Zenas helps a young audience member at the Zen Center of Sunnyvale! Check out both of their enthusiasm!

Introducing… All Ears In!

CMB’s 2015 season is just three weeks away, and we’re so excited to share All Ears In! with our community! Our program, geared for children ages 10 and under, will feature Daniel Temkin, our 2015 Composer-in-Residence, and CMB’s quartet of teaching artists, who will lead the audience in an interactive, real-time process of creating a musical piece for string quartet! We’ll learn about composition basics, including elements such as tempo, gesture, and dynamics, and then hear the world premiere of our work.

Join us for All Ears In at the following times:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM
Cupertino Library- Community Hall
10800 Torre Avenue, Cupertino CA
“All Ears In!”: A program for youth ages 10/under
Followed by CMB’s Instrument Petting Zoo
Free admission

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Los Altos Library
13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
“All Ears In!”: A program for youth ages 10/under
Followed by CMB’s Instrument Petting Zoo
Free admission

Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Morgan Hill Library
660 West Main Avenue, Morgan Hill
“All Ears In!”: A program for youth ages 10/under
Followed by CMB’s Instrument Petting Zoo
Free admission

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2015 Season Announced

We’re pumped to share our 2015 season, which includes renewed partnerships with the Santa Clara County Library as well as schools including Redwood and Castillero Middle Schools, Saratoga and Lynbrook High Schools, and One World Montessori Preschools! We’re also thrilled to welcome Daniel Temkin as our first-ever composer-in-residence to teach our young audiences about the world of composition. Join us for our programs as we compose musical works together in real-time with CMB’s resident quartet, and don’t forget to save the date for our annual concert on April 4, 2015!

2014 Side-by-Side Project with CMB's Young Artists from Saratoga and Lynbrook High Schools!

A 2014 Season Wrap-Up!

Thank you all for a wonderful third season of Chamber Music by the Bay!

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Here’s our 2014 season in numbers:

1 string quartet.

6 days.

17 young artists from Saratoga and Lynbrook High.

21 concerts.

1,270 young people and community members reached.

Thank you all for a wonderful season! We are grateful for your support, encouragement, attendance, and overall, excitement about music and learning!

Please follow us on Facebook as we plan our 2015 season, and get in touch with us if you are a parent, teacher, or community leader who would like us to visit your school next year!

With the Saratoga High School String Orchestra and Chamber Choir!

Follow us on Facebook this week!

CMB’s 2014 season is off to a busy start! From working with middle school students at Castillero and Redwood to libraries ranging from Morgan Hill to Saratoga, we’ve been inspired by the imagination of our young audiences.

As our week moves at a fast, fun pace, please follow our ongoing updates on Facebook! We’ll be sharing photos, clips, and fun anecdotes from our 2014 season this week.

Last but not least, join us this Friday evening at 7:30 PM at the Saratoga Presbyterian Church for a celebration of our 2014 season! Admission is $10 adults/$5 students, and the program will also feature talented Young Artists from Saratoga and Lynbrook High Schools in our annual Side-by-Side Project!

Alex helps a young audience member at the Cupertino Library Petting Zoo.

Kicking off CMB’s 2014 Season!

Join us as we kick off our 2014 season THIS Saturday, March 29th, at 4:00 PM at the Morgan Hill Library. The free program features “What’s Up, Papa Haydn?” for children ages 10 and under, as well as a Petting Zoo for our young audiences to try their own hand at a variety of stringed instruments!

A huge thank to you Kamimoto String Instruments in San Jose for making our 2014 Petting Zoo program a reality. Your generosity helps us reach over one thousand young children throughout the Bay Area!Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 11.48.06 AM

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See your neighborhood on the list?

Our 2014 season is right around the corner! Here’s an updated list of schools, libraries, and other venues that CMB will be visiting this spring:

2014 SEASON: March 29 – April 5, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Morgan Hill Library
660 West Main Avenue, Morgan Hill
“What’s Up, Papa Haydn?”: A program for youth ages 10 and under
Followed by CMB’s Instrument Petting Zoo
Free admission

Saturday, March 29, 2014
CMB at Chung Tai Zen Center

Monday, March 31, 2014
CMB at Castillero Middle School

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
CMB at Saratoga High School
CMB at Redwood Middle School

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Saratoga Library
13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga CA
“Chamber Music: The Inner Works”
A program for teens and adults to explore works by Haydn and Janacek
Free admission

