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Brahms on the Old Stage Coach Road

3:00 pm May 5th, 2019
Home of Maryann Brent and Ralph Moir
$50 per person

Program:

  • Brahms C Minor Trio
  • Haydn Gypsy Trio
  • Piazzolla Summer

Enjoy an afternoon of vibrant music, light treats, wine and waters and spirited renditions of classical gems in a stunning private home. Hear the music in the most intimate surroundings, mingle with friends and like-minded music lovers and get to know these famous musicians all in support of the Pacific Chamber Orchestra’s concerts and educational programs.

This beautiful home is built for entertaining! Strategically located adjacent to the Arroyo del Valle creek and across from Sycamore Grove Park there originally stood an important relief station on the historic stage coach road!

Trio Foss members are acclaimed soloist and chamber musician violinist Hrabba Atladottir, Grammy nominated cellist Nina Flyer and international performing Steinway artist Joseph Irrera. See them as a chamber music trio just two weeks before they are our soloists for the Beethoven “Triple” Concerto. Nina Flyer is PCO’s principal cellist!

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Jazz at the Villa

3:00 pm June 9th, 2019
Home of Al and Sue Farmer
$50 per person

Program Includes:

Enjoy an afternoon of vibrant music, light treats, wine and waters and spirited renditions of classical gems and jazz standards in a stunning private home. Hear the music in the most intimate surroundings, mingle with friends and like-minded music lovers and get to know these famous musicians all in support of the Pacific Chamber Orchestra’s concerts and educational programs.

Located in the beautiful Orinda hills you will feel like you are in a luxurious countryside Italian villa estate.

See internationally renowned violinist, composer, and two-time Grammy Award-Winner MADS TOLLING in a piano and violin performance.

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Mads Tolling

Mads Tolling is a two-time Grammy Award Winner and the newly named winner of DownBeat’s Critics Rising Star Poll for violin. As a former nine-year member of both Turtle Island Quartet and bassist Stanley Clarke’s band, Mads has spent most his professional life touring internationally. Since 2007 he has lead his own groups Mads Tolling Quartet. His most recent project: Mads Tolling & The Mads Men – Playing the 60s features jazzified versions of classic songs from TV, film and radio from the 1960s ‘Mad Men Era.’ Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera.


Previous Events


6th annual soiree and concert

Save the Date:

3:00 pm October 22, 2017
Home of Lynn and Joan Seppala
$80 per person; $150 per couple

Program:

  • Meet the Flintstones (Barbera)
  • Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael)
  • Blackened Bird (John R. Burr)
  • For the Asking (John R. Burr)
  • Danish Dessert (Mads Tolling)
  • Libertango (Astor Piazzolla)
  • Armando’s Rumba (Chick Corea)

Mads Tolling brings his wonderful violin and piano duet to Livermore. Bay Area legend John R. Burr will handle the keys. This will be a journey of vibrant jazz and spirited renditions of some of the great American standards along with a few original compositions to be enjoyed along with hearty hors d’oeuvres, tasty desserts, wine and beverages to benefit the Pacific Chamber Orchestra in our 29th season!

Mads Tolling & John R. Burr

Mads Tolling is a two-time Grammy Award Winner and the newly named winner of DownBeat’s Critics Rising Star Poll for violin. As a former nine-year member of both Turtle Island Quartet and bassist Stanley Clarke’s band, Mads has spent most his professional life touring internationally. Since 2007 he has lead his own groups Mads Tolling Quartet. His most recent project: Mads Tolling & The Mads Men – Playing the 60s features jazzified versions of classic songs from TV, film and radio from the 1960s ‘Mad Men Era.’ Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera.

John R. Burr is that rare pianist who combines jazz technique with a genuine love for folk music. His musical diversity has enabled him to tour and record with a variety of artists, including Maria Muldaur, the Alison Brown Quartet, Paul McCandless, Kenny Rankin, Robben Ford, and Michael Manring. His playing is as likely to be inspired by James Taylor or Doctor John as by Oscar Peterson or the Yellowjackets, although it is his love of folk music that has influenced him most.

Mads will be appearing with Maestro Kohl and the Pacific Chamber Orchestra 7:30 pm Saturday April 21 in Lafayette and 2:00 pm Sunday April 22, 2018 in Livermore under the theme of the old American Radio Hour that enthralled audiences before the advent of TV in a concert presentation of Gershwin, Copland, Joplin, Barber and a new work by Mads just for the Pacific Chamber Orchestra!