Our 2021-2022 Season

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Our 51st season 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.

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SFCMP in the LABORATORY series
SAT, NOV 6, 2021
Reactivity and Response
7PM Pacific Pre-concert program, How Music is Made
8PM Pacific Concert
at Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, SF Conservatory of Music + Google Map

The first of two in the LABORATORY series concerts on this season presents an array of works with electronic or visual components as the backbone of their compositional concepts. Multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer Zeena PARKINS starts the conversation with a work for solo cello, sound diffusion and fixed media, while student composers from SFCM’s Technology and Applied Composition program continue with new sonic avenues for solo instruments and electronic resources. Celebrated Bay Area artist Fred FRITH joins the stage in a performance of his work with SFCMP virtuoso William WINANT. And enfant-terrible Alexander SCHUBERT enthralls with a visuallybased reactive composition for flexible ensemble, juxtaposed with the Minimalist strands of an early work by Steve REICH at his most contrapuntal.



Contemporary Music Masterclass
at San Francisco Conservatory of Music , Recital Hall + Google Map
Led by Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone
at Sol Joseph Recital Hall, SF Conservatory of Music

Through SFCMP’s ongoing MASTERCLASS series and chamber concert, our patrons have the chance to observe some of the most talented Bay Area pre-professional musicians in live interaction, performance and coaching with our renowned ensemble members. Students perform selected works while being mentored in the techniques, skills, and myriad styles of contemporary music. This season’s masterclass will focus on contemporary music repertoire for brass instruments, coached by SFCMP trombonist Brendan LAI-TONG and facilitated by Artistic Director Eric Dudley.



in the COMMUNITY series
Sound Encounters II
SUN, DEC 19, 2021 3:00pm at Root Division Gallery, San Francisco + Google Map

As part of this season’s in the COMMUNITY offerings, we renew our partnership with several area sound artists for the presentation of works hailing from UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies. This year’s line-up includes the world premiere of a new work for percussion and electronics by CNMAT director Edmund CAMPION, setting the stage for four acousmatic, electro-acoustic and multimedia compositions by CNMAT artists Hallie SMITH, Jon YU, Andrew HARLAN and Didem COSKUNSEVEN. And in continued celebration of the 85th birthday season of an American pioneer in electronic media, Steve REICH’s Vermont Counterpoint for percussion and tape rounds out the set with a display of instrumental fireworks, featuring the solo artistry of SFCMP percussionist Chris FROH.


in the COMMUNITY series
Sound & Wine Online
THURS, FEB 17, 2022 5:30PM – 6PM Pacific

Join us for a San Francisco-inspired musical break in the day. You’ll hear the Players’ personal party favorites and unique interpretations of music that inspires them as artists. We invite you to bring your favorite beverage, turn on your chat, invite your friends and join us online for a spirited start to the weekend with performances by Haruka FUJII, percussion and Sarah RATHKE, oboe. This event is pre-recorded and live chat will be on!


APRIL 2022


at the CROSSROADS series
Drama and Poetry
Sat, Apr 2 at 7PM Pacific How Music is Made | 8PM Concert
Sun, Apr 3 at 2PM Pacific How Music is Made | 3PM Concert
at ODC Dance Commons, San Francisco + Google Map

At the high-water mark of our 51st season, we take a collective look in the mirror with a set of generational responses from across the globe to the poetry and drama of existence. Celebrating her 90th birthday, Eastern European master Sofia GUBAIDULINA’s music is hailed for its unflagging dramatic and emotional intensity. Two of her works anchor the first concert in an exploration of the existential, while the winning composer of our annual SF Search for Scores responds to the theme. The searing intensity of Amadeus REGUCERA’s musical language comes to life in a newly commissioned work of instrumental theater, calling upon the poetry of Filipino writer José García Villa as inspiration. On our second program, Chinese-American composer Du YUN’s latest essay for string quartet leads off with her typical hyper-dramatic flair, and Australian composer David CHISHOLM explores the murky implications behind the idea of the projected self in the internet age. One more work of GUBAIDULINA’s rounds out the celebratory focus on her achievement, in a deeply moving expression of her profound sense of the spiritual and the eternal.



Art House Series: Image & Memory
Thurs, Apr 21 at 7PM Pacific
Doors Open at 6:30 PM   Starts at 7:00 PM  ends at 9:00 PM
at The Lab, San Francisco + Google Map

As a new element in our season, this year and going forward, we embrace the Contemporary Players’ deep roots as a performative presence in the museums and gallery spaces of San Francisco, and present our outstanding musicians by highlighting their individual artistry in a space surrounded by contemporary visual art. This intimate concert experience offers the chance to encounter and discuss music and art in simultaneity, with time before the concert to view art pieces and engage in conversation about the connection points between visual and auditory elements, followed by a performance from featured artists in our all-star cast of Contemporary Players virtuosi.

Susan Freier, Violin; Stephen Harrison, Cello



MAY 2022


in the LABORATORY series
Synergy and Synthesis
SUN, MAY 22, 2022
2:30PM Pacific Concert 1
4PM Pacific Concert 2
at Joe Henderson Lab, SFJAZZ, San Francisco + Google Map

Our last offering for the season, sounding off the in the LABORATORY series name, takes place in the Joe Henderson Lab at SFJazz. Creative Advisor and SFJazz Collective member
Edward SIMON leads us in an exploration of works that combine live acoustic elements with different approaches to the incorporation of electronics, creating novel juxtapositions in time with his own solo piano playing and a newly-commissioned work for mixed quartet. A quintessential phasing piece by Steve REICH provides one more reflection on the influential composer’s work during his 85th birthday season, while a meditation for English horn and electronics by Orlando Jacinto GARCÍA offers a subtle blurring of the boundaries between the natural and the synthetic.


2022-23 Digital Season Program