Your monthly fix of top-shelf chamber music in a relaxed space. Settle in with a glass of wine, take a chance on some trivia,
and get up close and personal with your favorite SFCO musicians.

$9 in advance / $11 at the door

SFCO supporting members get 2-for-1 tickets (in advance and at the door) for all shows.
Tickets sold by Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 
(2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510.644.2020,




Mon, Oct 12  8pm

What could be better than an evening of string quintets with the SFCO All-Stars? Masterpieces by classical superstars Mozart and Mendelssohn are featured in this program of great chamber music for the viola quintet (a string quartet improved by an additional viola!) Antoine van Dongen & Natasha Makhijani, violin; Jory Fankuchen & Ben Simon, viola; Eric Gaenslen, cello.


Mon, Nov 16  8pm

Noted Bay Area cellist Hannah Addario-Berry celebrates the centenary of Kodály’s iconic Cello Sonata with a program that includes several exciting commissioned works. Scordatura is a musical term defined as the deliberate retuning of an instrument’s open strings, which Kodály uses to brilliant effect. The only Berkeley stop on Hannah’s international Scordatura tour!


Mon, Dec 14  8pm

Freight favorite Robert Howard brings his cello and a few friends, including noted composer Gabriela Lena Frank, for an evening of classical and contemporary music and conversation.


Mon, Jan 11  8pm

Our annual tribute to the master himself. As Mozart turns the big two-six-oh, we present the SFCO All-Stars, featuring concertmaster Robin Sharp and principal horn Alex Rosenfeld, in a celebratory program of his greatest music for small ensembles. Come meet Wolfie himself and play our Mozart trivia game for a chance to win valuable prizes.


Mon, Feb 8  8pm

An evening of melodious music by Franz Schubert, including his famous Trout Quintet and an early string trio. Featuring guest star and SF Opera Orchestra concertmaster Kay Stern, pianist Frank Levy, and a team of SFCO All-Stars—including Robert Howard, Michel Taddei, and Ben Simon.


Mon, Mar 14  8pm

St. Petersburg’s acclaimed Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet makes an all-too-rare Bay Area appearance. Comprised of four graduates of the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory, the RKSQ tours widely and is especially known for their interpretations of 19th century Russian music. Noted local soprano Sally Porter Munro joins the quartet for this very special performance.


Mon, Apr 11  8pm

From Bjørk to bossa nova, Mozart to Megadeth, Squid Inc rules the airwaves. The hottest string quartet on the Bay Area scene plays both covers and original tunes in a sassy blend of grunge classical meets rock-n-roll. A Freight favorite! Bring your tattooed boyfriend to this one. Hrabba Atladottir & Jory Fankuchen, violin; Darcy Rindt, viola; Beth Vandervennet, cello; and the occasional rapper.


Mon, May 9  8pm

Take four musicians, sixty-eight string quartets, and the genius of Franz Josef Haydn; stir vigorously and applaud wildly. Robin Sharp, Julie Kim, Ben Simon, and Hannah Addario-Berry make their third annual Freight appearance as The Haydn Project. Join them as their journey continues into these mostly brilliant, always inventive, enormously engaging works.