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For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Maxwell 408.961.

June 9, 2010

Montalvo Announces Villa Chamber Music Series

Special pricing available for the Fall/Winter/Spring concerts

SARATOGA, Calif.- The Villa Chamber Music Series at Montalvo-October 17, 2010, through May 8, 2011-
features a wide range of both classical and contemporary string musicians. Tickets go on sale June 15; special
reduced pricing is offered when tickets for three or more concerts are purchased. All seven performances take
place in the historic Villa on the grounds of the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.


• "MENDELSSOHN EXPLAINED": Piano Trio in C minor, Opus 66

Sunday, October 17, 2010; 3pm

More than merely the music, the performance also will feature extensive commentary, audience
participation, and demonstrations dissecting Mendelssohn's technique and signature compositional
devices. Concertgoers will also learn about his life and times and leave with an appreciation for the
context in which the great composer perfected his craft.


Sunday, May 8, 2011; 3pm

A special concert honoring women and highlighting women composers featuring works by Cecile
Chaminade, Clara Schumann, Mary Finlayson and others "The Saint Michael Trio has a passion for
divulging interesting details to the audience, using sports metaphors, humor ... whatever else helps
people understand." -The Palo Alto Weekly

Established in 2007, the Trio already performs with remarkable rapport and understanding, and the ensemble
members-Russell Hancock, Michel Flexer, and Daniel Cher-showcase the same virtuosity that has marked
their solo music careers. Highly praised for vivid interpretation of the classical literature, the Trio has
established a reputation for simultaneously making concerts interesting and accessible through lively dialogue
and commentary, charming audiences by mixing in pop and jazz material alongside the classics.

In 2008 the Saint Michael Trio members were named Musicians in Residence at Menlo College, where they
teach master classes and provide community musical events. Each is a Silicon Valley professional as well as a
classically trained musician. Pianist Hancock is president and CEO of Joint Venture-Silicon Valley Network; he
has performed with the Redwood Symphony, Saratoga Symphony, Ohlone Chamber Orchestra, and Oakland
Temple Hill Orchestra. Cellist Flexer is a software engineer, an early employee at Siebel Systems, and a serial
entrepreneur. He performed throughout his youth with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. While a student at
Harvard, he studied with Bernard Greenhouse at the New England Conservatory. Violinist Cher, a medical
doctor who leads clinical and regulatory affairs for Menlo Park-based Chestnut Medical Technologies, won the
undergraduate music award at Stanford University. He has performed with Orchestra New England and New
Haven Symphony.


• Sunday, November 14, 2010; 3pm

Hailed by the New York Times as "something extraordinary" and by the Boston Globe for its "fiercely
committed performances."

The Parker Quartet began its professional touring career in 2002, and in 2005 sparked international acclaim by
winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the 2005
Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. Most recently, the Quartet was awarded the
prestigious 2009-2011 Cleveland Quartet Award. Given biennially by Chamber Music America, this award
honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of
establishing a major career.

The Parker Quartet has been profiled in Time Out NY, The Boston Globe, Chamber Music Magazine, and on for their pioneering performances for audiences in non-traditional venues. The Quartet
spends a great deal of time each year working with young musicians through educational residency activities.
In addition to its ongoing work through the SPCO's CONNECT program, the group has served as the Ernst
Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center and the ensemble-in-residence at the Yellow Barn
Music School and Festival.

The Parker Quartet's members-Daniel Chong (violin), Karen Kim (violin), Jessica Bodner (viola), Kee-Hyun
Kim (cello)-hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the New England Conservatory of
Music and were part of the NEC's prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program.


• Performing Debussy & "Impressions" by Jennifer Higdon

Sunday, January 16, 2011; 3pm
• Performing Mozart (K465) & Beethoven (Grosse Fugue)
Sunday, April 3, 2011; 3pm

"The performers, like the music, were on fire." - San Jose Mercury News

Widely celebrated for the power of its performances and its passionate dedication to the genre, the Cypress
String Quartet combines technical precision with imaginative programming to create unforgettable concert
experiences. Cecily Ward, Tom Stone, Ethan Filner, and Jennifer Kloetzel have shown an unfailing dedication
to exploring the masterworks of the time-honored, classic chamber music repertoire with its unique and
refreshingly open sound.

While its members are individually acclaimed musicians in their own right with training from prestigious
institutions including The Juilliard School, Interlochen Arts Academy, Cleveland Institute of Music, Guildhall
School of Music & Drama, and Royal College of Music, the Quartet has honed its ensemble skills with more
than 13 years experience performing around the world. On top of a busy schedule of more than 90 concerts
each year at venues across America and internationally, the Cypress String Quartet is a vibrant member of the
San Francisco arts community and is dedicated to reflecting and enriching the city's cultural landscape.

The Cypress String Quartet represents the voice of the new generation of American culture. As comfortable
playing Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven in recital halls as it is being the foundation of multi-media
collaborations, the Quartet brings passion, inspiration and enjoyment to every audience. The group takes its
name from the set of twelve love songs for string quartet, "The Cypresses," by Antonin Dvorak.


