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Noon Tivoli: Wednesday Noon Concerts

Featuring BLACK CEDAR - Kris Palmer on flute, Steve Lin on guitar, & Isaac Pastor-Chermak on cello

Wednesday, March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Free

Throckmorton Theatre Noon Concerts presents

Kris Palmer, Flute
Steve Lin, Guitar
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, Cello

~ Program ~

Cassation in C Major, Hoboken III:6                                                                 Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)


Flute Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1034                                                                 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Adagio ma non tanto

Fortune My Foe                                                                                                       John Dowland (1563-1626)

Por Una Cabeza                                                                                                       Carlos Gardel (1890-1935)

Tanti Anni Prima                                                                                                     Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

Miscellaneous Music (2015, commissioned by Black Cedar)                   Durwynne Hsieh (b. 1963)

Möbius Movement
Introverted Interlude
Five Fun Facts


Black Cedar’s accolades include grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, plus an invite to the National Flute Association Convention. Their recently released debut album A Path Less Trod has earned critical praise, with Stephen Smoliar’s The Rehearsal Studio blog writing, “While the instrumentation is unconventional, it is surprisingly effective…Black Cedar is particularly effective for the rhetoric of intimacy they establish…an intimacy evident in the strategic command of understatement one encounters in the performances on this new album.” The trio’s commissions include Miscellaneous Music (2015) by Bay Area composer Durwynne Hsieh and Of Emblems (2014) by San Francisco’s Garrett Shatzer. In just three years of existence Black Cedar has performed approximately 50 concerts throughout California, and they’ve appeared repeatedly on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco, KKUP 91.5 FM in San Jose, and KWMR 90.5 FM in Marin County. “Hats off to them!” writes the Santa Cruz Sentinel. “Black Cedar has done a wonderful job of making the case that chamber music can involve approaches to instrumentation not usually expected,” says the San Francisco Examiner. Visit www.blackcedar.biz for more information.


Kris Palmer is a winner of the Carmel Chamber Music Society Competition, a second prize winner in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, and a Carnegie Hall Recital Debut winner with Artists International. She is a former member of the New Mexico Symphony, and she holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University. The New York Concert Review calls her “clearly among the few current performers on any instrument to fully understand the nature of French Baroque music.”

Steve Lin is a winner of both the Boston GuitarFest Competition and the East Carolina University Guitar Competition. A recording artist for VGo Recordings, Steve has released two albums, Eliot Fisk Series Vol. 1, and Imagen. Classical Guitar magazine calls Lin “a confident player with a powerful sound, quick hands, and a solid musical memory.” Steve is the Professor of Guitar at San Jose State University.

Isaac Pastor-Chermak is Principal Cellist with Portland Opera and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Associate Principal Cellist with Stockton Symphony, and a member of Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Santa Barbara Symphony. Winner of both the Lyon and Witzel Prizes at UC Berkeley and commissioner of nearly two dozen new cello chamber works, he is equally at home in early music with appearances at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the American Bach Soloists, and the International Baroque Institute at Longy.


The community is invited to our complimentary Winter Season of Wednesday Noon Concerts. As part of our ongoing mission to use the transformative power of the arts to inspire and enrich our community, we have opened our doors for the past two years, every Wednesday at Noon, and presented concerts performed by talented musicians that are free of charge to the public. These free noon performances offer listeners the opportunity to discover the beauty of music in an intimate accessible setting, while providing the community with cultural enrichment and exposure to talented performers.

Concerts are in a one-hour format and most performances take place in the intimate Tivoli where both audience and musicians can sit in vibrant, close proximity. Musicians often stay after the performance to informally speak about the program and their upcoming concerts.