Fri and Sat, Apr 21-22, 2017 Lou Harrison: A Centenary Celebration

at-the-Crossroads-Series-hires-RGBAt the Crossroads Series

In our At the Crossroads series you will discover the music of iconic contemporary classical composers performed alongside cutting-edge emerging composers from California and beyond

 

 

Eavesdrop on conversations between Lou Harrison, much loved California composer whose 100th birthday we celebrate in 2017, and two younger generations who share his lifelong interests of exploration and inclusivity. We’ll hear Harrison’s music alongside that of Natacha Diels whose work, like Harrison’s, is steeped in a sense of ritual; Gity Razaz who fearlessly combines technologies and cultures; the prolific and eloquent Jimmy Lopez; and the playfully absurd Annie Gosfield. You’ll listen to composer talks and we’ll perform and record music by the newest generation of composers influenced by Harrison’s work through our SF Search Program: the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players program in support of emerging contemporary classical composers.

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These events were made possible in part by a grant from

The Ross McKee Foundation
American Music Project
The National Endowment for the Arts

 

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Lou Harrison credit Eva Soltes

LOU HARRISON : A CENTENARY CELEBRATION
A Weekend Festival
Z Space 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110

April 21 & 22, 2017
$60 weekend pass, $25 per concert
($15 group of 4 or more)
Tickets available soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, Apr 21, 2017
Z Space 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110 

8:00 pm
Film Screening: “Lou Harrison: A World of Music
by Eva Soltes
run time 92 min

doors open 6:30pm for a pre-film reception
A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available before the film

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SATURDAY, Apr 22, 2017
Z Space 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Join us for a single event or spend all day with us!

 

11:00 am
Concert #1
doors open 10:30 am
SF Search 2016-17 Winners

With his focus on the openness of Lou Harrison’s melodies and the lushness of microtonal harmonies, Roger Kim has constructed a piece of quiet beauty and generous space for the performer.  From her childhood, near Lou Harrison’s Aptos home, Michelle Zheng was able to experience first hand the unique qualities of the light along the mid-Californian coast and its unique blend of cultures.  In her work, full of musical contrast and shifting emotions, she captures this mixture with grace and skill.   Benjamin Zucker simultaneously explores the dual personality of Lou Harrison, as an American composer indebted to the musical language of the gamelan, and as an American experimentalist.  Through an unusual notational and musical scheme, Zucker captures both.

Roger Kim Quartet with one theme (2017) (5’)
violin, cello, clarinet, piano

Michelle Zheng Rift (2017) (6’)
violin, cello, clarinet, piano

Benjamin Zucker Sarabandisms (2016) (6’)
violin, cello, bass clarinet, piano


 

Jimmy Lopez credit Sidney Erthal

Jimmy Lopez

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Natacha Diels

12:30-1:30pm
Composer Talks, “How Music is Made” with Jimmy Lopez and Natacha Diels
Artisanal pizza provided for first 50 people. A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available 

 

 

 

 

 

2:30pm
Concert #2

Lou Harrison, Canticle # 3 (1942)
Ocarina, 5 percussionists, guitar

Composer conversation with Jimmy Lopez

Jimmy Lopez, Ccantu (2007)
Piano

Lou Harrison, Varied Trio (1986)
Piano, Violin, Percussion
written for SFCMP percussionist, William Winant, Julie Steinberg and David Abel

Annie Gosfield, Daughters of the Industrial Revolution (2011)
Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Cello

 

Lou Harrison credit Eva Soltes

Lou Harrison credit Eva Soltes

6:30pm
“Knowing Lou”

Steven Schick in conversation with David Tanenbaum, William Winant and Karen Gottlieb, SFCMP Ensemble members and friends of Lou Harrison.

A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available 

 

 

 

 

7:30pm
Concert #3

Lou Harrison Suite for Cello and Harp (1949)
Cello, Harp

Gity Razaz, Shadow Lines (2014)
Cello and Electronics

Lou Harrison  Scenes from Nek Chand (2001/2)
Steel Guitar [National]
Mr. Harrison’s last piece, dedicated to SFCMP guitarist, David Tanenbaum and Carol Law and Charles Amirkhanian

Composer conversation with Natacha Diels

Natacha Diels, The Colors Don’t Match  (2014) *west coast premiere
Piccolo, violin, clarinet, voice, glockenspiel, vibraphone, electronics