Special Programs

Enter into the hidden beauty of Santa Sabina’s inner cloister garden and neo-Gothic chapel for a unique musical and artistic experience. The contemplative concert series is designed to feature the intersection of the arts in service of celebrating the beauty and the sacred. The series features Bay Area musicians who are nationally or internationally recognized.

Every concert is followed by a garden reception providing an opportunity to meet the musicians. The Center is fully handicap accessible and parking is available. Concerts begin at 3 pm and the suggested offering is $20.

Contemplative Concert Series

Inner garden
Celebrating the Spirit of the Season
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Bertina Boyadjiev, Harpist · Chris Boyadjiev, Flutist
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December 8, 2019
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3 p.m.

Bertina Boyadjiev takes inspiration from Jordi Savall’s observation: “Music expresses and prolongs what words cannot say, and time acts as a filter, distilling these orally transmitted melodies and pairing them down to the truly essential…spirit of the civilization.”  

Celebrate this Advent/Christmas season of beauty, joy, anticipation and retrospection with Bertina and Chris as they perform delightful solos and duets of classical pieces from Mascagni, Bizet, Chopin, Mozart, Gluck, Debussy, Poulenc and others.

A resident of Marin County, Mrs. Boyadjiev moved to the Bay Area in 1993.  She studied first in her native Bulgaria and performed there; then, she completed her Masters in music from Indiana University.  At present she performs with the Napa Valley Symphony, the Marin Symphony and the Mendocino Music Festival.  Formerly a faculty member of the Music Conservatory at San Domenico School, she now teaches privately.

Chris Boyadjiev is a sophomore at Marin School of the Arts in Novato. He is currently performing with three youth symphony orchestras – Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra and Woodwind Ensemble at Marin School of the Arts. Chris has won numerous awards, including being one among only twenty participants from around the world to perform at the Masterclass of Sir James Galway at the thirtieth Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland.

Chris Boyadjiev   Bertina Boyadjiev

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Contemplative Concert Series

Kayleen Asbo
Palm Sunday Concert — Grief to Grace
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Kayleen Asbo, pianist
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April 5, 2020
Event Time
3 p.m.

To mark the opening of Holy Week, pianist Kayleen Asbo, will offer a musical program of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Arvo Part interwoven with poetry by David Whyte, TS Eliot, Mark Nepo and Ellen Bass.

Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D,  received her master's degree in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she subsequently taught for 19 years before launching Mythica, an organization dedicated to fostering beauty, depth and meaning in service of the community through education, the arts and contemplation. The cultural historian for the Santa Rosa Symphony, Dr. Asbo has most recently performed internationally with violinist Nigel Armstrong in England and Scotland with her unique programs that weave together story, poetry, music and contemplation. Learn more at www.kayleenasbo.com

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Contemplative Concert Series

Amy Schaner and Dominic Schaner
Enfin la Beauté: Airs & Graces of the Heart
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Amy Schaner and Dominic Schaner
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May 17, 2020
Event Time
3 p.m.

Secular love songs of the late Renaissance & early Baroque featuring French airs de cour, English Ayres, and Italian passaggi, graced with lute solos from the French royal court, Elizabethan court, and the Roman papal court.

Amy Schaner (voice) and Dominic Schaner (lute) met and fell in love in 2007 at an early music workshop. Since then they have shared a passion for ancient music, performing lute songs and chamber music together.  A unique blend of original manuscript study and historically-informed improvisation, Dominic and Amy Schaner try to embody the renaissance idea of the composer-player: musicians who balance the intellectual and emotional to achieve a new experience at each performance. With two children under 5 years old, they are also trying to find balance outside the musical world. Dominic teaches music and explores restorative practices at a high school for at-risk youth.  Amy has also been a teacher, and now is a writer and stay at home mom.

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