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

Celebrating the Spirit of the Season
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Bertina Boyadjiev, Harpist · Chris Boyadjiev, Flutist
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December 2, 2018
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3 p.m.

BertinaBertina Boyadjiev and Chris Boyadjiev 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 is a season of beauty, joy, anticipation and retrospection in this performance in which Bertina performs solos and then teams with her son Chris in several duets that invite listeners to transcend boundaries through classical pieces from Bach, Mascagnni, Handel, Mozart and Nielsen.

Marin resident, Bertina 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. Her son, Chris, a freshman at Marin School of the Arts, is a member of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra for the past four years playing flute, piccolo, alto and tenor saxophone. Chris has won numerous awards, including the Marin Music Chest Scholarship and the 2018 Concerto Competition, performing as soloist with the Marin Symphony Orchestra in May.

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Contemplative Concert Series

Songs and Stories of Peace, Hope and Justice
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Anthony Brown, baritone, accompanied by Miles Graber
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March 10, 2019
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3 p.m.

Anthony Brown, baritone, accompanied by Miles GraberAnthony Brown uses song and story to illustrate the power of music to restore hope, and to transform lives. This moving program performed with pianist, Miles Graber, invites the audience into the worlds of those in conflict areas. The concert inspires hope and involvement for change both at home and abroad. The audience is invited to sing along on several songs.

Distinguished American baritone, Anthony Brown is a classically trained singer, whose work has brought him international acclaim not only for his performances, but also for his contributions as an ambassador of peace. His work as peacemaker as taken him to political hot spots in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and across North America. Through his music, he inspires audiences around the world to join the movement for peace, justice and reconciliation.

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Contemplative Concert Series

Pilgrimage
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MusicAEterna and Friends in Concert
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May 19, 2019
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3 p.m.

For this closing concert of the 2018-19 season, MusicAEterna director Aenea M. Keyes has invited two additional Bay Area artists to join in the music-making. In a musical journey from the classical era to the present. The ensemble performs Mozart’s exuberant Piano Quartet No. 2 with violist Stephanie Ng and Shostakovich’s early, romantic Five Pieces with oboist Jesse Rex Barrett.

The quintet closes with Keyes’ own contemplative Pilgrimage for piano, oboe and strings which invites the audience into mindful listening and expresses a musical dialogue between sacred sanctuaries and the pilgrim’s healing journey to peace.

MusicAEterna and Friends

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