Sat, Dec 10, 2016 SFCMP presents Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night”

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Sat, Dec 10, 2016
5:00 pm
Free San Francisco community event

Join us for a free holiday event linked to “Unsilent Night” celebrations around the world. The original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December, takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant plays one of four tracks of music downloaded to a smart phone, or anything that amplifies music, together comprising “Unsilent Night.” As the SFCMP public ensemble, we will walk a carefully chosen route through San Francisco, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture.

Who’s Invited: Everybody! A family-friendly, public event. Free.
When: Sat, Dec 10th, 2016. 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Rain or Shine!
Meet at: Mission Dolores Park. Meet on Dolores Street at the Dolores Park tennis courts by the corner of 18th St.
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A) Bring a boombox capable of playing a cassette/CD/smartphone/mp3.
B) Invent your own sound rig e.g. laptops, speakers on a wagon, megaphone. The louder the better!



A) Make your own CD or playlist by downloading the following tracks: Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4
B) Download the Phil Kline Unsilent Night Phone App and hook up your bluetooth speakers!
C) Bring your old-school boombox. We’ll provide the cassette tapes!
C) Livestream Audio via SoundCloud at



7 minute walk from Castro St / Market MUNI station, or
J-Church streetcar right to Dolores Park:  18th & Church Streets
BART Trip Planner
14 minute walk from 16th Street Mission BART station


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Fri, Jan 20, 2017 Works by Richard Festinger, Michael Pisaro, Kate Soper, Gyorgy Ligeti

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Fri, Jan 20, 2017
Venue: San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall 50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Free and open to the public
4:00 – 4:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of new piece by Richard Festinger
4:30 – 5:20 pm Composer Talk with Richard Festinger and Kate Soper facilitated by Steven Schick

Open to ticket-holders
6:45 pm  Pre-concert talk with Steven Schick and musicians
7:30 pm  CONCERT
Join us for a post-concert reception

Eventbrite - Works by Richard Festinger, Michael Pisaro, Kate Soper, and Gyorgy Ligeti

In this program, we explore the voice in its broadest sense: from a premiere of a song cycle by San Francisco composer Richard Festinger to an invocation of the voices of nature in Michael Pisaro’s evocative ricefall for 16 players and various resonant metal and wooden objects.  Anchoring the program is a pair of composers – one emerging and another established: Kate Soper’s Door features voice and electric guitar alongside a rare performance of Gyorgy Ligeti’s landmark Chamber Concerto, which features the voices of 13 concertante soloists.
Encouraging and mentoring the next generation of new music performers, SFCMP will once again join San Francisco Conservatory of Music students on this program.

Richard Festinger Careless Love (2016) *SFCMP commission featuring Daniel Cilli, Baritone
Daniel Cilli Baritone

Baritone, clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello, piano
Daniel Cilli, baritone; Peter Josheff, clarinet; Alex Camphouse, horn; Roy Malan, violin, Susan Freier, viola; Stephen Harrison, cello; Kate Campbell, piano 


Michael Pisaro ricefall (2010) (17’)
16 performers
Featuring Tod Brody, Kyle Bruckmann, Peter Josheff, Alex Camphouse, Kate Campbell, Roy Malan, Susan Freier, Stephen Harrison, Richard Worn, and students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Kate Soper Door (2007) (10’)
Soprano, flute, tenor sax, accordion, electric guitar
Amy Foote, soprano; Tod Brody, flute; Kevin Stewart, tenor sax; Karen Hutchinson, accordion; David Tanenbaum, electric guitar

Gyorgy Ligeti Chamber Concerto (1969) (19’)
Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, tenor trombone, harpsichord/hammond organ, piano/celeste, violin, viola, cello, double bass
Tod Brody, flute; Kyle Bruckmann, oboe; Peter Josheff, soprano clarinet; Alex Camphouse, horn; Richard Worn, double bass; Kate Campbell, piano; Roy Malan, violin; Clio Tilton, viola; Helen Newby, cello; and students from the SF Conservatory of Music.

Fri, Feb 17, 2017 Works by Igor Stravinsky and Peter Evans

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Fri, Feb 17, 2017
Venue: Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

Free and open to the public
4:00 – 4:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of Stravinksy Interpolations with improvisor, trumpeter Peter Evans
4:30 – 5:30 pm Composer Talk with Peter Evans facilitated by Steven Schick

Open to ticket-holders
6:45 pm  Pre-concert discussion with Steven Schick and musicians
7:30 pm  CONCERT

Tickets available soon…

Peter Evans credit Peter Gannushkin

Peter Evans credit Peter Gannushkin

In a departure from the usual way of presenting Stravinsky’s iconic L’Histoire du Soldat, now approaching its centennial, we will replace the dramatic action and much of the original Ramuz text with improvised interpolations led by trumpet virtuoso supreme, Peter Evans. The result will be an Evans/Stravinsky mash-up in which two musics will speak to each other across a century – responding and resonating, cajoling and interrupting – in a conversation about the eternal issues of good and evil; war and peace.

Igor Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat (1918) 
Violin, bass, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion

Peter Evans Improvised Interpolations of L’Histoire du Soldat (2016)
Trumpet, oboe, percussion, bassoon

Sat, Mar 25, 2017 Sound and Wine with SFCMP 2017

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Mar 25, 2017
SFCMP presents Sound and Wine 

Tickets available soon…

Spend time with the Players for a season-end celebration. Re-live your favorite works from the season or hear it for the first time.  Enjoy a few hours of live music, conversation with Bay Area’s finest musicians, and of course, some of our region’s finest wine.


SFCMP Ensemble Presenters: Kyle Bruckmann, Jeff Anderle, Bill Kalinkos

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

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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.


Lou Harrison portrait by es (1)

Lou Harrison credit Eva Soltes

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

doors open 6:30pm
run time 92 min
A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available prior to and during the film



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: Music by three Bay Area composers under 30.
Prize Winners announced in February 2017
piano, violin, cello, clarinet



Jimmy Lopez credit Sidney Erthal

Jimmy Lopez

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Natacha Diels

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 




Concert #2

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

Composer conversation with Jimmy Lopez

Jimmy Lopez, Ccantu (2007)

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

“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 




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