Past Concerts and Events
2014 - 2015 Season

Friday, October 10, 2014

Karen Shinozaki Sor, violin
Michael Graham, cello
Aileen Chanco, piano

A showcase program of one of classical chamber music's most recognizable groupings: the piano trio starting with the virtuosic romanticism of Mendelssohn famous d minor Piano Trio followed by the evocative drama of Rave's a minor Piano Trio; to the jazz-infused music of Paul Schoenfield and the laughter of Shchedrin's, hilarious tongue-in-cheek depictions of the classical music world.


MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio no. 1, op. 49 in d minor
SHCHEDRIN Three Funny Pieces
RAVEL Piano Trio in a minor


Thursday, March 26, 2015
From Classical to Klezmer... the World of the Clarinet

Michael Corner, clarinet
Rhonda Bradetich, flute
Betty Corner, violin
Steve Huber, violin
Emily Onderdonk, viola
Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
Bill Everett, double bass
Aileen Chanco, piano
Katherine Lee, piano

While the clarinet is not as common in classical chamber music as say, the violin or piano, its extreme versatility and virtuosity reaches across many styles. The program features two clarinet trios: Brahms op. 114 Trio and Beethoven's "Gassenhauer Trio op. 11" or "street song trio" because of the third movement's incorporation of a well-known tune, wildly popular among the Viennese vagabonds of the day. The program moves on to the hypnotic sounds of Eastern Europe's Jewish Klezmer music and continues with an unusual and fun-loving collaboration of double bass and clarinet, finally touching on tango music and the driving rhythms of John Mackey's explosive work, Breakdown Tango.


GOLIJOV Lullaby and Doina
BRAHMS Clarinet Trio op. 114
SYDEMAN Duo for Clarinet & Double Bass
GOLIJOV K'vakarat
BEETHOVEN Clarinet Trio, op. 11
MACKEY Breakdown Tango


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Elizabeth Prior, viola
Gianna Abondolo, cello
Bill Everett, double bass
Aileen Chanco, piano
Katherine Lee, piano

The meeting of music, storytelling and painting... In a rare and powerful cross-genre collaboration of artists, this program showcases how beloved stories from throughout the ages can influence composers, painters and interpreters of today. This program incorporates a multi-media show of works by French painter, Antoine L. Cavalier, who has created sketches based on the evening's program. This concert is made possible by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Musical Grant program

RAVEL (arr. Mark Fish) Mother Goose Suite for Cello & Piano
SCHUMANN Marchenbilder for Viola & Piano
STRAVINSKY (arr. Guido Agosti) Firebird Suite for Solo Piano
BOLCOM Fairy Tales
PROKOFIEV (arr. Nicolai Pletnev) Cinderella Suite op. 87 for Two Pianos



Afternoon Salon Series Performances
Venues listed below. Addresses will be mailed to ticket purchaser.
2:30-5:30 An intimate afternoon of music, music lovers, wine and hors d'oeuvres
Tickets by mail or online: $50 General
(Tickets purchased at the door: $55 General)

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Love Triangle

Aileen Chanco, Piano

"I believe that I do not respect and admire her so much as I love her and am under her spell. Often I must forcibly restrain myself from just quietly putting my arms around her and even ‒ I don't know, it seems so natural that she would not take it ill."
-Letter written to Joseph Joachim from Brahms about Clara Schumann (1859)

Perhaps no relationship in music has created as much speculation as the true nature of the bond between Johannes Brahms and leading pianist of the day, Clara Schumann who was also the wife of composer Robert Schumann. Don't miss our first Salon Series Performance of the season and experience a musical journey that is intimate and informal, yet festive. Pianist Aileen Chanco performs two of the greatest works by two Romantic composers who shared a deep passion for the same woman who was their source of inspiration: Clara Schumann. "Play my Kreisleriana occasionally. In some passages there is to be found an utterly wild love, and your life and mine." ‒ Robert Schumann

SCHUMANN Kreisleriana op. 16
BRAHMS Sonata no. 3 in f minor op. 5

Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Steve Pietkiewicz, Fremont
Swing 'n Stuff

Steve Huber, violin
Karen Shinozaki Sor, violin
Emily Onderdonk, viola
Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
Bill Everett, double bass
Aileen Chanco, piano

A musical house party, featuring swing and jazz arrangements for strings and piano.


