Santa Sabina Center

Contemplative Concert Series

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 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.

February 8, 2015 — Theme and Variations, performed by Jacqueline Chew, pianist

Jacqueline ChewIn honor of composer-monk Thomas Matus’ 75th birthday, pianist Jacqueline Chew performs Theme and Variations of Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Matus.

Ms. Chew, a Camaldolese Benedictine oblate, teaches piano at UC Berkeley, SF Conservatory of Music and SF Community Music Center.

April 9, 2015 — Concert for Peace, performed by MusicAEterna

Jacqueline ChewMessiaen’s transcendent Quartet for the End of Time and Casal’s lyrical Song of the Birds are featured in this MusicAEterna concert. MusicAEterna’s creative programming and lively performances treat listeners to a timely musical dialogue between past eras and contemporary life. Celebrated for their innovative approach to chamber music, San Francisco piano trio, MusicAEterna, combines classical repertoire with world premieres and their signature ChamberImprov, creating an artistic dialogue between music and art. MusicAEterna artists are Miles Graber, piano; Michael Graham, cello; and Aenea M. Keyes, violinist-composer.

Mark your calendar!

MusicAEterna, ensemble in residence, returns for the opening concert of the 2015–2016 Contemplative Concert Series on October 11, 2015. Details will be announced on our website midsummer 2015.

Art-Meditation Retreats

By appointment

Saturdays 10:30 am-2:30 pm

The Way of Hand Papermaking

“Where self and nature reconnect…”
…in shared silence
A contemplative day of hand papermaking from natural fibers with papermaker Harriet Hope. Space for each session is limited.

Please contact Harriet at 415.259.9440 or

Fee: $60, includes materials and Japanese bento box lunch.