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Virtual Harker Concert Series

Join us for a very special season, as we enjoy live chats with favorite past guest artists and revisit their concerts. 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 shows begin at 7 p.m. with a live webinar conversation between the Harker Concert Series artistic director and the artist, followed at 7:30 p.m. by a video replay of their previous Harker Concert Series appearance. Webinar attendees will be able to ask questions via the Zoom Q&A tool. The link to the broadcast will be posted on this webpage at 7:30 p.m., and will remain up for a week. All chats/broadcasts are free. 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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2020-21 Season

Project Trio

Project Trio

Fri., Nov. 20, 2020, 7 p.m.

Rebroadcast of PROJECT Trio's Feb. 8, 2019 concert. Combining the virtuosity of world-class artists with the energy of rock stars, PROJECT Trio is breaking down traditional ideas of chamber music. The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does.” The genre-defying Trio is acclaimed by the press as “packed with musicianship, joy and surprise” and “exciting a new generation of listeners about the joys of classical and jazz music.”

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Laila Biali

Fri., Dec. 11, 2020, 7 p.m.

Rebroadcast of Laila Biali's Sept. 20, 2019 concert. Hailed by the Washington Post as an artist who "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy," Canadian singer-songwriter Biali has performed with the likes of Sting, Chris Botti and Paula Cole and headlined at venues across the world, including Carnegie Hall and Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts. Her self-titled debut album netted a JUNO award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, and her latest album, "Out of Dust," features collaborations with several Grammy nominees and winners, including Lisa Fischer, Alan Ferber, John Ellis and Larnell Lewis.

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Taylor Eigsti

Fri., Jan. 22, 2021, 7 p.m.

Rebroadcast of Taylor Eigsti's Oct. 18, 2018 concert, featuring Dayna Stephens. Bay Area-born, New York-based pianist Eigsti has been a mainstay of the Harker Concert Series since its inaugural event in 2010. Since beginning his career as a child prodigy, Eigsti has performed with Dave Brubeck, John Mayer, Esperanza Spalding, Vanessa Williams, Chick Corea and Terence Blanchard, to name but a few. As a solo recording artist and composer, he has received Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo and Best Instrumental Composition. His eighth album as bandleader, titled "Tree Falls," is set to be released in spring 2021 on GSI Records.

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Jessica Lee

Fri., March 12, 2021, 7 p.m.

Rebroadcast of violinist Jessica Lee's Feb. 19, 2016 concert, where she was joined by pianist Reiko Uchida. Lee is the assistant concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra. She garnered national attention in her youth after being featured in LIFE magazine. She was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 14 and earned a bachelor’s degree there, and an M.M. at Juilliard. Among her career highlights are her European solo debut at the Rudolfinum in Prague and her solo performance with the Malaysia Festival Orchestra at the Sultan of Malaysia’s birthday gala. She performed with the Johannes String Quartet, who joined the Guarneri Quartet on their farewell tour, and has given recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Caramoor Festival and Asociacion National de Conciertos in Panama.

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Kronos Quartet

Thurs., May 13, 2021, 7 p.m.

Watch our rebroadcast of Kronos Quartet's Feb. 28, 2020 concert. For more than 45 years, this San Francisco-based ensemble has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, collaborating with an eclectic mix of composers and performers, and commissioning more than 1,000 works and arrangements for string quartet. The group has won more than 40 awards, including two Grammys, the prestigious Polar Music and Avery Fisher Prizes, and Edison Klassiek Oeuvreprijs. In 2015, Kronos launched “50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire,” an education and legacy project that is commissioning – and distributing online for free – 50 new works for string quartet composed by 25 women and 25 men.

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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