SFCMP Presents “Unsilent Night” by Phil Kline December 2017

SFCMP Presents “Unsilent Night” by Phil Kline December 2017

We hope you’ll join us for this family-friendly, 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 in and around San Francisco’s Dolores Park area, 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! Bring your sound rig and music. A few cassette tapes are available.
Meet at: Mission Dolores Park. Meet on Dolores Street at the Dolores Park tennis courts by the corner of 18th St.
Twitter: @gosfcmp  #unsilentnight
Visit our Facebook Event Page

Learn more about “Unsilent Night” at unsilentnight.com  or read this NY Times article

Caroling has never been so epic


Invent your sound rig e.g. boombox, cell phone, laptops, iPad, speakers on a wagon, megaphone. The louder the better!

A) Make your own CD or .mP3 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. There will be about 20 cassette tapes and CDs available for handout. First come, first served.
D) Livestream Audio via SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/unsilentnight


Find parking around Dolores Park:

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 October 2017

SFCMP in Concert October 2017


SFCMP’s season-opener concert will juxtapose three looks at musical color, three sonic landscapes, and three provocative composers. The concert will feature the west coast 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 “Schnee” by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, a work esteemed as one of the first classics of 21st-century music.

This event will feature Nicole Mitchell in the “How Music Is Made” composer talk segment.

This concert is part of our “On Stage” series, which brings to the stage some of the most influential contemporary classical composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.


Philippe LEROUX
Postlude à l’Épais (2016) 9’ (West Coast Premiere)
Tod Brody, flute; Peter Josheff, clarinet; Kate Campbell, piano; Hrabba Atladottir, violin; Stephen Harrison, cello

Procession Time (2017) 15’ (World Premiere)
Tod Brody, alto flute; Jeff Anderle, bass clarinet; Kate Campbell, piano; Stephen Harrison, cello

Hans ABRAHAMSEN Schnee (2008)  57’
Tod Brody, piccolo/alto flute; Kyle Bruckmann, English horn; Bill Kalinkos, eb/bass clarinets; Christopher Froh, percussion; Kate Campbell, piano 1; Allegra Chapman, piano 2; Hrabba Atladottir, violin; Meena Bhasin, viola; Helen Newby, cello

View the Concert Program Booklet PDF 



(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:  Nicole Mitchell in conversation with 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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SFCMP in Concert January 2018

SFCMP in Concert January 2018

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.



Vivian FUNG
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+

Meredith MONK
Conversation with Incoming Artistic Director Eric Dudley

Meredith MONK
Cave Song (1988) 5’
Karen Gottlieb, harp; Courtney McPhail+, soprano; Marina Davis+, mezzo-soprano

Meredith MONK
Ellis Island (1981) 5’
Kate Campbell, piano; Taylor Chan+, piano


Frederic RZEWSKI
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


Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

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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SFCMP Contemporary Music Master Class with William Winant

SFCMP Contemporary Music Master Class with William Winant

Led 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 pre-professional 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. The students perform the music while being mentored in the master techniques, skills, and style of contemporary music. This new music and percussion master class is led by SFCMP percussionist, Wiilliam Winant.

Free and Open to the public.
Limited seating available.

“Vibra-Elufa,” Karlheinz Stockhausen
Sam Rich, vibraphone

“Double Music,” John Cage/Lou Harrison
Sohrab Bazargannia, Elizabeth Butler, Mika Nakamura, Tim Padgett

“Song of Queztecoatl,” Lou Harrison
Alex Chen, Andrey Kovalenko, Jiayi Sun, Yanal Tchelepi

About William Winant
Grammy-nominated percussionist William Winant is internationally regarded as a leading performer of avant-garde music. 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. Over the course of his career, William has collaborated with legends of 20th and 21st century music, from Iannis Xenakis to Steve Reich and Yo-Yo Ma, and from Merce Cunningham to Kronos Quartet and Sonic Youth. Composers who have written for Willie include john Cage, Lou Harrison, John Zorn, Peter Garland, Larry Polansky, Gordon Mumma, Alvin Lucier, Terry Riley, Fred Frith, Somei Satoh, and Wadada Leo Smith. He is the percussionist with the avant-rock band Mr. Bungle, and performs locally with his own ensemble, the William Winant Percussion Group. A member of the instrumental faculty at the University of California at Berkeley and Mills College, and a Visiting Lecturer at University of California, Santa Cruz. Winant has made over two hundred recordings covering a wide variety of music, including the revered recording of Lou Harrison’s La Koro Sutro and the 2013 release of Five American Percussion Pieces. In 2016, Winant was awarded a prestigious grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts in recognition for his groundbreaking work as a contemporary percussionist. William joined SFCMP in 1988. williamwinant.com






SFCMP in Concert: 4-Concert Weekend

SFCMP in Concert: 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’ birth, as well as Steven Schick’s final season as SFCMP’s Artistic Director.

