Amaranth Quartet is joined by flutist Bethanne Walker and clarinetist Jonathan Szin for an evening of woodwind quartets by Joseph Haydn, Igor Ballereau and Krzysztof Penderecki.
Amaranth is an innovative string quartet committed to exposing divergent communities to the wonders of chamber music. Since its inception in 2013 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the quartet has studied closely with members of the Ives, Kronos, and Concord String Quartets. They have performed for and alongside the Pacifica Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim. In spring 2015, Amaranth was a featured guest artist on the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Next Generation concert series.
Beyond classical string quartet repertoire, Amaranth is committed to working with artists from a multitude of backgrounds and creating original compositions and arrangements for quartet. They enjoy frequent collaborations with a number of Bay Area favorites, such as Madeline Tasquin, Kendra McKinley, and the View from Bernal Hill. Amaranth recently performed at the historic Fillmore West as part of the venue’s first all-female lineup, and has also appeared at Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, Viracocha, and the Red Poppy Art House. They have been featured guest artists on several radio programs including KPOO, KPFA and KALX.
Commissioning and premiering new music for string quartet is essential to the quartet's mission; Amaranth has performed works by emerging and established composers including Nick Benavides, Lucas Floyd, Andrew Vickers, Kenji Oh, and Brian Fitzsousa. Amaranth is actively affiliated with MusicMade Collective, a Bay-Area based organization that strives to collaborate across genres, present thoughtful musical experiences to its audience, and positively support the local and global community.
American – Hungarian clarinetist, Jonathan Szin, enjoys a diverse musical career in San Francisco. From performing in orchestra to recording at Fantasy Studios to putting on a concert with Amaranth Quartet, the Bay Area has proven to be a musical playground for Jonathan. Mr. Szin is an avid believer in passing on musical knowledge to the upcoming generation of young musicians. He is an Artist in Residence teaching clarinet classes in the San Mateo – Foster City School District and runs his own private clarinet studio in San Francisco. He graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Master’s in Clarinet Performance in 2014. This was the same year he made his Kennedy Center debut taking part in the annual Conservatory Project held in Washington D.C. Jonathan’s primary teachers include Jeffrey Anderle, Luis Baez and Margaret Thornhill.
Known for her intensity and versatility in her performances and repertoire, flutist Bethanne Walker is dedicated to modern and historical performance practice. In San Francisco, she has performed with Wild Rumpus, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Symphony Napa Valley, SFCMP, Curious Flights, Elevate Ensemble, and has performed on the Hot Air New Music Festival. A strong advocate of new music she has given performances of over forty world premieres. In March and April of 2014, Walker commissioned and gave world premieres of fifteen new works over three concerts in Boston, MA, including works by Nico Muhly, Lei Liang, and Justin Barish, written for solo flute, flute and piano with Marti Epstein, and flute and soprano saxophone with Eric Hewitt. In 2012, she was the William H. Grass Memorial Prize Winner of the 32nd Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition in Boston. She is a recipient of a fellowship at Music Academy of the West, the Kaplan Fellowship at Bowdoin International Music Festival, and a full scholarship recipient at American Bach Soloists Academy. Walker has studied with Tim Day, Linda Toote, and Dr. Nancy Andrew, and Stephen Schultz and Sandra Miller on baroque flute.
Abigail Shiman, violin
Erica Zappia, viola
Helen Newby, cello
Featuring Jonathan Szin, clarinet, and Bethanne Walker, flute.
DOORS AT 6:30PM, SHOW AT 7PM
$10-15 Sliding Scale
** No refunds or exchanges are permitted. **