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February 6, 2018 > Classical Jam offers free community concert and salon experience

Classical Jam offers free community concert and salon experience

Submitted By Vickilyn Hussey

Music at the Mission Salon Series ?Classical Jam? offers the ultimate concert experience. Virtuoso artists, exciting music, great seats, congenial hosts, elegant private residence with an extensive art collection, amazing views and delicious hors d?oeuvres served with wine all come together to create a memorable afternoon.

Check your preconceptions at the door and enjoy the groove of top classical artists Steve Huber (violin), Emily Onderdonk (viola), Philip Brezina (violin), Michael Graham (cello) and Aileen Chanco (piano). Highlights are genre-bending arrangements of works by Beethoven, Led Zeppelin, Cohen, Hasse, The Who, McLean, Waits, Tower of Power, Huber, and an unforgettable performance of Schubert?s ?Death and the Maiden.?

Explosive, lyrical, and brilliant, Schubert?s ?Death and the Maiden? ranges from delicate and introspective to dark raging despair as the young composer grapples with the knowledge that he is facing death. ?Great emotional intensity,? according to acclaimed music critic Ted Libbey, ?harmonic twists and melodic turns convey emotion with remarkable simplicity and force.? This work is considered a pillar of the classical music repertoire and you shouldn?t miss the opportunity to experience it as a live performance.

The eclectic program translates rock mega hits into classical crossover works of art, maintaining the groundbreaking rock music lines and high energy of Led Zeppelin?s groundbreaking ?Kashmir? and The Who?s iconic ?Baba O?Riley.? Wonderfully disjointed jazz riffs of Tom Waits? ?Tango Till They?re Sore,? are ?endlessly compelling,? said David Dye, host of NPR?s progressive rock show ?World Caf‚.

Huber, who has rock creds in addition to his impressive classical work, serves as arranger for the rock tunes and delivers a memorable and wildly enjoyable Beethoven Fifth-Game of Thrones Mashup. He captures the soul searching of Don McLean?s ?Vincent/Starry Starry Night? (from the album ?American Pie?) and the exquisite joy and pain of Leonard Cohen?s most famous song, ?Hallelujah.?

Onderdonk (who has two Grammy nominations for recordings with chamber ensembles, and a recent crossover album release) changes things up in Tower of Power?s funk masterpiece ?Don?t Change Horses in the Middle of the Stream? and a Hasse ?Norwegian Fiddle Tune.?

Tickets for Classical Jam on Sunday, February 18 must be reserved in advance through Music at the Mission. The concert address in North Milpitas and directions will be made available upon ticket purchase. Tickets can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets and Music at the Mission.

In addition to the Salon Series Classical Jam, Music at the Mission is hosting a free community concert, ?Classical Jam, Abridged? on Thursday, February 15 at The Dominican Center in Fremont. Enjoy a sampling of the Classical Jam concert program while you wait out the weekday traffic! No reservations or tickets are required; just drop in on your way home!

Directions to The Dominican Center and a campus map are available on the Dominican Sisters of San Jose website. If you haven?t discovered this beautiful new event venue, Classical Jam, Abridged would be a good opportunity to visit.

For these and other concerts, events, and young musicians? programs, visit or

Classical Jam, Abridged
Thursday, Feb 15
5:15 p.m. ? 6:00 p.m.
The Dominican Center
43326 Mission Circle, Fremont

The Salon Series: Classical Jam
Sunday, Feb 18
2:30 p.m. ? 5:30 p.m.
Address available upon ticket purchase
(510) 402-1724
Tickets: $55

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