Monday, September 13, 2021
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San Francisco Performances Presents
Catalyst Quartet
Uncovered Series

Karla Donehew, violin
Paul Laraia, viola
Abi Fayette, violin
Karlos Rodriguez, cello

with Stewart Goodyear | Piano

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 7:30pm | $65/$55/$45
Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—September 13, 2021—San Francisco Performances (SFP) presents the Catalyst Quartet and pianist Stewart Goodyear on Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre in the opening performance of the 2021–22 season. The Quartet’s four-part “Uncovered” Series will continue through April 2022.

The Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet has chosen to team up with guest artists in four programs throughout the season to explore music from composers who have been overlooked due to their race or gender. The Thurs, Oct 7th program kicks off the series with pianist Stewart Goodyear in a program of music by George Walker and Samuel Coleridge Taylor, followed by a program with clarinetist Anthony McGill (Nov 11) with works by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price, and Samuel Coleridge Taylor. The third performance in the series is with bass-baritone Dashon Burton (Feb 11) of the popular group Roomful of Teeth performing a selection of pieces from various composers. Burton will also supply running commentary throughout the evening during the Nov 11, Feb 11 and April 7 performances. The final performance with pianist Michelle Cann (Apr 7), who has become an acknowledged champion of the lush and complex works of Florence Price will be an all-Price program.

“SFP’s 2021-22 season is our 42nd year of giving great artists a place to create their most personal performances. When Catalyst approached me with their Uncovered Series, I knew this was programming created from a place of passion and was filling a void in the chamber music repertory. I am extremely proud to present this first program of their bold and compelling series as the opening night of our season.” —Melanie Smith, SFP President

As reflected in the liner notes of the four-album recording by the same name, the Quartet’s conception of the Uncovered series was based on the fact that “…concert works by Black people and women have suffered from a dearth of live and recorded performances. As composer and musicologist George Lewis put it recently, there has been a “cone of silence” over the works of Black composers, and our current moment has generated a lot of ink and concert programs to discussing and attempting to lift that cone.

Nevertheless, there have always been and hopefully will always be artists who seek to use their performance capabilities and platforms to ask critical questions of the canon and the institutions that prop it up. The Catalyst Quartet is among those artists, as are their collaborators on this album, the clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Stewart Goodyear. The Catalyst Quartet has long been a champion of living composers, especially women, Black and Indigenous people, and other people of color. Stewart Goodyear has written thoughtfully about being Black in the classical music art world and performed his suite Callaloo, which explores his own Trinidadian roots.” —Matthew Leslie Santana

About Catalyst Quartet

The Catalyst Quartet has toured widely throughout the United States and abroad, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., at Chicago’s Harris Theater, Miami’s New World Center, and Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in New York. The quartet has been guest soloists with the Cincinnati Symphony, New Haven Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, and has served as principal players and featured ensemble with the Sphinx Organization’s featured ensemble, the Sphinx Virtuosi, on six national tours. They have been invited to perform at important music festivals such as Mainly Mozart in San Diego, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Sitka Music Festival, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Strings Music Festival, and the Grand Canyon Music Festival, where they appear annually. The Catalyst Quartet was ensemble-in-residence at the Vail Dance Festival in 2016. In 2014, they opened the Festival del Sole in Napa, California with Joshua Bell and participated in England’s Aldeburgh Music Foundation String Quartet Residency with two performances in Jubilee Hall.

Recent seasons have brought international engagements in Russia, South Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Puerto Rico, and expanded tours throughout the United States. The ensemble’s New York City presence has included concerts on the Café Series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, for Schneider Concerts at The New School, and six concerts with Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant for Jazz at Lincoln Center, for which the subsequent recording won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. The Catalyst Quartet launched its New York concert series CQ@Howl in 2018.

The Catalyst Quartet members hold degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School, and New England Conservatory.

About Stewart Goodyear

Proclaimed a “phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times and “one of the best pianists of his generation” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. Mr. Goodyear has performed with major orchestras of the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, MDR Symphony Orchestra (Leipzig), Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Goodyear began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, received his bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and completed his master’s at The Juilliard School. Known as an improviser and composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations, and performs his own solo works. Last year, Mr. Goodyear premiered his suite for piano and orchestra, Callaloo, with Kristjan Jarvi and MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig, and last summer, the Clarosa Quartet premiered his Piano Quartet commissioned by the Kingston Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Goodyear performed all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in one day at Koerner Hall, McCarter Theatre, the Mondavi Center, and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.

The evening’s program will be as follows:
GEORGE WALKER: String Quartet No. 1 “Lyric”
SAMUEL COLERIDGE TAYLOR: Five Fantasiestücke for String Quartet and Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 1

Watch their YouTube Uncovered video:

Tickets are $65/$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.

NOTE: Ticket holders to the event will be invited to stay for a 15-minute post-performance talk with the artists and moderator David Samuel of the Alexander String Quartet, followed by a complimentary champagne toast to the season.

Please note our current health and safety protocols: Per San Francisco city guidelines, SF Performances requires all patrons ages 12 years and older, to show proof of full vaccination with a photo ID to attend performances. Masks will still be required at concerts until further notice. Full details of our safety protocols and practices are available here. Also note that social distanced seating is no longer required at SFP events.

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.

Through successful partnerships with artists, Bay Area schools and community organizations, SFP has also established one of the most recognized and respected performing arts education programs in the country. Anchored by the artist residency program that brings artists into classrooms and community workshops, the arts education projects help expose new audiences, young and old, to the great performers of our time. San Francisco Performances’ outreach promotes active engagement with the performing arts, deepening the experience while opening events to diverse audiences.

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Catalyst Quartet with Stewart Goodyear, piano

WHEN: Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
CONCERT TICKETS: $65/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545;

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