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
CMB at Lynbrook High School

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Cupertino Library- Community Hall
10800 Torre Avenue, Cupertino CA
“What’s Up, Papa Haydn?”: A program for youth ages 10 and under
Followed by CMB’s Instrument Petting Zoo
Free admission

Thursday, April 3, 2014
CMB at Saratoga High School

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Los Altos Library
13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
“What’s Up, Papa Haydn?”: A program for youth ages 10 and under
Followed by CMB’s Instrument Petting Zoo
Free admission

Friday, April 4, 2014
CMB at One World Montessori Schools- Foxworthy and Cabrillo Campuses

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Saratoga Presbyterian Church
20455 Herriman Avenue
CMB’s 2014 Celebration Concert
with Young Artists from Saratoga and Lynbrook High Schools
Students $5/Adults $10

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2014 Partnerships Announced

We’re excited to share our 2014 partnerships schedule, including renewed partnerships with the Santa Clara County Library as well as schools including Redwood and Castillero Middle Schools, Saratoga High School, and Lynbrook High School. We’re especially excited to be presenting a children’s program at the Cupertino Library for the first time on Wednesday, April 2 at 4:00 PM! Please stay tuned for additional partnership visits as we finalize our 2014 season. In the meanwhile, please save the date for a Chamber Music by the Bay visit near you!

Monday, March 31, 2014
CMB at Castillero Middle School

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
CMB at Saratoga High School
CMB at Redwood Middle School

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Saratoga Library
13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga CA
“Chamber Music: The Inner Works”
A program for teens and adults to explore chamber works by Haydn and Janacek
Free admission

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
CMB at Lynbrook High School

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Cupertino Library- Community Hall
10800 Torre Avenue, Cupertino CA
“What’s Up, Papa Haydn?”: A program for children and youth ages 10 and under
Followed by CMB’s Instrument Petting Zoo
Free admission

Thursday, April 3, 2014
CMB at Saratoga High School

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Los Altos Library
13 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos CA
“What’s Up, Papa Haydn?”: A program for children and youth ages 10 and under
Followed by CMB’s Instrument Petting Zoo
Free admission

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM
McAfee Center for the Performing Arts
Saratoga High School
20300 Herriman Avenue
CMB’s 2014 Celebration Concert
with Young Artists from Saratoga and Lynbrook High Schools
Students $5/Adults $10

CMB with Keiko

2014 Season: March 29 – April 5!

CMB with Keiko

CMB is busy planning its 2014 partnerships, which have been rescheduled to March 29 – April 5, 2014! In between seasons, we like to reflect on our work with our partnership schools and community organizations to see how we can continue to share our music in meaningful, creative ways in the Bay Area.

We were particularly inspired last season by our encounter with a Bay Area artist, Keiko O’Leary, who we were fortunate to meet at the Saratoga Library last year. Keiko wrote a beautiful entry on our fortuitous meeting here: http://blog.keikooleary.com/post/40464472370/gesture-drawing-musicians

Not only were we touched by Keiko’s beautiful artistry, but by her generosity to share it with us and our audience members. This is exactly what we strive to do– to actively create, share, and inspire others with our music. Keiko, your creativity project is an inspiration to all of us!

In the meanwhile, if you are a teacher, community member, parent, or student who is interested in collaborating with CMB in 2014, please follow CMB’s page on Facebook or get in touch with us via e-mail at chambermusicbythebay@gmail.com!

We are looking forward to being back in March 2014!

The low strings section, led by CMB teaching artist Tobin Low at our 2013 Side-by-Side Project Concert.

CMB’s 2014 season: March 29 – April 5!

CMB is excited to announce the dates of its 2014 season: March 29 – April 5! If you are a school, library, hospital, or community venue interested in hosting a CMB performance for audiences of any age, please contact us at chambermusicbythebay@gmail.com. Specific dates and performances will be announced in Fall 2013, so please stay tuned for a list of our partner venues and schools in Spring 2014.

In the meanwhile, a special congratulations to all of our partner schools in the Bay Area for their successful spring concerts! We will miss our graduating seniors, and hope that you will each continue to share your music in meaningful ways. A huge congratulations also to Mr. Boitz from Saratoga High School for being named Educator of the Year by the California Music Educators Association! CMB is fortunate to work with Mr. Boitz, Mr. Pwu, and all of the Saratoga HS students. Mr. Boitz, you are an inspiration for all of our learning, teaching, and music-making, and we congratulate you!

