Welcome to Our 2018-19 Season

We invite you to join our adventurous and stimulating 2018-19 season by becoming a Season Subscriber or SFCMP Member!

Our 48th year, and Eric Dudley’s first season as the artistic director of SFCMP, contains twenty-three works, seventeen composers, twelve premieres and three commissions with an emphasis on large-ensemble pieces and California composers. Each concert contains ancillary events thematically linked such as composer talks, open rehearsals, master classes, and community events. An exceptionally rich and colorful array of composers fills the season calendar.


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Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SFCMP Performances on STAGE Series
Carter and Beyond: Invention and Inspiration

on Stage Series - Elliot Carter and Beyond
Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Building 4th floor 401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States 
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$15 – $35

For our season-opening concert, we offer a special celebration of the music of Elliott Carter. Our 
on STAGE Series features large-ensemble contemporary classical works of the most influential and innovative composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Carter was the grandest of the grand American composers from the 20th century, who lived beyond his 100th birthday and yet wrote music that was fresh, inventive, and forward-looking to the very end of life. We welcome our newly arrived artistic director, Eric Dudley, with a program featuring three of Carter’s works, including the rhythmically energetic and emotionally powerful Penthode for twenty players. Complementing Carter’s enduring voice will be a wry work by the young American composer, Tobin Chodos, written for an instrumentation uniquely drawn from Carter’s Penthode, plus Canadian composer Sabrina Schroeder’s Bone Games/Shy Garden, an essay in the sensuality of noises. The series will begin with our popular How Music is Made Composer Talk and Open Rehearsal with composer Tobin Chodos.

How Music is Made with composer Tobin Chodos
4:00pm Open Dress Rehearsal of Big Show
4:30 – 5:15pm Composer Talk with Tobin Chodos
6:45pm Pre-concert discussion with Artistic Director Eric Dudley and Players
7:30pm Concert with intermission
9:00pm Reception

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Sun, Dec 16, 2018, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Sonic Meditations

SFCMP in the COMMUNITY Series Sonic Meditations - Cardew and Oliveros
The Women’s Building
3543 18th Street #8,
San Francisco
, CA 94114 
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Each year, SFCMP holds several community events that encourage the exploration of contemporary music in a festive community atmosphere.

In this group performance experience, the audience has the opportunity to add their voices to the musical recitation of an ancient Confucian text. The mood and spirit will be set through a Sonic Meditation by the great Pauline Oliveros.

Invite your friends and join us this holiday season for singing, good vibes, and sonic meditation.

Free, Open to the public AND Family Friendly!

3:00pm – 4:30pm

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Fri, Jan 18, 2019, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SFCMP Performances in the LABORATORY Series
Auto-Tuning Ives

SFCMP Performances in the LABORATORY SeriesAuto-Tuning Ives, Ted Hearne
Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music 50 Oak St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States 
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$15 – $35
Our in the LABORATORY concerts explore large-ensemble contemporary works that push the boundaries of the concert experience. On January 18, together we’ll explore several points of connectivity along experimentalist paths, laid down by composers all seeking to fuse a variety of music forms and personal experiences into multi-faceted sonic narratives. An epigrammatic song by Charles Ives serves as a jumping-off point for California-based composer Ted Hearne’s ‘The Cage’ Variations–a panoply of musical influence and memory that incorporates the work of numerous others in addition to his own. Works by Ingram Marshall, Molly Joyce, and Mark-Anthony Turnage further the exploration of connectivity where you will hear the direct interaction of live performers with pre-recorded sound materials from places across the globe. Bay-area native Timo Andres’ Some Connecticut Gospel draws another line back to Ives, rounding out the program with a different take on the notion of memory and that which has been left behind us.

How Music is Made with composer Ted Hearne
4:00 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of ‘The Cage’ Variations
4:30 – 5:15pm Composer Talk with Ted Hearne
6:30pm  Doors open
7:30pm Concert with intermission
9:00pm Reception

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Thu, Feb 21, 2019, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

SFCMP Contemporary Music Masterclass
Clinician: Kyle Bruckmann, oboe

SFCMP Contemporary Music MasterclassClinician: Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Recital Hall, 50 Oak St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States 
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Led by Kyle Bruckmann
Oboist, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

In SFCMP’s Masterclass 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 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 class is led by SFCMP oboist, Kyle Bruckmann.

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APRIL 2019

Sat, April 27, 2018, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Season Launch Party: Sound & Wine

SFCMP in the COMMUNITY SeriesSeason Launch Party: Sound & Wine
For Subscribers, Members and Donors

Save the date for a party with the Players, where we revisit performances from our current season, and offer an exclusive preview of what’s happening in the year ahead. The afternoon’s events include live music, great food, contemporary music-loving crowd, and some of our region’s finest wine. This special program is hosted by SFCMP musicians, some of the leading contemporary classical music specialists in the Bay Area.
2:30 – 4:30pm
Great Food, Wine Tasting, Live Music, Upcoming Season Announcement
Elliott Carter, Changes (1983)
Angelica Negrón – Technicolor (2008)
Missy Mazzoli – Tooth and Nail (version for viola) (2010)

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MAY 2019

Fri, May 10 & Sat, May 11, 2019

 SFCMP Performances at the CROSSROADS Series
Guerrilla Sounds: Julius Eastman’s Legacy

SFCMP Performances at the CROSSROADS SeriesGuerrilla Sounds: Julius Eastman's Legacy
201 Franklin St,
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States + Google Map
$15 – $60

In our at the CROSSROADS Series, we celebrate together the work of legacy composers alongside cutting-edge voices from across generations: By meeting at these generational crossroads we reveal how the latest works are grounded in timeless questions. Inspired by Julius Eastman’s politically powerful and sonically persuasive works, we launch into our cross-generational “at the CROSSROADS Series” with two major commissions. One is a new work by Sidney Corbett, an American composer living in Germany best known for his theatrical and emotionally powerful compositions. Also featured is a SFCMP commission from Bay Area composer, pianist, and improviser Myra Melford, featuring herself as improvising piano soloist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. SFCMP will premiere a new piece by exciting Brazilian-Californian composer Fernanda Aoki Navarro, while LJ White offers his own version of the interplay between freedom and structure in a work for solo violin and electronics. SFCMP also sponsors its 3rd Annual SF Search for young composers—this time writing for trios of players drawn from the instrumental forces for Myra Melford’s premiere—to complete the multi-generational portrait.

FRI, MAY 10, 2019 and SAT, MAY 11, 209

6:30pm – 7:20pm
How Music is Made program: Composer talk and music demonstrations 
Post-Concert Party

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