The title of the final program in the first season of Brenden Guy’s Curious Flights concert series is entitled Transatlantic Crossings. The event will feature a visit from renowned British composer Edwin Roxburgh as part of a one-week residency during which he will be giving master classes at both the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) and the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. For the Curious Flights evening he will conduct the Curious Flights Chamber Orchestra in a performance of his “How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear,” reflections on the verses of Edward Lear that will be narrated, on this occasion, by Nicholas Hohmann. Roxburgh will also discuss his work in a pre-concert lecture.
Roxburgh will joined by British percussionist Nicholas Reed, who will perform two of his other compositions. One of these is a solo work, which Roxburgh composed for Reed, entitled “Aube.” The other is scored for clarinet and percussion and is entitled “Dithyramb I.” Guy will perform this work with Reed.
The remainder of the program will complement Roxburgh’s works with pieces by two local composers. Violinist René Mandel (who is also Executive Director of the Berkeley Symphony) will be accompanied by pianist Miles Graber in a performance of Dylan Mattingly’s “Six Night Sunrise.” In addition, violinist Tess Varley will join Guy and Reed to present Larry London’s “Scenes from Dobashi.”
This Transatlantic Crossings concert will take place in the SFCM Concert Hall (50 Oak Street). The performance will again begin at 8 p.m., this time on Friday, October 18. Single tickets are $15 with a $10 rate for students. They may be purchased at the door or through an event page set up by Brown Paper Tickets. Further information may be found at the Curious Flights Web site.