Alice in Antarctica

Posted by August 29, 2014

Alice Giles on ice

Sunday, October 12, 2014 – 7 pm – Special Event: Alice in Antarctica

In a special event, we welcome guest Australian virtuoso harpist Alice Giles for a multi-media performance incorporating electroacoustic harp, voice, visual and audio material. The program commemorates the centenary of the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914 on which Giles’ own grandfather, Dr C.T., Madigan, was a member. Works on the program range from Bach and Dvorak to various Australian Composers. Jewish Community Center Kanbar Hall, 3200 California Street)

Tickets at jccsf.org – Premium Seating $30 – General Admission $20 – Students $10

One hundred years ago, the first ship sailed through the Panama Canal; Mahatma Gandhi was arrested for the first time; Babe Ruth pitched for the Boston Red Sox; Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated, starting World War I – and the First Australasian Antarctia Expedition came to a close. The title of SFCMP’s 44th season-opening concert Alice in Antarctica should leave no question as to which of these historical moments will be commemorated in a special concert with Australian virtuoso harpist Alice Giles. On Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the JCC’s Kanbar Hall.

Celebrated as one of the world’s leading harp soloists, SFCMP’s guest artist will perform her solo recital Alice in Antarctica — a multi-media event incorporating acoustic and electric harp, spoken and sung voice, recorded spoken voice, visual and audio material. This scintillating journey through music and film honors 20th and 21st century music, Australia’s history, and our fragile and changing environment – as well as Giles’s own grandfather Dr. C.T. Madigan, a member of the first Australian expedition to Antarctica. This unique evening will showcase the first San Francisco appearance of the Electro-Acoustic harp.


The Concert Program incorporates spoken interludes from the unpublished Note Book & Diary of Cecil Thomas Madigan (1889-1947), AAE Meteorologist with visual and audio material gathered by Alice Giles on her 2011 trip as an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow to Davis and Mawson Stations on the Aurora Australis. It features new musical discoveries alongside some of the most beloved works of the harp repertoire (subject to change):

Suite BWV 996 e-minor (originally for Lute) –  J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750), Trans. A. Giles
Toccata (1991) – Gillian Whitehead (b. 1941)
Ballade op. 28  - Carlos Salzedo (1885 – 1961)

Antarctica Program:
La Cinquataine - Gabriel Marie (arr A. Jonas)
Humoresque  -  Antonin Dvorak (arr C. Salzedo)
Annie Laurie - Traditional (arr C. Salzedo)
Lead kindly Light - Purday / Newman
Abide with me - Monk / Lyte
A-Roving -  Scottish Student’s Songbook
The Good Rhein Wine- Scottish Student’s Songbook
Nearer my God - Dykes / Adams (arr A. Giles)
Billions of Penguins (2010)- Joshua McHugh
On not Dancing with Penguins (2011) - Jim Cotter
Beneath the Midnight Sun (from the Imax film score ‘Antarctica’) - Nigel Westlake   (arr for electroacoustic harp by Giles)
Southern Ocean Song (2011) – Alice Giles
Ice – filmed at Davis Station beach- Mary Doumany
Aurora Wynnis – for singing harpist/electronics (2011) - Martin Wesley-Smith - Text from the CT Madigan Diaries, and the poem “Ah Love, could thou and I with fate conspire …”  (quoted by Madigan) from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Wind Harp; Fantasia No. 16 (2010) - Larry Sitsky, filmed at Davis and Mawson Stations
Fantasia No. 17 (2010)  - Larry Sitsky
Whirlwind - Carlos Salzedo

Alice Giles’s 2014 San Francisco residency is presented in association with the Bay Area Chapter of the American Harp Society.


Breaking Bread with the Composer: Writing for Harp – October 13, 2-3

A free event from 2-3 pm, this is a Q&A session with the artist on the intricacies, challenges, and delights of composing for harp. Composition students, emerging/young composers, and harpists who are thinking about bridging the gap between composition and performance are all encouraged to attend!


