The Friction Quartet

The Friction Quartet, the dynamic quartet of youthful players from the San Francisco Bay Area, returns for a special concert with international concert pianist Jenny Q Chai and acclaimed percussionist/composer Andy Akiho. Continue reading

Music for Cello and Piano

A concert of music for cello and piano featuring cellist Jia-mo Chen and pianist Ron Brickman will be presented at the Brickman residence in West Point.  The program includes the first Suite in G minor of J. S. Bach, Beethoven’s Sonata in A major, Brahms’ Sonata in E minor and La Rosa y El Sauce of Carlos Guastavino.  The concert will be followed by a reception.  Tickets are $20 each.  For reservations and directions contact or call (209) 293-4227.

Chamber Music Concert

Our final concert of the season features the String Quintet in G minor, K. 516, of W. A. Mozart, as performed by five of the Sacramento’s finest string players, with cellist Jia-mo Chen. The second half features our Distinguished Young Artist of the Year, bass-trombonist Rudi Hoehn, Julliard-trained and now principal with the Santa Barbara Symphony. With special guest Sam Schlosser, principal trombonist of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. (Free admission). CANCELLED  Continue reading

Chamber Music Concert

Corina Stoian leads an ensemble of nine players (four strings and five winds) in a performance of the beautiful Nonet of Joseph Rheinberger, a contemporary of Brahms. The program continues with the Andante and Variations for two pianos, two cellos and horn of Robert Schuman and La Valse of Maurice Ravel, in the composer’s own arrangement for two pianos. With pianists Diane Day and Ron Brickman. (Free admission).  CANCELLED  Continue reading

Symphony Concert

Sunday, March 6, 3 pm.   Symphony concert by the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music, Henrik Jul Hansen, conductor.  Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra of Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3 of Johannes Brahms.  Corina Stoian, violin soloist and Ron Brickman, piano soloist.  $25 admission for adults; children under the age of 18 FREE.  Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek.  For advance purchase of tickets, go to Mother Lode Music, Prospect Plaza, Martell or Calaveras Arts Council, Main Street, San Andreas.  Tickets are available for purchase at the door.  For more information, call (209) 293-4227. Continue reading

Chamber Music Concert

Joining pianist and Friends of Music President Ron Brickman are five exceptionally talented string players from the San Francisco Bay Area. Romanian-born violinist Corina Stoian is an international concert violinist who has become one of the Friends of Music’s most popular players. The former concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Essen, Germany, she now performs frequently as recitalist, chamber musician, concerto soloist and concertmaster of the Friends of Music Orchestra. She is joined by violinist Heather Katz, an Oakland-based musician who is concertmaster of the Redwood Symphony. Continue reading