Gold Coast Chamber Players
The award-winning Gold Coast Chamber Players of Lafayette will perform a concert of
Romanian music at the Piedmont Center for the Arts on Friday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m.
A pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m. will be given by musicologist Kai Christiansen.
Founded in 1987, the ensemble distinguishes itself by its eclectic programming and by
providing community access to leading musicians from throughout the world.
Fantezie, the third in a series of five concerts this season, will also be performed on
Saturday at the Lafayette Library Community Hall at 7:30 p.m.
From folk music to the epic String Octet by Georges Enescu, Fantezie offers a musical
journey to Romania. The program also includes Enescu’s string trio, Aubade; Eugene
Ysaÿe’s Solo Violin Sonata No. 3 “Georges Enescu;” and an arrangement of
Béla Bartók’s Romanian Dances for violin and string quartet by Romanian violinist
Three Romanian violinists are featured: Gil Sharon from the Amati Ensemble in Holland,
Florin Parvulescu from the San Francisco Symphony, and Corina Stoian. Violinist Dan
Flanagan from Berkeley Symphony joins violists Ron Ephrat, also from the Amati
Ensemble, and Pamela Freund-Striplen. Two cellists, Jean-Michel Fonteneau from the
SF Piano Trio and a faculty member at the SF Conservatory of Music, and Jennifer
Kloetzel, formerly of the Cypress String Quartet, round out this all-star ensemble.
Fantezie brings out the passion and complexity of the Romanian spirit. The centerpiece
of the program, Enescu’s String Octet, Op. 7, was written when the composer was only
19 years old, and is rarely performed.
The Gold Coast Chamber Players offer a pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m. with musicologist
Kai Christiansen 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Introductory ticket prices for the
Piedmont performance are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Tickets may be
or by calling 925-283-3728.