VIDEO: Bay Area’s Farallon Quintet to perform Sunday in Grass Valley |

VIDEO: Bay Area’s Farallon Quintet to perform Sunday in Grass Valley


Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)

Clarinet Quintet in Bb Major, Op. 34

I. Allegro

II. Fantasia: Adagio ma non troppo

III. Menuetto: Capriccio presto

IV. Rondo: Allegro giocoso

Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936)

Oriental Reverie

Chad Cannon (1985)

Citizen 13660 - Vignettes

Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University

I. “We were outnumbered.”

II. “The wind was playing havoc with the fine dust particles.”

III. “Trying to forget...just staring up at the sky.”

IV. “Rumors: ...the San Francisco Bay Bridge had been blown up.”

V. “The clanging of thirty-six makeshift iron bells.”

VI. “We were close to freedom and yet far from it.”

VII. “A memorial service to honor a Japanese American soldier.”

VIII. “There was only the desert now.”


Jean Francaix (1912-1997)

Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet

I. Adagio - Allegro

II. Scherzando

III. Grave

IV. Rondo

Annbjørg Lien (1971)

Phoenix, arr. E. Onderdonk

On Sunday afternoon, InConcert Sierra will present the Farallon Quintet, a dynamic Bay Area virtuosi ensemble that is the only professional chamber music group exclusively dedicated to the surprisingly abundant clarinet quintet—string quartet plus clarinet—repertoire.

The quintet is made up of leading Bay Area musicians Natalie Parker, clarinet; Dan Flanagan and Matthew Oshida, violins; Emily Onderdonk, viola (guest); Jonah Kim, cello. These are principal players in such orchestras as the San Francisco Ballet, Santa Rosa, Marin, Berkeley, Fremont, and Modesto Symphonies, and the Sacramento Philharmonic. As an ensemble, the players recently received a grant from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music to record and release their debut album in early 2015.

“I learned of the Farallon Quintet from our concert-goer Frank Santos and local violinist Randi Soule. Both Matthew Oshida and Emily Onderdonk have performed for Music in the Mountains in their festival orchestra. Although Emily is filling in as a guest violist for the ensemble, we’ve been acquainted with her for years. Her mother and former local piano teacher Sigi Isham served on our board in the 1980-90s. It’s a pleasure to have Emily return, she’s a superb violist. I always enjoy having a local connection with our artists, and receiving suggestions from audience members and colleagues,” said Ken Hardin, artistic director. “I had our former advisory member Morgan Halperin asking for more clarinet on our season, which steered me toward this sensational group.”

The ensemble’s program includes “Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major” by Carl Weber, and “Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet” by Jean Francaix, and “Oriental Reverie” by Alexander Glazunov. “It’s a delightfully rich program of beloved classics, and rarely heard gems,” said Hardin.

Additionally on the program is a work by Chad Cannon, a young talented composer from Los Angeles, who wrote “Citizen 13660 – Vignettes” about life in the Japanese American internment camps during World War II.

“It’s an amazingly powerful piece that was very well received at its premiere and something that we received a grant from the Barlow Endowment for which to commission the composer. We’re very much looking forward to playing it again,” violinist Matthew Oshida said,

Hardin added, “Citizen 13660 sounds intriguing and I think will capture people’s imaginations.” A Youtube video of the Citizen 13660 performance is available to view along with this story online at, in the Entertainment section, along with the complete program listing for the concert.

“This is yet another unique offering this season. In November we presented the only dual-keyboard Steinway piano with pianist Christopher Taylor, in January we had solo violist Jennifer Stumm, and in March we presented cellist Amit Peled performing on the one and only Pablo Casals cello. This month, we present yet another one-of-a-kind performance with the only professional string quartet with clarinet ensemble dedicated to the literature. It’s been a great season of firsts, and the audience has really shown their appreciation,” Hardin said.

There will be a pre-concert forum at 1:15 p.m. with Dr. Aileen James. The 2 p.m. concert is sponsored by Lamb’s Victorian Inn, Susie Monary-Wilson and John Wilson, and Bea and Jerry Pressler.

Tickets are $32 general admission, youth 5-17 free with adult. Tickets are available online at, BriarPatch Co-op or by phone at 530-273-3990.

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