The Jarring Sounds duo of mezzo Danielle Reutter-Harrah and Adam Cockerham performing on both guitar and lute has announced plans for their concerts to be given in San Francisco during the coming months of September and October. These concerts will reflect the group’s ongoing interests, which divide themselves equally between some of the earliest and some of the most recent approaches to making music. Details for the coming three concerts are as follows:
Friday, September 5, 7:30 p.m., Center for New Music (C4NM): Jarring Sounds will join forces with soprano Amy Foote and bassoonist Alexis Luque to present a program showcasing the music of San Francisco composer Kyle Hovatter. Hovatter gave up his undergraduate major in chemistry to focus on music, studying with Robert Coburn and Francois Rose at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. After moving to San Francisco, he studied composition with Elinor Armer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is currently Director of Music at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco. He is also a member of the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco and maintains a private piano studio. Hovatter’s C4NM program, entitled As a Fowl, will focus on settings of poetry by Elinor Wylie, T. E. Hulme, and Sara Teasdale. Jarring Sounds, Foote, and Luque will each premiere one of his compositions, after which all four performers will collaborate in a joint piece.
C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of Market Street on the west side. Tickets will be $15 for general admission and $10 for C4NM members. Tickets will be available only at the door.
Sunday, September 21, San Francisco Conservatory of Music: SFMusic Day, organized annually by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music will actually begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday and continue through 7 p.m. on Sunday, using most of the performing spaces in the Conservatory building. Jarring Sounds, which performed at last year’s SFMusic Day, has a slot on the schedule for Sunday; but the specific time has not yet been announced. As always, admission will be free for all SFMusic Day performances. The Conservatory is located at 50 Oak Street, a short walk from the Muni Van Ness station.
Friday, October 17, 8 p.m., Old First Church: For about a year Jarring Sounds has been performing a program entitled Evolution Through Transcription: Transcriptions & arrangements for voice & plucked strings. This program explores compositions from both the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and the twentieth century. The transcriptions have been provided by a variety of arrangers, including both contemporaries of the composers and Cockerham himself.
Jarring Sounds will bring this program, as it has developed, to the Old First Concerts series, which takes place on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons at Old First Church. The venue is located at 1751 Sacramento Street on the southeast corner of Van Ness Avenue. General admission is $17 with a special $14 rate for seniors aged 65 and older and $5 for full-time students. Tickets may be purchased through the Old First Concerts Web site; but, as of this writing, event pages have only been set up through September. Further information may be obtained by calling 415-474-1608.