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Violinist Kay Stern & Pianist Joan Nagano Playing In Mendocino


Will Be Performing on January 19, 2014

Kay Stern, Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and pianist Joan Nagano have delighted audiences for 12+ years with their passionate performances of classical repertoire for violin and piano.

Biography: The extraordinary pairing of violinist Kay Stern and pianist Joan Nagano dates back to over a dozen years ago, when a musical “blind date” accidentally brought these two musicians together. They recognized an immediate, natural and dynamic chemistry with one another. This close bond is evident as they play, mutually inspiring each other and their audiences with each passing concert season. 

This duo brings an extremely focused, serious commitment to music-making. They communicate, powerfully and intimately, the magic, strength, and inner essence of each piece that they choose to share. In concert, Kay and Joan speak with the audience about the repertoire, noting interesting historical contexts, intriguing connections, and the composers’ frame of mind. Every year, they enjoy offering new programs comprised of beloved standards, as well as re-introducing out-of-print works culled from the splendors of an older era of traditional violin masterpieces. The duo’s infectious energy and their vivid, thought-provoking, and refreshing musical interpretations bring music to life for enthusiastic audiences wherever they perform. Critical acclaim has described their playing as “rapturous”, “sassy”, and “electric”, combining “dash and elegance” with “impossibly impressive technique”, “delicate nuance”, and “magnificent bravado”.

Kay and Joan both nurture a philanthropic side, so within their performance schedule, whenever possible, they lend their musical skills and drawing power to fundraiser events. Their most recent events have raised money for organizations such as the Napa Valley Opera House, the Golden Gate Philharmonic, Pacifica Performances, The Spindrift Theater, the Peninsula Youth Symphony, and Composers Inc., as well as for private and public schools around the Bay Area. The Cazadero Summer Music Camp and the Ladera Music Program have also been recipients of proceeds generated at the duo’s fundraiser performances.

There performance will be held on January 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Preston Hall, located at 44831 Main Street, Mendocino. Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  Click link to order tickets. 707-937-1018.

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