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Thursday, October 1 – 7:30pm
San Francisco Opera Orchestra & Friends
Music for Two: A Few Things Old
and A Few Things New

an evening of duets
live streamed from the Bird & Beckett stage

Two duos in one program of classical & other musik!

SF Opera Orchestra cellist Emil Miland is joined by pianist, Jerome Lenk, organist of Mission Dolores. Tuba player Zachariah Spellman, of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, performs with pianist & accordionist Karen Hutchinson.

Miland and Link will offer a program of old favorites by Mendelssohn and Faure, 20th century hits by Scott Joplin and local luminary Ernest Bloch and a new work by Michael Hoppe.  Ernest Bloch’s Jewish Song will be dedicated to the memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Spellman and Hutchinson note that “Our program will open with our version of San Francisco, written by Bronislaw Kaper and Walter Jurmann with lyrics by Gus Kahn made famous by Jeanette MacDonald in the 1936 American film, San Francisco. It may be considered an anthem for the survivors of the 1906 earthquake and fire. Following that will be An Alte Yiddish Lid (An Old Jewish Song) in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Then we dance the night away with a Habanera (Cuban dance from Havana) recognized from the opera Carmen, and La Habanera by Rose-Marie Jougla, written for a special event honoring the German ambassador to France at the Clos de Vougeot winery in Burgundy. Madame Jougla wrote the piece for viola and dedicated it to a former student, Magali Demesse, principal viola of the L’Orchestre Philarmonique à l’Opera de Marseille. Madame Jougla was a professor of Formation Musicale at the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud in Aix-en-Provence. Our program will conclude with One More Dance for tuba and piano by Roger Kellaway.”


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Zachariah Spellman has been Principal Tuba of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1977 and of the Marin Symphony since 1980. Zachariah came from Portland to San Francisco in 1975 to attend the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Zachariah performs and records under the Digital Victoria label with longtime collaborator Karen Hutchinson and the Jeff Sanford Jazz Orchestra.

Karen Hutchinson is a Steinway artist who studied at the Paris Conservatory with Jeanne-Marie Darre. She also studied with Adolph Baller and has her MA in French Literature. Karen is one of the founding members of the Aurio Trio with Rufus Olivier and Zachariah Spellman and she helped found Shabbes Zingt, a Yiddish group which plays at local synagogues. In addition to studying jazz improvisation, she is the President of the Burlingame Music Club.

Emil Miland joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 1988. He was born in Oakland and grew up in Alameda, with his father who was a music educator and his mother who was a nurse. The youngest in the family, he began private cello lessons at 13 and made his solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony at 16. The last concert he played before this challenging pandemic was part of a series called Violins of Hope.  The instruments being played had survived the Nazi concentration camps.  What Mr. Miland shared about that experience was: “having the opportunity to make that cello sing again was incredible, humbling, and inspiring.”

Jerome Lenk currently serves as Director of Music and Organist for Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco.  Active as a recitalist and accompanist, he is also an experienced vocal coach, assistant conductor and composer. Mr. Lenk can be heard on recordings with the Basilica Choir, the San Francisco Concert Chorale, the San Francisco Lyric Chorus, The Choral Project of San Jose, and on a solo recording of organ music recorded at Mission Dolores.


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