Spanning three generations of artistry, the 4-Concert Weekend 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 Bay Area composers who have written works inspired by Oliveros as part of SFCMP’s SF SEARCH 2018: Under-30 Call for Scores. Chen will discuss her work in the HOW MUSIC is MADE series and rounding out the weekend’s activities, SFCMP Artistic Director, Steven SCHICK will perform in a special solo-percussion concert that will include a premiere by Celeste ORAM. Schick will also be performing in the final concert of the weekend, Crippled Symmetry by Morton FELDMAN.

This event will feature Carolyn Chen in the “HOW MUSIC is MADE” composer talk segment.

Ticket Prices
All events free for subscribers and 20% off for members
Friday pre-concert events: $Free and open to the public

Single Concert: $25 / $14 student
Two Concerts: $40 / $24 student
Schick Farewell Reception and Toast: $25
Weekend pass, including Schick Farewell Reception and Toast: $65 / $38 student

FRI, MAR 23, 2018
at Z Space

How Music is Made: 
5:30 pm
Open dress rehearsal of Cold mountains, one belt, heartbreak green by Carolyn Chen
6:00 – 6:30 pm
Composer talk: Carolyn Chen in conversation with Steven Schick

7:00 – 8:15 pm

Grand Duet (1957) 22’
Cello: Stephen Harrison
Piano: Kate Campbell

La Catedrale Abandonata (2015) 11’
Flute: Tod Brody
Clarinet: Peter Josheff
Percussion: Loren Mach
Piano: Kate Campbell
Violin: Susan Freier
Viola: Clio Tilton
Cello: Stephen Harrison
Double bass: Richard Worn

Carolyn CHEN
Cold mountains, one belt, heartbreak green (2018) 12’
*SFCMP Commission
Bass flute: Tod Brody
Harp: Karen Gottlieb
Percussion: Loren Mach
Violin: Roy Malan
Cello: Stephen Harrison

Luciano BERIO
Folk Songs (1964) 23’
Lyrics available at: sfcmp.org/lucianoberio-folksongs-lyrics
Mezzo-soprano: Silvie Jensen
Flute: Tod Brody
Clarinet: Bill Kalinkos
Percussion 1: Loren Mach
Percussion 2: Nick Woodbury
Harp: Karen Gottlieb
Viola: Meena Bhasin
Cello: Stephen Harrison

9:00 – 10:30 pm

The Witness (1980) 60’
Interspersed with 3 new works inspired by Pauline Oliveros
Winners of SF SEARCH 2018 (Under-30 Bay Area composers include
Danny CLAYPlaybook  (2017) 6’
John IVERS, Bellow, Cycle (2017) 6’
Nathan CHAMBERLAINDawn Chorus (2017) 6’
Oboe: Kyle Bruckmann
Clarinet: Peter Josheff
Percussion: Loren Mach
Violin: Hrabba Atladottir
Double bass: Richard Worn

SAT, MAR 24, 2018
at Z Space

Steven Schick Celebration, Reception, and Toast
– 6:30 pm
Be sure to join us for a pre-concert celebration in honor of maestro Steven Schick who is in his last year as Artistic Director of SFCMP.
Appetizers and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks provided

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Artistic Director and percussionist Steven Schick, who celebrates his final season with SFCMP, will perform in a special Saturday evening solo-percussion concert made for this occasion.

Celeste ORAM_ . .  /  . _ _  /  .  /  . _ . .  /  . _ . ., World Premiere (2018) 15′
Kurt SCHWITTERS and Shahrokh YADEGARI, Ur Sonata (2017) 40′
Iannis XENAKIS, Psappha (1975) 10′
Percussion/acting: Steven Schick

9:00 – 10:30 pm

Crippled Symmetry (1987) 90’
Rarely performed due to its length, this masterpiece of classical music will be showcased to an audience curled up on plushy pillows. So, purchase a ticket, pull up a pillow, or bring your own pillow, and get ready for a truly unique musical experience.
Flute: Tod Brody
Percussion: Steven Schick
Piano/Celesta: Kate Campbell





Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available in the lobby before and in-between the concerts.

