Sat, Oct 8, 2016  Works by Ken Ueno, Toru Takemitsu, Joe Pereira, Anna Thorvaldsdottir

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Sat, Oct 8, 2016
Venue: Taube Atrium Theater 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

4:00 – 4:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of Sawdust on Ararat by Ken Ueno
4:30 – 5:30 pm Composer Talk with Ken Ueno and Joe Pereira 

6:30 pm Pre-concert discussion
7:30 pm Concert

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This work by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir is among the most important new pieces of recent years and anchors a program of intense luminosity, including colorful and evocative new works by California composers Ken Ueno and Joe Pereira. The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players also returns to a composer we have longed championed, Toru Takemitsu performing his sublime classic, Toward the Sea.


Anna Thorvaldsdottir Credit Saga Sigurðardóttir

Ken Ueno Sawdust on Ararat (2016) 20’ *west coast premiere
Flute, oboe, clarinet, 2 cellos, 2 percussion

Toru Takemitsu Toward the Sea (1981) (12’)
Guitar, alto flute

Joe Pereira Glimpse (2015) (17’) *world premiere
Alto flute, bass clarinet, piano, violin, cello

Anna Thorvaldsdottir In the Light of Air (2013) (40’)
Viola, cello, piano, harp, percussion, fixed electronics and lights

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

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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.

Sat, Dec 10, 2016
Free San Francisco community event

More information coming soon…

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
4:00 – 4:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of new piece by Richard Festinger
4:30 – 5:30 pm Composer Talk with Richard Festinger and Kate Soper
6:30pm Pre-concert discussion
7:30pm Concert

Tickets available soon…

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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 New Work (2016) *SFCMP commission
Baritone, clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello, piano

Michael Pisaro ricefall (2010) (17’)
16 performers

Kate Soper Door (2007) (10’)
Soprano, flute, tenor sax, accordion, electric guitar

Gyorgy Ligeti Chamber Concerto (1969) (19’)
Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, tenor trombone, harpsichord/hammond organ, piano/celeste, violin, viola, cello, double bass

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
4:00 – 4:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of Stravinksy Interpolations with SFCMP and improvisor, trumpeter Peter Evans
4:30 – 5:30 pm Composer Talk with Peter Evans
6:30pm Pre-concert discussion
7:30pm 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 

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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.

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Lou Harrison portrait by es (1)

Credit Eva Soltes

Lou Harrison Centenary Celebration:
A Weekend Festival
April 21 & 22, 2017
$60 weekend pass, $25 per concert
($15 group of 4 or more)
Tickets available soon…



Fri, Apr 21, 2017


8:00 pm
Film Screening: “Lou Harrison: A World of Music
Location: Z Space 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110
doors open 6:30pm
A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available prior to and during the film

runtime 92 min
by Eva Soltes, film producer, dancer, and longtime friend of Lou Harrison
Experimenting freely with western, eastern and custom made instruments Harrison forged a new course for 20th century music.

“The film is informative and entertaining, and features interviews with Harrison, Merce Cunningham, and Dennis Russell Davies, among others. It also captures some very touching moments shared between Harrison and his lover Bill Colvig. It’s difficult to portray a life in 90 minutes, but I left this screening with a very strong sense of the man and the life he led.” — Scott Pender is a Washington, DC-based composer 

Learn more about Lou Harrison and Eva Soltes


Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Location: Z Space 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Join us for one event or all events!

11:00 am
Concert #1
doors open 10:30am
SFSearch: Music by three Bay Area composers under 30. Prize Winners announced in February 2017
piano, violin, cello, clarinet

About SF Search
Composers from the San Francisco Bay Area who are not more than 30 years of age at the time of submission are invited to submit an original composition for a SF Composer Competition and Reading Session. Each composer is asked to submit an existing work or write a new work for four instrumentalists no more than six minutes in duration which demonstrates a Lou Harrison influence.  Three composers are selected by the panel which consists of Artistic Director Steven Schick, composer Ken Ueno and two SFCMP Players. Each composer receives a reading by SFCMP Players, feedback from the panelists, a public performance, and an archival recording and a $500 stipend.

Composer Talks, “How Music is Made” with Jimmy Lopez and Natacha Diels
doors open 12:00pm
Artisanal pizza provided for first 50 people
A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available 

Concert #2
*for single tickets doors open 2:00pm

Jimmy Lopez credit Sidney Erthal

Jimmy Lopez credit Sidney Erthal

Lou Harrison, Canticle # 3 (1942) (14’)
Ocarina, 5 percussionists, guitar

Composer conversation with Jimmy Lopez (10’)

Jimmy Lopez, Ccantu (2007) (6’)

Lou Harrison, Varied Trio (1986) (15’) LISTEN
Piano, Violin, Percussion
written for SFCMP percussionist, William Winant, Julie Steinberg and David Abel

Annie Gosfield, Daughters of the Industrial Revolution (2011) (10’)
Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Cello

Lou Harrison credit Eva Soltes

Lou Harrison credit Eva Soltes

“Knowing Lou”
*for single tickets doors open 6:00pm
A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available 
Steven Schick in conversation with David Tanenbaum, William Winant and Karen Gottlieb, SFCMP Ensemble members and friends of Lou Harrison.

Concert #3
*for single tickets doors open 6:00pm

Lou Harrison Suite for Cello and Harp (1949) (14’)
Cello, Harp

Gity Razaz, Shadow Lines (2014) (10’)
Cello and Electronics

Lou Harrison  Scenes from Nek Chand (2001/2) (10’) Tannenbaum - National Steel Guitar
Steel Guitar [National] LEARN MORE AND LISTEN

Mr. Harrison’s last piece, dedicated to SFCMP guitarist, David Tannenbaum and Carol Law and Charles Amirkhanian

Composer conversation with Natacha Diels (10’)

Natacha Diels, The Colors Don’t Match  (2014) (11’) *west coast premiere
Piccolo, violin, clarinet, voice, glockenspiel, vibraphone, electronics