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Wednesday concerts are 8-10:30pm.  Doors Open at 7:30
Strings only accepts CASH.  


2018    STRINGS     25th     Season

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Wednesday February 21st

8pm

Madelina y Los Carpinteros 

Madelina Zayas- vocals, cajón, güiro, Venezuelan maracas, bombo
Fernando Feña Torres-guitar, tiple, Venezuelan cuatro, charango, zampoña, percussion
Denis Schmidt- guitar, charango, tiple, zampoña, bongos, drumset, effects  Craig Thomas-cuatro, string bass
Plus special guests!
Back by popular demand!  An evening inspired by the socially committed Nueva Canciòn and Nueva Trova folk music ofd Cuba and Latin America.  The group performs traditional, originals with well-crafted harmonies and layered acoustic instrumentation to present fresh interpretations of Latin American folk music from Chile, Argentina, the Andes Region, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and the U.S.  

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Wednesday March 7th

8pm

La Peña Chorus


Strings is thrilled to welcome back The La Peña Community Chorus.  This chorus has been singing songs of peace, justice, and hope since it began in 1978. Started by the Chilean exile community who founded La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley in 1975, the original mission of the Chorus was one of solidarity with the resistance against the dictatorship in Chile. But over the years our focus has expanded to other countries, including the struggles of people in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, and to various labor, community, and women’s struggles closer to home. This group celebrates the spirit of our east bay community.  

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Wednesday March 21st

8pm

The Musical Art Quintet


A Musical Art Quintet composition might meld influences from Africa, Argentina, or Cuba into a globe-hopping, dance-inspiring, gorgeous work.  Classical training and a taste for evocative melodies underpin this sound, but improvisation and lively rhythms make the group's "Nuevo Chamber" music truly its own.  
Sascha Jacobsen (bass),  Jory Fankuchen (violin), Anthony Blea (violin), Charith Premawardhana(viola), Lewis Patzner (cello).
Eminently enjoyable and listenable.

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Wednesday April 4

8pm

Cosa Nostra


Shaina Evonivk-violin
Keith Lawrence-viola
Lewis Patzner-cello
Adam Theis-trombone/bass
Valentino-percussion
Trance Thompson-viola


Classically trained Cosa Nostra Strings play new versions of classical masterpieces as well as originals creating a musical world all their own.  
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Wednesday April 18

8pm

Felsen




One of the best kept secrets of the Bay Area.  Felsen is a contemporary rock group with excellent musicianship, tight harmonies and smart lyrics that keep the listener engaged.  Felsen proves that acoustic rock and roll is alive and well!
Andrew Griffin-guitar/vocals,  Dara Ackerman-percussion/vocals, Joann Demars-cello. Bryan Bixby Dean-bass, Toledo Rob Tucker-percussion, Justin Dobrin-piano

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Wednesday May 2nd

8pm

Noche de Flamenco!
Yaelisa-Dancer
Jason McGuire-guitar

Yaelisa (Artistic Director/ Choreographer) is one of the most gifted Flamenco artists of her generation.  She was surrounded from birth by the rhythms, gestures and vocal laments of the art in its purest form, where her unique improvisational abilities began to flourish.    In 1995, she was one of eleven international choreographers in Spain invited to present her choreography at the prestigious Certámen de Coreografía in Madrid, and the only American choreographer chosen among them.  In 1996, she returned to the U.S. where she continues to develop and train dancers for her company.   She is the recipient of an Emmy Award for Choreography in 1993 and an NEA Choreography Fellowship.  In 2005, Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for excellence in the category of “Best Company Performance,” and in 2006 she was chosen as one of ABC-7’s “Profiles in Excellence” Hispanic leadership awardees.


Flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire “El Rubio
” began playing at the age of nine.  Jason has been awarded a California Arts Council Music Fellowship and has been nominated three times for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award.   Jason currently serves as Music Director for both Caminos Flamencos and The New World Flamenco Festival.  Jason released his second album in 2016 with the new progressive flamenco group Terceto Kali, entitled “Terceto Kali,” to rave reviews by music critics nationally and internationally.  The Los Angeles Times recently wrote that “McGuire’s solo managed to be atmospheric and fiendishly complex at the same time.”
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Wednesday June 6th

8pm

pickPocket Ensemble






We are happy to welcome back this wonderful group.   Inspired by many world musical traditions, the pickPocket ensemble inhabit a country all their own.  Original and fresh,  the pickPocket ensemble create a contemporary chamber café music that moves both body and soul.
Rick Corrigan-accordion, composition, Chloe Allen-violin, Yates Brown-guitar, John Slattery-percussion, Colin Williams-bass.

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Wednesday June 20th

8pm

Tom Rigney & John R. Burr


         
Stellar cajun fiddler Rigney performs with virtuostic pianist John R.  Burr for an evening sure to make you dance in your seats!



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Wednesday October 17th

8pm

Janam











Juliana Graffagna
Dan Auvil
Tom Farris
Gari Hegedus
Shira Kammen
 
Turkish, Romani, Sephardic, American roots and original music performed by some of the Bay Area's most innovative and accomplished musicians.


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