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A Call for Schools and Communities

Thank you to all who made our 2013 season a delightful success! Our Side-by-Side Project concluded on a high note with our final performance of Grieg’s Holberg Suite, featuring CMB artists alongside talented students from Lynbrook and Saratoga High Schools. A special thanks to the music teachers at CMB’s 2013 Partner Schools: Michael Boitz (Saratoga High), Mike Pakaluk (Lynbrook High), Jon Jow and Scott Krijnen (Redwood Middle School), Scott Krijnen (Castillero Middle School), and One World Montessori Schools, and also to our host school organization, the one-and-only Saratoga Music Boosters!

Chamber Music by the Bay is starting to plan its 2014 season already (can you believe it?!), and we’re continuing to expand our school, community, and library partnerships across the Bay Area. Are you part of a school or community institution that seeks dynamic, engaging chamber music education? Are you interested in fun chamber music education concerts for youth? Would you like to host a performance by CMB artists or the CMB Side-by-Side Project? If any of these apply to you (or more), please contact us at chambermusicbythebay@gmail.com! We’re looking forward to working together to make chamber music a greater part of all of our lives!

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Celebrating our 2013 Season: Tonight!

Chamber Music by the Bay was so excited to have a surprise artist in our audience at the Saratoga Library this morning! We were joined by Bay Area artist Keiko O’Leary and her family for the morning as we performed and shared excerpts of quartets by Haydn and Bartok. As we focused on learning to be active listeners & interpreters of music, especially Bartok, Keiko drew these beautiful sketches of the whole quartet! Here is her drawing of CMB violinist Alex Shiozaki, and for all of us who know him/have seen him, it’s unmistakably him! Thank you, Keiko, for joining us this morning!

Don’t forget to join us this evening at the McAfee Center at Saratoga High School (20300 Herriman Avenue, Saratoga) to celebrate our final concert! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and all ticket proceeds will go toward expanding CMB programs for youth in school districts of need in San Jose, Oakland, and Berkeley in 2014.

Lastly, find us on Facebook for more regular updates, photos, and discussions! We’d love to hear from you and to keep in touch between our seasons in the Bay Area!

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CMB’s Concerts for Children

We spent the morning with brilliant 2-6 year olds from One World Montessori Schools in San Jose and Santa Clara, where we learned about notes, beats, rhythm, and harmony in chamber music! After rousing renditions of “Ba, Ba, Black Sheep” and “Twinkle, Twinkle” at the Cabrillo campus, students had wonderful questions, including inquiries about the bridges of our instruments, formation of quartets, and the formation of Chamber Music by the Bay! The One World Montessori students have wonderful singing voices, and we were so excited to spend our morning with both schools.

Next, we’re heading to work with the orchestra students at Redwood Middle School this afternoon. Last year we learned about elements of chamber music rehearsal and performance, and this year, we’ll apply those same principles to the 2nd string quartet by Bela Bartok!

Don’t forget to join us this evening at 7:00pm at Los Altos Library for our last children’s concert of the 2013 season! We’ll be concluding the evening with an instrument petting zoo, so here’s your chance to try out your very own violins!

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Concerts in the Community

As we continue our 2013 season with school and library concerts daily, join Chamber Music by the Bay for two free Concerts in the Community today- Wednesday, January 9th! We’ll be performing in the morning at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, followed by a concert at San Francisco Towers at 2:00pm.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM

El Camino Hospital
2500 Grant Road, Mountain View

San Francisco Towers
1661 Pine Street San Francisco, CA

HAYDN String Quartet in C Major, Op. 33 No. 3 “Bird”
BARTOK String Quartet No. 2
MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1

Hope you can join us! Here’s a photo from CMB’s visit to Saratoga High School this morning, where the students woke up to Bartok’s 2nd String Quartet! Did you see Zenas’s cool tablet?

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Library Concerts for Kids- this week!

We’re off and running! After an exciting concert at Alum Rock United Methodist Church this morning, we kicked off our season with our first children’s concert at Morgan Hill Library in the afternoon. What a crowd! Together, we learned about the elements of beats & notes that make up melodies by composers including Haydn, Beethoven, Pachelbel, and Tchaikovsky. Afterward, the big surprise for our young audience was the Chamber Music by the Bay Petting Zoo, where they could try out mini violins of their own!

