The Hungarian influence on classical and contemporary music will be the theme of a lunchtime concert at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto on Tuesday, March 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
“Hungarian Dances: Lunch & Concert” will feature the Bay Area’s Vinifera Trio, comprised of pianist Ian Scarfe, clarinetist Matthew Boyles and violinist Rachel Patrick. The program includes instrumental virtuosos, rollicking dance rhythms and modern masterworks, with selections from Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian dances; Franz Liszt’s dream of love, “Liebestraum,” scored for clarinet; “Six Bagatelles” by Gyorgy Ligeti arranged by Matthew Boyles; and Bela Bartok’s monumental work “Contrasts,” written at the behest of the king-of-swing himself, Benny Goodman.
Taking its name from the Old World wine-producing grape (Vitis Vinifera), the trio hails from the North Bay wine country. An ensemble-in-residence at the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, they have performed and lectured across California and Oregon.
Violinist Rachel Patrick is a performer and teaching artist/educator. Clarinetist Matthew Boyles teaches and performs with orchestras and chamber music groups. Pianist Ian Scarfe is a music associate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
The concert will take place in the Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall of the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, in Palo Alto. The cost is $20 or two punches of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card. For tickets or information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (650) 223-8616.