Music Notes: Peninsula Symphony opens with 'Triple Play'

Baseball fans and music lovers will likely enjoy the Peninsula Symphony’s 59th season opening concert, “Triple Play,” with performances Friday and Oct. 20.

Conductor Mitchell Sardou Klein says, “This concert brings to our Peninsula audiences one of the great musical ensembles of our time, the famed Eroica Trio, performing with our orchestra one of the ground-breaking works in classical music history, Concerto, Violin, Violoncello and Piano, Op. 56, C major. Beethoven conceived the massive Triple Concerto at the point in his compositional life when he was bringing music into a new era of romanticism.”

The Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio chose the name “erotica,” Italian for heroic, indicating the group’s passion for music. Pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Susie Park and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio perform selections spanning 300 years.

Next week’s program also includes other symphonies representing romanticism at its peak: Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D Minor, and Herbrides Overture, Op. 26 (“Fingal’s Cave”) by Felix Mendelssohn.

The Oct. 19 concert is at San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 North Delaware St., at 8 p.m. The 8 p.m. Oct. 20 performance is at Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. Tickets are $29 to $34. Call (650) 941-5290 or visit www.peninsulasymphony.org.  

Music at Kohl

The internationally acclaimed Talich Quartet from Prague will open the 25th annual chamber concert series at the historic Kohl Mansion in Burlingame at 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Violinists Jan Talich and Petr Macecek, violist Vadimir Bukac and cellist Petr Prause will play Mozart’s String Quartet in G Major, K.387; Janacek’s String Quartet No. 1 and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44, No. 3.

Performances are in the Great Hall, at the mansion, at 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. Tickets are $20 to $42. Call (650) 762-1130 or visit www.musicatkohl.org/tickets.  

‘Follies at Notre Dame’

“Follies in Concert,” featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim and a dazzling roster of guest artists including popular Bay Area jazz singer Wesla Whitfield, comes to University of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont in a benefit event Oct. 26 and 28.

The show takes place in a soon-to-be demolished theater, where an impresario throws a reunion party for the showgirls who performed in revues from 1918-41.

In addition to Whitfield, the featured performers are Erie Mills, Meg Mackay, Michael Farbstein, Corinne Kason, Jim Kason, Laurie Strawn and Diana Torres Koss. They’ll be joined by conservatory faculty Debra Lambert, Gia Solari, Lee Strawn and Dottie Lester White.

The show, with a book by James Goldman, opened on Broadway in 1971 and was revised in 1987 and 2002. Marc Jacobs directs the Notre Dame production; musical direction is by William Liberatore and choreography Dottie Lester White.

Performances benefit student scholarships for the Broadway by the Bay-Notre Dame de Namur University Music Theatre Conservatory.

The theater is in Ralston Hall Mansion Ballroom, 1500 Ralston Ave. Tickets are $42. Call (650) 508-3429. 

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