One Found Sound is a chamber orchestra that was founded this past spring by four graduates of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sarah Bonomo (clarinet), Georgeanne Banker (bassoon), Emily Botel-Barnard (violin), and Scott Padden (bass). The ensemble was conceived to perform without a conductor and operate as a democratic and collaborative group, reflecting the spirit of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which was founded a little over 40 years ago. This is a group dedicated to promoting the significance of the act of performing in the listening experience at a time when too many out there are content to simply hear music through ear buds plugged into some mobile device as if it were nothing more than “background music for life,” achieving little other than masking out harsher realities.
With such a mission in mind, One Found Sound has prepared a stimulating program for their debut, which will take exactly one week from today. Two compositions will feature, respectively, the expressive capabilities of the wind and string sections. The strings will celebrate the coming 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with a performance of one of his earliest works, his Opus 10 “Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge,” written as a tribute to his composition teacher. The discipline and wit of this composition will be complemented by the octet that Igor Stravinsky composed for wind instruments. The full ensemble will then come together to present one of the major monuments of early nineteenth-century expressiveness, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Opus 67 symphony in C minor (the fifth).
This performance will take place at 8 p.m. next Thursday, October 3, at the recently expanded Salle Pianos. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and wine will be served prior to the concert. Admission will be by donation. The suggested donation amount will be between $20 and $30 per person, with a special rate of $15 for students. Salle Pianos is located on the edge of Hayes Valley at 1632 C Market Street.