Each year on the summer solstice, something remarkable happens at Oakland’s Chapel of the Chimes. Musicians and music lovers gather for “Garden of Memory,” a music event that is like no other.

Founded in 1995 by pianist Sarah Cahill, the day-into-evening concert tucks practitioners of classical, jazz, avant-garde and electro-acoustic music into every nook and corner of the memorial site’s great columbarium. As audience members stroll through the historical landmark building on Piedmont Avenue, its marble sculptures, indoor gardens, stained glass windows and mosaic-tiled floors serve as a gorgeous backdrop.

Hosted by New Music Bay Area/20th Century Forum, this year’s event continues the tradition. Beginning at 5 p.m., more than 50 Bay Area performers will appear. It’s impossible to hear them all, but the schedule includes Pamela Z, Paul Dresher with Joel Davel, the Real Vocal String Quartet, Adam Fong, the William Winant Percussion Group, and the Rova Saxophone Quartet. Cahill will give the Bay Area premiere of John Adams’ “I Still Play,” and will be joined by violinist Kate Stenberg in works by Kaija Saariaho and Gabriela Frank.

Details: Garden of Memory, June 21, 5-9 p.m.; Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland; $15 general, $10 students/seniors; $5 kids ages 5-12, kids under 5 free; www.brownpapertickets.com.

NEW SOUNDS IN SILICON VALLEY: The Silicon Valley Music Festival turns seven this year, and musicians from around the world are gathering for a weeklong celebration.Presented by Chamber Music Silicon Valley in collaboration with the San Jose Museum of Art, Mosaic Silicon Valley, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the Noon Arts and Lecture series, the festival runs June 24-30, with performances at various venues in downtown San Jose.

This year’s headliner is Common Sounds, a chamber ensemble featuring Western classical musicians and world music artists. The group launches the festival June 24 at …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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