Harp Masterclass – October 13, 4-6

In addition to the concert and post-concert reception, Alice Giles’ 2014 San Francisco residency will include a Harp Master Class at Davies Symphony Hall on Monday, October 13 from 4-6 p.m. Harpists and non-harpists are invited to attend. This event is sponsored by the Bay Area Chapter of the American Harp Society.  Admission $25 for Auditors, $50 for Participants.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


Giles’s clever combination of traditional and contemporary music and stunning imagery conveyed both the extraordinary bravery of Mawson’s expedition and the sense of haunting mystery Antarctica embodies. Stimulating, moving and inspiring, this was an impressive creation.” - The Australian, 8th April 2013


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About Alice Giles:

ALICE GILESAlice Giles is celebrated as one of the world’s leading harpists. She has performed extensively as a soloist word-wide and was the First Prize-winner of the Eighth Israel International Harp Contest. In 2013 she will be performing in China, Hong Kong, Japan, England, Ireland, Germany and France as well as extensive touring in Australia. Among her Australian 2013 performances are appearances in the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney, Tyalgum Festival, Arts in the Valley Festival, Government House Sydney, ABC Live and Melbourne Recital Hall with the Seven Harp Ensemble (SHE), with the Adelaide Chamber Singers, and the Australian World Orchestra.

Regarded by Luciano Berio as the foremost interpreter of his Sequenza II, solo recital highlights include London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street ‘Y’ and Merkin Hall and the Frankfurt Alte Oper. A guest artist at numerous festivals, including Marlboro Music, Scotia Festival, Schleswig-Holstein and Insel Hombroich Festivals in Germany, Bath Mozartfest, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and the Adelaide, Huntington, Barossa and Sydney Festivals. She has commissioned a complete program of works for the electro-acoustic harp, and is Director of the Seven Harp Ensemble (SHE), which has commissioned many new works by Australian composers.

As a recipient of an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, she performed a solo concert at Mawson Station in February 2011 commemorating the Centenary of the first Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Her discography includes several solo harp discs, a concerto disc with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and many chamber music discs for the Tall Poppies, Musikado, ABC Classics, CDI, and Marlboro Recording Society labels. Alice Giles has an international reputation as a teacher, and in 2013 will be giving masterclasses and workshops at the Royal College and the Royal Academy in London, the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff, Beijing Central Conservatorium, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Japan Harp Festival.From 1990 to 1998 she taught at the Hochschüle für Musik in Frankfurt and from 2013 will be teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australian National Academy of Music and Melbourne University.

Read about Alice’s Antarctic Adventure

Alice’s Grandfather, C.T. Madigan, on the 2011-14 Expedition to Antarcticamadigan

 

Project TenFourteen

Posted by August 29, 2014

project ten fourteen

SFCMP is  thrilled to be presenting something unprecedented for us (and possibly, in our field)… Project TenFourteen - a series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers, all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all.

The commissioned composers are of an extraordinary caliber: George Crumb, Koji NakanoLei LiangGabriela OrtizElena Ruehr, Laurie San MartinKen Ueno, Chou Wen-Chung, Du Yunand Agata Zubel.

Envisioned by Robert Amory, a Trustee of the Jebediah Foundation, and executed in partnership with Cal PerformancesProject TenFourteen will yield a global kaleidoscope that embodies and celebrates the varied cultural and personal influences that infuse contemporary music, while underscoring our common humanity and shared destiny. Project TenFourteen is dedicated to Lee Hyla.

schick-screenWatch Steven Schick on Project TenFourteen in an exclusive interview produced by Cal Performances.


Dates and Programs:

Cal Performances and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Present Project Ten Fourteen - A series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all. Please note all tickets for the four Project TenFourteen concerts are only available through Cal Performances’ website – individual tickets are $32. Subscribe to all 4 for only $96  

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #1 - The World Premiere of two works by George Crumb - Yesteryear and The Yellow Moon of Andalusia  as well as his Five Pieces for Piano; the World Premiere of Corpórea by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz; and the World Premiere of Elena Ruehr’s It’s About Time. Also on the program: Georges Aperghis‘s Récitations 9 and 10 for solo voice. Special guest soprano Tony Arnold joins the SFCMP ensemble members led by Steven Schick. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #2The World Premiere of Polish composer Agata Zubel‘s where to as well as the World Premiere of Slow Portraits 3 by Du Yun. Also on the program, two works by Harrison BirtwistleThe Axe Manual and Gigue Machine. Special guest pianist Nicholas Hodges joins the SFCMP ensemble and our Steven Schick on percussion. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #3World Premieres of we turn in the night in a circle of fire by Laurie San Martin as well as a new work by Ken UenoZetsu. Also on the program, two iconic works of the 20th century: Luciano Berio’s  Linea and Luigi Nono’s Hay Que Caminar Soñando. Steven Schick leads the SFCMP ensemble. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #4The final Project Ten Fourteen concert presents the World Premiere of Koji Nakano’s, Time Song V: MandalaLei Liang’s Luminous, with featured guest bassist Mark Dresser; a work by legendary Chinese composer Chou Wen-Chung; the third World Premiere commissioned work by George CrumbXylophony, and a special performance of Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation by an all-star percussion ensemble! Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)

