Berkeley Symphony & Friends

Point Richmond Jazz Quartet

"From Bach to Tower of Power"

March 11

At 5pm

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In its fifth season of concerts in Piedmont, Berkeley Symphony & Friends presents a crossover program with the spectacular Bay Area group Vitamin Em, featuring Matthew Szemela, violin; Evan Price, violin; Emily Onderdonk, viola; and Alex Kelly, cello. The program includes works by Vivaldi, Billy Preston and Tower of Power.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, subject to seating availability.

Advance tickets are available at, link here:

or call the Symphony box office at 841-2800, ext. 1.


Presenting an eclectic mix of string music from diverse eras and genres, from Baroque violin masterworks of Bach and Vivaldi, through the Classical era with one of Mozart’s earliest string quartets, closing with the vivacious rhythms of funk, R&B, folk, and jazz. “Phoenix” and “Haase A’s” give a taste of the fiddle musics of Norway and Sweden, respectively, while “Don’t Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)” takes us back to the Bay, courtesy of Oakland funk superstars Tower of Power.


W. A. Mozart: Divertimento in D Major, K. 136

J.S. Bach/M. Szemela: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003

Billy Preston: “Fancy Lady”
arr. Emily Onderdonk

A. Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E Major, RV 269 “Spring”
arr. Matthew Szemela

Annbjørg Lien: “Phoenix”
arr. Emily Onderdonk

Blood Sweat & Tears: “Spinning Wheel”
arr. Emily Onderdonk

Väsen: “Hasse Aʼs”
arr. Emily Onderdonk

Joe Zawinul: “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”
arr. Emily Onderdonk

Tower of Power: “Donʼt Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)”
arr. Emily Onderdonk

Paul Taylor: “Shake It Up”
arr. Emily Onderdonk


Vitamin Em
Matthew Szemela, violin
Evan Price, violin
Emily Onderdonk, viola
Alex Kelly, cello