Berkeley Symphony to Present ‘Winter of Love’ Featuring Artistic Director René Mandel & Friends

By Afton Wooten

The Berkeley Symphony is set to present its chamber concert “Winter of Love.”

The symphony’s artistic director René Mandel along with baritone Bruce Rameker, pianist Britt Day, violist Joy Fellows, violinist Stephanie Bibbo, and cellist Evan Kahn will perform works by Amy Beach, Elvis Costello, and Johannes Brahms. Piece include “Romance for Violin and Piano” by Amy Beach, selections from “The Juliet Letters for Baritone and String Quartet” by Elvis Costello, and “Piano Quartet in G Minor,” Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms.

“Winter of Love is inspired by the season of romance and love that February represents,” said Mandel in the official press release. “The program stems from Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters, an extraordinary work for baritone and string quartet, that takes the audience on a rich and passionate journey through the human condition. The concert opens with a rediscovered and utterly gorgeous piece for violin and piano by Amy Beach, which was composed over a hundred years ago for Maud Powell, among the most famous solo violinists of her time. We round out Winter of Love with Brahms’ romantically emotive and dazzling G minor Piano Quartet.”

The performance takes place at the Piedmont Center for the Arts in Piedmont, CA on Feb. 5. The concert begins at 4 p.m.