Two of the Bay Area’s premier chamber music groups conclude their 2017-18 seasons this week.
The award-winning Gold Coast Chamber Players close the season with “French Connection,” featuring three of France’s most influential composers. The program includes piano trios by Lili Boulanger and Maurice Ravel, as well as Faure’s Op. 45 Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor.
Joining founder and violist Pamela Freund-Striplen will be the San Francisco Piano Trio: Axel Strauss (violin), Jean-Michel Fonteneau (cello), and Jeffrey Sykes (piano.)
Details: 7:30 p.m. May 19 at Lafayette Library Community Hall; 7 p.m. May 20 at Piedmont Center for the Arts; $15-$45; 925-283-3728; www.gcplayers.org.
Also this week, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble gives a rare live performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s “Serenade” for baritone and seven players; baritone Josh Quinn is the soloist, and Matilda Hofman conducts.
The program also includes Sándor Jemnitz’s Trio for Violin, Viola, and Guitar, and the world premiere of Nicolas Lell Benavides’ “Rinconcito” for Small Ensemble.
Details: 7:30 p.m. May 19 at Berkeley Hillside Club; 7:30 p.m. May 21 at San Francisco Conservatory of Music; $18-$35; 415-617-5223; www.leftcoastensemble.org.
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