WHO: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
WHAT: Points in Recent History, music of Jérôme Combier, John Cage, Gabriele Vanoni, and Philip Glass.
WHEN: Monday, November 8, 2010, 8:00 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.)
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, San Francisco
PRICES: $30 general, $25 seniors, $10 students
TICKETS: www.cityboxoffice.com – single tickets on sale September 15, 2010
INFO: www.sfcmp.org, 415-278-9566
The ensemble opens the first concert of the 2010-11 season with two pieces by emerging French composer Jérôme Combier. The short works for ensemble, Heurter La Lumière Encore and Essere Pietra, weave Combier’s dark harmonic approach through an updated take on the classic French sensibility to color.
John Cage’s Seven – a 1988 co-commission for septet without conductor – is a still-relevant fragment of the Bay Area’s rich legacy of new music. The ensemble will commemorate an important moment from its own history by performing this classic work once again for local audiences.
Tod Brody will perform the West Coast premiere of 30-year-old Milanese composer Gabriele Vanoni’s Space Oddities for solo flute (2008).
Percussion virtuoso William Winant and friends will end the concert with Philip Glass’s Music in Similar Motion (1969). This epic American work of early minimalism is scored for open instrumentation and will be performed here by flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, percussion, and two keyboards.
There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m., moderated by Beth E. Levy.
Jérôme Combier, Heurter La Lumière Encore (2005), Essere Pietra (2004) (U.S. premieres)
John Cage, Seven (1988, co-commission)
Gabriele Vanoni, Space Oddities (2008, West Coast premiere) - Tod Brody, flute
Philip Glass, Music in Similar Motion (1969)
This concert is underwritten in part by: Wells Fargo Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, a program of FACE with support from Cultural Services of the French Embassy, CulturesFrance, SACEM and the Florence Gould Foundation.
This season’s concerts are funded in part by: San Francisco Hotel Tax/Grants for the Arts Program; National Endowment for the Arts; the Canada Council for the Arts; Aaron Copland Fund for Music; Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University; The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, a program of FACE with support from Cultural Services of the French Embassy, CulturesFrance, SACEM and the Florence Gould Foundation; the Fromm Music Foundation; Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Istituto Italiano di Cultura; the Ross McKee Foundation; the Ontario Arts Council; Bernard Osher Foundation; Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council; Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco; San Francisco Foundation; Wells Fargo Foundation; and many individual donors.
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The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, an ensemble of highly skilled musicians, had been performing, commissioning and recording innovative new music of exceptional interest since 1971.