SCHUBERT Trout Quintet, 1st mvt.
HUBER Piano Quintet no. 1
KRUPA (arr. Steve Huber) Sing, Sing, Sing
BRUBECK (arr. Jeremy Cohen) Take 5


2013 - 2014 Season

Saturday, 9/21/13
Music al Fresco

Tickets: General: $50 Online ($60 at the Door)
Artists:            Quinteto Quilombo ‒ Rhonda Bradetich, Flute
                         Lucia Campbell, Soprano ‒ Bill Campbell, Trumpet

Please join us for Music at the Mission's newest musical offering; Music al Fresco presented outdoors at one of the Tri-City's hidden gems... the Fremont Cliff House. A spectacular view, a delectable feast of hors d'oeuvres, wines, and an exciting array of music starting with featured tango Nuevo group Quinteto Quilombo, followed by preview performances of MAM's upcoming season performed by flutist Rhonda Bradetich, bassist Bill Everett and pianist Aileen Chanco, with guests, Italian soprano Lucia Campbell and trumpeter, Bill Campbell.

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Saturday, 10/12/13
The  Ledge Trio

Old Mission San Jose
8pm Concert / 7:15pm Pre-Concert Talk
Tickets: General: $28 Online ($30 at the Door)
   Student/Senior: $23 Online ($25 at the Door)

From the classical to the light side, from the early Romantic Trio by Carl Maria Von Weber to the engaging Hungarian Dances of Brahms, this program features the unusual collaboration of flutist Rhonda Bradetich, double bassist Bill Everett and pianist, Aileen Chanco. "A superb blend of artistry, versatility, charisma, chemistry and audience appeal."  This trio has the "WOW" factor! ‒ Diane Marshall, Executive Director, Water Music Festival, WA

Hungarian Dances ‒ Johannes Brahms
Trio in g minor, op. 63 ‒ C.M. von Weber
Trio in D Major, HB 15-16 ‒ Joseph Haydn
Vocalise ‒ Sergei Rachmaninoff


Saturday, 3/15/14
The Bargain

Old Mission San Jose
8pm Concert / 7:15pm Pre-Concert Talk
Tickets: General: $28 Online ($30 at the Door)
   Student/Senior: $23 Online ($25 at the Door)

Artists:             Christina Mok, Violin ‒ Bill Everett, Bass ‒ Jim Dooley, Trumpet
                        Steve Suminsky, Trombone ‒ Michael Corner, Clarinet
                        Ben Kamins, Bassoon ‒ Lorin Mach, Percussion


Storytelling and music go so well together...From the Big Bad Wolf's heartfelt plea in defense of his "noble" character, to the Faustian bargains made by a soldier and the King of Rock'n'Roll, culminating in a romantic poem of elephants "in love", this program will set fire to your imagination as it weaves together stories, poetry and music.

"Dead Elvis" ‒ Michael Dougherty
"A Soldie's Tale" ‒ Igor Stravinsky
"BB Wolf ‒ an Apologia" ‒ Jon Deak
"The Elephant..." ‒ Mark Fish (Premiere)



Friday, 4/25/14

The Mission Masquerade Ball

Join us for Music at the Mission's annual masquerade benefit ball. Complete details found at


Saturday, 5/31/14

Old Mission San Jose
8pm Concert / 7:15pm Pre-Concert Talk
Tickets:             General: $28 Online ($30 at the Door)
               Student/Senior: $23 Online ($25 at the Door)

Artists:             Karen Shinozaki Sor, Violin ‒ Chad Kaltinger, Viola
                        Michael Graham, Cello ‒ Aileen Chanco, Piano

Come and be drawn into the irresistible charm of Europe's musical capital! No other city has had as deep and as long running a musical tradition as Vienna. Our final program of the season celebrates the staggering influences and far reaching musical traditions this city has witnessed during its rich musical history starting with the 18th century, from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to the height of Romanticism with Johannes Brahms, to the sounds of a new century with Arnold Schoenberg.

Piano Quartet in g minor, K. 478 ‒ W.A. Mozart
Piano Quartet no. 1 in g minor, op. 25 ‒ Johannes Brahms
Fantasy for Violin and Piano ‒ Arnold Schoenberg


Saturday, 7/13/14
Student ChamberFest 2014 Young Artist Showcase

Old Mission San Jose
7:00pm Concert
Artists:             Festival Students

Come and see what talented young chamber musicians there are in the Bay Area! Music at the Mission's first chamber music festival, the 2014 Student ChamberFest will bring in artist/teachers to work with these fine young artists and showcase their hard work and talents at the end of the festival.



