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 in conversation with 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.
Twist (2014) 14’
David Tanenbaum, guitar; Roy Malan, violin
Etudes 1,2,5 and 6 from Etudes for Vocalizing Pianist (2009) 10’
Kate Campbell, piano
Under the Rug (2010) 6’
Nick Woodbury, percussion; Karen Gottlieb, harp; Clio Tilton**, viola;
Kate Campbell*, John Jaworski*, and Wilton Huang*, Yangchunzi Duan+
Conversation with Incoming Artistic Director Eric Dudley
Cave Song (1988) 5’
Karen Gottlieb, harp; Courtney McPhail+, soprano; Marina Davis+, mezzo-soprano
Ellis Island (1981) 5’
Kate Campbell, piano; Taylor Chan+, piano
~ INTERMISSION ~
Les Moutons de Panurge (1969) 12’
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe; Jeff Anderle, clarinet; Nick Woodbury, percussion; Margarita Pinkosz+, keyboard; Tin Yi Wong+,keyboard; David Tanenbaum, electric guitar; Qianqian Jin+, electronics; Wilton Huang+, violin; Natalia Badziak+, viola; Hannah Addario-Berry, cello
Cobra (1984) 20-25’
Directed by SFCMP ensemble member William Winant
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe; Jeff Anderle, clarinet; Dana Jessen**, bassoon; Nick Woodbury, drumkit; Margarita Pinkosz+,keyboard; Tin Yi Wong+, keyboard; John Schott**, electric guitar; Yihan Lou+, voice; Qianqian Jin+, electronics; Wilton Huang+, violin; Natalia Badziak+, viola; Hannah Addario-Berry, cello
* auxiliary musicians ** guest artists + SFCM students
Encouraging and mentoring the next generation of new music performers, SFCMP
will once again join San Francisco Conservatory of Music students on this program.
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
ABOUT MEREDITH MONK
Meredith Monk 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.”
In 1965, Monk began her innovative exploration of the voice as a multifaceted instrument, composing solo pieces for unaccompanied voice and voice and keyboard. In 1978, she formed Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble to further expand her musical textures and forms. The majority of her work can be heard on the ECM label, including the Grammy-nominated impermanence and highly regarded recent release, On Behalf of Nature. Monk has also created vital new repertoire for piano, string quartet, orchestra and chamber ensemble, with recent commissions from the San Francisco Symphony and Carnegie Hall, where she held the 2014-15 Richard and Barbara Debs Composers Chair in conjunction with her 50th Season of creating and performing.
Monk’s recent honors include the esteemed 2017 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Obama, and being named one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices and Musical America’s 2012 Composer of the Year. Her work continues to be presented in major venues throughout the world. Monk’s newest music-theater piece, Cellular Songs, will premiere in March at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
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