• Sunday, February 27, 2011; 3pm

"...a terrifically unified, versatile, and moving ensemble." - San Francisco Classical Voice

The all-Canadian Afiara String Quartet (Valerie Li and Yuri Cho, violins; David Samuel, viola; and Adrian Fung,
cello), one of the rising stars on the chamber music circuit, won the prestigious 2010 Young Canadian
Musicians Award. They are recipients of Lisa Amhold Fellowships, and they assist the Juilliard String Quartet
with ensemble and chamber music instruction. Complimented for its "energy, style and pizazz" by David
Harrington of the Kronos Quartet, the Afiara appeared at Carnegie Hall on the Kronos: Signature Works series
and Chamber Music America's National Conference tribute to the Kronos. The ensemble has been heard on
Bavarian Radio, CBC Radio 2, TROS in the Netherlands, San Francisco's KALW, and New York's WQXR.
They have been featured in the Road to Banff documentary.

Formed in 2006, the Afiara String Quartet takes its name from the Spanish fiar, meaning "to trust," a basic
element vital to the depth and joy of its music-making. The ensemble is committed to education and connecting
with diverse audiences. The Quartet has served as faculty at Chamber Music of the Rockies, Indiana
University Summer String Academy, and Canada's Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute and has also
benefited from several visits to the Banff Centre's Fall/Winter Residencies and the Summer Chamber Music
Programme. Bringing urban elements into its outreach activities, the ensemble bridges the gap between Haydn
and hip-hop.


• Sunday, April 10, 2011; 3pm

"...edge-of-the-seat vitality few groups maintain throughout a performance" - Houston Chronicle

With a 2009 Grammy nomination for "Best Chamber Music Performance," the Enso String Quartet has quickly
become one of the country's most accomplished young ensembles. Shortly after the group's inception at Yale
University in 1999, Enso had success at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, won the Concert
Artists Guild International Competition, and has consistently received high praise for performances ever since.
The quartet's debut recording was described by Strad Magazine as "an auspicious start to their recording
career," and was followed by the recent Grammy-nominated release of the quartets of Ginastera. MusicWeb
International summed up this album as "playing of jaw-dropping prowess revealing masterpieces of the 20th
century quartet out this groupz-they are clearly bound for greatness." The disc was selected as
one of MusicWeb's Recordings of the Year for 2009.

In addition to its successful recordings, the Quartet's concerts have been acclaimed by audiences and critics
alike. Enso is equally at home in many styles and is committed to the classics of the string quartet repertoire as
well as being strong advocates for new music. In 2009, the group received a Chamber Music America
Commissioning Grant with composer Kurt Stallmann. That same year, two recordings were released on the
Albany label featuring the quartet in world premiere recordings of music by Karim Al Zand and Anthony Brandt.
Previous seasons have seen the Quartet give many other premiere performances, including Joan Tower's
Piano Quintet with the composer at the piano.

Enso String Quartet's members-Maureen Nelson and John Marcus (violins), Melissa Reardon (viola), Richard
Belcher (cello)-are sought after as teachers and chamber music mentors. They have worked with Young
Audiences of Houston and New York and with the International Music Foundation in Chicago and were also
featured in the inaugural Young Artist Residency with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. They hold degrees
from Yale University, The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Guildhall
School of Music (UK), and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). Together they have held residencies at
Northern Illinois University with the Vermeer Quartet and at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
The ensemble's name, enso, is derived from the Japanese Zen painting of the circle that represents many
things: perfection and imperfection, the moment of chaos that is creation, the emptiness of the void, the
endless circle of life, and the fullness of the spirit.

Villa Chamber Music Series

Dates: Seven concerts from October 17, 2010, through May 8, 2011 (Mother's Day)

Location: Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga, CA 95071

Tickets: $30 General Admission; $25 Members; $10 Students with ID; $20 Subscription (available only when
purchasing three or more dates from this series). Call 408-961-5858 weekdays from 10am to 4pm. Tickets also
sold on-site at the Montalvo Box Office, opening one hour prior to all performances.

About Montalvo Arts Center

Montalvo Arts Center is a nonprofit organization that fosters community engagement through the creation and presentation of
multidisciplinary art. By uniting the broadest possible audiences with a global community of artists, Montalvo expands the role of arts
and culture as an essential community resource. Montalvo’s programming includes: an annual theme-based arts program; music and
performance; education and public programs; new media and visual arts; and the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency. Located in
the Saratoga foothills in the midst of Silicon Valley, Montalvo Arts Center occupies a Mediterranean-style villa on 175 stunning acres,
which Senator James Phelan left to the people of California for the encouragement of promising students in the areas of art, music,
literature and architecture. In January 2005, the organization changed its name from "Villa Montalvo" to "Montalvo Arts Center" to better
communicate its mission to increasing local, national and international audiences. Montalvo celebrates its centennial in 2012. For more
information about Montalvo Arts Center, call 408.961.5800 or visit