Monday, September 30, 2019
Contact: Nancy Bertossa
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San Francisco Performances Presents
Calidore String Quartet

Jeffrey Myers, Violin
Ryan Meehan, Violin
Jeremy Berry, Viola
Estelle Choi, Cello

Monday, October 21, 2019, 7:30pm | $70/$55/$45
Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—September 30, 2019—San Francisco Performances (SFP) presents the distinguished ensemble, the Calidore String Quartet, on Monday, October 21, 2019, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre. San Francisco Performances presents the Calidore String Quartet for the second time in less than a year. In January, 2019 they made their SFP debut with pianist Inon Barnatan.

“SF Performances’ chamber series helped spark a renaissance in the genre in the Bay Area 40 years ago and we have been cultivating the series ever since introducing fresh talent and fostering artist-inspired programming, premiers and partnerships," remarks SFP President Melanie Smith. “The Calidore String Quartet along with SFP’s presentation of the Z.E.N. Trio and the Jerusalem Quartet make this a rich year for our Chamber series!”

The Calidore String Quartet has been praised by the New York Times for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct.” The Washington Post has said that “Four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think and feel as one.”

Recipient of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, the Calidore first made international headlines as winner of the $100,000 Grand-Prize of the 2016 M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet was the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, was a BBC Radio3 New Generation Artist and just completed its third year in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program.

In 2019–20, the Calidore celebrates its tenth anniversary and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with cycles of the Beethoven String Quartets in New York, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Toronto, the University of Delaware, Antwerp and Dresden. Additionally, the Calidore will premiere a new work by composer Anna Clyne inspired by Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge and commissioned by Music Accord in performances at several major U.S. venues. The Quartet will make their debuts at Strathmore and the Kansas City Friends of Chamber Music; and will perform in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. The Quartet will continue to collaborate with artists including pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, violist Lawrence Power, cellist Clive Greensmith, bassist Xavier Foley, guitarist Sharon Isbin, and oboist Cristina Gomez Godoy, among others.

On Resilience, the Calidore’s 2018 Signum release, the Quartet “present an impressive sense of ensemble” in a “cleverly devised selection of quartets” (Strad) by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Janaček and Golijov. Other commercial recordings include two albums recorded live at the Music@ Menlo Festival: Serenade: Music from the Great War, featuring music by Hindemith, Milhaud and Stravinsky, Ernst Toch and Jacques de la Presle (Editions Hortus); and their 2015 debut recording of quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn (“the epitome of confidence and finesse”—Gramophone). The Calidore were featured as Young Artists-in-Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today. They have been broadcast on NPR, BBC, CBC and SiriusXM, and in Korea and Germany.

The Calidore have given world premieres of works by Caroline Shaw, Hannah Lash, Mark Anthony Turnage and Benjamin Dean Taylor. The Quartet has collaborated with many esteemed artists and ensembles, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Joshua Bell, David Shifrin, Inon Barnatan, Paul Coletti, David Finckel, Wu Han, Paul Neubauer, Ronald Leonard, Paul Watkins, and the Emerson and Ebène Quartets.

As a passionate supporter of music education, the Calidore is committed to mentoring and educating young musicians, students and audiences. The Calidore serves as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Delaware and the University of Toronto.

The Calidore String Quartet was founded at the Colburn School in Los Angeles in 2010. Within two years the Quartet won grand prizes in virtually all the major U.S. chamber music competitions, including Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs, and captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition and Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition. Using an amalgamation of “California” and “doré” (French for “golden”), the ensemble’s name represents a reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it received from its home of origin, the “golden state.”

The evening’s program will be as follows:
HAYDN: Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2
SHAW: Three Essays
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 130 and Op.133 “Grosse Fuge”

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Tickets are $70/$55/$45 and can be purchased at or by calling 415.392.2545. Tickets can also be purchased at the door as available including 50% off student rush tickets.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm, and engaging arts experience.

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Calidore String Quartet

WHEN: Monday, October 21, 2019, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
CONCERT TICKETS: $70/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545;

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