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Harker Concert Series

Join us for our 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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2023-24 SEASON

SJCO

Nancy Zhou

Reception one hour prior to performance, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks, and cash bar for wine and beer. Masks are optional.

Violinist Nancy Zhou’s reputation for “virtuosity matched by tonal flexibility” (Broadway World) has been forged through collaborations with many of the world’s top orchestras, including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Shanghai and China National Symphonies and many more. As a soloist, she has performed Zhao Jiping’s first violin concerto at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and premiered Unsuk Chin’s “Gran Cadenza” alongside violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Born in San Antonio, Zhou attended the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Miriam Fried, and concurrently studied literature at Harvard University. Her many accomplishments include winning first prize at the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition and Harbin-Schoenfeld International String Competition.

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Donny McCaslin

Alexa Tarantino

Reception one hour prior to performance, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks, and cash bar for wine and beer. Masks are optional.

Saxophonist, composer and educator Alexa Tarantino has been hailed by The New York Times for her “sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered straight-ahead jazz” compositions and was nominated three years in a row as a “Rising Star Alto Saxophonist” in Downbeat magazine’s critics polls. Her long list of notable collaborations includes work with vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant and pianist Renee Rosnes’ group ARTEMIS, of which she is currently a member. She has also performed with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Tarantino’s most recent solo effort, 2021’s “Firefly,” reached #6 on the JazzWeek charts, and her previous album, “Clarity,” was one of JazzWeek’s top 100 for 2020. As an educator, she currently sits on the faculty for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Youth Programs. She holds a master’s degree from Juilliard in jazz studies.

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Cantus

Poulenc Trio with Shawnette Sulker

Reception one hour prior to performance, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks, and cash bar for wine and beer. Masks are optional.

Over 20 years, the Poulenc Trio – pianist Irina Kaplan Lande, oboist Aleh Remezau and bassoonist Bryan Young – has created a reputation as a premier piano-wind ensemble, performing across the United States and at festivals throughout Europe. Praised by the Washington Post as “urbane and sophisticated with near-effortless lightness and grace,” the trio has taken its artistry beyond concert halls and festivals and into other realms of the arts with projects such as Music at the Museum, collaborating with the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Its members have expanded the repertoire of their instruments, commissioning more than 20 new pieces. Poulenc Trio will be joined by acclaimed Guyanese-American soprano Shawnette Sulker, who has been featured with the San Francisco Opera, Intermountain Opera Bozeman, West Edge Opera and the Santa Rosa Symphony, and has received praise from the San Francisco Chronicle for her “heart-breaking poignancy.”

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Another exciting new season will be announced in September! Those of you who are email subscribers will get an announcement notice. If you’re not on the mailing list, you can subscribe here. We look forward to enjoying another amazing season of music with you!

Harker Concert Series Committee

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.

SJCO

Donny McCaslin

Cantus

SJCO

Donny McCaslin

Cantus

Project Trio

Bohemian Trio

Laila Biali

Taylor Eigsti

The Miró Quartet

PROJECT Trio

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Aeolus Quartet

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