Enjoy the 2018-19 Season Chamber Music Newsletter here.
Frequency 49, a San Francisco Bay Area-based wind and piano chamber ensemble, is dedicated to broadening awareness of compelling woodwind repertoire through performances of highest artistry. By using flexible instrumentation, the group explores the spectrum of sound colors that are created by this combination of instruments. Their concert at Gualala Arts’ Coleman Hall is set for Sunday, January 20, 2019, 4:00pm. Tickets are $25 advance, $5 day of event, and are available at Gualala Arts, Dolphin Gallery, and BrownPaperTickets.com.
Current members of the ensemble are Katrina Walter (flute), Adrienne Malley (oboe), Jeannie Psomas (clarinet), Patrick Johnson-Whitty (bassoon), Audra Loveland (french horn), and Margaret Halbig (piano).
The January 20 performance celebrates Frequency 49’s sixth season with a recital of French music, including music by Francis Poulenc, one of Les Six’s most well-known composers*. Expected repertoire includes Pierre Max Dubois: “Petite Suite for Flute and Bassoon”; Francis Poulenc: “Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano”; Marcel Bitsch: “Variations sur une Chanson Francaise for Horn and Piano”; Jacques Ibert: “Trois Pieces Breve”; and Jean Francaix: “L’heure du Berger”.
Formed in 2012, Frequency 49 has appeared in recital throughout the Bay Area and northern California. Highly sought after by composers, they have premiered music by up-and-coming American composer Robert Pierzak, contemporary composer Sy Brandon, hip-hop/classical fusion artist Joowan Kim, and jazz musician and music educator David Hart. Frequency 49 has also collaborated with world-renowned pianist Mack McCray. Committed to education, they have also given masterclasses and performances presented by the Chamber Music of Northern California.
Members hold advanced degrees from prestigious institutions including Carnegie Mellon University, the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Michigan, the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Individual members also perform with orchestras throughout the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, Symphony Silicon Valley, and the California, Marin, Monterey, Oakland, Santa Cruz, and Santa Rosa Symphonies.
The name “Frequency 49” originates from the fact that color and sound are both defined by their frequencies. The six wildly different timbres of their instruments result in a vibrant and unique myriad of sounds. As Marc Chagall put it, “Color is everything, color is vibration like music; everything is vibration.”
*a group of six French composers who worked in Montparnasse. Their music is often seen as a reaction against the musical style of Richard Wagner and the impressionist music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. In addition to Poulenc (1899–1963), the members were Georges Auric (1899–1983), Louis Durey (1888–1979), Arthur Honegger (1892–1955), Darius Milhaud (1892–1974), and Germaine Tailleferre (1892–1983).
Tickets are $25 advance, $5 more day of performance;
youth 7-17 admitted free with adult.
For advance purchase, visit BrownPaperTickets.com or call them at 1-800-838-3006.
To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.