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Artistic Director Michelle Djokic

Musikiwest harnesses the collaborative power of chamber music to engender empathic awareness, promote conflict resolution and build peaceable communities.

Upcoming Event:

Musikiwest at Mitchell Park Library in Palo Alto, California

February 27, 2020 @ 7:30 PM

Diacritical Marks

We bring you Amy Beach’s unusually beautiful String Quartet in One Movement built upon three Inuit melodies. We will then explore Diacritical Marks for string quartet of Nico Muhly. Still in his 30’s, the prolific and versatile Muhly wrote the score for the Academy Award winning film ,The Reader, the music for Broadway’s revival of the Glass Menagerie, the opera, Marnie performed by the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2018 along with numerous other commissions. His Diacritical Marks is comprised of 8 short movements creating a sense of urgency and rhapsodic lyricism with great attention to detail. Bartok’s Piano Quintet in C major will astound you with its beauty but will not sound like what you have come to expect of Bartok. It is lush with melodies and grand in scope n the category of works by Brahms, Schumann and Dvorak. These beautiful qualities are precisely the reason this masterpiece has gone ignored by most. The public preferred the voice Bartok developed with age and unfairly regarded this quintet as inferior. We welcome prize winning pianist, William Wolfram, stunning violinists, Kristin Lee and Yoojin Jang, Boston Symphony violist, Daniel Kim and artistic director/cellist Michelle Djokic for this breath taking program.

In cooperation with the City of Palo Alto

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2019-20 Season

September 19, 2019

Fandango!

WORKS OF THE LATIN AMERICAN AND SPANISH BAROQUE PERIOD

This program will feature the works of the Spanish and Latin American Baroque. Soprano, Nell Snaidas, praised by the New York Times for her “vocally ravishing” performances, curates this program that will take us from the Spanish Baroque to the music of Peru, Guatemala and Mexico in the New World.

Featuring: Nell Snaidas–soprano, Daniel Swenberg-theorbo/lute, Francisco Fullana–violin, Siwoo Kim–violin, Michelle Djokic–continuo/cello, Rex Benincasa–percussion

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October 24, 2019

Silenced Voices

String Quartet in C Major (selections) — Theo Smit Sibinga
Grand Duo for violin and cello (selections) — Paul Hermann
Dance for string trio — Hans Krasa
String Quartet No. 8 — Dmitri Shostakovich
Clarinet Quintet — Giacomo Meyerbeer

Featuring: Alexi Kenney-violin, Richard O’Neill-viola, Romie deGuise-Langlois-clarinet, and Michelle Djokic-cello.

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February 27, 2020

Diacritical Marks

String Quartet in One Movement — Amy Beach
Diacritical Marks for string quartet — Nico Muhly
Piano Quintet in C major — Béla Bartók

Featuring: William Wolfram-piano, Kristin Lee-violin, Yoojin Jang-violin, Daniel Kim-viola, and Michelle Djokic-cello.

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April 16, 2020

Cello2Cello

American Haiku – Duo for viola and cello — Paul Wiancko
String Quartet No. 2, Opus 35 for violin, viola and 2 cellos — Anton Arensky
String Quintet in C Major, Opus 163, D 956 — Franz Schubert

Featuring: Siwoo Kim-violin, Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu-violin, Ayane Kozasa-viola, Paul Wiancko-cello, and Michelle Djokic-cello.

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Celebrating Our 2 Year Anniversary

If music be the food of love, play on…

— Shakespeare