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    Violins in the Night: Classical Reflections of the 'Gypsy' Music

    Music at Noon Lunch and Concert for Community Tuesdays

    When: Tuesday, 2/12/2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Export event

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

    Pianist Ian Scarfe and mezzo soprano Deborah Rosengaus are joined by violinist Philip Brezina as they explore chamber music and songs inspired by the Romani. This music, sometimes labeled "Gypsy," has roots across many cultures but quickly gained popularity across Europe in the Classical and Romantic Eras. Composers such as Brahms, Liszt, Saint-Saens and Lehar will be featured in this entertaining and engaging program.


    Deborah Rosengaus, vocals
    Ian Scarfe, piano
    Philip Brezina, violin

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    Mezzo soprano Deborah Rosengaus is a native of the Bay Area. She has performed internationally in East Asia and Australia, with recitals in Mexico, Europe and across the US in Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Beijing Center for the Performing Arts, Santori Hall in Tokyo, and Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She performs regularly in Opera and Musical Theater performing locally with; West Edge, Lamplighters, Livermore Opera, Opera San Jose, Pocket Opera, Los Altos Stage, Solo Opera, Island City Opera. She is also a sought after lecturer with courses given for Osher at Santa Clara University, San Francisco Opera Guild, College of Marin, San Mateo Adult School and institutions for continued learning around the Bay Area. She holds a BM from USC and an MM from the Manhattan School of Music. For more information visit www.DeborahRosengaus.com.

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCIan Scarfe enjoys a busy career as a piano soloist, collaborative pianist and chamber musician. An enthusiastic performer, he averages over one hundred performances each year, which often take him across the United States, Canada and Europe. He is the founder and director of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, which presents annual retreats and concert tours for dozens of musicians from around the world. Based in "North State" California's scenic Trinity County, the home of the Trinity Alps Wilderness, the festival has given over 200 concerts in its seven years, including educational performances at dozens of local schools and summer camps.

    Ian is a founding member of the Vinifera Trio, an ensemble based in California's wine country, and the Zurich Mozart Trio, based in Zurich, Switzerland. He is also a founding member of the group Nonsemble 6, renowned for its fully staged performances of Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. An eloquent and articulate speaker, Ian is a frequent lecturer on music and gives talks on music appreciation and history at universities, adult education programs and retirement communities.

    As a soloist, Ian's appearances with orchestras have come to prominently feature the music of Beethoven. Recent performances of Beethoven's music include the Piano Concerto No. 4 with Symphony Parnassus in San Francisco, the Choral Fantasy with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Orchestra in Alaska, and the Triple Concerto with orchestras in California and Florida. He is currently on staff as a music associate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Master's Degree in 2008 and an Artist's Certificate in 2010. He earned a Bachelor's of Music Degree in 2005 from Willamette University. His principal teachers are Paul Hersh from the SF Conservatory of Music and Dr. Anita King from Willamette University.

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    Philip Brezina started playing violin at age five, following the wisdom of the Suzuki program. He went on to do his undergraduate work with David Salness at The University of Maryland. While in Maryland, his quartet was selected to lead the inaugural chamber music outreach program, an idea designed to bring music education to under-privileged youth. Philip now lives in San Francisco, where he received his Masters Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Ian Swensen. He works as a bluegrass fiddler in The Brothers Comatose, a studio recording artist with the Magik Magik orchestra, as well as a soloist and principal second in The San Jose Chamber Orchestra.



    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 of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. We are grateful for their generous support.

    Need a ride?

    The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for mobility-impaired seniors to all Community Tuesday lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741. 

    Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.


    Tuesday, February 12
    12:00–1:30 PM | Early admittance at 11:40 AM for those who RSVP by February 10
    Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
    $20 or two punches of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
    RSVP by contacting Michelle Rosengaus. Pay at the door.
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]




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