Project TenFourteen – Crumb, Ortiz, Ruehr, Aperghis

Posted by August 29, 2014

oneCal Performances and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Present Project Ten Fourteen - A series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all. Please note all tickets for the four Project TenFourteen concerts are only available through Cal Performances’ website – individual tickets are $32. Subscribe to all 4 for only $96

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #1 - The World Premiere of two works by George Crumb - Yesteryear and The Yellow Moon of Andalusia  as well as his Five Pieces for Piano; the World Premiere of Corpórea by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz; and the World Premiere of Elena Ruehr’s It’s About Time. Also on the program: Georges Aperghis‘s Récitations 9 and 10 for solo voice. Special guest soprano Tony Arnold joins the SFCMP ensemble members led by Steven Schick. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Program (subject to change)

Elena Ruehr –  it’s about time – WP, Comm ~20’

George Crumb - Yesteryear WP, Comm ~9’ - Tony Arnold, mezzo soprano

George CrumbFive Pieces for Piano, ~9’ 

George Crumb - Yellow Moon of Andalusia, 15’ - Tony Arnold, mezzo soprano

Gabriela Ortiz - Corpórea WP, Comm ~ 20′

Georges Aperghis Récitations 9 and 10 – Tony Arnold, mezzo soprano

Single tickets start at $32; four-concert subscription $96. All seating through the Cal Performances website.


Under the artistic leadership of internationally acclaimed musician and educator Steven Schick, SFCMP’s season is anchored by Project TenFourteen – four concerts with world premieres from ten distinctive composers all challenged to “reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all.” The ten composers participating in this project are of extraordinary caliber – George Crumb, Elena Ruehr, Gabriela Ortiz, Ken Ueno, Gabriela Ortiz, Du Yun, Agata Zubel, Koji Nakano, Lei Liang, Laurie San Martin, and Wen-Chung Chou. Collectively, they represent cultures ranging from China, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand, to Mexico, Poland, and several regions of the U.S. and span music styles from lyric to extended techniques to the forefront of electro-acousticism.

The four concerts — in November 2014 and January, February and March 2015 — will take place at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. They are presented in collaboration with Cal Performances. A pre-concert talk precedes each performance, and a post-concert reception will allow audience members to engage with the composers and artists.

Read more about Project TenFourteen

 

Project Ten Fourteen – Agata Zubel, Du Yun, Harrison Birtwistle

Posted by August 29, 2014

twoCal Performances and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Present Project Ten Fourteen - A series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all. Please note all tickets for the four Project TenFourteen concerts are only available through Cal Performances’ website – individual tickets are $32. Subscribe to all 4 for only $96

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #2 - The World Premiere of Polish composer Agata Zubel‘s where to as well as the World Premiere of Slow Portraits 3 by Du Yun. Also on the program, two works by Harrison BirtwistleThe Axe Manual and Gigue Machine. Special guest pianist Nicholas Hodges joins the SFCMP ensemble and our Steven Schick on percussion. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Program (subject to change)

Agata Zubel - where to – WP, Comm

Harrison Birtwistle - Ax Manual – 25’ - Nicolas Hodges and Steven Schick, piano and percussion

Harrison Birtwistle - Gigue Machine  – 15’ - Nicolas Hodges, piano

Du Yun - Slow Portraits 3 - WP, Comm

Single tickets start at $32; four-concert subscription $96. All seating through the Cal Performances website.


Under the artistic leadership of internationally acclaimed musician and educator Steven Schick, SFCMP’s season is anchored by Project TenFourteen – four concerts with world premieres from ten distinctive composers all challenged to “reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all.” The ten composers participating in this project are of extraordinary caliber – George Crumb, Elena Ruehr, Gabriela Ortiz, Ken Ueno, Gabriela Ortiz, Du Yun, Agata Zubel, Koji Nakano, Lei Liang, Laurie San Martin, and Wen-Chung Chou. Collectively, they represent cultures ranging from China, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand, to Mexico, Poland, and several regions of the U.S. and span music styles from lyric to extended techniques to the forefront of electro-acousticism.

