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    Community Conversations Presents The Romantic Piano

    When: Tuesday, 2/16/2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Where: Online


    In the spirit of Valentine's Day, this program will delight you with 19th century masterpieces filled with passion, imagination and virtuosity. Join Ian Scarfe and Britton Day, two Bay Area pianists, for discussions and performances of some of the greatest Romantic piano works ever written. Music by Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninoff and more will be featured.OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    Ian Scarfe is a concert pianist who has enjoyed a long career as a performer. He has toured in Europe and the United States regularly as a soloist and as a member of several ensembles, including the Zurich Beethoven Trio and the Vinifera Trio. A well-known collaborative pianist, he has worked with hundreds of wonderful musicians from around the world. He is the founder and director of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, now in its 10th season, and runs several Bay Area concert series.

    He is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he currently teaches, and is also faculty and guest artist of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska, and Festival Rolland in Burgundy, France.

    Ian balances an impressive career as an impresario, organizing over a hundred concerts around the world each year. This has continued during the pandemic crisis, as Ian has worked hard to refocus his musical career on recording and broadcasting music. He currently presents an incredible variety of musicians and musical programs for online programming, both publicly through his Trinity Alps Festival, and privately, for numerous organizations, music clubs and even Zoom birthday parties. You can find his recordings online on YouTube or at his website, www.ianscarfe.com and learn more about his upcoming events at www.TrinityAlpsCMF.org.

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCBritton Day was born in San Francisco, raised in Mill Valley and attended college in Ohio. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Oberlin Conservatory, he returned to the Bay Area to continue his post graduate studies with Paul Hersh at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where Britt earned a Master's Degree as well as a Professional Studies Diploma.

    Since graduating, Britt works as a staff accompanist at the SF Conservatory and performs chamber music and recitals with musicians from the San Francisco Symphony, Opera Orchestra and SF Ballet Orchestra. Recent appearances include performing on the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series in Davies Symphony Hall, Soundbox, the Berkeley Hillside Club chamber series, the Berkeley Symphony and Friends chamber series in Piedmont and the Eastern Sierra Symphony Summer Festival.

    Working with aspiring musicians is a passion for Britt. Throughout the year, he coaches musicians of all ages, and in the summer serves on the faculty of the Northern California Flute Camp in Carmel Valley.

    Britt continues his work as a rehearsal pianist for the San Francisco Ballet company, and he can be found most weekday mornings playing piano for future ballerinas at Miss Tilly's Ballet School in the Outer Richmond.

    The program is free but requires registration to get the Zoom link.

    This program is underwritten by Frances Bennet, Jean Myers, Gerald and MJ Lopatin. Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the John R. Schwabacher Family, Diane and Jon Claerbout in memory of their beloved son Jos, as well as the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund. We are grateful for their generous support.


    Tuesday, February 16
    1:00–2:00 PM
    Free with registration
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | [email protected]


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