Concerts

We are pleased to announce the 2020 Midwinter Beethoven Festival! In celebration of the 250 anniversary of Beethoven's birth, the Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players will present 3 concerts throughout the bay area. We hope to see you there! 

Stay tuned for news about the 2020 Midsummer Mozart Festival!

Previous events

Midwinter Beethoven Festival - Berkeley

Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, 1537 Euclid Ave., Berkeley

Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players present their first annual Midwinter Festival with a celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday!

Join pianist Paul Schrage, violinists Robin Hansen and Ani Bukujian, violist Elizabeth Prior, and cellist Eric Gaenslen as we honor Beethoven in his arrangement of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" Variations for Cello and Piano (1801), Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Opus 110 (1821), and String Quartet in A minor, Opus 132 (1825).

Midwinter Beethoven Festival - San Francisco

Noontime Concerts at Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St. , San Francisco

Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players present their first annual Midwinter Festival with a celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday!

Join pianist Paul Schrage, violinists Robin Hansen and Ani Bukujian, violist Elizabeth Prior, and cellist Eric Gaenslen as we honor Beethoven in his arrangement of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" Variations for Cello and Piano (1801) and String Quartet in A minor, Opus 132 (1825).

Suggested donation: $10 at the door

Midwinter Beethoven Festival - Saratoga

Montalvo Arts Center Historic Villa, 15400 Montalvo Rd. , Saratoga

Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players present their first annual Midwinter Festival with a celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday!

Join pianist Paul Schrage, violinists Robin Hansen and Ani Bukujian, violist Elizabeth Prior, and cellist Eric Gaenslen as we honor Beethoven in his arrangement of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" Variations for Cello and Piano (1801), Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Opus 110 (1821), and String Quartet in A minor, Opus 132 (1825).

Jul15

Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra

Cazadero Music Camp, 5385 Cazadero Hwy, Cazadero, CA 95421

The Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra performs at the Cazadero Music Camp. This performance is free and open to the public.

Divertimento in B flat (allegro + variations) K. 287

Exsultate Jubilate K. 165

Symphony no. 40 K. 550

Paul Schrage, Conductor

Christina Major, Soprano

Jul14

Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra

Buena Vista Winery, 18000 Old Winery Rd, Sonoma, CA

The Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra closes its season at the beautiful Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma with an incredible program featuring soprano Christina Major.

Divertimento in B flat (allegro + variations) K. 287

Exsultate Jubilate K. 165

Intermission

Set of 3 arias

  • Tutte nel cor vi sento, from Idomeneo

  • Idol mio, se ritroso, from Idomeneo

  • Or sai chi lo, from Don Giovanni

Symphony no. 40 K. 550

Paul Schrage, Conductor

Christina Major, Soprano

Jul13

Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra

Trianon Theatre, 72 N 5th St, San Jose, CA

The Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra returns to San Jose with an incredible program featuring soprano Christina Major.

Divertimento in B flat (allegro + variations) K. 287

Exsultate Jubilate K. 165

Intermission

Set of 3 arias

  • Tutte nel cor vi sento, from Idomeneo

  • Idol mio, se ritroso, from Idomeneo

  • Or sai chi lo, from Don Giovanni

Symphony no. 40 K. 550

Paul Schrage, Conductor

Christina Major, Soprano

Jul12

Words, Wine, and Music

Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco, CA

Join us for a delightful evening featuring Stephanie Cowell, author of Marrying Mozart. Amadeus meets Little Women in this irresistibly delightful historical novel by award-winning author Stephanie Cowell. The year is 1777 and the four Weber sisters, daughters of a musical family, share a crowded, artistic life in a ramshackle house. While their father scrapes by as a music copyist and their mother secretly draws up a list of prospective suitors in the kitchen, the sisters struggle with their futures, both marital and musical—until twenty-one-year-old Wolfgang Mozart walks into their lives.

Enjoy complimentary wine, Stephanie's insights and Mozart anecdotes, and music by the Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players. Repertoire includes string quartets no. 7 and 21, and a set of arias sung by Guest Artist Christina Major accompanied by Music Director Paul Schrage.

Stephanie Cowell is a recipient of an American Book Award for excellence in literature. Her historical novel, Marrying Mozart, was published in seven languages and has been optioned for a movie.

A limited number of books will be for sale.

Jul11

Midsummer Mozart Festival Opening Night Featuring Daniel Glover, Pianist

Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, CA

Midsummer Mozart Festival Opening Night featuring a piano recital by Daniel Glover, with special guest pianist Thomas Hansen.

Fantasy in C minor, K. 475

Rondo in D, K. 485

Adagio in B minor, K. 540

Gluck Variations, K. 455

Intermission

Sonata for four hands in F, K. 497

Pianist Daniel Glover has performed in 42 states and 25 countries throughout Europe, Asia, North America, South America and the Caribbean. Mr. Glover has trained with such luminaries as Eugene List, Abbey Simon, Jerome Lowenthal, Nancy Bachus and Thomas LaRatta. He holds a master’s degree from New York’s Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student. Among his numerous competition awards is first prize in the prestigious Liederkranz Competition in 1990. His successful 1992 Carnegie Hall recital in New York was a result of winning the Artist’s International Competition. Mr. Glover also appeared in Washington, D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery and at the St. Petersburg Palaces Festival in Russia.

With a repertoire of over fifty-five concerti and other works for piano and orchestra, Mr. Glover has appeared regularly with eighteen Bay Area orchestras, as well as numerous orchestras nationally and internationally.

The San Jose Mercury News said, “Glover is an incisive, exciting, and apparently tireless player…a natural for hyper-virtuosic challenge.” He has been hailed for his “extraordinary technique, analytical understanding and determined phrasing from the first to the last bar.” (Südhessische Post, Germany)

The San Francisco Classical Voice remarked, “Brilliant, tender, whimsical, sparkling…Glover brought everything together into a well balanced, evenly measured medium.” “The elegance and civility of Glover’s approach was musically unimpeachable.” “Dazzling…golly can he play! I kept expecting smoke to emerge from the interior of the instrument…a flawless sense of Lisztian style incorporating its emotional depth.”

May19

Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players at Sundays at the Mint

Old U. S. Mint, 88 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Mozart: Wind Octets

Serenade in E-flat Major, K. 375

Serenade in C Minor, K. 388/384a

Laura Griffiths and Ruth Stuart, Oboe

Mark Brandenburg and Ann Lavin, Clarinet

Deborah Kramer and Patrick Johnson-Whitty, Bassoon

Glen Swarts and David Goldklang, French Horn