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, maverick vocalist and creator Meredith Monk joins us for a performance and discussion of two of her works, Ellis Island for duo pianos and Cave Song from her film project The 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.
Encouraging and mentoring the next generation of new music performers, SFCMP will once again join San Francisco Conservatory of Music students on this program.
This concert is part of our in the Laboratory Series where you will experience contemporary classical works that have pushed the boundaries of the concert format through experimentation and exploration.
selections from 7 Etudes (for Vocalizing Pianist) 8’
Under the Rug (2010) 6′
Flute, harp, viola
Twist (2014) 13’
Cave Song (1990) 4′
Piano, guitar, alto, soprano
Ellis Island (1981) 6′
Conversation and Q&A with Meredith MONK
facilitated by Eric Dudley
Les Moutons de Panurge (1969) 12’
open instrumentation for large ensemble
Directed by SFCMP ensemble member William Winant
Cobra (1984) 25’
open instrumentation for large ensemble
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)
6:30 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
ABOUT MEREDITH MONK
MEREDITH MONK (b. November 20, 1942, New York, NY) is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she is a pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.” Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound, discovering and weaving together new modes of perception. Her groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument, as an eloquent language in and of itself, expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which there are no words. Over the last fifty years, she has been hailed as “a magician of the voice” and “one of America’s coolest composers.” Celebrated internationally, Monk’s work has been presented by BAM, Lincoln Center Festival, Houston Grand Opera, London’s Barbican Centre, and at major venues around the world. Among her many accolades, she was recently named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France and the 2012 Composer of the Year by Musical America. In conjunction with her 50th Season of creating and performing, she was appointed the 2014-15 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. In September 2015, Ms. Monk received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. In September of 2017, The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the most generous arts honors in the United States, was awarded to Ms. Monk.The Gish Prize, established in 1994, includes $250,000 in cash and is granted each year to an artist said to have “pushed the boundaries of an art form, contributed to social change and paved the way for the next generation.” >>> Read the full NY Times article
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