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The Cal Arte Ensemble and its artistic director Tamami Honma were recently nominated in four categories of their "Best of the Bay" poll by San Francisco Classical Voice. Thank you for voting for us and we look forward to your continued support.

2018 Concerts







The Soldier's Tale by Igor Stravinsky

  • Suite Italienne by Igor Stravinsky
  • Julian Brown, violin & Tamami Honma, piano

  • The Soldier's Tale by Igor Stravinsky
  • Narrator: Kayla Wilfong
  • Soldier: Katie Ahmann
  • Devil: Khris Sanchez
  • Princess: Diane Meechai

  • Cal Arte Ensemble conducted by Tamami Honma

Tickets: The performances are all free admission with a suggested donation of $20. Space is limited so please reserve your seat by booking on the appropriate link above.

The Cal Arte Ensemble presents L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale) featuring a full cast of narrator, actors, dancer and musicians in this major work by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky and his literary collaborator Swiss writer C. F. Ramuz based on a Russian folk tale, The Runaway Soldier and the Devil. In a modern twist on convention, the performance of the soldier will be played by a woman, singer-actor Katie Ahman, a two-time National YoungArts Winner.

The musical performance tells the story of a wayward soldier, who while on leave makes a Faustian bargain exchanging her violin (and soul) with the devil for a book that predicts the future. While the book makes the soldier immensely wealthy, it comes at great cost to her relationships with friends and family. In the hopes of making a new life she pursues a chance at winning the hand of a sleeping princess (Dian Meechai). The devil (Khris Sanchez), though, seemingly outplayed for a while eventually thwarts her plans.

The music has the unmistakable rhythmic and tuneful dazzle of Stravinsky featuring a lively concoction of jazzy figures, dance forms and marches for a small group of players. Besides narrator, and actors playing soldier, princess and the devil, the music will be performed by a seven-piece ensemble of musicians conducted by Cal Arte's artistic director Tamami Honma.

As an appetizer to each performance, Ms. Honma will be playing the piano with Cal Arte’s resident violinist and co-director, Julian Brown in Stravinsky's neoclassical Suite Italienne for violin and piano, a work based on the ballet Pulcinella which in turn was based on the delightfully ear catching melodies of 18th century Italian composer Giovanni Pergolesi.


Romantic Visions & Illusions

4pm Sunday October 21

  • Piano Quintet in E flat major Op. 44 by Robert Schumann
  • Piano Quintet in A minor Op. 84 by Edward Elgar
  • Tamami Honma, piano
  • Julian Brown, violin
  • Be'eri Moalem, violin
  • Goetz Leonhardt, viola
  • Walter Halvorsen, cello

This concert is being put on as a part of a series of fundraisers for Trinity Cathedral in San Jose. Tickets available here
Trinity Cathedral, San Jose, CA


When Schumann wrote his Piano Quintet in E flat the idea of combining a string quartet with piano was new. With this magnificent composition, considered to be one of the finest musical works of the 19th century, Schumann opened the way for a whole new genre of chamber music. Edward Elgar's Piano Quintet, written in 1918 at the end of the Great War came just a year before his famous cello concerto. It is a similarly powerful and expansive work and widely considered to be one of the composer’s finest chamber works.



Past Concerts




Mozart@theMuseum

3pm Sunday May 13

  • Luis Andrei Cobo Songs for Soprano and Piano Quintet (world premiere)
  • Two Songs from Kashchey The Immortal by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Requiem in D minor K.626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Süssmayr/Beyer)
  • Tamami Honma & Michael Shahani (conductors)
  • Heather Green, Soprano
  • Katja Heuzeroth, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Woojeong Lee, Tenor
  • Kiril Havezov, Baritone
  • Cal Arte Singers
  • Cal Arte Chamber Orchestra

The performance will include a complimentary wine reception.

