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Join us at Z Space for an installment of our at the Crossroads series, where we celebrate the work of legacy composers and their influence on cutting-edge emerging composers from across generations. In our two-day festival, you will eavesdrop on musical 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.Find out more »
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, great food, and of course, some of our region’s finest wine (and beer).Find out more »
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. Performing with Evans on various movements will include a number of exceptionally talented improvisers, including special guests Nava Dunkelman (percussion), and India Cooke (violin) as well as SFCMP’s own Kyle Bruckmann (oboe) and William Winant and Steven Schick on percussion.Find out more »
Besides chops, it takes knowledge and savvy to reach the world’s major stages. SFCM’s Master Class series invites renowned performers and conductors to share insights with Conservatory students about technique, style and the business – sprinkled with backstage tales – all before a live audience. We invite you to observe SFCMP Artistic Director and percussionist, Steven Schick in a new music and percussion master class.Find out more »
In SFCMP's Master Class series you will observe some of the most talented Bay Area music students as they learn from our renowned ensemble members in front of a live audience. Students will perform contemporary classical pieces that were selected by them. They will perform the works and be mentored in the master techniques, skills, and style of contemporary music.
We invite you to observe SFCMP percussionist, Wiilliam Winant in a new music and percussion master class.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
Our in the LABORATORY series showcases large-scale contemporary classical works that push the boundaries of the concert format and experience. In this concert, John Zorn’s “Cobra” and Frederic Rzewski’s “Les Moutons de Panurge” engage the large-ensemble energies of the performers to create unheard-of possibilities. Led by Grammy-nominated SFCMP percussionist and frequent Zorn collaborator William Winant, the performers are prompted to execute different instrumental techniques, sonic textures, or playing styles in various ensemble formations, resulting in a dynamic and often surprising real-time musical compositions. In a special guest appearance, world-renowned maverick composer and singer Meredith Monk will be present for a performance by SFCMP and discussion of two of her more cinematic works, Ellis Island for duo pianos (featured in her award-winning film of the same name) and Cave Song from her feature-length film, Book of Days. Completing the program are Pulitzer Prize finalist Don Byron's 7 Etudes, and two works by Bay Area composers, Under the Rug by Ryan Brown, and Twist for guitar and violin by Vivian Fung.
This event will feature Vivian Fung and Ryan Brown in the “How Music Is Made” open rehearsal and composer talk segment.
Composer Meredith Monk will join us on stage for conversation and Q&A facilitated by incoming Artistic Director, Eric Dudley.
HOW MUSIC IS MADE (free and open to the public)
4:00 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of “Twist” by Vivian Fung
4:30 - 5:20 pm Composer Talk: Vivian Fung and Ryan Brown in conversation with incoming Artistic Director Eric Dudley
CONCERT (for ticket buyers)
6:45 pm Pre-concert discussion with incoming Artistic Director Eric Dudley and Players
7:30 pm Concert with special guest Meredith Monk
9:00 pm Post-Concert Party
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 performerFind out more »
SFCMP’s season-opener concert will juxtapose three looks at musical color, three sonic landscapes, and three provocative composers. The concert will feature the west coast premiere of a new work by Philippe Leroux, as well as a world premiere by California composer Nicole Mitchell, whose work celebrates African-American culture while reaching across genres, and "Schnee" by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, a work esteemed as one of the first classics of 21st-century music.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
HOW MUSIC IS MADE (free and open to the public)
4:00 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of Procession Time by Nicole Mitchell
4:30 pm - 5:20 pm Composer Talk with Nicole Mitchell facilitated by Steven Schick
CONCERT (open to ticket buyers)
6:45 pm Pre-concert discussion with Artistic Director Steven Schick and Players
7:30 pm Concert
9:00 pm Post-concert party
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.Find out more »
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."
4:00 How Music is Made with Ken Ueno and Joe Pereira