Our second event, “An Afternoon in Italy” in a beautiful home in Belvedere, California. This event featured Italian Pianist Laura Magnani, Tenor Jimmy Kansau, Violinist Alicia Yang, Violist Ruth Kahn, Cellist Vanessa Ruotolo, and The San Francisco Boys Chorus. We proudly donated the proceeds from this event to the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Boys Chorus.
- Piano -
Italian pianist Laura Magnani, native of Spoleto (Italy), holds a double Degree in Piano and Voice, earned with honors at the Conservatory “F. Morlacchi” in Perugia, a Diploma of Specialization in Piano at the “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” in Rome and a DMA in Piano at the Conservatory of Perugia. Her many titles include a great number of Masterclasses attended in Salzburg, Brussels, Rome, Perugia with eminent pianists such as S. Perticaroli, A. Delle Vigne, B.Petrushansky, M. Campanella and many others. Since the age of 15 she has been active as a performer, touring Italy, Europe, USA and Canada, both as a soloist and in various Chamber Ensembles, constantly gaining the enthusiasm of the audience and the acclaim of the critics. Personally invited by Gian Carlo Menotti, she was featured in the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, and has been repeatedly invited to perform at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston (SC) and as an Ambassador of her hometown. Her versatile talent keeps her busy also in the fields of Opera, Musical Theatre and Vocal repertoire, as well as in Music Education, in which she has been active since the age of 19, teaching Piano, Chamber Music and Vocal training. Her most recent production, a CD/DVD featuring works by Liszt, Chopin and Prokofev, was released in November 2013.
- Viola -
A graduate of The Juilliard School and native of the San Francisco Bay Area, violist Ruth Ellen Kahn, has performed extensively on both coasts. Her chamber music experience includes performing with such eminent artists as, Cynthia Phelps, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Maurice Bourgue, the Miro String Quartet, and the Colorado String Quartet among others. She has received numerous awards, prizes and critical acclaim, as well as invitations to perform for such organizations as the New York Viola Society and at Hertz Hall in Berkeley, California. She has also performed as soloist with the Mexico City Philharmonic and the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
Ruth has been artistic director of two chamber music series in both New York and New Jersey, one of which resulted in a recital in Carnegie Recital Hall. Ms Kahn performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra for nearly 20 years, before relocating back to the Bay Area. Among the many other orchestras with which she has played are the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival, and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Ruth is also an accomplished violinist, and the co-concertmaster of The Russian Chamber Orchestra of the Bay Area.
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. In addition, she has been invited numerous times to attend the Spoleto Festival in Italy and Charleston, N.C.
Ms. Kahn is very active in the area of viola and violin pedagogy and has been the assistant to Paul Doktor at the Juilliard School, taught master classes and has maintains a private studio in Marin County CA.. She has been on the faculty at U.C. Berkeley, The Marin Waldorf School and San Domenico. She is currently on the viola faculty at Interharmony Music Festival in Italy.
Her teachers have included Karen Tuttle, Paul Doktor, Heiichiro Ohyama, Louis Kievman, and the world-renowned violist, 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
- Violin -
A former member of the Oregon Symphony, concertviolinist Alicia Yang can frequently be heard performing withsuch renowned ensembles as Philharmonia Baroque, the SanFrancisco Symphony, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.Her training at the Oberlin and New England Conservatoriesspanned genres from Renaissance to contemporary-minimalist,and she has recorded an album of contemporary compositionson the Opus One label.
Ms. Yang is a specialist in historically informed violinperformance, and has appeared with period- instrumentensembles across the US, including the Smithsonian ChamberPlayers, Carmel Bach Festival, and American Bach Soloists.Her performances have taken her through Europe and the US,including such lauded orchestras as the Kennedy Center
Opera, the Seattle Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica deCastilla y Leon (Spain). In addition to maintaining a privateteaching studio in San Francisco, Ms. Yang enjoys performingwith the baroque string band Archetti, playing chamber musicwith her husband Amos Yang, Assistant Principal Cellist of theSan Francisco Symphony.
Ruth Kahn, Artistic Director | Mark Furr, Culinary Director
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