Musical instruments are made from trees. Every note we play connects us to one another, to the listeners, to the world. This concert presents a joyful celebration of Brenda Schuman-Post's 60 years playing the oboe every day. Featured are the delightful Quartet for Oboe and Strings by Mozart and engaging, upbeat repertoire for oboe and piano spanning Baroque to contemporary music. Composers include Telemann, Piazzolla, Dring, Leslie and Schuman-Post.
Brenda Schuman-Post, oboe
Suzanne Garramone, piano
Lynn Oakley, violin
Meg Eldridge, viola
Anne Lerner, cello
Brenda Schuman-Post: Glorious, blissful, joyful oboe plus uniquely versatile, daring, adventurous and devoted to educational, entertaining concert programing, oboist Brenda Schuman-Post's claims to fame include being the first musician ever to witness the search for and harvesting of African Blackwood, the threatened East African tree from which woodwind instruments are made. She won the Star Trek Idol Talent Search by composing and performing "Fantasie on Themes from Star Trek". She explores and educates about what the sound of the oboe means to humanity. She founded Sonic Forest Productions, presenting concerts, lectures and workshops with diverse instrumentation and repertoire in every conceivable type of venue, including 450 solo recitals with pianist Suzanne Garramone. Her Oboe of the World and Sonic Forest CDs are hailed as "groundbreaking".
Brenda teaches private oboe students in Mountain View and San Francisco, and lectures about all of the above, and more, worldwide. Celebrating 60 years of playing the oboe every day, pretty much without fail, she promised herself that when sheltering-in-place ended, she'd perform the Oboe Quartet by Mozart as well as other beloved classical compositions. This is that concert! Learn more at www.brendaschumanpost.com.
Suzanne Garramone is a versatile pianist/accordionist master of accompaniment, who works with instrumentalists and vocalists in solo, opera, popular, Broadway and jazz repertoire. She began her musical career as a classical pianist, receiving her Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in piano performance before further study in master classes with Abbey Simon, Ruth Laredo, Jacque Rouvier and Joseph Bloch. Upon moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, she played with various opera companies, choirs and musical theater productions. Her experiences convinced her that music should be fun as well as serious, and that performances need not be confined to the concert hall. Always one who loved to dress up and have fun, Suzanne picked up an accordion in 1983 and joined punk-polka band Polkacide and later, Those Darn Accordions. At the same time, she formed an alliance with oboist Brenda Schuman-Post to create Classical Trash, a duo that played concerts in all types of venues, dressing up wildly and engaging audiences without taking the whole thing too seriously. Their collaboration continues in Sonic Forest. Now called Classical with a Twist, they have performed about 450 concerts together.
Violinist Lynn Oakley is co-founder and president of the Villa Sinfonia Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to developing string musicians of all ages and abilities, fostering achievement without competition. Lynn performs in the Lamplighter Music Theatre orchestra, teaches 24 private students and reads quartets every week with a group of musician friends. She's also rehearsing violin sonatas with pianist William Corbett-Jones. Lynn is a published author; she's written two biographies including Moff: The Mayor of Twin Peaks, and an Arcadia book, San Francisco's Twin Peaks, part of the Images of America Series.
Violist Meg Eldridge, a Marin native, has studied music performance at the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music, and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She performs regularly with the Marin Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, the California Symphony, the Echo Chamber Orchestra, the Sound Collective and other Bay Area groups. She plays Baroque violin and viola with the Carmel Bach Festival, Archangeli Baroque Strings, the California Bach Society, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Jubilate and Philharmonia Baroque. She also regularly plays in recording sessions at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. In the summers, Ms. Eldridge has performed at Interlochen, the Vancouver Mozart Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Midsummer Mozart Festival and at the Sunriver Music Festival. In addition to music, Ms. Eldridge enjoys cooking, running, tennis, mountain climbing and is a black belt in Aikido.
A native of Chicago, cellist Anne Lerner has been performing in the Bay Area since 1989. She can be heard on the Centaur label with Ensemble For These Times, an award-winning contemporary chamber music ensemble with which she played from 2014–2021. An equally important part of Anne's work is education. She conducts two youth orchestras in the Marin Symphony Youth Programs and the San Rafael High School Orchestra, teaches cello performance at St. Mary's College and at Dominican University, where she also teaches classes in music fundamentals. Anne maintains a large private cello studio in San Rafael.
Funded in part by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the John R. Schwabacher Family, Diane and Jon Claerbout in memory of their beloved son Jos. We are grateful for the generous support of all of our donors.
COVID: Masks are encouraged for all OFJCC in-door events. We follow up-to-date CDC guidelines regarding COVID safety measures.
Tuesday, October 25
1:00–2:00 PM | Doors open at 12:30 PM | Linger after the concert for a snack and beverage.
Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)
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