Those who have been following this site regularly know that Friction Quartet is getting off to a busy start in San Francisco, wrapping up their residency at the Center for New Music and beginning as Artists-in-Residence in the Old First Concerts series. Following these September activities, the quartet, whose members are violinists Kevin Rogers and Otis Harriel, violist Taija Warbelow, and cellist Doug Machiz, will launch into the month of October by kicking off the second season of Classical Kids, a series of chamber music concerts for young children and their families presented by Noe Valley Chamber Music (NVCM). Given that Friction’s repertoire extends beyond classical and “bleeding edge” modern to include pop and folk as well, the ensemble is well positioned to appeal to young listeners.
For example, the program they have prepared for NVCM will include Machiz’ arrangement of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” They will also play Andy Akiho’s first string quartet, “Mobile on a Stream Into the Sound.” Both of these pieces were included in a documentary based on a visit that Friction made to the Mundo Verde Public Charter School in Washington, DC, which was uploaded as a YouTube video this past February. The program will also include excerpts from the three Opus 59 (“Rasumovsky”) quartets by Ludwig van Beethoven and Leoš Janáček’s second string quartet, which the composer entitled “Intimate Letters.”
This show will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 1. Like NVCM concerts, it will take place at the Noe Valley Ministry at 1021 Sanchez Street. General admission will be $15 for those three years old and older. Those younger will be admitted at no charge. There is also a $40 family pass that will admit four people of any paying age. Tickets may be purchased in advance through a Brown Paper Tickets event page.