November 11 – Pacifica – 2pm

Schumann’s Carnaval, Op. 9
Hillary Nordwell, piano

A “Musical Masquerade,” interwoven with a unique and inspiring new book, this program is bound to open the imaginations of children and adults alike! Schumann’s Carnaval consists of 21 short musical character sketches for piano, which pair themselves beautifully with the profound words of Kobi Yamada’s book, What Do You Do With An Idea. The marvelous and intricate illustrations by Mae Besom are the icing on the cake of this wonderful combination!

Robert Schumann, who was very interested in the idea of disguised identity, put many of his friends and acquaintances into this work of music. Chopin (a composer contemporary to Schumann) and Paganini (a “rock-star” status violinist of the day) both appear undisguised, but the two women vying for Schumann’s affections appear as Estrella (Ernestine von Fricken, to whom Schumann was engaged) and Chiarina (Clara Wieck, who later became his wife). Schumann even includes characters from the Commedia dell’Arte, such as Pierrot and Arlequin, and his own pseudonyms for the two sides of himself, Eusebius (the quiet, introverted one) and Florestan (the dynamic, outgoing one).

While young children in the audience will enjoy the unfolding of the story, and the descriptive musical moments, adults and older children will be able to learn about the context of each small piece, and what Schumann might have had in mind while writing it.









December 9 – Berkeley – 3pm
December 16 – Pacifica – 2pm

A Holiday Celebration with seasonal favorites for Piano Trio and a sing-along of your favorite Christmas and Hanukkah tunes!

December 9 – Berkeley – 3pm
Featured Book: Simon and the Bear, A Hanukkah Story

December 16 – Pacifica – 2pm
Featured Book: Peef, the Christmas Bear

Justin Ouellet, violin
Robin Reynolds, cello
Hillary Nordwell, piano


February 3 – Pacifica – 2pm
February 9 – Berkeley – 4:30pm

Paul Schoenfield: Café Music

Erica Ward, violin
Lucas Chen, cello
Hillary Nordwell, piano


With a tax-deductable donation toward Nordwell and Moss – Vartan Aghababian Songs for Voice and Piano, you will receive a “sneak peak” digital copy when it becomes available in fall 2018!

This digital release includes Aghababian’s When We Were Very Young, with whimsical poetry by Winnie-the-Pooh author A.A. Milne!