2012 - 2013 Season

September 30, 2012
Salon Series

Sunday 3:30pm Wine, Hors d'Oeuvres and Concert Performance
Tickets: $75 (Early bird special: $65 if tickets purchased by Sept. 15)
Location to be  announced

Rhonda Bradetich, Flute & Paul Grove, Guitar
Flutist Rhonda Bradetich and guitarist Paul Grove perform their own special blend of ethnic, folk and jazz influenced chamber music. Hailed by presenters as "excellent ambassadors for classical music", they combine the elegant refinement of classical instruments with the primal sound of the world's first musical instruments ‒ the flute and the guitar. Rhonda plays several flutes, ranging from the solid gold instrument hand-crafted for her in Boston, to the lovely Native American flute created in the southwest. The polished technique of guitarist and "musical anthropologist" Dr. Paul Grove has taken him around the world, performing in Russia, India, and extensively in Brazil. Their "Music of the Americas" program will transport you from the exciting tango of Argentina to the folk music of Appalachia and back to North Idaho for their own composition.

October 27, 2012
Duo Recital

Saturday 8:00pm Concert /         7:15pm Pre-Concert Talk
Old Mission San Jose, Fremont
Tickets: $25/$20

Michael Graham, Cello & Aileen Chanco, Piano
CHOPIN, F.                  Introduction and Polonaise, op. 3
DEBUSSY C.                Sonata for Cello and Piano
BEETHOVEN, L. van    Sonata in A, no. 3, op. 6
PAULUS, S.                  "American Vignettes"

March 7, 2013
Tango Apasionado

Thursday 8:00pm Concert /         7:15pm Pre-Concert Talk
Old Mission San Jose, Fremont
Tickets: $25/$20

Quinteto Quilombo, Michael Corner, Clarinet and Alto Sax
Seth Asarnow, Bandoneon - Ertan Torgul, Violin - Aileen Chanco, Piano
Paul Binkley, Guitar - Bill Everett, Bass

BACH, J.S.          Fugue no. XV in G Major from WTC Bk. II
GARDEL, C.       Golondrinas (Swallows) for Bandoneon
ORTIZ, P.           Hipermilonga for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
PIAZZOLLA, A.   Escualo
                           Adios Nonino
                           Concierto para Quinteto
                            The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night - Tango Apasionado for Quintet and Alto Sax

April, 2013
The Mission Masquerade Ball: Espana

A Benefit for Music at the Mission
Friday 6:30pm Dinner, Entertainment and Dancing
The Hilton Hotel, Newark
Tickets: $80 (Early Bird pricing by March 31st: $70)


June 1, 2013
In the Dream of Liberty

Saturday 8:00pm Concert /         7:15pm Pre-Concert Talk
Old Mission San Jose, Fremont
Tickets: $25/$20

Ertan Torgul, Violin Gianna Abondolo, Cello Aileen Chanco, Piano
SHCHEDRIN, R.          In the Style of Albeniz, op. 52
ABONDOLO, G.         En el Sueno de la Libertad
BABAJANIAN, A.         Piano Trio in F-Sharp Minor
DVORAK, A.                  Piano Trio no. 4 "Dumky"


2011 - 2012 Season

Saturday, 5/19/12
Crossroads: Intersections of 20th Century Music and Film

7:15pm Pre-Concert Talk / 8:00pm Concert

Old Mission San Jose

43300 Mission Blvd. in Fremont

Tickets: $25 General, $20 Student/Senior

Robin Mayforth Violin - Karen Shinozaki Sor, Violin - Mike Corner, Clarinet

Emily Onderdonk, Viola Michael Graham, Cello - Bill Everett, Double Bass

Aileen Chanco, Piano - Loren Mach, Percussion


A multi-media performance and film screening. If there's any art form born of the twentieth century, it is cinema. Along with this new genre came the film score. "Crossroad" explores the music of four composers who wrote for both the classical stage and the silver screen: Dmitri Shostakovich, Erich Korngold, Bernard Herrmann and Nino Rota. This program will present both classical chamber works and viewings of film excerpts accompanied live by our chamber players, and will explore the huge effect these classical composers had on the art of movie making.

