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Saturday, April 20th 2024

Pierrot RE:imagined

  • Mason Bates
  • Andrew Norman
  • Katherine Balch
  • Massimo Lauricella
  • Kevin Day

Date & Time

Saturday, April 20th 2024 8:00 pm

7 PM – How Music is Made with Eric Dudley & Guests
8 PM – Concert, with post-concert reception


Taube Atrium Theater
Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera
Veterans Building, 4th floor
401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister)
San Francisco, CA 94102


$40 (VIP) / $35 (General)
$15 students
Festival Pass: $70 (VIP) /$60


Over the span of decades and centuries, certain ground-shifting works and ideas have a way of echoing long into the future – creating strands of interconnected outgrowths, and sometimes establishing entire pathways for creativity that span across generations. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of its U.S. premiere this season, Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire is one such work; a piece of music that almost from its inception has left a long-enduring impact, in both content and concept, on the way composers imagine the human voice, the spheres of poetry and text, and the very nature of instrumental resources. We also mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth; for many who might consider him the very father of Modernism with a capital ‘M,’ Schoenberg created a body of work to push music in directions that we still process and reckon with today, and Pierrot itself spawned an entire genre of composition with a whole repertoire of works still being written in a similar vein. Stravinsky called it ‘the solar plexus of Twentieth-Century music,’ and with our two day mini-festival we seek to unwind a few different strands of connection, from right up close to the present moment, and rewinding toward the past for a fresh encounter with a musical creation that remains forever young.


  • Kevin Day – un(ravel)ed (2019)
  • Katherine Balch – Musica Spolia (2021)
  • Massimo Lauricella – E Piove in Petto una Dolcezza Inquieta (1996) (US premiere)


  • Andrew Norman – Mine Mime Meme (2014) (10’)
  • Mason Bates – Difficult Bamboo (2013)


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Revisiting channels of inspiration that pandemic-era cancellations put on hold, this program riffs on the intersection of two seemingly disparate though surprisingly connected worlds: those of Prog Rock and High Modernism. Read more about RE:visitations
7 PM – How Music is Made with Eric Dudley & Guests
8 PM – Concert
Location: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall