Monday, February 25, 2013
8:00 p.m.  |  Pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m.
Herbst Theatre

SFCMP’s February 22 concert features world premieres of commissions by George Lewis and Mark Applebaum, the West Coast premiere of a recent work by “post-minimalist” composer Eve Beglarian; a work by composer, percussionist, and poet Stuart Saunders Smith; and Bay Area-composer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Dresher.

Rabbit Hole will spiral us into a shared exploration of varied styles and compositional voices, from jazz to minimalism, and from poetry to Dada theatricality.

George Lewis is a composer/trombonist, a pioneer of computer music, and a scholar of improvisation and experimental music. A professor at Columbia University, he also is the recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship. He has performed over his illustrious career with jazz artists including Anthony Braxton, Count Basie, Gil Evans, and others. Lewis, in residence at UC Berkeley for the Spring Semester of 2013 and will be present for the concert, where his new SFCMP commission Hexis will receive its world premiere.

Eve Beglarian is a “post-minimalist” composer whose chamber, choral, and orchestral music has been commissioned and widely performed in the U.S. and abroad. Her 2010 work I’m worried now, but I won’t be worried long, will receive its Bay Area premiere.

The recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship and a mainstay in Bay Area new music circles, Paul Dresher is a self-described “pre-maximalist.” As a guest musician, he will be performing his 2011 work, Chromatic Quadrachord, on the quadrachord, an instrument of his invention.

Composer, percussionist, and poet Stuart Saunders Smith will travel from his home in Maine to be present for the performance of his 1977 work Pinetop, a new-music homage to ragtime pianist Pinetop Perkins.

The evening will also include the World Premiere of a SFCMP-commissioned work by composer/improviser Mark Applebaum, who is also associate professor of music composition and theory at Stanford University. His new work, for which our concert, Rabbit Hole, is named, combines high theatricality in the Dadaist tradition with a densely detailed score of musical cues and glyphs. Come join us for a thrilling sonic venture!


  • Eve Beglarian, I’m Worried Now, But I Won’t Be Worried Long (2010, 6 min. – Bay Area premiere)
  • Stuart Saunders Smith, Pinetop (1977, 7 min.)
  • Mark Applebaum, Rabbit Hole (2013, 15 min. – commission and world premiere)
  • Paul Dresher, Chromatic Quadrachord (2001, 8 minutes)
  • George Lewis, Hexis (2013, 12 min. – commission and world premiere)

Click here for ticket information.

Herbst Theatre is located at 401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister, San Francisco.