The Shenson Faculty Concert Series returns this summer with free concert broadcasts spotlighting CMC talented faculty members. Each year, the Shenson Foundation sponsors free community concerts for CMC faculty music projects to support CMC Faculty as performing artists and ensure their work on stage is shared and celebrated in our community.
This year’s presenters will highlight a wide variety of musical styles, techniques, and creative inspirations, from Chopin to Chick Corea and Lotería cards to flutes of all shapes and sizes. Enjoy compelling programs of classical, jazz, contemporary, Afro-Cuban music, and more with artistic performances, composer interviews, and a chance to connect with faculty through Q&A
June 25: Josepha Fath, violin
July 9: Elektra Schmidt, piano
July 23: Diane Grubbe, flute
August 6: Erick Peralta, piano
August 20: Charlie Gurke, saxophone
In this program, pianist Elektra Schmidt explores the technique of variation as employed by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin, ranging from the most traditional theme and variation form in Beethoven’s 32 variations, through the dance suite of Bach’s Partita in C minor, all the way to the most expansive expression of the technique in the thematic variations of Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F minor.
This concert will be live streamed from the “Piano Palace “ in Half Moon Bay.
This event will be conducted online via video conferencing. RSVP to receive the link to join, emailed prior to the start of the discussion.
About the Performers:
Award-winning pianist Elektra Schmidt performs as solo artist and in chamber groups in the United States as well as France, Greece, and the United Kingdom. She has had the good fortune to work with such visionaries as Marios Papadopoulos, Neil Immelman, Theodor Paraskeveku, the Ganev duo and others.
After graduating summa cum laude from the National Conservatory of her native Greece, Elektra pursued her post-graduate studies in Paris at the Schola Cantorum and the Conservatoire Raoul Pugno under the guidance of distinguished pianist Lilia Boyadjieva. She received her master’s degree with First Prize and Distinction (Medaille d’Or avec les felicitations du jury).
Elektra is the founder of Artist Migration, an organization dedicated to the integration and mobility of international artists. Elektra collaborates with international festivals throughout the world including the San Francisco International Arts Festival, the Arundel Festival and Oxford Philomusica in the United Kingdom. Elektra lives and teaches in San Francisco and London. She has been on the faculty of CMC since 2017.