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Verdi's Requiem

San Jose Symphonic Choir with Cal Arte Ensemble, 7:30pm Saturday April 20

Venue: Scottish Rite Center, 2455 Masonic Drive, San Jose 95125

Tickets available here.

Verdi's Requiem

Verdi's Requiem is a monumental choral work that stands as a pinnacle of the composer's output. Composed in memory of the Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni, it transcends the traditional requiem form by combining symphonic writing with the drama of opera. The work's thunderous Dies Irae sequence has been used innumerable times in movies to signifiy the apocalypse or Armageddon. Verdi's mastery of melody and orchestration creates a profound emotional journey, from the tumultuous Dies Irae to the hauntingly beautiful Lacrimosa. Blending sacred text with theatrical grandeur, the Requiem is a testament to Verdi's ability to evoke both awe and introspection, making it a timeless masterpiece of choral music.

Tamami Honma and Daniel Glover perform Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

with John Gerling, timpani and percussion

Beethoven Center Noontime Concert, Thursday April 4 at 12pm

Venue: San José State University Concert Hall, Music Building, SJSU Main Campus, One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192

Free admission. No RSVP required. Cookies and coffee to follow concert.

During the course of his career, Franz Liszt adapted the works of almost 100 other composers as the basis of numerous arrangements, orchestrations, fantasies, reminiscences, paraphrases, illustrations, variations, and editions. Notably, Liszt embarked on the ambitious task of transcribing Beethoven's Symphonies for solo piano, showcasing his mastery in condensing full orchestrations onto a single instrument. However, the Ninth Symphony, particularly its monumental choral finale, posed a formidable challenge. Despite its daunting complexity, Liszt undertook the task, driven partly by commercial interests, producing both a solo piano transcription and a version for two pianos. Undoubtedly, Liszt found the latter to be artistically more satisfying, given the expansive musical scope of Beethoven's masterpiece.

In a concert sponsored by the Beethoven Society commemorating the 200th anniversary of the first performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony which took place in Vienna in 1824, the phenomenal pianistic talents of Tamami Honma and Daniel Glover will be augmented by John Gerling on timpani and percussion, elevating the performance with an even grander sonic presence than Liszt himself envisioned.

In a 1988 interview, famous piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz, stated "I deeply regret never having played Liszt's arrangements of the Beethoven symphonies in public – these are the greatest works for the piano – tremendous works – every note of the symphonies is in the Liszt works."

Beethoven Complete 35 Piano Sonatas performed by Tamami Honma

Available now from Divine Art Recordings

In a major new release, Tamami Honma's spectacular recordings of the complete 35 Beethoven Piano Sonatas went on sale on February. Based on the critical edition of Beethoven's scores edited by musicologist and renowned Beethoven specialist, Dr Barry Cooper, these recordings include the much neglected first three sonatas Beethoven wrote in his youth and incorporate thousands of corrections revealed by Dr Cooper's meticulous research. These recordings set a new standard in respecting Beethoven's intentions and have received critical acclaim: "The Pathétique is rendered very well indeed... So, too, the Moonlight and, initiating the magisterial sequence of the final 10 sonatas. [In] the Appassionata, Honma lets the music sing without any extraneous imposition of personality that has disfigured many an interpretation elsewhere. Suffice it to say that the strengths of Honma’s interpretations of the earlier works persist to the end, whether in the lyrical warmth of Op 90’s finale or the stratospheric heights of the final three." (International Piano Magazine)

2023 Concerts

Tamami Honma performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4

Redwood Symphony, Saturday, September 23 at 8pm

Venue: Cañada College Main Theater 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94061

Tickets available here

Tamami Honma will be performing Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto with the Redwood Symphony and conductor Dr Eric K in a concert that also features Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite.

Regarded as Beethoven at his most poetic, the 4th Piano Concerto was given its premiere by the composer himself, a historic event that elicited a review describing the work as "the most admirable, singular, artistic and complex Beethoven concerto ever." Ms Honma has recently finished recording the entire 35 Beethoven Piano Sonatas (available February 2024 from Divine Art/Naxos) and will bring her deep understanding of Beethoven’s oeuvre and sparkling expressiveness to bear on this magical and sublime work.

Tamami Honma performs Busoni's Piano Concerto

Saratoga Symphony, Sunday October 15 at 3pm

Venue: MacAfee Performing Arts Center 20300 Herriman Ave, Saratoga, California

Free admission

Tamami Honma will be performing Busoni's Piano Concerto with the Saratoga Symphony and conductor Dr Jason Klein.

