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Soundwave ((7)) Biennial: "The Companion Guide to Rome" concert

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Amaranth quartet at the Legion of Honor museum

Amaranth String Quartet at the Legion of Honor. Erica Zappia, viola; Abigail Shiman, violin; Helen Newby, cello; Katie von Braun, violin

Wilsey Court

Performances at 6:20 and 7:30 pm

Amaranth String Trio comprised of  Helen Newby, Abigail Shiman, and Erica Zappia, performs The Companion Guide to Rome, composed by Andrew Norman.

Like much of Rome's architecture, this piece is the product of a long gestation with numerous renovations, accretions, and ground-up reconstructions, finally emerging in a collection of nine portraits of the composer’s favorite churches in Rome. The music is informed by the buildings’ proportions, the patterns in their floors, the artwork on their walls, and the legends of the saints whose names they bear. These portraits come to life not as the direct representation of actual buildings, but rather as character studies of imaginary people–the composer’s companions for a year in the Eternal City.

Cellist Helen Newby continually seeks ways to expand the technical and expressive boundaries of her instrument through close collaboration with other innovative performers and composers. She received her Master’s in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory and has performed widely across North America and Europe. Newby is a founding member of string trio Chartreuse, jazz sextet Deturtle, and noise quartet HK&tCS. She is currently on the faculty of The Crowden School in Berkeley in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio.

Violinist Abigail Shiman is committed to bringing music past the traditional walls of the concert hall. She has performed locally and internationally, at such venues as The Fillmore, Stanford’s Anderson Gallery, Alte Weberei Ahrenshoop, and Viracocha. Shiman has been a resident teacher in the San Francisco Public Schools, a teaching artist at Summer Music West, and a teaching assistant at New England Conservatory’s Project Step Classes. She is currently on violin faculty at the Community Music Center of San Francisco.

Violist Erica Zappia shares her love of viola by working  with composers, genre blending, visiting or performing in unique venues, and reaching the human experience through performance. She earned her M.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory and has studied privately with Jodi Levitz, Alan de Veritch, and Jeffery Irvine. She currently teaches a studio of students through the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra, a Bay Area program providing high quality, intensive, musical training, and personal guidance for low-income students, ages 9–18.

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