March 15 and 17, 2016
450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (map)
6:30pm Pre-concert discussion with Artistic Director, Steve Schick and SFCMP ensemble members
A cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available prior to and during the performance.
Reception following the concert.
Our 2015-16 season, X-SCAPE: New Spaces for New Music explores space in the physical, metaphorical and poetic sense.
SONGSCAPE (October 2015) – An examination of the nature of utterance and communication
XERISCAPE (January 2016) – A look at the role of art in climate change
OSCUROSCAPE (March 2016) – On the nature of darkness
STARSCAPE (March 2016) – On pulsars, vastness and space
OSCUROSCAPE features Pulitzer-Prize-winning and 2016 Oscar-nominated composer David Lang’s introspectively ecstatic piece “darker” for 12 string instruments. Over the course of an hour a very active string orchestra plays music that gets a little darker – not a lot, just a little. A film by visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra heightens the darkening. The result is hypnotic and moving. The program also includes Lang’s electric guitar duet, “warmth”, composed in 2006.
SFCMP interviewed David Lang in March 2016 about his performance of “darker.” In this 6-minute segment you’ll learn about David’s life, how it relates to “darker,” and how he communicates with musicians. Be sure to stay tuned to find out why he’s preparing to be a dead composer. Listen to the conversation here:
David Lang, “warmth”
Electric Guitar Duet
David Tanenbaum and Travis Andrews
David Lang, “darker”
projections by Suzanne Bocanegra
Roy Malan, violin; Matthew Szemela, violin; Hrabba Atladottir, violin; Deborah Tien-Price, violin; Alisa Rose, violin; Iris Stone, violin; Clio Tilton, viola; Evan Buttemer, viola; Helen Newby, cello; Hannah Addario-Berry, cello; and Richard Worn, double bass
Projections by Suzanne Bocanegra
Passionate, prolific, and complicated, composer David Lang embodies the restless spirit of invention. Lang is at the same time deeply versed in the classical tradition and committed to music that resists categorization, constantly creating new forms. In the words of The New Yorker, “With his winning of the Pulitzer Prize for the little match girl passion (one of the most original and moving scores of recent years), Lang, once a postminimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master.” Learn more about Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang at davidlangmusic.com. David Lang was recently nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category. Learn more here.