Tickets available here
Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, California




Winchester Orchestra with Tamami Honma

7:30pm Sunday March 11

  • Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  • Symohony No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Tamami Honma (piano), Michael DiGiacinto (conductor) and Winchester Orchestra

Tickets available here
Lincoln Glen Church, 2700 Booksin Avenue San Jose, California 




Saratoga Symphony with Julian Brown

3pm Sunday January 21

  • "Orient et Occident" by Camille Saint-Säens
  • Violin Concerto No. 8 by Louis Spohr "Gesangscene" or "Vocal Scene"
  • Symphony No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Julian Brown (violin), Jason Klein (conductor) and Saratoga Symphony

Free admission
McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center, 20300 Herriman Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070




2017 Concerts

2017 Concerts

Sunday Gallery at Triton

3pm Sunday December 10

  • Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 by Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke" by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Tamami Honma (piano), Julian Brown (violin), Yong-Zi Ma (cello)

Free admission/suggested donation $20
Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, California




Palo Alto Philharmonic with Tamami Honma

8pm Saturday December 9

  • Hebrides Overture by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 by Camille Saint-Säens*
  • Petrushka (1947) by Igor Strvinsky*
  • *Tamami Honma (piano soloist)
  • Thomas Shoebotham (conductor) and Palo Alto Philharmonic

Tickets $10-22
Cubberly Theater, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto







Beethoven Odyssey III

7:30pm Saturday October 14

  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Tamami Honma, piano soloist
  • Cal Arte Chamber Ensemble

7:30pm Saturday November 4

  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73
  • Tamami Honma, piano soloist
  • Cal Arte Chamber Ensemble

7:30pm Saturday November 18

  • Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto in C minor, No. 3 Op. 37
  • Julian Brown, violin soloist
  • Tamami Honma, piano soloist
  • Cal Arte Chamber Ensemble

Free admission/suggested donation $20
Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, Cupertino, California




Sunday Gallery at Triton

3pm Sunday November 12

  • Duet for Viola and Cello by Walter Piston
  • Duet for Viola and Cello by Paul Hindemith
  • Fratres for Violin and Piano by Arvo Pärt
  • Piano Quartet in E flat Op. 47 by Robert Schumann
  • Tamami Honma (piano), Julian Brown (violin), Goetz Leonhardt (viola), Yong-Zi Ma (cello)

Free admission/suggested donation $20
Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, California




Masterworks at Ladera

3pm Sunday October 1

Sunday Gallery at Triton

3pm Sunday October 15

  • Mozart Piano Sonata K.332
  • Bach Violin Concerto in E major
  • Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor
  • Tamami Honma (piano), Julian Brown (violin), Goetz Leonhardt (viola), Yong-Zi Ma (cello)

Free admission/suggested donation $20
Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, California




Summer Schubertiade

St Andrew's Episcopal Church

Saturday July 29 7:30pm

  • Scarlatti 3 Sonatas for Keyboard
  • Mozart Violin Sonata in G major K. 301
  • Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat D.929
  • Tamami Honma (piano), Julian Brown (violin), Yong-Zi Ma (cello)
  • Program notes 

Saturday August 12 7:30pm

  • Loeillet Piano Trio Sonata in B minor
  • Haydn Piano Sonata in E flat Hob. XVI/52 No. 62
  • Schubert Piano Quintet in A major D.667 ("Trout")
  • Tamami Honma (piano), Julian Brown (violin), Goetz Leonhardt (viola), Yong-Zi Ma (cello), Michael Nitzberg (bass)

2017 Spring Concerts

Triton Museum of Art

March 19

  • Brahms Horn Trio in E flat Op. 40
  • Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 23 "Appassionata"
  • Mozart Violin Sonata in E minor K. 304
  • Tamami Honma (piano), Julian Brown (violin), David Dufour (French horn)

April 23

  • Schumann Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) for Viola and Piano Op. 113
  • Fauré Élégie for Cello and Piano Op. 24
  • Sicong Ma Nostalgic Song No 3
  • ​Chopin Polonaise Brillante for Cello and Piano Op.3 (arr. Leonard Rose)
  • Beethoven Piano Sonata in C major Op. 2 No. 3
  • Tamami Honma (piano), Goetz Leonhardt (viola), Yong-Zi Ma (cello)

May 14

  • Schubert Octet
  • Julian Brown (violin), Cyril Bouchard (violin), Goetz Leonhardt (viola), Yong-Zi Ma (cello), Micheal Nitzberg (bass), David Dufour (French horn)

June 18

  • Telemann Trio Sonata in G major for Violin, Viola, and Piano
  • Schumann Fairy Tales for Violin, Viola and Piano Op 132
  • Strauss Piano Quartet in C minor Op. 13
  • Tamami Honma (piano), Julian Brown (violin), Goetz Leonhardt (viola), Yong-Zi Ma (cello)

