Past Events

2010/2011: Beethoven Benefit Concerts with Robert Silverman

Audio High was proud to bring pianist 
Robert Silverman back to the Bay Area, this time for an eight-concert series of the entire cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas (32 in all). 

Silverman is one of the world’s premiere pianists, having reached a level of musical and technical authority that can only be accomplished after years of deep commitment to the instrument and its vast literature. In a career spanning more than five decades, he has climbed every peak of serious pianism.

Many aspects of Mr. Silverman’s playing are frequently noted: a polished technique, an extraordinary range of tonal palette, an uncanny ability to sing his way into the heart of a phrase, and probing interpretations of the most complex works in the repertoire.

He is one of the few pianists to tackle both the entire Beethoven piano sonata cycle and the complete Mozart piano sonatas. He has performed in prestigious halls across the globe, has performed with many of the world’s greatest conductors, and has produced many award-winning recordings. His complete discography includes 25 CDs and a dozen LPs.

I personally fell in love with his playing when writing a review of his 2003 Chan Centre CD, which includes the devastatingly difficult Liszt B minor piano sonata. His recording of Liszt's piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society of Budapest.

Audio High has recorded and produced a set of 23 of these sonatas with Mr. Silverman. The recordings are available in mp3, CD-quality, high-res audio, and MQA (high-res). 

The Concert Venue

The concerts were held at Le Petit Trianon's main theater on North Fifth Street in San Jose. 

Built in 1923 as an adaptation of the often-replicated Petit Trianon in Versailles, the building today is home for many of San Jose’s arts groups and is a magnificent, intimate space in which to experience live performance.

About Our Recording Genius: Mark Willsher 

San Francisco-based producer, recording engineer, and film score editor, Mark Willsher, is known for his work on New Line Cinema's Lord of the Rings trilogy and such blockbusters as The Aviator and King Kong. Mr. Willsher has worked with numerous award-winning artists such as the Cypress and St. Lawrence String Quartets, Michael Franti, Annie Lennox, and Lyle Lovett. Mark is also a member of the audio faculty at the internationally renowned Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. In addition to audio work he has designed and coded analytical algorithms for silicon valley firm Infoenable Corporation, which has driven significant innovations in the life sciences -- including high-throughput gene sequencing and next-generation protein diagnostics.

Concert Dates & Details (click on a sonata for liner notes)

September 9, 2010

September 16, 2010

November 11, 2010
November 18, 2010
February 3, 2011
February 10, 2011
April 7, 2011
April 14, 2011
2010: Movie Production Presentation with Sean Astin and Ned Lott 

Actor, director, producer Sean Astin (best known for his roles as Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings, Rudy in Rudy, Mikey Walsh in Goonies, and Lynn McGill in 24) came to Audio High to talk to technology leaders about a new film he and his wife, Christine, are producing. 
Sean has written a script adaptation of the Newberry Award-winning children's book Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. 

Sean Astin with producer Ned Lott. 

As a producer, voice director, and casting director with the Walt Disney Studios, Ned worked on seven Studio Ghibli titles, including Whisper of the Heart, My Neighbor Totoro, and Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar™-nominated Howl’s Moving Castle. Ned has also cast and directed numerous other voiceover projects for the Disney, Pixar, and SquareEnix, including Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Ned cast Liam Neeson as “Aslan” in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and also worked on Coraline and is voice-directing a Lord of the Rings project for Warner Brothers.

2009: Carlos Santana's 'Architects Of A New Dawn' reception

Guitar legend Carlos Santana came to Audio High to talk about his new project, Architects of a New Dawn to a group of angel investors and Audio High clients.

The event started with a private performance by Carlos with Chester Thompson on keyboards and Narada Michael Walden on drums. The concert was produced by Audio High and Google. The photos were taken by Genesis Photography The reception after the concert was produced by FilmAngels and Audio High.

After the performance we hosted a reception at Audio High with about 80 people in attendance. Carlos and the "Architects" group talked about their project, which is centered around the idea that every person's every thought and action can be a personal choice to make a positive difference in the world. "Architects of A New Dawn is a 
project, born from the dream and vision of Carlos Santana, to create a new global network, driven by extraordinary music and powerful media content. It is designed to engage people of all walks of life to work together to create positive change in the global community where love can replace fear and where peace can replace conflict."

