Four Seasons Arts, one of the oldest music series in the Bay Area, is announcing its new season.
Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot and Kelly Hall-Tompkins will open the season on Oct. 10 at Regents’ Theater.
Hobson broke the color and gender barrier in this country as the first African American woman principal player in any symphony orchestra and principal harpist with the Boston Symphony for 28 years.
She will be joined on stage by violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins.
The series continues with pianists Jeanne Stark and Chiao-Wen Cheng, the ZOFO Piano Duo, bass baritone Justin Hopkins and baritone Thomas Buckner, The Catalyst Quartet and the Boston Trio.
The Borealis Wind Quintet will be augmented by pianist Leon Bates.
The series is in keeping with the ideals fostered by its’ founder, Dr. W. Hazaiah Williams.
“Beauty is one of the great secrets of life. It leads us to a deeper understanding of who we are and nurtures the human spirit,” he said.
Dr. Williams was the first Black Impresario of a major concert series and insisted that his stages and audiences reflect the diversity of the community.
He passed in 1999, but his legacy continues.
Four Seasons Arts, Inc. sponsors the annual recital and chamber music series. The group provides lecture and demonstrations featuring the artists in local schools in East Oakland.
Four Seasons hosted the 35th annual Yachats Music Festival last summer in Oregon.
For more information, visit www.fsarts.org or www.facebook.com/pages/Four-Seasons-Arts/100845886626688 or call (510) 845-4444.