Celebrating 50 years

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players has been sustained from the start by an entire community of dedicated and adventurous individuals. It is because of you that we have reached the milestone of our 50th season. This is a time to celebrate the achievements of our tremendous community and enjoy the irresistible spirit of the ensemble.

This milestone season offers the work of 26 composers with 7 from California, 2 large-scale commissioning projects, 7 distinct world, U.S. or West Coast premieres with a spotlight on large-ensemble works, and several special events and community engagement activities. The momentum and air of excitement is palpable as we head into our 50th season. We hope you will join us in this celebratory and landmark year by purchasing season tickets today.


Please note that event dates have changed due to the extraordinary circumstances presented by COVID-19. All 2020 events have been rescheduled for 2021. All 2021 events will be live streamed. No events have been cancelled at this time. All season and single tickets are transferable to a future date. Refunds are also an option, if desired. Please contact us at boxoffice@sfcmp.org with questions.

Thank you 

We would like to extend an enormous thank you for your dedication and support of Bay Area contemporary music. Your ongoing support of the Contemporary Music Players through the purchase of season tickets, single tickets, or a membership is helping us manage these unprecedented times.


There are two ways to buy season tickets.
Choose the fit that’s right for you!


Season Subscription
Subscriptions are on sale through Jan 31, 2021

Subscribers receive

  • Tickets to all season events
  • 20% discount on single tickets and ticket fees waived
  • Early Bird invitation to special events
  • Free music download twice per year
  • Invitation to special subscriber-only activities

Subscribe Today $150.00


Membership Enrollment is Open All Year

Members receive

  • Tickets to 2 events of your choice each season
  • 20% discount on single tickets and ticket fees waived
  • Early Bird invitation to special events
  • Free music download twice per year
  • A membership is 100% tax deductible

Become a Member $6.25/mo or $75/yr

We look forward to sharing our 50th Anniversary Season with you!

2020-21 Season Brochure for web
2020-21 Season Brochure for print



How Music is Made ONLINE
SEPT, OCT & NOV 2020
YouTube Online Premieres

In our How Music is Made ONLINE series, our hosts—some of contemporary music’s most inspired personalities—share their insight into a personal favorite piece of music, followed by a performance by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

Online Premiere Fri, Sept 18, 2020 7PM Pacific
Myra Melford, “Homogeneous Infiltration”  featuring Myra Melford as improvising soloist. Hosts, Amadeus Regucera and Kyle Bruckmann

Online Premiere Fri, Oct 16, 2020 7PM Pacific
Julius Eastman, “Gay Guerilla” featuring Kate Campbell and Allegra Chapman, soloists. Hosts Allegra Chapman, Kate Campbell, and Artistic Director Eric Dudley

Online Premiere Fri, Nov 6, 2020 7PM Pacific
Ted Hearne, “The Cage Variations” featuring Ted Hearne, composer, guest performer. Hosts, Hrabba Atladottir and Artistic Director Eric Dudley


THURS, MAR 4, 2021

THUR MAR 4, 2021, 7:30pm
in collaboration with SFCM String Department
Led by Hrabba Atladottir
Live Streamed Pacific Time

In our ongoing Masterclass series and chamber concert, we interact with some of the most talented Bay Area pre-professional musicians in live performance with our renowned ensemble members. Students bring selected works to the stage while being mentored in the techniques, skills, and myriad styles of contemporary music performance. This season’s masterclass and chamber concert focuses on contemporary repertoire for stringed instruments in solo and chamber settings, coached by violinist Hrabba Atladottir.


SAT, MAR 6, 2021


in the LABORATORY series
Overtones and Undercurrents
SAT, MAR 6, 2021
7:00pm How Music is Made with Fred Frith | 8:00pm Concert
Live Streamed Pacific Time

Our 50th season in the LABORATORY series explores the boundaries of sound generation in a program that breaks apart and re-combines the elements of amplified music, especially Rock. Electric guitars acting as percussion instruments and subwoofer cones as pulse generators bring us back to the appearance of Prog-Rocker Frank Zappa as guest conductor for SFCMP in the ‘80’s. The concert vibrates with works by composers exploring the tension between the natural and the artificial including two new works by students of the SFCM Technology and Applied Composition Department. Sonic essays by celebrated Bay Area artist Fred Frith and San Francisco native Mary Kouyoumdjian draw us in and focus our ears while Ashley Fure and Donnacha Dennehy pull apart the components of speakers and the natural harmonic series.  