Our schedule of events is jam-packed which doesn’t leave much time for eating in between concerts. To help ease the crunch, we invite you to bring a light picnic to enjoy in the lobby before or between events. Limited lobby seating available.

For those who choose to eat before the evening activities, there are many wonderful restaurants nearby ZSpace, but only a handful in walking distance. Here is a short list of a few restaurants nearby.

Appetizers will be provided during the Sat, Mar 24, 5:30pm, Steven Schick reception.

Parking in San Francisco can be a challenge, fortunately, Z Space is close to a variety of public transportation lines, most notably:
The 16th and Mission BART stop.
The 22, 27, and 33 MUNI bus lines.
We recommend visiting BART, MUNI, or 511.org to plan your trip here.

SFCMP Season Celebration: Sound & Wine 2018

SFCMP Season Celebration: Sound & Wine 2018

This event is sponsored by Meiomi Wines.


It’s time for our season celebration, and we hope you’ll join us for live music, festive food, great company, and some of our region’s finest wine (and beer).

You’ll relive music from our current season and enjoy a sneak peek into our 2018-19 season.

This year’s program is hosted by some of the leading contemporary classical music specialists in the Bay Area: SFCMP musicians Kate Campbell, Hrabba Atladottir, Hannah Addario-Berry, and Sarah Rathke.

We look forward to celebrating with you on April 21! You won’t want to miss the Meiomi Rosé, which will pair perfectly with small bites and good company.

Bring your cash for a chance to win premium wine, opera tickets, Bay Area restaurant gift certificates and more in our annual raffle. 

Host, Kate Campbell

Cornelius Cardew, The Great Learning, Paragraph 7
Danny Clay, Playbook
LJ White, fly, into the light

Sarah Rathke, oboe;
Hrabba Atladottir, violin;
Hannah Addario-Berry, cello

2:30 pm   Enjoy good company, great food, and the region’s finest wine
3:00 pm   Live music and our 2018-19 season announcement
4:00 pm   Raffle and chat with new and old friends.

Limited tickets available. Secure your spot today!

Free for SFCMP Subscribers
$25/$18 student.  Must be 21 years of age
20% discount for SFCMP Members or use your remaining season tickets
Sorry, no door sales
Sorry, no children

Can’t squeeze in one more party? Consider a donation. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and will be used to support our upcoming season.
To donate, click on the purchase tickets link, click the “Tickets” button, and select donation instead of purchasing a ticket. All gifts will be used to support our 2018-19 season.

Premium wine from Meiomi and Ridge Wineries, gift certificate from Pink Onion Pizza, season tickets from SFCMP, and our arts partner Opera Parallèle and more! Raffle tickets $5, $10, $20

Framed Original Photography by Wendy Costa
Bantam River Reflections

13” x 19” plus frame
Wendy J. Costa
Value: $400

A Pair of SFCMP 2018-19 Season Subscriptions

Subscriber Benefits include
– VIP Access to all SFCMP Concerts and Events
– The best deal: 20% discount compared to single tickets PLUS ticket fees waived
– INCLUDES a pass to SFCMP’s annual season celebration, “Sound and Wine” ($25 value)
Value: $290 ($145 each)

1/2 Case of Premium 2017 Meiomi Rosé Coastal California Wine
Having people over? Meiomi  Rosé is a crowd pleaser.
The wine opens to delicate aromas of  watermelon, orange peel, and subtle hints of rose petal. Learn more at meiomi.com
Value: $150

2 complimentary tickets to an Opera Parallèle performance of your choice

Opera Parallèle, San Francisco’s dynamic contemporary opera company is pleased to offer 2 complimentary tickets to a performance of your choice during their 2018-19 season. Learn more at operaparallele.org.
Value: $150


$50 Gift Certificate to Pink Onion Pizza

64 14th St San Francisco, CA 94103
Fine Italian cuisine, mixed with some deep knowledge of beer and  wine. They do it all! Come try one of their 13+ pizzas or a killer pasta dish! Learn more at pinkonionpizza.com.
Value: $150

4 Bottles of Premium Ridge Wines

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave it 91 Points!
A blend of 80% Zinfandel, 11% Carignan, 8% Petite Sirah and a splash of Alicante Bouschet, the 2013 Three Valleys has lots of berry fruits, bramble, spice-box and licorice in its medium-bodied, supple, nicely textured and delicious profile. Learn more at ridgewine.com
Value: $104

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