Delineating Brahms: The Saint Michael Trio; Robin Sharp, violin; and Julie Kim, violin

Saturday, September 17, 2016

7:30 pm

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Department of Music

Russell Hancock, Daniel Cher, and Michel Flexer of the Saint Michael Trio are joined by Department of Music Lecturer Robin Sharp, violin, and Julie Kim, violin (San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet Orchestras) for this program exploring the music of Brahms — an anguished figure, nearly paralyzed by the shadow of Beethoven, utterly committed to the classical form he inherited, and tormented by love. His music is achingly sweet, often brooding, and frequently dark.

The program will utilize an "informance" format, drawing on visuals and commentary about Brahms and his compositional devices.


  • Piano Trio No. 4 in C minor, Op. 101 (Scherzo: Presto non assai)
  • Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8 (first movement: Allegro con brio)
  • Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60 (third movement: Andante)
  • Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (first movement: Allegro non troppo)
  • Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (Scherzo: Allegro)

Established in 2007, the Saint Michael Trio is hailed as Silicon Valley's update to the staid world of classical music. Rising quickly to prominence, the artists (Daniel Cher, Russell Hancock, and Michel Flexer) receive consistent praise for making their concerts interesting, accessible, and oftentimes funny. In addition to the classical masterworks, they perform jazz and even rock tunes, and their hallmark is mixing all of it in the same concert. In 2012, they began a partnership with Stanford University, appearing to full houses at Dinkelspiel Auditorium where they deliver their trademark "informances" exploring classical composers in depth.

As a founding member of the acclaimed Franciscan String Quartet, which received First Prize at the 1986 Banff International String Quartet competition, Julie Kim has performed extensively throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. She has served on the faculty at Dartmouth College. At the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received her Bachelor's in Music, Ms. Kim studied with Isadore Tinkleman and David Abel. She participated in the Aspen, Norfolk, and Banff Music Festivals and pursued chamber music studies with the Tokyo, Julliard, Cleveland, Emerson, and Vermeer String Quartets. Currently, she freelances with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras.

Violinist Robin Sharp is a solo performer, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. Ms. Sharp performs as Concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra with conductor Benjamin Simon, and is on the Music faculty at Stanford University as full-time Lecturer in Violin. In addition to maintaining private teaching studios in San Francisco and Palo Alto, she teaches at California Summer Music each summer. Ms.Sharp currently serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and is also on the Advisory Board of California Summer Music. A frequent guest artist, Ms. Sharp appeared as soloist during the 2015-16 season with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Schola Cantorum, and with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra for their Pacific Northwest 50th Anniversary Tour. Her chamber music engagements include ongoing collaborations with the Saint Michael Trio.

Saturday, September 17, 2016.
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dinkelspiel Auditorium Map

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