We’re excited for our NEXT children’s concert, on Thursday, January 10th at 7:00PM at Los Altos Library. Bring any and all young ones, and join us to learn more about how the string quartet family comes together to make music!

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2013 Season Concerts

Chamber Music by the Bay is happening! We’re kicking off our 2013 season THIS Saturday, January 5th, with a NEW concert at 11:00 AM to fundraise for mental health and community support agencies for the families of Newtown, Connecticut, in collaboration with flautist Ray Furuta and the Silicon Valley Music Festival. The concert will be held at Alum Rock United Methodist Church, at 30 Kirk Avenue in San Jose, and will feature music for string quartet and flute! We’re excited about collaborating with Ray and hope that you can join us in support of the Newtown, CT community. That same afternoon, we’ll be playing a program for kids 10 and under at Morgan Hill Library at 3:00 PM.

Next, we’ll be performing two free Concerts in the Community on Wednesday, January 9th, at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View and at San Francisco Towers in San Francisco– join us to hear works by Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Bartok!

You can now reserve a ticket for our 2013 Celebration Concert on January 12th at 7:30 PM through EventBrite! Tickets will be available at the door for $10 adults/$5 students. Don’t miss our collaboration with these seriously incredible high school students from Saratoga and Lynbrook High Schools!

Alex, Zenas, Tobin, and Jess are looking forward to seeing you all during our 2013 season!

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Happy New Year from CMB!

Chamber Music by the Bay is incredibly grateful to be able to share our music and to work with youth & communities around the Bay Area.  Looking at 2013, we’re only excited to grow further with our school, library, and community partnerships.

Thank you to ALL of you who have helped us on our journey toward making chamber music and creative thinking a part of all students’ learning and education!

We’re getting ready for our first library concert of the season at Morgan Hill Library on Saturday, January 5th, at 3:00pm! Check out our newly printed poster below!

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Happy New Year!

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New partnerships announced for 2013!

We’re growing! Chamber Music by the Bay is thrilled to be expanding our partnerships by bringing our music to the young students at One World Montessori Schools (Foxworthy and Cabrillo campuses) and to the community at the San Francisco Towers. We’ll be playing free concerts at El Camino Hospital and San Francisco Towers on Wednesday, January 9th, followed by our first-ever visit to One World Montessori on Thursday, January 10th.

For more details, check out our calendar, or read our brand-new press release below!

Chamber Music by the Bay- 2013 Press Release

And the countdown begins to CMB 2013!

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CMB’s promo video is up

Learn more about Chamber Music by the Bay & its teaching artists by watching our 2013 promo video, as a preview for our upcoming visit from January 5-12, 2013.

You, too, can join us to bring chamber music concerts to kids and communities throughout the Bay Area! Contact us with a request to perform an educational concert at your school, library, or community center, or join the cause by making a tax-deductible donation to Chamber Music by the Bay through Fractured Atlas, our fiscal sponsor. Even $10 goes a long way to helping us make our educational programs possible.

A call for CMB’s 2013 season

Chamber Music by the Bay is excited to announce its next season, from January 5-12, 2013! We’ll be presenting our programs at Santa Clara County library branches, hospitals, and public schools throughout the Bay Area. In 2013, we will be offering one program for children and youth ages 10 & under, and a second program for teens, adults, and community members.

If you’re interested in having Chamber Music by the Bay present a program at your school, community center, library, or other function, please contact us via e-mail [chambermusicbythebay -at- gmail.com] with an inquiry. We’d love to share our chamber music with you, and are looking forward to being in touch!

We’ll be announcing our locations, dates, and times shortly– please check back soon!

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Celebrating our first season!

If you missed Chamber Music by the Bay’s inaugural concert this afternoon, jump into these photos below, and join the 140 people who were in attendance this afternoon! It was a blast to share our music with you all, and a special honor to be joined by the fabulous students of Lynbrook and Saratoga High Schools on Mendelssohn’s Octet. It was also a treat to have their two teachers, Michael Boitz of Saratoga and Mike Pakaluk of Lynbrook in the house.

Thank YOU for making our season as fun, incredible, and rewarding as its been, and please stay tuned for our next season dates! We’ll also be releasing some more photos from this afternoon, so keep an eye out!

With thanks and appreciation from Chamber Music by the Bay!

Mendelssohn Octet with Lynbrook High students!

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Everyone on stage following the Mendelssohn Octet– bravo to all the incredible students!!!