Side by Side with the SF Chamber Orchestra 2019

Workshop Resources


We are delighted you will be joining us for the third annual Side by Side with the SF Chamber Orchestra.

Here are all the details you will need and resources to help you prepare.

Event Logistics

Location: First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

You are invited to attend the SFCO's Main Stage Concert at 3pm. SFCO concerts are free to the public!
For more information visit the SFCO website.

Whether or not you attend the concert, please be sure to check in by 4:30 for the workshop.

Once the concert is concluded, there will be a brief interlude and then we'll gather onstage for the Side by Side.

What to bring: Your instrument and your music. Bass players please bring bass stool if you wish to use one.

Attire: Dress code is casual/comfortable. Please refrain from wearing scented products such as perfume or hair spray.

A message from Music Director Ben Simon

I am so looking forward to our third annual string Side-by-Side with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.  Please come on Sunday April 28 to our 3pm concert at Berkeley’s beautiful First Congregational Church and stay to play some Elgar and Piazzolla onstage with us afterwards.  The young and exciting Catalyst String Quartet are our featured soloists in a program that ranges from Elgar to jazz.

The orchestra will be performing Elgar’s amazing Serenade for Strings, and we’ll be working on the first movement together in our Side-by-Side.  Once that is perfected and played through, we’ll have a little musical dessert with Jeremy Cohen’s arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango.  Olé!

See you all on April 28!


Download your music

please print and bring with you to the workshop

Elgar's Serenade

Piazzolla Libertango

If you have questions

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