Crossroads: Intersections of 20th Century Music and Film is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and San Francisco Grant for the Arts



Sunday, 6/3/12
Salon Series Performance: "Jazz meets Classical"


Tickets: $75

Steve Pietkiewicz, Piano and Aileen Chanco, Piano

To conclude the season, join us in an exciting piano display of classical and jazz music, wine and appetizers. Enjoy an afternoon basking in Music at the Mission's matchless setting of The Salon Series Performances. Proceeds will help support Music at the Mission and bring you a delightful afternoon of music..unstuffy and unpredictable! Works by Bach, Beethoven, Brubeck and more!

Salon Series Performances take place in beautiful homes within the Tri-City Area. Advanced reservations requested.



Saturday, 11/19/11
Written in the Stars...Existentialist Poetry, Zen Buddhism & the American Song

7:15pm Pre-Concert Talk / 8:00pm Concert

Old Mission San Jose

Sherri Phelps, Mezzo Soprano & Rachel Taylor, Pianist

This engaging and colorful, multi-media performance will explore the music and life of famous Kentucky composer and balladeer, John Jacob Niles with a mixture of live performance, photographs and video highlighting each era of the composer's life from his early popular songs through the rarely performed Niles/Merton Songs.


Sunday, 2/12/12
Salon Series Performance "Poignant & Provocative!"


At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Pietkiewicz

SUONO: Ertan Torgul, Violin & Aileen Chanco, Piano

Suono is "Polished and superb!" -The San Antonio Express. Come away for an afternoon and treat yourself to a performance of violin/piano works from the poignant to the provocative, complete with champagne, appetizers and chocolates. The program will include works by Saint-Saens, Brahms and Piazzolla. Salon Series Performances take place in beautiful homes within the Tri-City Area. Advanced reservations requested.


Saturday, 3/11/12
One Year After, A Benefit for the Children of Tohoku

6:00pm Pre-Concert Activities/ 7:00pm Concert

Old Mission San Jose

Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble

Music at the Mission Chamber Players:


Saturday, 3/24/12
An Invitation to a Voyage

7:15pm Pre-Concert Talk / 8:00pm Concert

Old Mission San Jose

Karen Shinozaki Sor, Violin - Ertan Torgul, Violin - Rhonda Bradetich, Flute
Ray Furuta, Flute - Aileen Chanco, Piano - Chad Kaltinger
Viola Michael Graham, Cello - Bill Everett, Double Bass


In remembrance...Sendai 2011


Friday, 4/27/12
The 2012 Venetian Masquerade Ball

6:00 pm-Midnight

The Grand Ballroom at

The Hilton Hotel, Newark/Fremont

39900 Balentine Dr. in Newark

Tickets: $75 | $700 for Table for (10)

Music at the Mission's annual Mission Masquerade Ball will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel in Newark. This year's theme will embrace the magic of Venice! The 2012 Venetian Masquerade Ball will include an elegant dinner, masks, prizes, silent auction, lively entertainment and dancing to the velvety and vivacious voice of jazz singer Cheryl Morrell who has appeared in New York, Seattle and, other select cities on both coasts, and has sung with the likes of Jack Jones, Brooks Hartell, Alan Pennay, Bruce Innes, Chad Stuart, and Paul Tillotson.

This year, Music at the Mission will be honoring the founders of the TRI-CITY VOICE NEWSPAPER, Sharon and Bill Marshak for their commitment to the people they serve, their steadfast pursuit of truth and their love of the Tri-City Community. Their extended news coverage and unwavering support of organizations such as Music at the Mission have helped the performing arts in the local community thrive. Come celebrate with us, enjoy an elegant evening with friends and help support Music at the Mission!

For more information CLICK HERE and see pictures from last years' ball!


Sun, 9/13/09
SALON SERIES Sunday Afternoon Performances

Wine, Savories, Sweets, Music and great company...!

Hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Steve Pietkiewicz of Fremont


Michael Graham, cello

Aileen Chanco, piano


Program: Igor Stravinsky "Suite Italienne" & Sergei Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello and Piano in g minor.


Sat, 11/14/09
"SUONO in  Concert"

Old Mission San Jose, Fremont

7:15/8PM @ Old Mission San Jose, Fremont
Critically acclaimed as "polished and superb" by the San Antonio Express News, this dynamic violin/piano duo, performed Beethoven's compelling "Kreutzer" Sonata op. 47, Brahms Sonata op. 108, no. 3 in d minor, Schnittke "Suite Am Alten Stil" and works by Erich Korngold and Astor Piazzolla!

