The Shenson Chamber Series

An enduring hallmark of the Chamber Series has always been appearances by the world’s venerated ensembles as well as the introduction of groups that have not been heard in the Bay Area before. This season upholds this adventurous tradition and features three returning quartets that have gone on to wider recognition—the Ébène, Takács and JACK Quartets—and one SF Performances debut: the Danish String Quartet. Read more…

All four quartets’ programs will take audiences off the beaten track with a focus on folk-influenced and rarely heard music set in the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco’s ideal chamber music venue.

Showcasing the versatility and virtuosity of its members as performers and creators, the Danish String Quartet debuts with a signature program including its own arrangements of traditional Nordic music. SF Performances favorites, the Takács Quartet, will perform a program including fellow Hungarian Ernest von Dohnányi, whose lush, neoromantic style was influenced by Bartók and rich folk traditions.

France’s youthfully ebullient Ébène Quartet’s program will include Fauré’s lyrical and contemplative Quartet, his final work. The JACK Quartet returns to SF Performances with guest cellist-composer Joshua Roman in a program of works, several written specifically for the performers by Ligeti, Friedman, Wolfe, Gesualdo and Joshua Roman. Show less…


You can create a Make-Your-Own-Series by choosing four or more performances from our entire season. Make-Your-Own Series are not available online—please call (415) 677-0325.