An informal and invigorating evening of chamber music, and your chance to get up close and personal with your favorite San Francisco Chamber Orchestra players. SFCO Music Director Ben Simon hosts the unstuffiest classical series anywhere.

These Freight concerts are ticketed events and have an admission charge: $9 in advance / $11 at the door. SFCO supporting members get two-for-one tickets at the door for all shows. Tickets are sold by Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
(2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510.644.2020, freightandsalvage.org).

Robin Sharp, violin & Lori Lack, piano

Robin Sharp, violin & Lori Lack, piano
Mon, Oct 6 8pm

SFCO concertmaster Robin Sharp joins musical forces with her longtime performance partner in a duo recital you’re not going to want to miss. A Classical at the Freight favorite, Robin is “both elegant and impassioned in her playing, in turn sweetly lyrical and dazzlingly virtuosic.” [San Francisco Classical Voice]

The Haydn Project

The Haydn Project
Mon, Nov 10 8pm

Join us for Year Two from your intrepid friends at THP, as SFCO All-Stars Robin Sharp, Antoine van Dongen, Ben Simon, and Hannah Addario-Berry continue their voyage of discovery of Franz Josef Haydn’s amazing string quartets. Two fresh ones, unearthed and polished by the group, will be featured at this Freight exclusive.

ViolaMania3

ViolaMania3
Mon, Dec 8 8pm

We’re back! ViolaMania3: The Holiday Edition promises to be our biggest and best viola-fest yet. The Northern California Viola Society invites you to bring a viola for $1 off admission and join us in our third attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most violists playing together. Hear the Bay Area’s top violists and learn a few new viola jokes. Don’t miss the fun and great viola ensemble music!

Mozart Birthday Celebration

Mozart Birthday Celebration
Mon, Jan 12 8pm

When Wolfie turns 259, you’re going to want to be at the Freight with us! A crack team of SFCO All-Stars, led by Wolfie himself, presents an evening of chamber music masterpieces by the Salzburg Scribbler. Don’t miss our “Ask Wolfie” segment or the fabulous music-making onstage.

Kay Stern & Friends

Kay Stern & Friends
Mon, Feb 9 8pm

A Freight favorite and concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Kay Stern returns to our stage with a gaggle of SFCO All-Stars in tow. Featuring string quintets this time—one by Mendelssohn and one by Brahms—to immerse your entire being in amazing music.

Peter Lemberg & Friends

Peter Lemberg & Friends
Mon, Mar 9 8pm

SFCO principal oboist Peter Lemberg returns to the Freight with a playfully plangent program of music for English horn and strings. Joined by the SFCO All-Stars, Peter will perform music of Jean Françaix and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on this all-too seldom heard cousin of the oboe.

Dvořák’s Great Hits

Dvořák’s Great Hits
Mon, Apr 13 8pm

Join SFCO All-Stars Debra Fong & Ming-Shiu Yo (violins), Alexandra Leem & Ben Simon (violas), and Eric Gaenslen (cello) in a romantic evening of beautiful Czech chamber music by Antonín Dvořák. Selected movements from his string trio, quartet, and quintet repertoire will be featured in a varied program of Bohemian brilliance.

Evening under the Czars

Evening under the Czars
Mon, May 11 8pm

SFCO All-Stars Rachel Noyes (violin) and Robert Howard (cello) plus pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi (of Zofo fame) bring their combined talents to the Freight for a sizzling evening of Russian music featuring Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Piano Trio in A minor, op. 50. Вы не будете хотеть пропустить это!