As we pause to catch our collective breaths at the end of a great concert season, let’s look back on some of its highlights. We started with a celebration of the life and music of John Cage and performed for more than a thousand listeners at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in two concerts including a four and a half hour long Musicircus. We packed the house at the San Francisco Conservatory for an amazing performance of Steve Reich’s masterpiece, Music for 18 Musicians. Then it was back to Herbst Theatre for concerts that included premieres by some of today’s most exciting and provocative composers.
Truth be told, there isn’t much breath-catching going on, as we are already finalizing plans for our 43rd season – one of the most ambitious in recent memory, with over 20 events planned. We’ll start with a two-day site-specific World Premiere of Crissy Broadcast by Lisa Bielawa that will include our core ensemble in the midst of seven hundred (!) community musicians. We’ll finish with Sweet Thunder, a festival of electro-acoustic music hosted by the Fort Mason Center that will feature twelve events over four days. In between we’ll have new works by James Dillon, Luciano Chessa, Michael Gordon, Elena Langer, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, and many others.
In addition to bringing world-class performances (and several of the composers themselves) to the Bay Area in the coming months, we’re also looking beyond the concert hall, partnering with community and youth groups to explore new and exciting ways to provide experiences around new music and ensure that the art-form remains relevant and exciting to audiences for generations to come.
You can play a part in this exciting future, and indeed, encourage you to do so.
We know you share a commitment to art’s role in the civic sphere, and new music’s role in the cultural landscape. If our plans and vision inspire or intrigue you, please support SFCMP’s work. We’re very aware that we are competing with many worthy causes, from climate change to human rights, and gun rights to gay rights. In a turbulent world, you might be asking yourself why should I donate to a contemporary music group? Each one of us may have a different answer to that question, but consider this: A donation to support contemporary music may be the single most optimistic action an arts patron can take.
Making or sharing a new piece of music bids us to imagine the future. It asks us to imagine listeners who will be nourished by the music we make today, future listeners who will use it to understand their past and their future. A donation to contemporary music does not aim to fix a problem in the present; it is an investment in a world that will survive us, one that we hope will be a rich and fascinating place.
Now is a great time – it’s the time to show your support for new music and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players by giving as generously as you can. If you have already supported us this season, please consider an additional tax-deductible contribution. And if you are able to make a “stretch” gift, you will mirror our ambitious programmatic stretches and display a true “seal of approval” for the directions we are pursuing.
Please make a contribution. We will thank you the best way we can – by continuing to bring you scintillating conversations with our future – through the medium of music.
Dick Lee Steven Schick Rozella Floranz Kennedy
Board President Artistic Director Executive Director
Ways you can help
- Make a tax-deductible donation
- Provide corporate sponsorship
- Provide an item on our wish list
- Augment your contribution with a corporate matching gift
- Donate stock shares, or assets from an IRA or 401(k)
- Join the SFCMP Legacy Society by making a planned gift such as establishing a trust or making a gift of cash
- Contact Executive Director Rozella Kennedy for more information about the options listed above, or to be connected to our financial advisors, who can assist with stock and other asset donation
Non-monetary contributions are vital to us as well! Contact us for more information about how you can:
- Provide airline miles or in-kind support
- Serve as a volunteer
- Learn about leadership as a board or committee member