Special Programs

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 the 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.

Contemplative Concert Series

Bertina Boyadjiev
The Spirit of the Season
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Bertina Boyadjiev, Harpist
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December 3, 2017
Event Time
3 pm – 4:30 pm

Mrs. Boyadjiev takes inspiration from Jordi Savall’s observation: “Music expresses and prolongs what words cannot say, and time acts as a filter, distilling these orally transmitted melodies and pairing them down to the truly essential... They remain and will continue to remain in our hearts as the true voices and the essential spirit of the civilization.”

Celebrate the Advent season of beauty, joy, anticipation and retrospection while experiencing a selection of classical pieces from Bach, Scarlatti, Glinka, Mozart, Gluck and Godefroid.

A resident of Marin County, Betina moved to the Bay Area in 1993. She studied first in her native Bulgaria and performed there.  At present she performs with the Napa Valley Symphony, the Marin Symphony and the Mendocino Music Festival. Formerly a faculty member of the Music Conservatory at San Domenico School, she now teaches privately.

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Fee
Suggested offering: $20

Contemplative Concert Series

Trois Bois
Creativity in Times of Insecurity
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Trois Bois
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February 25, 2018
Event Time
3 pm – 4:30 pm

Trios Bois explores insecurity as a springboard for creative inspiration in their first Contemplative Series performance. In an all-American contemplative program, Trios Bois brings together music composed during the height of the Cold War with music created within the first decade of the 21st Century. Featured works are by “Greatest Generation” living composers: Kirke Mechem and Donald Waxman, as well as “Generation Xers”: Damian Montano and Sean Osborn.

Trois Bois, meaning “three woods,” is a wind trio featuring oboist Laura Reynolds, clarinetist Patricia Shands, and bassoonist David Granger. With a mission to share their love of music for winds, the trio performs music from the 18th century to the present day and specializes in the rich wind trio repertoire of the 20th century. Trois Bois has been concertizing since 2009 and has just completed its first recording which will be released in the Fall of 2017.

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Fee
Suggested offering: $20

Contemplative Concert Series

A Musical Pilgrimage to the Lands of St. Dominic
Event Subtitle
Jacqueline Chew and Friends in Concert
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April 29, 2018
Event Time
3 pm – 4:30 pm

It is said that St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order of Preachers, walked across Europe over twelve times in his lifetime, sharing the Good News and drawing others to join him in preaching the Gospel. Recently the Order concluded its celebration of its 800th anniversary. Ms. Chew’s concert gives us the opportunity to encounter the music from the lands traveled by St.Dominic from his native Spain, through France
to Italy.

This performance includes contemplative piano solos as well as instrumental duos and trios. Pianist Jacqueline Chew has often brought her gifts to the Contemplative Concert Series. She has invited flutist Wendy Simon and cellist Joel Cohen to join her for this special event.

Jacqueline Chew and Friends

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Fee
Suggested offering: $20.