Our inaugural event in a beautiful home in Buena Vista Heights, San Francisco. This event featured The San Francisco Boys Chorus and renowned musicians; Tenor Brian Thorsett, Violinist Brooke Aird, Violist Ruth Kahn, French Horn Katie Dennis, and Pianist Miles Graber. We proudly donated the proceeds from this event to the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Boys Chorus.
- Tenor -
Since taking to the operatic stage in 2001, Tenor BrianThorsett has been seen and heard in over 100 diverse operaticroles, ranging from Monteverdi to Britten, back to Rameau andahead again to works composed specifically for his talents.During the 2013-14 season, Brian returns to Acis in Acis andGalatea and adds the roles of Arnalta in L’Incoronazione diPoppea, Peter Quilt in Turn of the Screw as well as the titlecharacter in Handel’s Samson.
As a concert singer, Brian fosters a stylistically diversifiedrepertoire of over 200 works which has taken him to concerthalls across the US and Europe. Future highlights includeEvangelist and soloist in both Bach’s St. Matthew Passion andSt. John Passion, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Britten’s WarRequiem and St. Nicolas, von Weber’s Jubilee Mass.An avid recitalist, Brian will be featured in several recitals: LesNuits d’Ete and Winterreise with woodwind quintet, new workswith Friction Quartet, and piano quintet with voice. Closelyassociated with expanding the vocal-chamber genre, he hasbeen involved in premiers and commissions of Ian Venables,Peter Josheff, David Conte, Shinji Eshima, Gordon Getty,Michel Bosc, Noah Luna, Laurence Lowe, Brian Holmes, EricDavis, Robert Conrad and Nicholas Cariozzi.
Brian is a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program,Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artist program,American Bach Soloists’ Academy, the Britten-Pears YoungArtist Programme at Alderburgh, England and spent twosummers at the Academy of the West. Brian is currently onfaculty at Santa Clara University and at UC Berkeley.
- 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
- Piano -
Miles Graber received his training at the Juilliard School where he studied with Anne Hull, Phyllis Kreuter, Hugh Aitken,and Louis Behrend. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay Areasince 1971, where he has developed a wide reputation as anaccompanist and collaborative pianist for instrumentalists andsingers. He has performed with numerous solo artists includingSarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Camilla Wicks, Axel Strauss, MimiStillman, Judith LeClair, Martha Aarons, and Lev Polyakin.Mr. Graber performs frequently with violinists Christina Mok andMariya Borozina, flutists Gary Woodward, Amy Likar, and AiGoldsmith, and clarinetist Tom Rose.
He is a member of the chamber groups Trio Concertino, GGRTrio, Sor Ensemble and MusicAEterna as well as the new musicgroup Sounds New.
Mr. Graber has been associated with such ensembles as theNew Century Chamber Orchestra, Midsummer Mozart, theOakland-East Bay Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, theCalifornia Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, Oakland Lyric Opera, Berkeley Opera, and Opera San Jose.He has accompanied master classes by such artists as Midori,Pamela Frank, Joseph Silverstein, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg,Alexander Barantchik, James Galway, Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma,Robert Lipsett, Ronald Leonard, and Leon Fleisher.He has been a frequent performance accompanist and chamber player with members of San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, San JoseSymphony, Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony, SantaRosa Symphony, Oakland East Bay Orchestra, UC Berkeleysymphony and members of the San Francicso Conservatory faculty.
He is on faculty of The Crowden School in Berkeley, and heaccompanies students of the Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley. He is a staff accompanist at the San DomenicoConservatory in San Anselmo, the San Francisco Conservatoryof Music and the Northern California Flute Camp in Carmel.
Ruth Kahn, Artistic Director | Mark Furr, Culinary Director
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