SFCMP 2016-17 Season Subscription

SFCMP 2016-17 Season Subscription

Event Information

SFCMP 2016-17 Season Subscription

Event Description


Thank you for joining us in our 46th year!

Subscribers Receive:
Tickets to 6 concerts and 2 community events
– 15% discount on single tickets and ticket fees waived
– 2 guest passes to SFCMP’s spring event “Sound and Wine”
– 1 ticket to Lou Harrison documentary film showing
– VIP invitation to “How Music is Made” professional composer talks and SFCMP dress rehearsals
– Observer pass to master classes by Artistic Director and SFCMP Players


2016-17 Season Summary
Artistic Director, Steven Schick

on Stage Series

SFCMP onStage series description

Experience the music of the most influential and innovative national
and international composers of the 20th and 21st centuries 

Sat, Oct 8, 2016
Works by Ken Ueno, Toru Takemitsu, Joe Pereira, Anna Thorvaldsdottir
Venue: Taube Atrium Theater 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102  

This work by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir is among the most important new pieces of recent years and anchors a program of intense luminosity, including colorful and evocative new works by California composers Ken Ueno and Joe Pereira. The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players also returns to a composer we have longed championed, Toru Takemitsu performing his sublime classic, Toward the Sea.

4:00-4:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal
4:30-5:30 pm Composer talk, "How Music is Made" with composers Ken Ueno and Joe Pereira
6:30 pm Pre-concert discussion 
7:30 pm Concert

Fri, Feb 17, 2017 
Works by Igor Stravinsky and Peter Evans
Venue: Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

In a departure from the usual way of presenting Stravinsky’s iconic L’Histoire du Soldat, now approaching its centennial, we will replace the dramatic action and much of the original Ramuz text with improvised interpolations led by trumpet virtuoso supreme, Peter Evans. The result will be an Evans/Stravinsky mash-up in which two musics will speak to each other across a century – responding and resonating, cajoling and interrupting – in a conversation about the eternal issues of good and evil; war and peace.

4:00-4:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal
4:30-5:30 pm Composer talk, "How Music is Made" with Peter Evans
6:30 pm Pre-concert discussion 
7:30 pm Concert


in the Laboratory Series

SFCMP in the Laboratory series description

Discover the music that expands the space of the traditional
concert experience through experimentation and exploration

Fri, Jan 20, 2017
Works by Richard Festinger, Michael Pisaro, Kate Soper, Gyorgy Ligeti
Venue: San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall 50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102

In this program, we explore the voice in its broadest sense: from a premiere of a song cycle by San Francisco composer Richard Festinger to an invocation of the voices of nature in Michael Pisaro’s evocative ricefall for 16 players and various resonant metal and wooden objects.  Anchoring the program is a pair of composers – one emerging and another established: Kate Soper’s Door features voice and electric guitar alongside a rare performance of Gyorgy Ligeti’s landmark Chamber Concerto, which features the voices of 13 concertante soloists.
Encouraging and mentoring the next generation of new music enthusiasts, SFCMP will once again join San Francisco Conservatory of Music students on this program.

4:00-4:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal
4:30-5:30 pm Composer talk, "How Music is Made" with composers Kate Soper and Richard Festinger
6:30 pm Pre-concert discussion 
7:30 pm Concert

at the Crossroads Series

SFCMP at the Crossroads series description

Explore the music of iconic contemporary classical composers performed
alongside cutting-edge emerging composers from California and beyond

Fri and Sat, Apr 21 and 22, 2017  
Lou Harrison: A Centenary Celebration.
Works by Lou Harrison, Jimmy Lopez, Natacha Diels, Gity Rizaz, Annie Gosfield.

Including Friday night film screening;
3 Saturday concerts;
and composer talks, "How Music is Made" with composers Jimmy Lopez and Natacha Diels.
Location: Z Space 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Eavesdrop on conversations between Lou Harrison, much loved California composer whose 100th birthday we celebrate in 2017, and two younger generations who share his lifelong interests of exploration and inclusivity. We’ll hear Harrison’s music alongside that of Natacha Diels whose work, like Harrison’s, is steeped in a sense of ritual; Gity Razaz who fearlessly combines technologies and cultures, the prolific; and eloquent Jimmy Lopez, and the playfully absurd Annie Gosfield. You’ll listen to composer talks and we’ll perform and record music by the newest generation of composers influenced by Harrison’s work through our SF Search Program: the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players program in support of emerging contemporary classical composers. 


in the Community Series

in the Community Unsilent Night description

SFCMP Sound and Wine

Each year, SFCMP holds several events that encourage
exploration of classical contemporary music in a festive atmosphere 

Sat, Dec, 10, 2016  SFCMP presents Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night” 
Sat, Mar 25, 2017  “Sound and Wine” with SFCMP  

Visit sfcmp.org for more information.
Questions? Call us at (415) 278-9566 or e-mail 

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