Italian pianist and composer, Ferrucio Busoni composed his piano concerto more than hundred years ago and yet because of its colossal technical demands, unusually large proportions for the orchestra and the need to add a male choir in the last movement, it remains exceedingly rarely played. Nevertheless, its recent premiere on the West Coast received rave reviews: “Awe and wonder," "Sheer energy and dynamism," "Shot of pure adrenalin," "Kaleidoscopic," and "a once in a lifetime opportunity for audiences." Well now there’s a second chance to witness this extraordinary work as Tamami Honma intrepidly steps into the breach with the Saratoga Symphony under the baton of Dr Jason Klein, and choristers from St Simon’s Parish, Los Altos United Methodist Church, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, and San Jose Symphonic Choir. An event not to be missed!

2022 Concerts

Christmas Baroque Concert - Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 7:30pm

Cal Arte Ensemble performs Bach, Handel and Manfredini

The Cal Arte Ensemble led by Tamami Honma will perform two of Bach's most popular works - the Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 & 5, the Concerto for Two Tumpets by Francesco Manfredini, and a selection from Handel's Messiah that will include the famous Hallelujah chorus.

Venue: St Simon's Parish Church in Los Altos 1860 Grant Avenue, Los Altos, California

Free admission.

The Brandenburg Concertos are some of JS Bach's most well-known and enduring works, and are considered to be among the finest examples of Baroque music. Remarkably, he wrote them as part of a job application for Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, younger brother of the King. Bach was the Kapellmeister in the small town of Cöthen and sought to elevate his status by working for His Royal Highness. Alas, it seems the Margrave didn't even bother to look at the works let alone have them performed and Bach did not get the job. The manuscripts of the concertos were later unearthed by Bach's son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, in the Margrave's library after his father's death. They were eventually published in the early 19th century and have since become some of Bach's most famous and celebrated works. The Brandenburg Concertos are a diverse and innovative set of works that showcase Bach's genius as a composer and his creativity in using different instrumental combinations.

The Concerto for Two Trumpets by Francesco Manfredini was composed aroung 1711, a time when the trumpet was still a relatively new and unfamiliar instrument in the world of classical music. The trumpet was originally used in military and ceremonial contexts, and had not been widely used in orchestras. The concerto is a lively and energetic work that showcases the technical abilities of the trumpet players and the virtuosity of the Baroque style.

Handel's Messiah is one of the most popular and well-known works of choral music, and it is performed by choruses and orchestras around the world during the Christmas season. Divided into three parts - the Nativity, the Passion, and the Resurrection - the entire work was composed in just 24 days. Handel reportedly worked on the oratorio day and night, fueled by caffeine and inspiration creating one of our most beloved masterpieces of classical music.

Music of Portugal - Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 3:00pm

Tamami Honma performs Piano Concerto No. 3 in G minor by João Domingos Bomtempo

Tamami Honma will be appearing with the Mission Chamber Orchestra in a program of Portuguese music featuring works by João Domingos Bomtempo, who was a contemporay of Beethoven, and Joly Braga Santos. The concert will be at Five Wounds Portuguese National Church at 1375 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95116. Free admission.

Tamami Honma and friends - June 18 2022

In support of the people of Ukraine

A collaborative concert at St Simon's Parish Church in Los Altos featuring a blend of classical and contemporay music with the Cal Arte Ensemble, the San Francisco Brass Band, composer John Angotti, and the St Simon's Choir.

Vivaldi's Gloria/Fauré's Requiem/SJSC Summer Concert Tour Program

Like many other music organizations, our ability to put on live concerts was badly affected by the Covid pandemic. During 2020 and 2021, we worked on several virtual productions - collaborations with the San Jose Symphonic Choir featuring complete performances of Vivaldi's Gloria and Fauré's Requiem. Our most recent production was a virtual realization of their summer concert tour program that includes a diverse range of popular a capella choral works: Rachmaninoff's Bogoroditse Devo, Palestrina's Sicut Cervus, Hard Times, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Henry Mollicone's Hear Me Redeemer, the and the gospel-infused Keep Your Lamps and Ride The Chariot.

Concert for 380th anniversary of Portugal's Independence

On December 6, 2020 the Cal Arte Ensemble appeared at the Five Wounds Portuguese National Church in San Jose playing classical works by leading Portuguese composers from the Renaissance to the modern era. The concert was livestreamed here and featured chamber works by leading Portugues composers including the Harpischord Concerto in A by Carlos Seixas, Piano Quintet in E flat by João Domingos Bomtempo, and String Quartet No. 2 by Joly Braga Santos. The concert was sponsored by the Instituto de Camões, Lisbon, Portugal.

