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Music & Morsels: “Conversations between Clarinet & Cello”

Wednesday, November 2 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm

CA 94903 United States
Bring dessert/coffee or cocktail/nosh and take a front-row seat for a beautiful & interesting, live musical recital with insights and Q&A.

Music & Morsels

Bring a cup of coffee/tea & pastry or create a wine/cheese happy hour and take a front row seat at your computer for a live, classical concert, followed by Q&A with the artist.

PROGRAM CHANGE! Today’s concert now features…

Music & Morsels: “Conversations between Clarinet & Cello”

Wednesday, November 2

1-2pm (PT), 2-3pm (MT), 3-4pm (CT), 4-5pm (ET)

on Zoom

At first glance, the clarinet and cello make an unusual pair — there’s quite a contrast in how composers write for the instruments. Yet as this duo program progresses, Matthew Boyles, clarinet and James Jaffe, cello unveil how both instruments share a vocal sound and a true sense of fun. We’ll begin with solo works by Igor Stravinsky and Benjamin Britten, then continue with stunning keyboard transcriptions of Frederic Chopin and J.S. Bach. The end of the program is lighthearted and rhythmic: duos by Morton Gould (for his friend Benny Goodman) and Swedish cello star Svante Henryson.

Save! Get “Early Bird” pricing before October 31st.

About James Jaffe

Cellist James Jaffe connects with audiences, colleagues, and composers through music. He has performed solos with CityMusic Cleveland, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Stockton Symphony. Chamber music appearances have taken him to the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute in Manhattan, Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, and Switzerland and France on concert tours. His performances have been broadcast on Cleveland’s WCLV 104.9, Virginia’s WVTF 89.1, San Francisco’s KDFC 90.3, and streamed live from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Recognizing the immediate need for musical connections during the coronavirus pandemic, James created and performed a series of eight cello livestreams in April 2020. Since then he has worked on quarantine-era projects with many longtime friends and collaborators: livestreams with the Sierra Quartet, violinist Mélanie Clapiès, and visual artist Peggy Gyulai; hybrid events with Classical Revolution and the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival; live outdoor performances with Concerts in the Park; and new video projects with One Found Sound.

In addition to being a prolific performer, James serves as Artistic Director of Festival Rolland, a summer chamber music festival in Burgundy, France. An enthusiastic interpreter of new music, he has collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky and performed Chinary Ung’s Khse Buon for a Cleveland concert series featuring the work of displaced composers.

About Matthew Boyles

Matthew Boyles has performed with the San Francisco Ballet as an extra musician since 2016. Matthew also plays with various other Bay Area ensembles, including the Modesto Symphony, California Symphony, Monterey Symphony and New Century Chamber Orchestra. Also an avid chamber musician, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based Vinifera Trio and is a series artist for the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival.

While working on his undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he performed with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the Louisville Symphony Orchestra. Matthew went on to complete his graduate studies at Temple University as a student of Ricardo Morales. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, he lived and worked in Philadelphia, performing with the New Haven Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

In addition to performing, Matthew is also an active educator as the adjunct clarinet professor at Napa Valley College and the lead wind teaching artist at Enriching Lives through Music, an El Sistema program in San Rafael, California.

Tickets & Notes:

“Early Bird” Ticket: $12.50; available until 48-hours prior to the performance.

“Regular” Tickets: $15; available until the performance begins.

All tickets are 1) are per device, not per person on Zoom, and 2) are non-refundable & non-exchangeable.

Program subject to change; refunds are not available if a program takes place.

The Fine Print:

Fortunately, we’ve had very few issues, but just to be clear…

Your Zoom “Event Link”: The Zoom event link will be emailed to you two days before the event. To help it land in your “inbox,” before registering, please add the following emails to your contacts:

  • James Sokol — jsokol@marinjcc.org
  • JCC Alliance — alliance@marinjcc.org

Registrants are requested to make sure the email w/link has arrived by the evening of Oct. 31st. If the email does not arrive, please see “Troubleshooting” below.

The email w/link will be re-sent to all registrants about 2-hours prior to the event. NB: However, if it landed somewhere other than in your inbox the first time, it will probably do the same later.

Have a Comcast email? Please refer to this guide: https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/spam-filters-and-email-blocking-new-experience.

Troubleshooting: We will do our best to remedy any issues. Registrants who have NOT received the email w/link are asked to check their email “junk” and “spam” folders. If found, please move the email to your inbox. If the email/link is still not there, please contact James (see below) immediately.

Late Troubleshooting: We will try our best – but cannot guarantee – help with Zoom links to guests contacting James less than 1-hour prior to the event.

Live Only: In agreement with our guides, artists, instructors, special guests, etc., events are not recorded. Make-up sessions are unavailable. Credit/refund is not given for missed events.

Liability: While we will do our best to remedy any issues, The Osher Marin JCC & its Program Partners cannot be held responsible for 1) issues related to Eventbrite or Zoom, 2) ticket buyers not following the instructions above, nor 3) packing, shipping, or deliver services of food/beverages not received in time for tasting events.

Don’t ya just hate “the fine print?!!”

Questions? Email James at jsokol@marinjcc.org.

Music & Morsels is created by the Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael, CA) and offered by the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance. See below for a full list of Alliance Partners.

ALL ARE WELCOME to join in our activities! JCC members, non-members, those who live near or far, people of all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, hair styles, fashion choices, chocolate preferences, etc. “The more the merrier!”


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