Revel in the beauty of our gardens while enjoying an enchanting selection of romantic classical favorites including Ravel, Debussy, Chopin and more! Performers Ernie Mansfield (flute), Larisa Smirnova (harp), and Pawel Walerowksi (cello) perform for the second time in the garden as the Romance Trio, offering inspiring arrangements to thrill the spirit and soothe the soul. Relax at the picturesque Gazebo and take in the inspiring views of our renowned rose garden. Proceeds support our nonprofit public garden and nature education programs. Event photo by Summer Bear Photography.
ROMANCE TRIO: ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Pawel Walerowski (cello): Originally from Poland, Pawel graduated from the Conservatory in Poznan in Cello Performance. An award-winning performer, he served in numerous European ensembles and toured across Europe as a lead cellist with an original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. For the past 10 years he has toured the U.S., premiered musicals, played at Berkeley Rep, worked for SF Symphony’s education department and freelanced with many ensembles. Currently, Pawel serves as a musician at St Mary’s church in Walnut Creek, where he plays piano, organ and cello.
Lisa Smirnova (harp): Bay Area-based harpist and pianist, Larisa performs regularly as soloist, accompanist, and orchestral musician. Born and educated in Russia, she received both her Bachelor of Music and Master’s Degree in Piano and Harp Performance there before coming to the United States where she performed in various cities. She has given numerous recitals in Russia (Moscow, Great Composers Performance Hall) and throughout Northern California (CSU Sacramento, UC Davis, Sonoma University, Mondavi Center, among others). Her recent performances include collaborations with the Kensington Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Folsom Symphony, Camellia Symphony, and Camerata California.
Ernie Mansfield (flute): A classically-trained musician, with experience performing classical, pop, rock, and jazz, Ermie studied flute, sax, piano, and music composition at Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Illinois, and University of the State of New York. His credits include albums, soundtracks, children’s music, commercials, music for educational software, orchestral works, and works for dance theatre. He has performed and/or recorded with many artists, including Dan Fogelberg, François Beranger (France), Joan Bibiloni (Spain), and Glen Cronkhite (ECM, Reunion Blues).
NEW DATE AND TIME:
Saturday, September 14, 2019 @ 6:45 p.m.
Tickets: $40 GA; kids under age 12 are free.
Doors open at 6:30pm; concert starts at 6:45pm. BYO alcohol prohibited.
This event is part of the 2nd Annual Concerts in the Garden series showcasing outstanding live music in a stunning outdoor atmosphere. Some of the Bay Area’s best local musicians perform among The Gardens’ lush and colorful landscapes creating a totally unique and natural entertainment experience. Proceeds from Concerts in the Garden support this nonprofit public garden — open daily to the public for free — and its nature education program which offers environmental science curriculum to 25,000 local school children annually.