• Mitchell Park Community Center (map)
  • 3700 Middlefield Road
  • Palo Alto, CA, 94303
  • United States

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

Alexi Kenney – violin
Sigurbjorn Bernhardsson – violin
Richard O’Neill – viola
Michelle Djokic – cello
Romie deGuise-Langlois – clarinet

in collaboration with Rona Hu MD, Stanford University, CHIPAO. 

The meaningful topic of Silenced Voices has been relevant throughout history and remains so today. This program features composers whose works were banned for political and/or religious reasons. This music is an invitation to reflect on the countless voices in the arts and literature that have been silenced for centuries and on those whose work is presently being suppressed. We will feature compositions by Hans Krasa, Paul Hermann, Theo Smit Sibinga and Jacob Meyerbeer, possibly some unknown names and works for some of us. The provocative String Quartet no. 8 of Dimitri Shostakovich, dedicated to the victims of fascism and war, touchingly captures a sense of desperation, sadness and heartbreak with an underlying desire to overcome. Joining us on this journey will be violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson bringing his wealth of experience as a member of the Pacifica String Quartet for 17 years during which time they won a Grammy, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant among many other honors. Also appearing will be young superstar and local hero, violinist, Alexi Kenney, rock star violist, Richard O’Neill, the inimitable clarinetist, Romie deGuise Langlois and Michelle Djokic on cello.