include Margot Alone in the Light (premiered by operamission), and Antinous and Hadrian. He is currently working on a new oratorio, The Wife of Lot—a pagan mass, commissioned by the Gavin Dillard Poetry Library & Archive.
Musica Marin believes that a high quality of art and music positively influences lives and culture within a community and beyond. We are committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and music lovers by bringing together world-renowned artists with aspiring young musicians in intimate settings, just as the composers intended their music to be heard. Musica Marin was formed with the understanding that culture, and especially high culture as we know it, is not frivolous or fleeting; it withstands the ages with purpose and meaning. The bond we make through the pursuit of these higher cultural goals crosses all boundaries and brings us together spiritually and emotionally, making us, and the world around us, better for it.
Being based in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are fortunate to have access to the very best product available in the country. We strive to take advantage of this by using the freshest local ingredients at the peak of season. We develop our menus based on this, pairing it with the theme of each event and complementing the music played to bring a cohesive experience for the patron. The relationship between food and music has a long history; many great composers and performers were connoisseurs, and some even contributed to the lasting world of recipes. Food and wine often inspired new works and influenced the creative process of the composer; both have been the subject of many musical works, from drinking songs to the savory gastronomical and culinary references in the operas of Mozart, Rossini, and Verdi. Musica Marin strives to continue this compelling relationship by bringing together our culinary artists, local farms, and renowned musicians.
Musica Marin dedicates a portion of its proceeds to benefit young musicians through our Young Artists and Scholarship Programs. As a non-profit organization, we also accept donations from our patrons to help fund these activities.
Musica Marin is committed to nurturing and inspiring the next generation of musicians through our Young Artist Programs, which includes the Young Artist Performance Program, the Young Artist Scholarship Program, the Composer-in-Resident Program, and the Young American Composer New Work Competition.
Young artists and groups who have joined us in the past include the Merolinis - a group of young up-and-coming singers from the Merola Opera Program and pianists from the Adler Fellowship Program, the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and Simple Harmonic Motion - an acapella quartet from California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo. Musica Marin has also welcomed many young Bay Area musicians, including a young violinist who began her first year at The Juilliard School in Fall 2018.
The Juilliard Alumni Group
San Francisco Boys Chorus
Adler Fellowship Program
Mill Valley Film Festival
Merola Opera Program
Golden Gate Opera
James Toland Vocal Arts (JTVA)
Ruth Kahn, Artistic Director | Mark Furr, Culinary Director
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Musica Marin is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting classical music and culinary culture through unique programs and concert events.
Phone: (732) 261-7737