Shenson Faculty Concert Series: David Steinberg, Saxophone/Clarinet

Shenson Faculty Concert Series: David Steinberg, Saxophone/Clarinet

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Sha'ar Zahav

290 Dolores Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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Free concerts highlighting CMC Faculty as creative artists: "Tunes From Our Backyard: Songs of the WPA California Folk Music Project"

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The Shenson Faculty Concert Series returns this summer with free concert spotlighting CMC talented faculty members. Each year, the Shenson Foundation sponsors free community concerts for CMC faculty music projects to support CMC Faculty as performing artists and ensure their work on stage is shared and celebrated in our community.

This year’s presenters, featuring many talented intergenerational collaborators, will highlight a wide variety of musical styles, techniques, and creative inspirations—from the historical legacies of Black roots music, California folk and Sephardic music traditions, to theater and environmental and human rights activism.

  • June 23: Deszon X. Claiborne, drums
  • July 21:  David Steinberg, saxophone/clarinet
  • August 4: Beth Wilmurt & Sharon Wayne, voice/piano/guitar

Tunes From Our Backyard: Songs of the WPA California Folk Music Project with David Steinberg

Thursday, July 21 at 7pm 

Sha'ar Zahav (290 Dolores St, San Francisco)


In 1938, ethnomusicologist Sidney Robertson Cowell, with the backing of the WPA, the Library of Congress, and the University of California, spent two years field-recording thirty-five hours of folk music from numerous cultural groups throughout Northern California in what became known as the WPA California Folk Music Project. David Steinberg and special guests will explore selections from this collection in an effort to channel the musical spirit of California's past. 

Featuring guest musicians Erik Pearson (Guitar), Adam Kubota (Bass), Guest Vocalists from CMC and greater SF Bay Area musical communities.

This event will be hosted by our Mission District neighbors Sha'ar Zahav.  RSVP is recommended, but there will be space for walk-up patrons at the door.

About the Performers:

David Steinberg is a highly sought-after instrumentalist, composer, producer, and educator. He began his professional career playing salsa music in clubs throughout San Francisco before moving east to attend New York University. After graduating from NYU with a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Performance (saxophone), David continued to perform on stages large and small including appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Before returning to the Bay Area, he maintained both a private woodwind studio as well as positions at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School (NYC), the Hudson School (Hoboken, NJ), and Turtle Bay Music School (NYC). David has composed and produced music for film, television, advertising, and new media including VR and has lent his experience as a producer and engineer to other artists to help realize their vision in the studio. When he’s not making music, David loves spending time with his wife and son and cycling around the Bay Area.

Health & Safety Precautions at Sha'ar Zahav:

  • All event attendees 5+ must be vaccinated (including booster if eligible)
  • All guests must wear a mask

CMC continues to closely monitor information from public health officials regarding public gatherings. Please be aware that events are subject to change to comply with these protocol. Thank you for helping us keep our communities safe!

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