Musica Marin with Mill Valley Film Festival // The Docks of New York

Experience the magical intersection of music and film at an in-home concert event where World Class musicians perform an original score to accompany the classic silent film:  THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK

Learn about the rich world of musical accompaniment during the era of the silent cinema from pianist and film expert Bruce Loeb — Bruce studied at UC Berkeley, the Royal Dutch Conservatory and the Rubin Academy in Israel.

Saturday, September 12 2015
7:00 – 10:00 PM
Beautiful Private Belvedere Residence
Limited Seating | $95

The New York style evening includes heavy hors d’oeuvres (catered by Il Davide Cucina Italiana), wine and conversation with the artists. You will have the opportunity to discover the TESLA Model S, the world’s first premier electric sedan. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Mill Valley Film Festival Programs and Musica Marin’s Endeavors.


53smallBruce Loeb, Piano

For nearly three decades Bruce Loeb has been creating piano accompaniments for silent films at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum and the Pacific Film Archive. Among numerous festivals and shows he has appeared at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the New York Public Library. He has presented silent film for the Esalen Institute and the California FiIm Institute Summerfilm program.

Bruce draws upon his knowledge of classical piano, popular music and a talent for improvisation to create scores that complement the visual story-telling of silent movies.

Music provides special access to feeling that is rooted in the past. Silent movies come from a lineage of 19th Century entertainments: Vaudeville, Music Hall, Panorama and Magic Lantern. Bruce creates scores that use knowledge of the period to give modern audience a living example of how music and machines first came together to create a new cinematic art.

Bruce is a graduate of UC Berkeley Music Department and studied harpsichord at the Royal Dutch Conservatory and voice at The Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. He lives in Berkeley where he is active as a piano teacher, vocal coach and piano accompanist.



REKRuth Ellen Kahn, Viola

Viola Ruth Ellen Kahn is a graduate of The Juilliard School and has performed on every important concert stage on two coasts including Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles to name a few. Her extensive chamber music experience includes performing with such eminent artists as Cynthia Phelps, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Maurice Bourgue, and with ensembles such as the Miro String Quartet and the Colorado String Quartet, among others. She has received many awards and prizes including a performance at Carnegie Recital Hall from Artists International with the West End Chamber Players (of New York) as well as an invitation to perform for the New York Viola Society. Ms. Kahn’s most recent recital, given at Hertz Hall in Berkeley, California, was to critical acclaim.

Among the many orchestras with which she has played are the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the New York Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Ruth is also an accomplished violinist, and is the Co-Concertmaster of The Russian Chamber Orchestra (Bay Area). Ms. Kahn has performed as a soloist with the Mexico City Philharmonic and the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

Internationally, Ruth has toured with the New England Symphonic and New York Chamber Ensembles to Morocco, Israel and Jordan, where they performed for the Royal Families. Ms.Kahn has been invited numerous times to attend the Spoleto Festival in Italy.

Ruth is very active in the area of viola pedagogy and has been the assistant to Paul Doktor at the Juilliard School as well as teaching master classes and maintaining a private studio in both the New York metropolitan and San Francisco Bay areas. She is currently faculty at U.C. Berkeley and Orfeo Music Festival in Italy.

Her teachers have included Karen Tuttle, Paul Doktor, Heiichiro Ohyama, Louis Kievman and the world-renowned viola William Primrose.

“The viola recital by Ruth Kahn showed off the naturally rich sound of her instrument..Kahn let loose with a welter of secure technical passages and produced double-stops that were vibrantly in tune, Kahn sunk into the dark sound of her viola and pulled the harmonies out with full color.”
-Paul Somers, Classical New Jersey

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Peter MPeter Magadini, Percussion

Peter Magadini has been bringing skill, passion, and aplomb to percussion for nearly a lifetime. Peter has collaborated, recorded, taught and performed with a rich lexicon of jazz, country, and soul greats across a broad range of legendary clubs and festivals. Peter’s played with such luminaries as George Duke, Chet Baker, Mose Allison and Diana Ross, with whom he toured for a year. The breadth of his venue experience is a widely cast net, including appearances at Yoshi’s (SF & Oakland), The Waldorf Astoria (NYC), Carnegie Hall, and the San Francisco and Montreal Jazz Festivals.

A prolific recording artist, Peter’s studio time features both innovative collaborations and long-term partnerships. His albums count among them a Juno Nomination for Best Jazz Album of the Year (Bones Blues, 1977). He has recorded with Motown records, A & M, Sackville, and others.

Peter holds a MM from the University of Toronto and has taught and lectured percussion for over forty years at many esteemed institutions, including McGill University and the Dave Brubeck Institute. He has authored numerous instructional books and videos, among them The Musicians Guide to Polyrhythms named 6th in Modern Drummer Magazine’s list of the “25 Greatest Drum Books of All Time” (1993).

Pete plays and is endorsed by Yamaha drums, Paiste cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, and Aquarian Drumheads. He currently lives in Marin County, just north of San Francisco.


Have you been to a Musica Marin performance before? If you would like to relive the experience or learn more about what to expect, here are some links:

A Special Spring 2015 Concert Event
January 2015:  Chamber Music Concert with Juilliard and SF Symphony Artists
September 2014:  An Afternoon in Italy
May 2014:  The Inaugural Event
Press and Testimonials


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