Saturday, Oct. 26: 10:00 am & 4:00 pm – Sunday, Oct. 27: 12:00 pm

CRISSY BROADCAST: SFCMP was the lead professional ensemble for this World Premiere by Lisa Bielawa, which gathered 800 amateur musicians —  a professional, student and amateur musicians, including orchestras, bands, and experimental new music groups — in a massive, spatialized symphony involving at San Francisco’s Crissy Field. Free to the public, the event reached 5,000 people directly. SFCMP ensemble members led musical workshops with their assigned groups and conducted the groups during the performances. Most of the general public, including family members of the participants and the amateur participants themselves, had never been part of a ‘new music’ performance before. Getting “outside the concert hall” was achieved in a very impressive fashion. While working collaboratively with an individual artist created some administrative challenges in “entrenching” and aligning “institutional planning” with an artist-led framework, the event was deemed an artistic and community success:

  • “I’ve never heard music like this before…” – audience member

  • “You’ve enabled my playing to evolve in unimaginable ways.  Thanks for the open door to the Muse” – adult amateur musician

  • “ I knew I’d enjoy it, but I didn’t realize quite how thrilling it would be. A big part of the excitement came from being so tightly connected to so many people for precisely fifty minutes. It was fun to under the command of the clock, knowing that other musicians depended on us to play the right thing at the right time in the right place. It felt a lot like a big game!” – Lowell HS band director

Lisa Bielawa – Composer & Artistic Director These musicians will perform on the grounds of Crissy Field for thousands of music lovers and unwitting park goers.

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