Our 2019-20 Season

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Our 49th season contains eighteen works, thirteen composers, seven premieres and two commissions with a spotlight on large-ensemble pieces and California artists. Each concert contains ancillary events thematically linked such as our popular How Music is Made program, contemporary music masterclass, and community events. An exceptionally rich and colorful array of composers fills the season calendar.

2019-2020 Season Highlights Include:

A world premiere of a site-responsive, concert-length work by MICHAEL GORDON commissioned by SFCMP, written for and performed by SFCMP,  ROOMFUL OF TEETH, and SPLINTER REEDS.

A community music event featuring the work of Bay Area composer VIVIAN FUNG and including a participatory, group composition designed by JASON TREUTING.

A multi-media exploration of the work and influence of JOHN CAGE and MERCE CUNNINGHAM, in the season of the 100th anniversary of Cunningham’s birth featuring SFCMP pianist KATE CAMPBELL as soloist, with special guest artist and dancer ANTOINE HUNTER, founder and artistic director of the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival, and with performances of works by ANNA CLYNE and Bay Area composers GLORIA JUSTEN and DAVID COLL.

A cross-generational celebration of the music of LOUIS ANDRIESSEN in his 80th year including the world premiere of a new multi-media commission by Australian composer DAVID CHISHOLM, and with works by MISSY MAZZOLI, ANGELICA NEGRÓN, students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Technology and Applied Composition program, and the winner of SFCMP’s annual SF Search for Scores.

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on STAGE series
Oceanic Migrations
SAT, SEP 14, 2019
7:00pm Panel | 8:00pm Concert | Post-concert Party
at Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Cultural Center, San Francisco  + Google Map

SFCMP on STAGE series 2019-20

Serving as a remembrance and reflection on the experiences of those detained and processed at San Francisco’s Angel Island Immigration Station, our 49th season begins with the world premiere of a concert-length, site-responsive piece by Bang-On-A-Can composer and co-founder Michael GORDON. This new work premieres at Cowell Theater, in view of the Golden Gate Bridge, with a special presentation on Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay that afternoon. Grammy Award-winning vocal octet ROOMFUL OF TEETH, and Bay Area reed quintet SPLINTER REEDS join SFCMP in this memorable work for twenty-one players. Pre-concert discussions will take place with Gordon, historians, archivists, and Bay Area residents who have personal experiences connected to the history of Angel Island.



Contemporary Music Masterclass
THURS, NOV 7, 2019  7:30pm
at San Francisco Conservatory of Music , Recital Hall + Google Map
Prepared Piano Techniques and Performances
Clinician Kate Campbell, SFCMP Pianist

SFCMP Masterclass Kate Campbell 2019-20

In SFCMP’s Masterclass series, audiences can observe some of the most talented Bay Area pre-professional musicians in live interaction, performance, and coaching with our renowned ensemble members. Students will perform selected works while being mentored in the techniques, skills, and myriad styles of contemporary music. This season’s class will showcase performances of the techniques used by John Cage in Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano and is led by SFCMP pianist, Kate CAMPBELL.



in the COMMUNITY series
Celebration of the Elements
SUN, DEC 8, 2019  3:00pm at The Women’s Building + Google Map

This family-friendly winter celebration begins with the visceral and reflective piece, The Ice is Talking by Vivian FUNG. Scored for solo percussion and electronics, it is in essence a celebration of the elements, taking in the beauty of gliding through ice as taps and swishes shape into virtuosic rhythmic patterns and end with dramatic flair, in the hope of raising awareness to the world around us. As the ice melts away, we create a “community-made” piece designed by Jason TREUTING, a member of the acclaimed So Percussion Quartet, titled How to (Blank). Audience members fill in the blanks with headlines captured from the day’s (good) news to add to the festive atmosphere.
This event is free, open to the public and family-friendly



in the LABORATORY series
Kinetic Transformations
FRI, JAN 17, 2020
6:30pm How Music is Made | 8:00pm Concert | Post-concert Party
Hume Concert Hall, SF Conservatory of Music, San Francisco + Google Map

SFCMP in the LABORATORY 2019-20

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of celebrated choreographer Merce Cunningham’s birth, as well as his long and prolific partnership with California composer John CAGE, we feature the brilliantly unconventional Concert for Piano and Orchestra, a work composed by Cage specifically for a Cunningham dance piece. Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival founder and director Antoine HUNTER joins us in performance with a riveting original choreography to complement the piece. Composers Gloria JUSTEN,  David COLL,  Henry COWELL, and Anna CLYNE round out the program in an exploration of auditory, visual, and dance elements.


MARCH 2020

at the CROSSROADS series
Prismatic Reflections
FRI, MAR 27, 2020 (San Francisco) – Cancelled due to COVID-19
SAT, MAR 28, 2020  (Oakland) – Cancelled due to COVID-19
6:30pm How Music is Made | 8:00pm Concert | Post-concert Party
Fri, Mar 27 at Sol Joseph Recital Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco + Google Map
Sat, Mar 28 at Flight Deck, Oakland + Google Map

SFCMP at the CROSSROADS 2019-20

In the season of his 80th birthday, Dutch composer Louis ANDRIESSEN remains an enduring and influential voice for multiple schools of composition, owing to his own ecumenical and self-reinventing approach. Elements of jazz, rock-pop and European High Modernism converge in his music to create a language both startling and familiar. Two of his more intimate and lesser-known pieces will anchor two programs that showcase the generational voices of New York-based Missy MAZZOLI and Puerto Rican-born Angelica NEGRÓN, alongside the winner of SFCMP’s annual SF Search for Scores educational program for composers under 30, who will write for a duo of players drawn from the instrumental forces of one of Andriessen’s more recent multi-media works. The concert also features the generational voice and world premiere of an SFCMP commission by Australian composer David CHISHOLM, responding to the post-High Modernist and multimedia strains of Andriessen’s work with a piece to be structured as a series of micro-concertos for a collection of instruments on the lowest end of the registral spectrum, coupled with electronics and deriving its inspiration from the realm of film. To bring the generational portrait into the immediate present, the series includes two works from a collaboration with the Technology and Applied Composition department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.   



in the COMMUNITY series
Sound & Wine: Season Launch Party and Chamber Concert
April 25, 2020  – Cancelled due to COVID-19

SFCMP Sound and Wine 2019-20 image

Each spring, our most dedicated fans become our celebrated virtuosi at a party hosted by SFCMP musicians. Together, we share in the joy of community, contemporary music, and our favorite thing, performance. Sound & Wine is a party dedicated to our biggest fans: our supporters, donors, subscribers, and members. We invite you to bring your music-loving friends, and together we’ll revisit highlights from the current season, and you’ll be the first to hear what’s happening in the year ahead.


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