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Harker Concert Series

Join us for the return of the in-person series, in our beautiful Rothschild Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2018. For more information about Harker or the Harker Concert Series, contact communications@harker.org.

We’re proud to highlight current and rising musical talent, most of whom also conduct master classes with our students. The evenings begin at 6 p.m. with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages (outdoors), as well as a cash bar for beer and wine. The shows begin at 7 p.m. The Harker Concert Series launched in 2010-11 as part of the school's ongoing commitment to share thoughtful, entertaining and engaging events with the greater Bay Area community.

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2021-22 Season

Project Trio

Jared Schonig Ensemble

Fri., Nov. 5, 2021

Grammy-Award winning drummer, composer and bandleader Jared Schonig has toured and/or recorded internationally with Nicholas Payton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Donny McCaslin, Darcy James Argue and Secret Society, The 8-Bit Big Band, Miho Hazama and m_Unit and Ernie Watts, among others. A favorite among vocalists, Schonig has toured with Grammy Award-winners Kurt Elling, The New York Voices, Kristen Chenoweth, Cynthia Erivo and singer/songwriter Donna Lewis. He has performed around the world from Carnegie Hall to festivals in Zimbabwe. Schonig co-led The Wee Trio, which released five albums, garnering praise from respected publications such as Downbeat and All About Jazz. He recorded two solo albums of original music to be released in fall 2021. He recently held the drum chair for the critically acclaimed Tony, Grammy and Emmy-award winning Broadway revival of “The Color Purple” and is currently playing drums and percussion for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.”

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Emerald Brass Quintet

Fri., Feb. 4, 2022

Since forming in 2006, the Emerald Brass Quintet (EBQ) has gained recognition as a dynamic and virtuosic collection of performers and educators. They recently released their debut album, “Danzón,” on Albany Records. Established by graduate student colleagues at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, EBQ has performed with the world-renowned Canadian Brass and Eastman Wind Ensemble and presented clinics across the country. EBQ was a featured guest on the Gualala Arts Center Concert Series and WXXI 91.5’s "Backstage Pass" and was featured at the 2009 Brass in Frankenwald festival in Hof, Germany. Members of the EBQ are current faculty members at Utah State University, Ball State University, University of Hawaii, Santa Clara University and East Tennessee State University. As individuals, they have performed from the concert halls of Thailand and southeast Asia to Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, and with orchestras in Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Madison, Honolulu, Rochester, Syracuse and San Jose.

Daedalus String Quartet

Fri., May 6, 2022

Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. Since winning the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, the Daedalus Quartet has impressed critics and listeners alike with the security, technical finish, interpretive unity and sheer gusto of its performances. The New York Times has praised the Daedalus Quartet’s “insightful and vibrant” Haydn, the “impressive intensity” of their Beethoven, their “luminous” Berg, and the “riveting focus” of their Dutilleux. Since its founding, the Daedalus Quartet has performed in many of the world’s leading musical venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., Boston’s Gardner Museum, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and in leading venues in Japan.

Previous Performances

Past artists have included jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti, Kronos Quartet, the edgy PROJECT Trio, genre-bending The Respect Sextet, classical ensembles Miró Quartet and Afiara Quartet, and Frank Almond with the 1715 Lapinsky Stradivarius.

Bohemian Trio

Laila Biali

Taylor Eigsti

The Miró Quartet

PROJECT Trio

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Aeolus Quartet

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