SFCMP in Concert

SFCMP in Concert


In our On Stage series, which brings to the stage some of the most influential contemporary classical composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, SFCMP’s season-opener concert will juxtapose three looks at musical color, three sonic landscapes, and three provocative composers. Featuring the USA 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 Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, whose work Schnee is esteemed as one of the first classics of 21st-century music. This concert will offer fluid interactions within a chamber ensemble and an electric (and eclectic) combination of instruments. This event will feature Nicole Mitchell in the “How Music Is Made” composer talk segment.


Philippe LEROUX
Postlude à l’Épais (2016) 9’ (U.S. Premiere)
Flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

Procession Time (2004) 15’ (World Premiere)
Alto flute, bass clarinet, cello, piano

Hans ABRAHAMSEN Schnee (2008)  57’
Piccolo/alto flute, english horn, eb/bass clarinets, percussion, 2 pianos, violin, viola, cello


*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

*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


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Unsilent Night by Phil Kline

Unsilent Night by Phil Kline

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. Each participant plays one of four tracks of music downloaded to a smart phone, or anything that amplifies music, together comprising “Unsilent Night.” As the SFCMP public ensemble, we will walk a carefully chosen route through San Francisco, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture.

Who’s Invited: Everybody! A family-friendly, public event. Free.
When: Sat, Dec 9, 2017 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Rain or Shine!
Meet at: Mission Dolores Park. Meet on Dolores Street at the Dolores Park tennis courts by the corner of 18th St.
Twitter: @gosfcmp  #unsilentnight

Follow along on our Facebook event page for the most up-to-date information (coming soon…)
Learn more about “Unsilent Night” at unsilentnight.com

Caroling has never been so epic


A) Bring a boombox capable of playing a cassette/CD/smartphone/mp3.
B) Invent your own sound rig e.g. laptops, speakers on a wagon, megaphone. The louder the better!

A) Make your own CD or playlist by downloading the following tracks: Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4
B) Download the Phil Kline Unsilent Night Phone App and hook up your bluetooth speakers!
C) Bring your old-school boombox. We’ll provide the cassette tapes!
D) Livestream Audio via SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/unsilentnight


Find parking around Dolores Park:

Use the LUXE app for on-demand valet service:

Use the Public Transit Trip Planner:
7 minute walk from Castro St MUNI station, or take
J-Church streetcar right to Dolores Park (18th & Church Streets)

SFCMP in Concert

SFCMP in Concert

Jan 19 2018 Fung, Zorn, Brown, Rzewski SFCMP in Concert

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. Completing the program are Pulitzer Prize-winning 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.

Encouraging and mentoring the next generation of new music performers, SFCMP will once again join San Francisco Conservatory of Music students on this program.


selections from 7 Etudes (for Vocalizing Pianist) 8’
Solo piano

Under the Rug (2010) 6′
Flute, harp, viola

Vivian FUNG
Twist (2014) 13’
Guitar, violin

Frederic RZEWSKI
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


*free and open to the public
4:00 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of “Twist” by Vivian Fung
4:30 – 5:30 pm Composer Talk with Vivian Fung and Ryan Brown facilitated by incoming Artistic Director Eric Dudley

*for ticket buyers
6:30 pm Pre-concert discussion with incoming Artistic Director Eric Dudley and Players
7:30 pm Concert
9:00 pm Post-Concert Party

Tickets on sale soon…

SFCMP Master Class with William Winant

SFCMP Master Class with William Winant

William Winant SFCMP PercussionistLed by William Winant
Principal Percussionist, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

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.

About William Winant

In 2016, Winant was awarded a large unrestricted grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts in recognition for his groundbreaking work as a contemporary percussionist. In 2014 he received a Grammy nomination for his recording of John Cage’s historic solo work, 27′ 10.554″ for a percussionist, on Micro Fest Records.

