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April will end with a busy Sunday rich in diversity

San Francisco's musical styles are as diverse as those of its architectures
San Francisco's musical styles are as diverse as those of its architectures
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

I have to confess some relief in finding that the end of this month would not require another “busy weekend” review of options. Nevertheless, the last Sunday will be sufficiently busy unto itself. Furthermore, it has much to offer for both the adventurous and those who prefer tradition. I shall review the available alternatives in the order of their start times:

4 p.m.: The final program in the fifteenth Home Concert Series of the Ives Quartet will be presented in the Old First Concerts series. The title of this program is East and West, where “East” refers to Russia. Indeed the two traditional composers are both Russian from two different centuries. For the nineteenth century the Ives Quartet will perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Opus 30 quartet in E-flat minor (his third and final quartet). This will be followed by Dmitri Shostakovich’s Opus 57 piano quintet in G minor, for which Miles Graber will join the ensemble. Composed in 1940, this is one of several Shostakovich compositions that was heavily influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach. The “West” will be represented by jazz artist Julian Waterfall Pollack, an accomplished jazz artist whose efforts at composition draw upon classical traditions, romanticism, and minimalism. The program will begin with his recent string quartet, commissioned by the Ives Quartet in conjunction with the Telluride Music Festival.

Old First Concerts events take place in the Old First Presbyterian Church at 1751 Sacramento Street (on the southeast corner of Van Ness Avenue). This recital will be held on Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. General admission is $25 with special rates of $20 for seniors aged 65 and older and $10 for full-time students. (Children aged twelve and under are admitted without charge.) Tickets may be purchased through the event page on the Old First Concerts Web site. Further information may be obtained by calling 415-474-1608.

5 p.m.: For those interested in a more generous share of new music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) will be presenting a recital of music by Lucas Floyd, who is finishing his Graduate degree this term. The major work on the program will be his thesis composition, a concerto for violin and string orchestra. The ensemble will be conducted by Eric Choate, who recently conducted the Conservatory Chorus at the memorial for Conrad Susa and gave his own Graduate Recital of his compositions at the beginning of last month. The performance of Floyd’s violin concerto will be preceded by chamber compositions for percussion, flutes, and piano.

This recital will begin at 5 p.m. in the SFCM Recital Hall on Sunday, April 27 and will be free and open to the general public.

5:30 p.m.: On the other side of town, the 2014 series of Schwabacher Debut Recitals will conclude. The recitalist will be the 2013 Merola Opera Program alumnus, tenor Darren Pene Pati. His accompanist will be pianist Sun Ha Yoon. Pati has prepared a program a traditional recital favorites featuring composers such as Roger Quilter, Richard Strauss, and Paolo Tosti. He will also perform a selection of songs from his native Samoa for which he will accompany himself on guitar.

This program will take place on Sunday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m. The venue will be the Martin Meyer Sanctuary of Temple Emanu-El (2 Lake Street at the corner of Arguello). Single tickets are $25. They may be purchased through the San Francisco Opera Box Office, which is open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Box Office is in the War Memorial Opera House (301 Van Ness Avenue) and may be called at 415-864-3330. Tickets may also be purchased online from the Single Tickets Web page on the San Francisco Opera Web site. When available, students with valid identification may obtain rush tickets for $15 at Temple Emanu-El beginning at 5:00 p.m., with a limit of two tickets per person.

7:30 p.m.: Finally, around the time that the sun will begin to set, things will start to get wild. The next performance in the SIMM (Static Illusion Methodical Madness) Music series hosted by Outsound Presents will be a release party for a new recording of wild and free improvisations. The event will also mark the twentieth anniversary of the ensemble featured on the new release, the Lords of Outland, started by saxophonist and composer Rent Romus in 1994. The title of the album is The Proceedings of Dr. Ké, and the tracks are all inspired by essays and fiction based on the “Blade Runner Psychology” of Dr. Charles Ponce. For the performance of selections from this recording, Romus will be joined by Dave Mihaly on drums, Bill Noertker on bass, Philip Everett on drums, Ray Scheaffer on bass, Joshua Marshall on tenor saxophone, Collette McCaslin on trumpet, Joshua Allen on tenor saxophone, Darren Johnston on trumpet, and Jim Ryan on both tenor and alto saxophones.

This event will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. The venue for SIMM Series concerts is the Musicians Union Hall at 116 Ninth Street, near the corner of Mission Street. General admission is $10 with an $8 rate for students and seniors.

Finally, there is one item I have neglected to include in this enumeration. That Sunday will mark the first day of a two-week series of concerts organized by the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and performed in Davies Symphony Hall. The occasion will be a celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach and his legacy, which will involve visits from several prominent guest artists, as well as solo performances by SFS musicians. The full plan will be discussed in a separate article, which will be appearing shortly.