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Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 2 p.m.

At Home with
The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
An online strings workshop

Spend an hour with five fabulous SFCO string player mentors and Maestro Ben Simon for a deep dive into Grieg’s Holberg Suite Praelude.


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About the Mentors

The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra is a tightly-knit ensemble comprised of the best musicians in the Bay Area.

Dedicated to prividing experiences of musical intimacy, the SFCO combines excellence with accessibility, and their full season of over 36 performances is admission-free, presenting classical, contemporary, and commissioned works to audiences of all ages and backgrounds around the Bay Area. “We’re different because we believe classical music is exciting, vibrant, and fun.

Ben Simon is a violinist turned violist turned conductor who has been Music Director of both the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the award-winning youth ensemble Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra since 2002.  He’s always loved the Holberg Suite. 

Liana Berube is violinist of Delphi Trio, concertmaster of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the magik*magik orchestra, is on faculty at St Mary’s College of California, and is an SFCO All-Star. She loves weird and challenging projects, and believes strongly in the power of intuition and personal truth in the music-making process.

George Hayes is a regular extra with the San Francisco Ballet and also plays with many other Bay Area.  He is also an avid landscape photographer and can often be found chasing sunrises and sunsets with a camera and tripod in hand.

Darcy Rindt’s music career includes most Bay Area orchestras, studio recording, rock/pop/alternative, original compositions and arrangements with her string quartet Squid Inc, and the pit orchestra for “Hamilton, An American Musical.” She is also violist with and General Manager of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

A San Francisco native, cellist Samsun van Loon is a passionate chamber musician and recitalist. In this age of digital pivots, he’s also become an audio engineer for the Boston Chamber Symphony as well as his ensemble, the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco.

Michel Taddei‘s double bass career has brought him to venues from coast to coast, and performances in countries from Cuba to Kazakhstan, and from the UK to the Kyrghyz Republic.  He is happy to make the Bay Area his home, combining playing, teaching, and artistic planning in his busy schedule

Workshop Materials

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Violin 1

Violinists please choose whichever part you prefer – or learn both!

Violin 2