ArmchairConcerts… keep the music playing!

Dear Friends of SOR,

Please enjoy our Virtual Violin Valentine featuring the extraordinary musicianship of Stephanie Chase in a performance of Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane. Written in 1924 and dedicated to Hungarian virtuoso Jelly d’Aranyi, this composition is a true showcase of fiery pyrotechnics sure to add drama and romance to your Valentine’s celebration! Stephanie’s recording was praised by Gramophone Magazine for her “rich, passionate tone, dead-true intonation throughout, and virtuosity galore”.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at SOR!

Musically yours,
Maria,   Artistic Director, SOR

Maurice Ravel: Tzigane  (1924)

Soloist: Stephanie Chase

The Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Geoffrey Simon

Dear Friends of SOR,

Our January ArmchairConcert brings the lilting Viennese melodies of Schubert and the dynamic power of Prokofiev to your living room in a performance from October 2020 featuring the SOR Quartet. We hope you enjoy this concert featuring some of your favorite SOR musicians!

Musically yours,
Maria,   Artistic Director, SOR

Schubert: String Quartet in A minor, D804 – Op. 29 “Rosamunde” (1824)

From the October 2020 concert.
Margaret Baldridge, violin
Maria Larionoff, violin
Jennifer Smith, viola
Adam Collins, violoncello

Allegro ma non troppo
Andante
Minuetto-Allegretto
Allegro moderato

Image: Tom Bauer, Missoulian

Prokofiev: String Quartet no. 2 in F Major, Op. 92 “Kabardinian” (1941)

From the October 2020 SOR concert.
Maria Larionoff, violin
Margaret Baldridge, violin
Jennifer Smith, viola
Adam Collins, violoncello

Allegro sostenuto
Adagio
Adagio

No Nutcrackers–Just Strings

One of my favorite childhood memories in San Francisco was our annual trip to the Opera House in December to see the San Francisco Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. It all seemed so magical—the plush velvet seats of the theatre, the elaborate costumes, the sets and dazzling lights, and most of all—the enchanting melodies of Tchaikovsky. Here at SOR, we have no Nutcrackers or Sugar Plum fairies, but we do have some brilliant string playing—wonderful background music to have on while baking your holiday cookies!
From all of us at SOR—wishing you and your family a magical holiday season—and all the possibilities of a wonderful New Year.

Your musical friend,
Maria,   Artistic Director, SOR

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings (1880)

Andante non troppo–Allegro moderato
Waltz
Elegie
Finale: Andante–Allegro con spirito

From the September 16, 2018 SOR concert.

The next two uplifting and inspiring masterpieces are perfect for our shorter and cooler days–the beloved Eine Kleine Nachtmusik serenade by Mozart, and the brilliant octet by Felix Mendelssohn–a true showcase for our talented SOR musicians. These works were performed at our concerts in September 2020.

W.A. Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik  K525 (1787)

Allegro
Romanza (Andante)
Menuetto (Allegretto)
Rondo (Allegro)

Margaret Baldridge, violin
Maria Larionoff, violin
Jennifer Smith, viola
Adam Collins, violoncello

Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat major, Op. 20 (1825)

Allegro moderato ma con fuoco
Andante
Scherzo: Allegro leggerissimo
Presto

Maria Larionoff, violin
Carrie Krause, violin
Margaret Baldridge, violin
Loy Koch, violin

Jennifer Smith, viola
Lisa Shull, viola
Fern Glass Boyd, cello
Adam Collins, cello

The next three pieces come from our February 2020 concert,  A Portrait of Beethoven. They are the nostalgic, lilting Serenade of Sir Edward Elgar, written in 1892; the evocative String Quartet #2 of Philip Glass, composed in 1983 and arranged by the composer for string orchestra, and concluding with the power and drama of Beethoven’s Op.18 #4 String Quartet, arranged for orchestra by B. Lieberman—a masterpiece that perfectly mirrors our turbulent times!

Sir Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings in e minor, Op. 20 (1892)

Allegro piacevole
Larghetto
Allegretto

Philip Glass: String Quartet #2 “Company” (1983)

(arr. for orchestra by the composer)
I quarter = 96
II quarter = 160
III quarter = 96
IV quarter = 160

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in c minor, Op.18 #4 (1801)

(arr. for orchestra by B. Lieberman)
Allegro ma non tanto
Andante scherzoso quasi allegretto
Menuetto: Allegretto
Allegro: Prestissimo