Darcy Rindt, viola
Chamber Series curator

Advocates and Influencers
Sunday, September 29, 2024 | 4 PM at the Piedmont Center for the Arts
Monday, September 30, 2024 || 8PM at the Freight and Salvage

Violist Darcy Rindt has a wide scope of musical interests and activities, beginning with the usual classical orchestral and chamber music canon.  Rindt has also composed and arranged for her alternative string quartet, Squid Inc., been a member of the singing/playing group “Real Vocal String Quartet,” performed at the Hollywood Bowl and in New York’s Central Park with Jazz Mafia, and toured the country with the musical, “Hamilton.”   She also currently serves as Executive Director of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

Roman Fukshansky, clarinet
Chamber Series curator

Sunday, December 8, 2024 | 4PM at the Piedmont Center for the Arts
Monday, December 9, 2024 || 8PM at the Freight and Salvage

Roman Fukshansky serves as the principal clarinetist of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Napa Valley, and is a member of the Sun Valley Music Festival Orchestra in Idaho. He appears regularly as a guest musician with the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and has performed with virtually all of the professional orchestras throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Roman has toured with the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of MTT, appeared as principal clarinet with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra, and participated in the festivals of Sarasota, Idyllwild, Attergau, AIMS in Graz, and the White Nights Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

As an educator, Fukshansky has held faculty positions at UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Jose State University, and CSU Stanislaus. In addition to his formal teaching appointments, Fukshansky has continuously maintained a small and highly selective private studio. Many of his former students have gained admission to some of the nation’s best collegiate and graduate music programs, as well as having won highly esteemed orchestral positions throughout the country. 

An avid chamber musician, Fukshansky is the original co-founder of the music consortium Ensemble San Francisco, and performs regularly as a chamber musician and recitalist with many of the Bay Area institutions. Roman received his education from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers were Yehuda Gilad, Mark Nuccio, David Neuman, and Luis Baez.

René Mandel, violin
Chamber Series curator

A Viennese Sojourn
Sunday, April 13, 2025 | 4PM at the Piedmont Center for the Arts
Monday, April 14, 2025 || 8PM at the Freight and Salvage

René Mandel, Berkeley Symphony’s former Executive and Artistic Director, presents A Viennese Sojourn, highlighting the music that tremendously influenced the Western classical canon. As one of the orchestra’s acting concertmasters, René brings his confident virtuosity into the intimate chamber music setting to envelop the audience in the sounds of the first Viennese school. The Berkeley Symphony & Friends chamber series would not be where it is today without the visionary leadership from René’s tenure.

Stacey Pelinka, flute
Chamber Series curator

Sunday, May 18, 2025 | 4PM at the Piedmont Center for the Arts
Monday, May 19, 2025 || 8PM at the Freight and Salvage

Stacey Pelinka, Berkeley Symphony’s second flutist, presents Connections, which builds upon the community of composers, living and not. Through this program, you’ll meet familiar faces and meet some new ones, all of whom will make you feel like you’re reuniting with long-lost friends. Stacey’s contemporary chamber music expertise shines in Connections, as she has been a key artistic member of ensembles such as the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and as a founding member of Eco Ensemble.