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    Folk Music Connections

    Music at Noon Lunch and Concert

    When: Tuesday, 5/18/2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Where: Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    San Francisco Symphony musicians explore their connections to folk music past and present, featuring compositions based on folk melodies from Kazakhstan and Eastern Europe. Violinist Raushan Akhmedyarova talks about her father's legacy as a dombra player and composer, in his re-imagined "Sketches from Kazakhstan" by American composers Sam Post and Gloria Justen.

    Raushan Akhmedyarova—violin
    Barbara Bogatin—cello
    Gloria Justen—violin and viola
    Diana Yun—dombra

    Raushan Akhmedyarova joined the San Francisco Symphony in 2006. She is a native of Kazakhstan and comes from a family of musicians. She won first prize at the National Violin Competition of Kazakhstan, the International Competition of Asia in Tashkent, the UNISA International Competition in Pretoria and the Geneva International Competition. She graduated from the Kazakh State Conservatory and studied privately at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1994 she received a full scholarship to study at Southern Methodist University. Ms. Akhmedyarova was previously associate concertmaster of the New Century Chamber Orchestra and on the faculty of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra. For more about Raushan Akhmedyarova, visit www.sfsymphony.org/raushanakhmedyarov.

    Barbara Bogatin has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1994. Before joining the orchestra, her varied career included playing with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Aston Magna Baroque Festival, Connecticut Early Music Festival, The Monte Carlo Show and as principal cellist with Milwaukee and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras. Her chamber music appearances have included New York Chamber Soloists, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Tiburon Chamber Players, Lucerne Festival, Spoleto Festival, Cortona Friends Todi Week and the Casals Festival. She received both bachelor and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School.

    Gloria Justen is a composer, violinist and violist who is known for her dynamic, emotionally-charged performances. As a composer, Gloria has released two CDs of original compositions, and her music has been performed in the United States and Europe. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she has performed and toured as a violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Philip Glass Ensemble, and she has performed works by many other contemporary composers as a soloist and chamber musician. She has also been a recording session violinist for pop music stars like Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Erykah Badu and many others. Gloria enjoys collaborating with other musicians, modern dancers, storytellers, poets and visual artists. For more, visit gloriajustenmusic.com.

    Diana Yun was born and raised in Kazakhstan, yet it was only after she had immigrated to the US that she started playing the dombra, a traditional Kazakh two-string lute. The instrument has become a way of cultivating and maintaining her connection to her homeland.

    Monthly Music at Noon concerts include a delicious hot buffet lunch before the concert.  

    Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by the John R. Schwabacher Family as well as a grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund. We are grateful for their generous support.


    Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    (Was originally scheduled for May 19, 2020)
    12:00–1:30 PM | Early admittance at 11:40 AM for those who RSVP by May 17
    People without an RSVP allowed in if space permits
    Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
    $25 or two punches of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card. Pay at the door.
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]


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