The four concerts — in November 2014 and January, February and March 2015 — will take place at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. They are presented in collaboration with Cal Performances. A pre-concert talk precedes each performance, and a post-concert reception will allow audience members to engage with the composers and artists.

Read more about Project TenFourteen

 

Project TenFourteen – San Martin, Ueno, Berio, Nono

Posted by August 29, 2014

ThreeCal Performances and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Present Project Ten Fourteen - A series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all. Please note all tickets for the four Project TenFourteen concerts are only available through Cal Performances’ website – individual tickets are $32. Subscribe to all 4 for only $96

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #3 - World Premieres of we turn in the night in a circle of fire by Laurie San Martin as well as a new work by Ken UenoZetsu. Also on the program, two iconic works of the 20th century: Luciano Berio’s  Linea and Luigi Nono’s Hay Que Caminar Soñando. Steven Schick leads the SFCMP ensemble with guest violinist Gabriela DiazCal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Program (subject to change)

Laurie San Martin - we turn in the night in a circle of fire - WP, Comm

Luigi Nono - Hay Que Caminar Soñando - 25’ - Nicolas Hodges and Steven Schick, piano and percussion

Luciano Berio - Linea

Ken Ueno - Zetsu - WP, Comm

Single tickets start at $32; four-concert subscription $96. All seating through the Cal Performances website.


Under the artistic leadership of internationally acclaimed musician and educator Steven Schick, SFCMP’s season is anchored by Project TenFourteen – four concerts with world premieres from ten distinctive composers all challenged to “reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all.” The ten composers participating in this project are of extraordinary caliber – George Crumb, Elena Ruehr, Gabriela Ortiz, Ken Ueno, Gabriela Ortiz, Du Yun, Agata Zubel, Koji Nakano, Lei Liang, Laurie San Martin, and Wen-Chung Chou. Collectively, they represent cultures ranging from China, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand, to Mexico, Poland, and several regions of the U.S. and span music styles from lyric to extended techniques to the forefront of electro-acousticism.

The four concerts — in November 2014 and January, February and March 2015 — will take place at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. They are presented in collaboration with Cal Performances. A pre-concert talk precedes each performance, and a post-concert reception will allow audience members to engage with the composers and artists.

Read more about Project TenFourteen

 

Project Ten Fourteen – Nakano, Liang, Crumb, Wen-Chung, Varese

Posted by August 29, 2014

Four

Cal Performances and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Present Project Ten Fourteen - A series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all. Please note all tickets for the four Project TenFourteen concerts are only available through Cal Performances’ website – individual tickets are $32. Subscribe to all 4 for only $96

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Project TenFourteen: Concert #4 - The final Project Ten Fourteen concert presents the World Premiere of Koji Nakano’s, Time Song V: MandalaLei Liang’s Luminous, with featured guest bassist Mark Dresser; a work by legendary Chinese composer Chou Wen-Chung; the third World Premiere commissioned work by George CrumbXylophony, and a special performance of Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation by an all-star percussion ensemble! Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Program (subject to change)

Koji Nakano - Time Song V: Mandala – WP, Comm

Lei Liang - Luminous - WP, Comm

George Crumb - Xylophony - WP, Comm

Edgard Varèse - Ionisation

Chou Wen-chung - New Work WP, Comm

Single tickets start at $32; four-concert subscription $96. All seating through the Cal Performances website.


Under the artistic leadership of internationally acclaimed musician and educator Steven Schick, SFCMP’s season is anchored by Project TenFourteen – four concerts with world premieres from ten distinctive composers all challenged to “reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all.” The ten composers participating in this project are of extraordinary caliber – George Crumb, Elena Ruehr, Gabriela Ortiz, Ken Ueno, Gabriela Ortiz, Du Yun, Agata Zubel, Koji Nakano, Lei Liang, Laurie San Martin, and Wen-Chung Chou. Collectively, they represent cultures ranging from China, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand, to Mexico, Poland, and several regions of the U.S. and span music styles from lyric to extended techniques to the forefront of electro-acousticism.

The four concerts — in November 2014 and January, February and March 2015 — will take place at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. They are presented in collaboration with Cal Performances. A pre-concert talk precedes each performance, and a post-concert reception will allow audience members to engage with the composers and artists.

Read more about Project TenFourteen