Narada Michael Walden

Chester Thompson

2009: The Shawshank Redemption screening with Frank Darabont 

2009: Frank Darabont, director-writer of such films as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, came to Audio High recently, where we did a full screening of The Shawshank Redemption in our high-end theater, and afterward he talked about the making of the film and answered questions about this and filmmaking in general.

The Shawshank Redemption is the #1 highest ranked film in the world on the Internet Movie Database ( as well as in many other lists. It was a great pleasure having Mr. Darabont here.

2009: Private Pre-Screening of “The Rainbow Tribe”

Best known for teaming up with Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth to co-produce Sony/Lionsgate’s “Hostel” franchise, Dan has made a 180-degree turn and recently completed a heartwarming comedy “for anyone who has ever been in danger… of growing up.” Set amidst the beauty of Northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters and touched by the magic of the Aurora Borealis, “The Rainbow Tribe” is a delightful film for the entire family that redefines the feel-good genre!

Inspired by a true story, “The Rainbow Tribe” follows the hilarious antics of six ragtag ten-year-olds at Camp Thunderhawk for Boys and their beloved camp counselor “Chief” (David James Elliott of “JAG”).

Directed by talented newcomer Chris Watson, the film also stars Grayson Russell (“Talladega Nights”), Ed Quinn (“Eureka,” “True Blood”), Noah Munck (“iCarly”), Stephen Tobolowsky (“Wild Hogs,” “Memento,” “Groundhog Day”), Rebecca Mader (“Lost”), Renée Taylor (“The Nanny”), Julie Ann Emery (“Hitch”), Gabriel Mann (“Bourne” series, “Mad Men”) and Max Burkholder (“Daddy Day Care,” “Grey’s Anatomy”).

Expected to hit cinemas later this year, “The Rainbow Tribe” has already won Best Picture at the popular Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood, which focuses on films with happy endings, that make audiences laugh, and that capture the beauty of our world.

2009: Steve Hoffman on Mastering the Masters

2009: Mastering legend Steve Hoffman came and gave a talk to a group of about sixty Bay Area audiophiles about recording and mastering techniques, the industry, and he told a lot of great stories. We were also favored with unmastered and unreleased takes from The White Album, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Jethro Tull, and others.

We are very pleased to announce that Steve is mastering our Robert Silverman complete Beethoven sonata recordings.

2006 & 2009: Robert Silverman plays Mozart and Beethoven

In 2006,
 we were very proud to bring internationally loved pianist Robert Silverman to the Bay Area for a four-concert series, performing the entire set of Mozart piano sonatas.

The concerts were held at the Old First Church in San Francisco.

In 2009, we brought Mr. Silverman to the Bay Area for a free recital which comprised Beethoven sonatas Opus 13 ("Pathetique"), Opus 53 ("Waldstein"), and Opus 110 with an encore of Mozart's "Rondo Alla Turka" from K 331.

2006: The Buster Williams Trio Live

Audio High produced a benefit concert, featuring jazz greats Buster Williams, Kenny Barron, and Lenny White (see bios). The proceeds from the concert and CD are to help fund cystic fibrosis research. Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease in the United States.

The concert was a great success. Many people came together to make this concert and CD happen, and we are grateful for everyone's help.

The CD of this concert can be purchased from our store in Mountain View. All proceeds are donated to CFRI (

2004: The John Hicks Trio Live

Not long before his unexpected passing, Audio High brought one of the great jazz pianists, John Hicks, to Mountain View for a free concert at the Adobe Building in Mountain View (the oldest building in Mountain View -- also conveniently right next door to our store).

This was John Hicks's last and most cherished live recording. Hicks was joined by veterans Bob Magnusson & Roy McCurdy for a evening of unforgettable music, including Kenny Barron's Sunshower, a medley by Billy Strayhorn, John Hicks' beloved "Little Princess," My Funny Valentine, and others.

This recording is available for purchase at our store.

2003: The Carl Saunders Sextet play Union Square, San Francisco

We brought Carl Saunders and his big band to Union square for a live, outdoor concert, which was masterfully recorded by Blueport Jazz against all odds, traffic, ambulances, car alarms, and wind. You would never know by listening to it. This CD hops, bops, and is impossible to listen to without a smile and moving your body to the beat.

The CD is available for purchase at our store. Listen for the cable car bell.