The title of the final concert in the current season of the New Century Chamber Orchestra (NCCO) will be Atlantic Crossings. With the members of Chanticleer as invited guest artists, Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has prepared a program evoking a musical journey across the Atlantic from Europe to New York spanning the era between the two World Wars. There will be particular emphasis on those composers who chose to flee Europe seeking safety in the United States: Béla Bartók, Paul Hindemith, Fritz Kreisler, Miklós Rózsa, and Kurt Weill. The program will also include the music of Duke Ellington and George Gershwin, both of whom were inspirations for these emigré composers. In addition, Chanticleer will explore the relationship between the emerging “American Songbook” (as we now call it) and the work of the Comedian Harmonists, an all-male German chorus popular in the 1930s.
The San Francisco performance of this concert will take place at 8 p.m. on both Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, in the Concert Hall of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Single tickets range in price from $29 to $59 and are now on sale through the City Box Office Web site, with dates above providing specific hyperlinks to the appropriate event pages. Discounted single tickets will be available at $15 for patrons under 35. Further information is available by calling City Box Office 415-392-4400.
In addition there will be an open rehearsal of this program that will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18. The venue is the Kanbar Performing Arts Center, located at 44 Page Street. All tickets for this event are $8; and they, too, may be purchased from their own City Box Office event page.
Finally, the Mission District Branch of the Community Music Center (CMC) will host a special preview event for this concert. Salerno-Sonnenberg will lead NCCO in performances of three of the instrumental selections on the program, “Midnight Bells” by Kreisler, the Allegro Giusto movement from Rózsa’s Opus 17 concerto for string orchestra, and four of Bartók’s settings of Hungarian peasant songs. The performances will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.
This event will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, in the Capp Street Concert Hall of CMC’s Mission District Branch. The address is 544 Capp Street. This will be a free concert, and those considering attending may call 415-647-6015 for further information.