Opferlied by Ludwig van Beethoven

Cal Arte's concert with San Jose Symphonic Choir in March 2020 was to have featured works by Mozart, Beethoven and Hummel. Following the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, the concert had to be cancelled but in its place, we created a virtual performance of Beethoven's little known gem, Opferlied Op 121b, performed here by members of SJSC and Cal Arte each recording themselves at home. Some of the video of choristers was captured during zoom sessions so looks a little crude, but bear in mind this was one the first virtual videos to come out during the pandemic and captured a complete work, one that is rarely peformed.

My Spirit Be Joyful

In another virtual performance, see our "furry companions" edition of this famous work by Bach.

2020 Concerts

BEET250VEN Akademie Gala

2pm Sunday, March 15

  • "Archduke" Trio in B flat Op 97 by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Cal Arte Ensemble: Tamami Honma (piano), Julian Brown (violin) and Evan Kahn (cello)

Old First Concerts, 1751 Sacramento Street, SF, CA 94109

A special 3-hour concert with movements from piano sonatas, arias, and short instrumental works performed by some of the Bay Area’s leading performers. More details here.

Mozart Great Mass in C minor

7:30pm Saturday March 21

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Great Mass in C minor K.427
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Te Deum in D major
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, Opferlied
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Regina Coeli, K. 276

  • Leroy Kromm, conductor
  • San Jose Symphonic Choir
  • Cal Arte Chamber Orchestra

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, 80 S. Market St., San Jose

Following the highly successful collaboration of Cal Arte with the San Jose Symphonic Choir last year, we present an exciting new concert for 2020 with choral masterpieces by Mozart, Beethoven, and Hummel.

Young People's Recital: A fundraiser for the homeless

7pm Saturday February 22

  • Featuring excerpts from Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata, Dvorak's Dumky Trio, and other well known works

  • With the piano students of Tamami Honma

Prince of Peace Church, 12770 Saratoga Ave, CA 95070

At 7pm Saturday, February 22, the Cal Arte Music Foundation, in conjunction with the Prince of Peace Church, will present a recital of performances by the piano students of Tamami Honma. The recital will feature short student presentations including excepts from Dvorak's Dumky Trio, Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata, and movie anime music. For younger students it will be their very first recital experience while for others it will be the precursor to competition level performances. Come support their efforts to raise funds for a good cause run by the Prince of Peace Church in Saratoga (12770 Saratoga Ave, CA 95070). Cal Arte Music Foundation is sponsoring this concert to foster the musical experiences of the younger generation.

2019 Concerts

Beethoven Mass in C and Hummel Mass in D

7:30pm Saturday March 23

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Mass in D Major
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, Mass in C Major

  • Leroy Kromm, conductor
  • San Jose Symphonic Choir
  • Cal Arte Chamber Orchestra

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, 80 S. Market St., San Jose

Hummel (1778-1837) is much less known today than Beethoven (1770-1827), but in their day they were both well known, as well as being friends and rivals. Hummel, like Beethoven, was a piano virtuoso, although his self-confidence was said to have been shattered by Beethoven's arrival in Vienna where both composers spent most of their lives. Hummel, nevertheless, eventually succeeded Joseph Haydn in the role of Kapellmeister in the court of Prince Nikolaus Esterházy II, after Haydn's death in 1809. Two years earlier Esterházy commissioned Beethoven to write a Mass for his wife - the Mass in C. Hummel subsequently wrote his Mass in D a year later. In this concert, SJSC has paired the two masses, allowing comparison of the styles and gifts of these two important classical contemporaries.

Tamami Honma performs Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3

7pm Sunday March 17

  • Griffes Pleasure Dome of Kublan
  • Hanson Symphony No. 2 ("Romantic")
  • Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3

  • Tamami Honma, piano
  • Gabriel Sakakeeny, guest conductor
  • Winchester Orchestra

Lincoln Glen Church, 2700 Booksin Ave, San Jose, California

Tamami Honma performs Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 4

3pm Sunday January 27

  • Lyaponov Polonaise
  • Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 4
  • Glazunov Cortege Solennel
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Suite from the Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh

  • Tamami Honma, piano
  • Jason Klein, conductor
  • Saratoga Symphony

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

In a rare performance of Rachmaninoff's fourth and last piano concerto, we get to hear the composer operating in a new more jazzy and experimental style. Partly because the work was quite different from the much more famous second and third concertos, audiences were slow to appreciate it. Rachmaninoff felt obliged to revise the concerto several times over many years significantly cutting it in length. Modern thinking suggests Rachmaninoff may have overcompensated with the later versions. This performance will feature one of the early versions, itself a rarity among rarities, as when this work does infrequently get an outing, players often opt for the shortened and perhaps less satisfying final version.

2018 Concerts

Romantic Visions & Illusions

4pm Sunday October 21

7:30pm Saturday October 27

  • 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

Good Samaritan United Methodist Church 19624 Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

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.

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.


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)


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


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


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.

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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

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