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 Classical at the Freight shows.
Tickets sold by Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse (2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510.644.2020, freightandsalvage.org).
MON, OCT 10 | 8pm
Violinist extraordinaire and SFCO principal Debra Fong takes center stage in a program dedicated to chamber music for small ensembles, including Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello with her husband, Christopher Costanza of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
MON, NOV 14 | 8pm
One of the Bay Area’s musical treasures, pianist Robert Schwartz makes his Freight debut with a program of solo and chamber music masterworks. Come hear this “prelude” to his upcoming Main Stage performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.
MON, DEC 12 | 8pm
Take four musicians, sixty-eight string quartets, and the genius of Franz Joseph Haydn; stir vigorously and applaud wildly. SFCO All-Stars Robin Sharp, Julie Kim, Ben Simon, and Hannah Addario-Berry make their fourth annual Freight appearance as The Haydn Project. Join them as their journey continues into these mostly brilliant, always inventive, enormously engaging works.
MON, JAN 9 | 8pm
Our annual tribute to the master himself. As Mozart turns 261, we present the SFCO All-Stars in a program of chamber music masterpieces by the Salzburg Scribbler himself. Don’t miss our “Ask Wolfie” segment or the fabulous music-making onstage.
MON, FEB 13 | 8pm
Freight favorite and SF Opera Orchestra concertmaster Kay Stern joins SFCO Music Director Ben Simon for a selection of short, delightful string duos by 20th century master Béla Bartók. These folk songs and dances (most of them under one minute long) represent Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, north Africa, and Bartók’s native Hungary, and were sources of inspiration for his larger works.
MON, MAR 13 | 8pm
Five-time winners of the “Best Brass Quintet Ben Brings to the Freight” contest, the gentlemen of the SFBQ are as good as they come, and always present a delightful, wide-ranging program showcasing the virtuosity of: John Pearson and James Dooley, trumpets; Doug Hull, French horn; Craig McAmis, trombone; and the unrivaled Forrest Byram, tuba.
MON, APR 17 | 8pm
Founded in the spring of 2013, the CMSSF is comprised of four young, passionate musicians (and SFCO All-Stars) dedicated to sharing chamber music masterworks with diverse audiences in intimate settings all over the Bay Area. Jory Fankuchen and Natasha Makhijani (violins), Clio Tilton (viola), and Samsun van Loon (cello) present an exciting and wide-ranging program for their Freight debut.
MON, MAY 8 | 8pm
Jeffrey LaDeur (piano), Liana Bérubé (violin), and Michelle Kwon (cello) are the award-winning Delphi Trio, praised for their “…spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound…” (San Francisco Classical Voice). The San Francisco-based piano trio has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and Germany, seeking always to find an original, beautiful sound with an intimate, powerful atmosphere. This is their Classical at the Freight debut.