Ertan Torgul, Violin

Aileen Chanco, piano

Sun, 2/7/10

Best House-Palmdale Estates, Fremont

Music by Jonny Keigwin, Matt Montgomery, Steve Pietkiewicz, Pat Klobas, Jack Krouscup and Bob Scott.

Sponsors: UPrinting, Tri City Voice, Gael and Don Stewart of Mission Coffee and Fremont Flowers



Sat, 3/13/10

- From Conflict to Redemption "

Old Mission San Jose, Fremont

Armed conflict brings out the worst of humanity... And it has also inspired some of the greatest art this world has known. Program: Oliver Messiaen "Quartet for the End of Time" ~ Paul Schoenfield "Sparks of Glory" ~ Leos Janacek Sonata for Violin & Piano ~ Christos Hatzis "Dance of the Dictators"

Jeff Anderle, clarinet  |  Karen Shinozaki Sor, violin

Gianna Abondolo, cello  |  Aileen Chanco, piano

Sun, 4/25/10
SALON SERIES Sunday Afternoon Performances

Wine, Savories, Sweets, Music and great company...!

Hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Ganlin Wu of Fremont

Rhonda Bradetich, Flute

Bill Everett, Double, Bass

Aileen Chanco, Piano


Program: Haydn Trio no. 2, Deak "BB WOLF", J.S. Bach Cello Suite, Schubert Variations on a Theme "Trockene Blumen" and Widor Suite for Flute & Piano

Fri, 5/21/10

CD RELEASE PARTY for "Ferdinand the Bull and Friends" Music by Mark Fish

7:00-8:30 PM

Mission Coffee Roasting Co.

151 Washington Blvd, Fremont

Come to the official release party for "Ferdinand the Bull and Friends," a classical CD for children narrated by actor David Ogden Stiers. Food, Wine and excerpts from "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens, "the Mother Goose Suite" by Maurice Ravel, and "Ferdinand the Bull" by Bay Area composer Mark Fish.

David Ogden Stiers, Narrator

Chie Nagatani , piano

Paul Rhodes, Cello

 Also check out the "CD RELEASE PARTY & CONCERT PACKAGE": For purchasing tickets online to both events, this Special Offer gets you $7 OFF the price of our "Music and the Spoken Word" Concert!!  A weekend full of humor, literature, music, food and great fun!! Join Music at the Mission for it's last concert of the season on Saturday, May 22nd. "MUSIC AND THE SPOKEN WORD" Concert, featuring David Ogden Stiers as narrator in the premiere of Mark Fish's "Winston of Churchill" based on the children's book by Jean Davies Okimoto, and meet the artists at our post-concert Meet-and-Greet Dessert Reception on Saturday, May 22nd! (Scroll further down for more details...)


Sat, 5/22/10
"MUSIC & THE SPOKEN WORD" Concert        

7:15 Pre-Concert Talk by composer Mark Fish

8PM Concert at Old Mission San Jose

43300 Mission  Blvd., Fremont

From the rantings of a frustrated night school teacher to the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes...From the tales of Jack London to a new recipe for "Peacock Turducken"... Music at the Mission explores the many facets of music with narration, from the comedic, to the tragic, to the absurd. Join us in this season's exciting final concert of literary delights and a Meet-and-Greet Dessert Reception will follow the concert!


David Ogden Stiers, Narrator  |  Bill Everett, Double Bass

Aileen Chanco, Piano  |  Karen Shinozaki Sor, Violin

Michael Corner, Clarinet  |  Michael Graham, Cello

Alicia Telford, Horn Loren Mach, Percussion


*Premier of a newly commissioned piece by Bay Area composer, Mark FISH entitled, "Winston of Churchill" based on the delightful children's book by Jean Davies Okimoto; Jon DEAK'S "The Wager at the El Dorado Saloon" for piano trio and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" for Solo Double Bass;

Harold MELTZER'S "Sindbad" for Piano Trio and Narrator;

and Barbara KOLB "Three Place Settings"


This concert is made possible by the Zellerbach Foundation, the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Musical Grant Program, the Fremont Bank Foundation. Composer, Mark Fish's appearance is made possible by the METLife Creative Connections Meet The Composer Program. Leadership
support for Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program is
generously provided by MetLife Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Amphion Foundation, Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, BMI Foundation, Inc., Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Jerome Foundation, mediaThe Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd.

Mr. Stier's stay in the Bay area is sponsored by: