Project TenFourteen

Posted by August 26, 2014

project ten fourteen

SFCMP is thrilled to present Project TenFourteen – our 2014-15 series showcasing ten world premieres commissioned by SFCMP featuring ten distinctive composers, all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition. (Click here for more about the general project.)

The commissioned composers are of an extraordinary caliber: George Crumb, Koji NakanoLei LiangGabriela OrtizElena Ruehr, Laurie San MartinKen Ueno, Chou Wen-Chung, Du Yunand Agata Zubel.

Project TenFourteen will yield a global kaleidoscope that embodies and celebrates the varied cultural and personal influences that infuse contemporary music, while underscoring our common humanity.

A special thanks to Robert Amory, a Trustee of the Jebediah Foundation, for planting the seed for this project. This series is executed in partnership with Cal PerformancesProject TenFourteen is dedicated to composer Lee Hyla.

schick-screenWatch Steven Schick on Project TenFourteen in an exclusive interview produced by Cal Performances.

Press coverage:

San Francisco Classical Voice

Berkeleyside (preview)


Dates and Programs:

Cal Performances and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Present Project Ten Fourteen – A series of four programs featuring world premieres simultaneously commissioned from ten distinctive composers all challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all. Please note all tickets for the four Project TenFourteen concerts are only available through Cal Performances’ website – individual tickets are $32. Subscribe to all 4 for only $96  

Sunday, November 16, 2014 – Project TenFourteen: Concert #1 – The World Premiere of two works by George Crumb – Yesteryear and The Yellow Moon of Andalusia  as well as his Five Pieces for Piano; the World Premiere of Corpórea by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz; and the World Premiere of Elena Ruehr’s It’s About Time. Also on the program: Georges Aperghis‘s Récitations 9 and 10 for solo voice. Special guest soprano Tony Arnold joins the SFCMP ensemble members led by Steven Schick. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Sunday, January 25, 2015 – Project TenFourteen: Concert #2 – The World Premiere of Polish composer Agata Zubel‘s where to as well as the World Premiere of Slow Portraits 3 by Du Yun. Also on the program, two works by Harrison BirtwistleThe Axe Manual and Gigue Machine. Special guest pianist Nicholas Hodges joins the SFCMP ensemble and our Steven Schick on percussion. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Sunday, February 22, 2015 – Project TenFourteen: Concert #3 – World Premieres of we turn in the night in a circle of fire by Laurie San Martin as well as a new work by Ken UenoZetsu. Also on the program, two iconic works of the 20th century: Luciano Berio’s  Linea and Luigi Nono’s Hay Que Caminar Soñando. Steven Schick leads the SFCMP ensemble. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)


Sunday, March 29, 2015 – Project TenFourteen: Concert #4 – The final Project Ten Fourteen concert presents the World Premiere of Koji Nakano’s, Time Song V: MandalaLei Liang’s Luminous, with featured guest bassist Mark Dresser; a work by legendary Chinese composer Chou Wen-Chung; the third World Premiere commissioned work by George CrumbXylophony, and a special performance of Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation by an all-star percussion ensemble! Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)