He has collaborated with some of the most innovative and creative musicians of our time, including John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Boulez, Frank Zappa, Keith Jarrett, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, James Tenney, Terry Riley, Cecil Taylor, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser, Barry Guy, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Steve Reich and Musicians, Nexus, Charles Wuorinen, Jean-Philippe Collard, Frederic Rzewski, Ursula Oppens, Joan LaBarbara, Annea Lockwood, Danny Elfman/Oingo Boingo, Sonic Youth, Marc Ribot, Keith Rowe, Joey Barron, Bill Frisell, Yo-Yo Ma, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, and the Kronos String Quartet.

He has recordeWilliam-Winant-SFCMP-2016Griseyd and toured worldwide with his own groups including ROOM, w/Chris Brown and Larry Ochs, CHALLENGE, w/Anthony Braxton and David Rosenboom, WAKE, w/Frank Gratkowski and Chris Brown, the ABEL/STEINBERG/WINANT TRIO, and the WILLIAM WINANT PERCUSSION GROUP.

He is principal percussionist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, he has been closely associated with NYC composer John Zorn, and has made numerous recordings, and performed in many projects throughout the world with the composer. Starting in 1995 he has been the percussionist with the avant-rock band Mr. Bungle, has made two recordings (“Disco Volante” and “California” on Warner Brothers), and has toured throughout the world with this group. For many years he had worked with composer Lou Harrison, recording and premiering many of his works, and in March of 1997 he participated in the world premiere of Lou Harrison’s quintet “Rhymes with Silver” featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Mark Morris Dance Group, and has toured the piece throughout the United States and Great Britain.

Free and Open to the public.
Limited seating available.


SFCMP in Concert: A 4-Concert Weekend

SFCMP in Concert: A 4-Concert Weekend

Celebrating Pauline Oliveros and Steven Schick

In our At the Crossroads series we celebrate the work of legacy composers alongside cutting-edge composers from across generations. In this special weekend event, we will celebrate the 85th anniversary of Pauline Oliveros’s birth and the 50th anniversary of her seminal tape pieces made here in San Francisco, as well as Steven Schick’s final season as SFCMP’s Artistic Director.

Spanning three generations of artistry, the weekend festival will feature works by Pauline Oliveros, Luciano Berio, Morton Feldman, and Galina Ustvolskaya. The work of emerging composers Xavier Beteta and a SFCMP commission by Carolyn Chen will also be featured, along with three under-30 Bay Area composers who have written works inspired by Oliveros as part of SFCMP’s SF Search program. Chen will discuss her work in our “How Music Is Made” series and rounding out the weekend festival, SFCMP Artistic Director Steven Schick will perform in a special Saturday-evening solo percussion concert that will include a premiere by Celeste Oram.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018

Composer Talk with Carolyn CHEN

Grand Duet (1957) 22’
Cello and piano

La Catedrale Abandonata (2015) 11’
Flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, contra bass

Carolyn CHEN
Cold mountains, one belt, heartbreak green (2018) 12’ *SFCMP Commission
Bass flute, violin, cello, harp, percussion

Luciano BERIO
Folk Songs (1964) 23’
Soloist Jessica Aszodi
Mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, percussion, harp, viola

The Witness (1980) 60’

Three SF SEARCH Under-30 Bay Area COMPOSERS
3 New Works inspired by Pauline Oliveros (2017)


Artistic Director and percussionist Steven Schick, who celebrates his final season
with SFCMP, will perform in a special Saturday evening solo concert made for this
occasion. Schick will perform works by Iannis XENAKIS, Samuel BECKETT, and a
premiere by Celeste ORAM (2018) 60’
Be sure to join us for a pre-concert tribute and celebration and tribute to Steven Schick.

Crippled Symmetry (1987) 90’
Flute, percussion, piano/celesta








Sound and Wine SFCMP Season Celebration

Sound and Wine SFCMP Season Celebration

Sound and Wine
SFCMP Season Celebration

Our annual season celebration with wine tasting, festive food, live music presentations by the Players, and best of all, the company of those who love contemporary classical music. Whether you’re new to contemporary classical music or have been a fan for years, we hope you’ll join us to relive your favorite works from the season or hear them for the first time.

Details coming soon!