Classical at the Freight

2-for-1 Member Discount!

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).


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2013–2014 Classical at the Freight 7:
San Francisco Brass Quintet

The return of the mighty SFBQ, four-time winner of the “Best Brass Quintet Ben Brings to the Freight” contest. Ladies and gentlemen, these guys are as good as it gets, and always present a delightful, wide-ranging program showcasing the virtuosity of John Pearson and James Dooley, trumpets; Doug Hull, horn; Craig McAmis, trombone; and the unrivaled Forrest Byram on tuba. Guaranteed to chase those winter blues away.

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Apr 21 • Mon, 8:00pm • Berkeley
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.

2013–2014 Classical at the Freight 8:
Young Artists Showcase

Catch a rising star (or ten) in this special chamber music concert featuring small ensembles from our local schools
and youth orchestras. Some of the Bay Area’s best young classical musicians from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts,
Oakland’s School for the Arts, Berkeley’s Crowden Music Center, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and other noted
programs are focusing their musical energies on quartets and trios and learning the fine art of ensemble playing.
Come hear the future of classical music.

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May 12 • Mon, 8:00pm • Berkeley
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.



Earlier This Season:

2013–2014 Classical at the Freight 1:
Schubertiade

A special evening of chamber music and song by the master of melody himself, Franz Schubert. Soprano Shawnette Sulker and pianist Frank Levy join SFCO All-Stars Eugene Chuklov, Ben Simon, Eugene Sor, and Michel Taddei for the famous Trout Quintet and much more.

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Oct 14 • Mon, 8:00pm • Berkeley
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.

2013–2014 Classical at the Freight 2:
The Haydn Project

Take four musicians, sixty-eight string quartets, and the genius of Franz Josef Haydn; stir vigorously and applaud wildly.

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Nov 11 • Mon, 8:00pm • Berkeley
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.

2013–2014 Classical at the Freight 3:
The Great Fugue
Plus Malinowski’s Music Animation Machine

Enjoy a performance of Beethoven’s wildest composition while watching the music illustrated onscreen by Stephen
Malinowski’s brilliant Music Animation Machine.

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Dec 9 • Mon, 8:00pm • Berkeley
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.

2013–2014 Classical at the Freight 4:
Debut Performance: The GRRK Piano Quartet

The Bay Area’s chamber music scene just got richer: a brand new piano quartet with SFCO (and Bay Area) favorites
Rachel Walker (violin), Gillian Clements (viola), Robert Howard (cello), and Keisuke Nakagoshi (of ZOFO fame, piano).
A program from classic to contemporary in their first Fauré into the public eye. And we're sure they’ll be Offenbach.

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Jan 13 • Mon, 8:00pm • Berkeley
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.

2013–2014 Classical at the Freight 5:
Souvenir of Florence

Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s brilliant and beloved string sextet, Souvenir de Florence, tackled by five brilliant and beloved SFCO players plus special guest “concertmaster” Kay Stern, on loan from the SF Opera. With SFCO’s own associate concertmaster Eugene Chuklov, violists Darcy Rindt and Ben Simon, SFCO principal cellist Robert Howard, and SFCO principal bassist Michel Taddei taking the role of second cello; the Russian fireworks will be flying!

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Feb 10 • Mon, 8:00pm • Berkeley
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.

2013–2014 Classical at the Freight 6:
Squid Inc.

From Bjørk to bossa nova, Mozart to Megadeth, Squid Inc. rules the airwaves. The hottest string quartet on the Bay Area scene plays 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. With Hrabba Atladottir and Jory Fankuchen, violins; Darcy Rindt, viola; Beth Vandervennet, cello; and the occasional rapper.

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Mar 10 • Mon, 8:00pm • Berkeley
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.