SAT, APR 10, 2021

at the CROSSROADS series
PostScript to the Future
SAT, APR 10, 2021
7:00pm How Music is Made with Tyshawn Sorey | 8:00pm Concert
ODC B.Way Theater and Live Streamed Pacific Time

In this landmark 50th season, our at the CROSSROADS series reflects an ongoing exploration of music that exists in the innovative realms of cross-genre connectivity. The Contemporary Players join their trans-Atlantic compatriots at Ensemble Intercontemporain by co-commissioning a new work from NYC-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey, whose fluency across stylistic streams has distinguished him as one of the most compelling voices in contemporary music today. Connecting the threads to a figure that Sorey has long considered a key inspiration for his work, we spotlight the life and legacy of composer and longtime Bay Area resident Olly Wilson, a close friend and collaborator of the Contemporary Players for years. Jazz-trained cellist and composer Tomeka Reid joins the conversation, along with the premiere of our annual SF Search for Scores winning composition, framing an emerging generation of composers whose work launches out on divergent paths along the same cross-genre trajectories. 


SUN, MAY 16,  2021

in the COMMUNITY series
Sound Encounters in collaboration with CNMAT, UC Berkeley
SUN, MAY 16,  2021
Root Division and Live Streamed Pacific Time

For this year’s in the COMMUNITY series event, we invite everyone to experience sound art in a virtual environment, as we explore a range of fascinating electro-acoustic works of Bay Area origins. SFCMP percussionist William Winant kicks off the program with his uniquely personal interpretation of James Tenney’s Koan: Having Never Written a Note for Percussion followed by performances of the work of three of the Bay Area’s leading sound artists from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies: Jon Kulpa, Maija Hynninen, and Jon Yu.


SUN, JUNE 13, 2021

50th Celebration and Benefit Concert
SUN, JUNE 13, 2021
6:00 – 9:30 pm
Single tickets on sale in August. Subscribers and Members are eligibile for early access now! 
$125 General / $100 Subscribers/Members
Only 60 seats available!
Verdi Club and Live Streamed Pacific Time

50th year celebration

For many years, the Contemporary Players’ activities have explored the intersections between music and visual art with performances in the museums and galleries of the city. In celebration with ArtHaus SF, we revive that experience in our 50th season through a unique event that includes curated pairings of visual art and music, special presentations, and an intimate concert highlighting the solo and chamber music artistry of players from SFCMP’s roster of virtuosi, sharing works by celebrated living composers that are among their personal favorite ‘party pieces,’ and in some cases were written specifically for them. This exclusive evening with the Contemporary Players, in commemoration of the 50th season and in support of many more ahead, is an historic, one-of-a-kind event that you won’t want to miss.


FRI, JUNE 18, 2021

on STAGE series
Voices in Reverberation
FRI, JUNE 18, 2021
7:00pm How Music is Made with Caroline Shaw and Pamela Z | 8:00pm Concert | Post-concert Party
Taube Atrium Theater and Live Streamed Pacific Time

For our on STAGE series and the final concert of a milestone 50th anniversary season, we shine a spotlight on West Coast composers to celebrate some of the brightest luminaries from the Bay Area. Resident rockstar John Adams demonstrates his technical prowess in the riveting, large-ensemble work Son of Chamber Symphony. We experience a new work by Caroline Shaw commissioned by San Francisco Contemporary Music Players written for instrumental quartet and celebrated Bay Area sound artist and vocalist Pamela Z . The inexpressible Amadeus Regucera thrills us with textual utterances and deep breaths and Los Angeles’ Andrew Norman takes us on a sonic journey visiting the interior light of the Basilica of Saint Sabina.