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Clare Ghigo

A Valentine’s Day Special

Friday, Feb 14, 2020 / 7:45pm (Clare Ghigo Soprano/Luis Sanchez piano)

“A Valentine’s Day Special” at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church features Clare Ghigo, mezzo soprano, singing songs and arias from Mozart to Puccini. This exciting Maltese soprano, a rising star, makes her USA debut in San Francisco. Ghigo features regularly alongside the Maltese Philharmonic Orchestra! For this concert, she will be accompanied on piano by Luis Sanchez

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Price $50 / Quantity – 400


Friday, February 14, 2020 from 19:30 to 22:00 (PST)


Saint’s Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Sachiko Furuhata-Kersting

Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. posthum | Sachiko Furuhata

Choices Available Productions [U.K.] present the international concert pianist Sachiko Furuhata-Kersting for her debut performance in Ireland.  She will perform a solo programme of music by Frédéric Chopin on a Steinway grand piano.

Sachiko regularly performs in Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the U.S. – she gave a solo recital in New York’s Carnegie Hall in November 2018 – and in her native Japan.  In 2012, she was appointed a Steinway Artist, the prestigious designation bestowed by Steinway and Sons of New York and Hamburg.

Her major city debuts include Munich [2011], Suntory Hall in Tokyo [2012], London [2013], Basel [2014], Luxembourg, Cardiff, Edinburgh and New York [2017].  In addition to solo recitals she performs with several international orchestras including the Russian State Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Palatinate Theatre, the Osaka Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie.

Quality classical music and a picnic enjoyed al fresco: Is there a more delectable combination?  Make the night extra special with a picnic box containing a sandwich, garden salads, charcuterie and something sweet.  Enoy it in the walled garden or on the Ballymaloe grounds before the concert. Reserve your box [€15] when booking concert tickets.  Pre-booking is required.

Sachiko’s wide repertory spans classical and romantic pieces from Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, as well as composers from Impressionism and Expressionism.

Her CDs are produced by the renwoned classic label, Oehms Classic. Her latest CD presents works by Beethoven and Schumann, and won won the ‘Music Arena Performance of the Year 2014’ award in Japan.

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sachiko took her first piano lesson at the age of three. After winning the ‘New Pianist’ competition in Japan, she came to Germany to study at the music university in Detmold and at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf. Her teachers were Arnulf v. Arnim, Roberto Szidon, Detlev Kraus, Naoyuki Taneda and Willem Brons. She also took masterclasses in Salzburg (Prof. Liske), Weimar (Prof. Ringeissen) and Sion, Switzerland (Prof. Szidon).

She now lives in Germany.

Programme of Music by Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. Posth

Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2

Nocturne in C-minor, Op. 48, No. 1

Fantaisie Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor Op. 66

Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31


Étude Op. 25 No. 7

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 ‘Tristesse’

Étude Op. 10 No. 4

Étude Op. 10 No. 12 ‘Revolutionary’

Waltz in B Minor, Op.69, No. 2

Waltz in C sharp minor Opus 64, No. 2

Polonaise No. 6 in A Flat Major Op. 53 ‘Heroic’

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