Ladera Community Church

March 5

  • Brahms Horn Trio in E flat Op. 40
  • Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 23 "Appassionata"
  • Mozart Violin Sonata in E minor K. 304
  • Tamami Honma (piano), Julian Brown (violin), David Dufour (French horn)

April 2

  • Schumann Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) for Viola and Piano Op. 113
  • Fauré Élégie for Cello and Piano Op. 24
  • Sicong Ma Nostalgic Song No 3
  • ​Chopin Polonaise Brillante for Cello and Piano Op.3 (arr. Leonard Rose)
  • Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major Op. 109
  • Tamami Honma (piano), Goetz Leonhardt (viola), Yong-Zi Ma (cello)

May 7

  • Schubert Octet
  • Julian Brown (violin), Cyril Bouchard (violin), Goetz Leonhardt (viola), Yong-Zi Ma (cello), Micheal Nitzberg (bass), David Dufour (French horn)

About

Cal Arte Ensemble

Cal Arte Ensemble

After performing together in a number of classical groups, Tamami Honma and Julian Brown founded the Cal Arte Ensemble in 2015. Since then they have sought to present many of the great chamber masterpieces in concert halls around the Bay Area. In 2016 & 2017 they presented nearly 100 different programs including the Beethoven Odyssey I series, featuring Tamami Honma's performances of the complete 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas, and Beethoven Odyssey II, featuring all 10 of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas with Julian Brown and Tamami Honma. Last year they expanded the Cal Arte Ensemble to include a small orchestra and presented Beethoven Odyssey III, featuring all five piano concertos and the violin concerto. Besides these performance, the Cal Arte Ensemble have performed numerous other chamber concerts featuring piano trios, quartets, and quintets by composers from Arensky to Shostakovich. Earlier this year they presented a full performance of Mozart's Requiem bringing together four distinguished vocal soloists, a 30 member choir, and the Cal Arte Chamber Orchestra. The Cal Arte Ensemble were nominated this and last year in San Franciso Classical Voice's Best of the Bay poll.

Warhol stylized image of Beethoven



Triton Museum

Ensemble-In-Residence

Cal Arte is the Triton Museum of Art's ensemble-in-residence, putting on its popular Sunday Gallery chamber concerts within the gallery's beautiful spaces. To make this possible, donations at Cal Arte's concerts were used to purchase a piano hosted at Triton. The concerts have attracted large, often capacity audiences, and have helped increase foot traffic into this secluded gem of a museum.




Other venues

Cal Arte regularly perform at venues across the South Bay including the Triton Museum of Art, St Andrew's Episcopal Church in Saratoga, the Ladera Community Church in Portola Valley, and the United Methodist Church in Cupertino.

Cal Arte Ensemble performing Schubert Octet at Ladera



Cal Arte Ensemble performing Schubert Octet at Triton Museum of Art

Mission

Cal Arte's objective is to bring great chamber music to a wider audience especially in areas where people may not have access to a wide diversity of classical music. The Cal Arte Music Foundation is a 501(c)(3) registered charity so please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Your support will go toward continuing our mission in putting on more programs and reaching out to the community.




In the news

SF Classical Voice review of the Cal Arte Ensemble

Tamami's world premiere performance of Luis Andrei Cobo's piano concerto chosen as Best New Music Performance in San Francisco Classical Voice's Best of the Bay 2016-17

Santa Clara Weekly

Mercury News

World Journal

Our Artists

Tamami Honma

Tamami Honma

Artistic Director

Julian Brown

Julian Brown

Co-Director

  • Cal Arte Ensemble Members and Collaborators
  • Goetz Leonhardt (viola)
  • Yong-Zi Ma (cello)
  • Cyril Bouchard (violin)
  • Jason Martel (viola)
  • Thomas Shoebotham (cello)
  • Jenny Studley (soprano)
  • Liliane Cromer (mezzo-soprano)
  • David Dufour (horn)
  • Eric K (clarinet)
  • Juliet Hamak (bassoon)
  • Michael Nitzberg (bass)
  • Jennifer Kloetzel (cello)
  • Scott Krijnen (cello)
  • James Lin (cello)
  • Ethan Cotta (violin)

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