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Around & About Music: Modern & Contemporary Chamber Music--'Curious Flights,' Debussy Trio at Berkeley City Club

By Ken Bullock
Friday April 26, 2013 - 02:29:00 PM

►Among the number of modern & contemporary chamber music concerts lately (& see below for another), there's one intriguing program tonight at 8, Friday the 26th, at the Community Music Center, 544 Capp Street (between Mission & South Van Ness, 20 & 21 Streets) in San Francisco's Mission District. It features San Jose composer Brian Holmes' piece Updike's Science (Holmes himself teaches sciences, including astronomy, in San Jose), sung by splendid Lithuanian-American soprano Indre Viskontas with Ian Scarfe on piano, followed by Valinor Winds quintet playing Joseph Stillwell's Fantasy Pieces (a world premiere of a commission), Paul Schoenfield's Cafe Music by the Aleron Trio, Khachaturian's Trio for Harp & Clarinet played by Trio for Clarinet, Violin & Piano & Arnold Bax's Nonet, played by the Curious Flights Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Brenden Guy, founder & artistic director of the new series (who also performs clarinet on the Khachaturian piece, as well as on the Stillman--and plays with Berkeley Symphony). $10-$15. (415) 640-3165 

►Berkeley Chamber Concerts features the Debussy Trio playing music of the 20th-21st centuries, this coming Tuesday, April 30, at 8: Marcia Dickstein, harp; Angela Wiegand, flute & David Walther, viola, will play Sydney Hodkinson's 1998 piece Skitter, Paul gibson's Ternion Sonata No. 1 (premiered by the Trio last year); There Is Always Something to Do by Bruce Broughton; Ravel's Sonatine; Sofia Gubaidulina's 1980 piece Freuden und Traurigkeiten & the world premiere of Just Another Day by acclaimed film composer David Reynolds. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue. $25. students through high school, free; post-secondary school students, $12.50. 525-5211;