The Francis Wong Unit featuring Wong, saxophone, John-Carlos Perea, electric bass, Karen Stackpole, multiple percussion, Karl Evangelista, electric guitar, and Melody Takata, taiko, will perform from 12 noon to 12:30 pm.
Chamber Music Festival in association with YBCA presents
Chamber Music Day | Live + Free
Sat, Nov 18 • 12–7pm • YBCA
Chamber Music Day | Live + Free is a unique, day-long showcase of performances designed to spotlight the breadth and variety of professional chamber music in the Bay Area. Produced by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Chamber Music Day, now in its fifth season, unites the community of ensembles, presenters, and arts organizations to feature thirty of the San Francisco Bay Area's finest baroque, classical, contemporary, cutting-edge improvisation, and jazz ensembles, in 30-minute performances created to delight new listeners and seasoned concert-goers of all ages and backgrounds.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Chamber Music Day offers musicians, local chamber music presenting organizations and audiences an unusual opportunity to gather at one venue in a casual atmosphere. Programs are presented in half-hour segments and are organized so that audience members are encouraged to move from venue to venue within Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, enjoying a variety of musical styles and enhancing their overall experience by discovering unfamiliar repertoire, genres, or ensembles.
A California Arts Council survey found that the greatest deterrent for audiences in California to attending concerts is "being unaware of the event." The next closest deterrents were cost of tickets and the accessibility of the venue. Chamber Music Day overcomes all of these deterrents by widely publicizing the event, by offering free admission, and by presenting a fabulous array of music in a user-friendly environment, this year at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In the past four Chamber Music Days, the typical audience member came to hear one or two particular ensembles with whom they were already familiar and ended up discovering and appreciating a number of other groups with whom they were not familiar. Many who attended were hearing chamber music for the very first time and found the event to be relaxed, welcoming and unpretentious. Everyone was appreciative of the opportunity to hear a musical sampling of the Bay Area's finest local professional small ensembles and to gather the information needed to attend concerts in the upcoming season that fit their own personal musical tastes!