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

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“CAROLING HAS NEVER BEEN SO EPIC”

“IMMERSES THE LISTENER IN SUSPENDED WONDERMENT”

 

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.
Share: #unsilentnight
Twitter: @gosfcmp

Follow along on our Facebook event page for the most up-to-date information
Learn more about “Unsilent Night” at unsilentnight.com

 

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE:

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR INSTRUMENT

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!

 

STEP 2: GET THE MUSIC

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 soundcloud.com/unsilentnight

 

PARKING & TRANSIT

Find parking around Dolores Park:

https://www.parkme.com/san-francisco-parking/dolores-park

Use the LUXE app for on-demand valet service:

www.luxe.com

Use the Public Transit Trip Planner:
511.org 

7 minute walk from Castro St MUNI station, or take
J-Church streetcar right to Dolores Park (18th & Church Streets)

 

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

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SFCMP in the Laboratory

In the Laboratory Series

Our In the Laboratory series brings to the stage large-scale contemporary classical works that push the boundaries of the concert experience through experimentation and exploration.

 

 

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

At the conservatory is Cafe Creme, where meals, beer, and wine may be purchased prior to the concert.  With 10 minutes’ walk is Hayes’ Valley area with several local restaurant choices.

Please join us for a post-concert reception.

Eventbrite - Works by Richard Festinger, Michael Pisaro, Kate Soper, and Gyorgy Ligeti  $35/$15 students

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.

Conductor’s Notes
Program Notes

Richard Festinger

Composer Richard Festinger

Daniel Cilli Baritone

Baritone Daniel Cilli

Richard Festinger Careless Love (2016) (18’)
SFCMP commission
featuring Daniel Cilli, Baritone
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) (18’)
Featuring Steven Schick; Tod Brody; Kyle Bruckmann; Peter Josheff; Alex Camphouse; Kate Campbell; Roy Malan; Susan Freier; Stephen Harrison; Richard Worn; Andrew Friedman, SFCM student; David Tanenbaum; Clio Tilton; Albert Yan, SFCM student; Trevor van de Velde, UC Berkeley student; Zhoushu Ziporyn, UC Berkeley student

Kate Soper Door (2007) (11’)
Amy Foote, soprano; Tod Brody, flute; Kevin Stewart, tenor sax; Karen Hutchinson, accordion; David Tanenbaum, electric guitar

György Ligeti Chamber Concerto (1969) (21’)
Tod Brody, flute; Kyle Bruckmann, oboe; Peter Josheff, soprano clarinet; Alex Camphouse, horn; Richard Worn, double bass; Kate Campbell, piano and celesta; Allegra Chapman, harpsichord/B3 organ; Roy Malan, violin; James Encarnacion, tenor trombone; Clio Tilton, viola; Helen Newby, cello; Andrew Friedman, SFCM student, bass clarinet; Albert Yan, SFCM student, violin

 

 

 

 

 

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

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On Stage Series

In our On Stage series we bring to the stage some of the most influential national and international contemporary classical composers of the 20th and 21st centuries

 

 

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

Eventbrite - Works by Richard Festinger, Michael Pisaro, Kate Soper, and Gyorgy Ligeti   $35/$15 students

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 featuring trumpet virtuoso supreme, Peter Evans, who will lead an extraordinary group of Bay Area improvisers, including special guests Ritwik Banerji, Nava Dunkelman, and India Cooke. 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) 
Hrabba Atladottir, violin; Richard Worn, bass; Jeff Anderle, clarinet; Dana Jessen, bassoon; Brad Hogarth, trumpet; Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone; Christopher Froh, percussion

Peter Evans Improvised Interpolations of L’Histoire du Soldat (2016)
Peter Evans, trumpet (soloist); Kyle Bruckmann, oboe; William Winant, percussion; Steve Schick, percussion; Ritwik Banerji, saxophone; Nava Dunkelman, percussion; India Cooke, violin


About Peter Evans

With Peter Evans on Trumpet, Only the Shape Is Familiar
New York Times

His reputation among freethinking trumpet players is ironclad, a function of superhuman precision and a trailblazing technical vocabulary. But Mr. Evans would rather not be known strictly on those merits. “Sometimes it bothers me that the physical intensity and the crazy sounds are what people focus on,” he said a couple of weeks after his concert, over coffee near the carousel in Bryant Park. “Actually that’s not really the point for me.” Mr. Evans, 35, has the look of a systems analyst and the instinct of a righteous outlier, questioning preconceptions at every turn.

Growing up outside of Boston, he studied classical music alongside jazz, a pattern he continued at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He was serious about solo trumpet performance even then, drawing from both contemporary composers like Luciano Berio and boundless improvisers like the trumpeter Bill Dixon. “I moved to New York in 2003, and that’s one of the few things I had that was ready to go,” Mr. Evans said. “I didn’t know anybody, but I could sit down at some coffee shop and play a solo set.”

The jazz trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas was among those who quickly noticed Mr. Evans, commissioning him to perform on the Festival of New Trumpet Music. “The kinds of things he was doing, hardly anybody was doing,” Mr. Douglas said. “He has now further developed those techniques into some sounds that are wholly his own. That doesn’t happen too often.” >> Read full New York Times article

 

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

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Mar 25, 2017
Sound and Wine 

More information and 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 conversation with Bay Area’s finest musicians, live music, and of course, some of our region’s finest wine.

#sfsoundandwine

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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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.

#louharrison100
#sfcmp

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

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

 

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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: 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

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