Tiburon Music Festival at St. Hilary Church
June 19 – 26, 2010

The third annual Tiburon Music Festival, a European style festival, featuring community based musicians bringing world class performances of chamber music and chamber opera at a very affordable price to the breathtaking setting of St. Hilary Church in beautiful Tiburon, California

Celebrate the 200th birthdays of Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann with two chamber music concerts, featuring the Tiburon Chamber Players (San Francisco Symphony musicians with Marin County roots) and a piano recital. Then revel in some of
Marin County’s favorite activities as Contemporary Opera Marin presents five fully staged chamber operas sung in English on the theme of Eating, Drinking and Shopping.

Saturday, June 19 at 7:30
Contemporary Opera Marin

The Coffee Cantata by J.S. Bach – budding romance under the influence of a delicious 18th century brew with Christa Pfeiffer, Jeff Fields and Stefan Schermerhorn.
     Prohibition Songs – a staging for women’s chorus of a number of American popular songs from 1900 to 1930 decrying ‘demon rum’.
First love, Last Orders by Barry Russell – the first of this British composers ten minute Pub Operas - literally operas meant to be performed in pubs - serves up a poignant look at couples (Valentina Osinski and Joe Osborne) hoping for that elusive connection while out for a pint.
     The Seasonings by P. D. Q. Bach – a madcap romp on all aspects of the culinary arts in the style of a Handel oratorio featuring a large chorus and the soloists of the St. Hilary choir.

Sunday, June 20, at
The Tiburon Chamber Players perform Felix Mendelssohn’s masterful Octet in E flat major, opus 20, for double string quartet and festival director Paul Smith joins them in the great Piano Quintet, opus 44 of Robert Schumann. Performed by San Francisco Symphony musicians Sarn Oliver, Amy Hiraga, Mariko Smiley, Chen Zhao, violins
Gina Feinauer, Nancy Ellis, violas, Peter Wyrick, Barbara Bogatin, cellos

Tuesday, June 22 at 7:30
Festival director Paul Smith performs Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze, opus 6, and after intermission, Stinson Beach pianist Jean Alexis Smith performs selections from her recent CD release of the complete Chopin nocturnes.In addition, each half of the program opens with a work by Clara Schumann, Robert’s beloved wife, that inspired these compositions.

Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30
Contemporary Opera Marin

Prohibition Songs
First love, Last Orders
by Barry Russell
     Send for Mr. Plim by Mischa Spolianskythis rarely performed cabaret opera first performed in Berlin in 1932 follows a day in the life of sad sack Mr Plim as he tries to please the many ‘high maintenance’ customers at the famous Wertheim’s department store. Imagine Kurt Weill with a close harmony male quintet and you’ll begin to get the flavor of this comedic gem. You won’t want to miss the revival of this Contemporary Opera Marin production featuring Christa Pfeiffer, Stefan Schermerhorn, Erik Batz and
Michael P. Mendelssohn as Plim.

Thursday, June 24 at
Tiburon Chamber Players
violist Nancy Ellis performs transcriptions of Schumann songs and Brahms’ Two Songs, opus 91, for contralto, viola and piano. Tiburon Chamber Players founder, Barbara Bogatin, performs Chopin’s Waltz in A minor and Nocturne in C sharp minor in transcription for cello and piano. After intermission Barbara will be joined by violinist John Chisholm and Paul Smith in a performance of the Clara Schumann Piano Trio, opus 17.   

Friday, June 25 at 7:30
Contemporary Opera Marin

     Send for Mr. Plim by Mischa Spoliansky
     The Coffee Cantata
by J.S. Bach
     The Seasonings by P. D. Q. Bach

Saturday, June 26 at 7:30
Contemporary Opera Marin
     First love, Last Orders by Barry Russell
Prohibition Songs
The Seasonings
by P. D. Q. Bach
Send for Mr. Plim by Mischa Spoliansky

All performances begin at 7:30 and last approximately 90 minutes.
Light refreshments are served afterwards.
Tickets are $20 each (18 and under $5) or three for $45.
Tickets are available online at www.tiburonmusicfestival.org,
by phone at 415 457 5226 or at the door

St. Hilary Church
761 Hilary Dr.
Tiburon, California 94920