Three concerts will be taking place under the auspices of San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) between now and the end of next month. Each will offer its own unique approach to what we are currently calling “contemporary.” Details, in order of the dates, are as follows:
Saturday, January 11: This will be the third concert in the SFCMP Players Show Series. The players to be featured will be Kyle Bruckmann on oboe, Bill Kalinkos on clarinet, and Jeff Anderle on bass clarinet. They will be joined by David Wegehaupt on saxophone and Dana Jessen on bassoon. The composers to be featured on the program will be Matthew Shlomowitz (“Line and Length”), Terry Riley (“Dorian Reeds”), Tom Johnson (“Rational Melodies”), Roshanne Etezady (“Glint”), and Ned McGowan (“Woodburn”). The program will also include arrangements of fugues selected from Johann Sebastian Bach’s BWV 1080 (The Art of Fugue). The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the Center for New Music at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of Market Street. Tickets are $15 with a $10 rate for members of the Center for tickets purchased at the door. Tickets may be purchased in advance through a Brown Paper Tickets event page.
Friday, February 14: Percussionist (and SFCMP Artistic Director) Steven Schick will give his only West Coast recital in 2014 on Valentine’s Night. The program, entitled Origins, will trace the roots of the solo percussion repertoire. This will include pioneering works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Morton Feldman, Alvin Lucier, Vinko Globokar, Brian Ferneyhough, and Iannis Xenakis, as well as recent compositions by Gustavo Aguilar and Mark Applebaum. The concert will take place at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF), 3200 California Street, on the northwest corner of Presidio Street, beginning at 8 p.m. It will be preceded by a fund-raising silent auction at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $40 with a special $100 VIP rate that includes a post-concert reception, as well as preferential seating and a parking voucher. VIP tickets are available through January 28 and must be purchased by sending a check to SFCMP at 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102. Other tickets may be purchased in advance through a JCCSF event page.
Tuesday, February 18: This is a date change for the second Season Series concert entitled Triptych. The program has not been changed. The title refers to New York Triptych, a large-scale work (presumably in three parts) composed by James Dillon in 2012 and scored for musicians, radio receiver, and CD player. It has just been confirmed that Dillon will be attending this concert. Also present will be Luciano Chessa for the performance of his recently completed “Set and Setting,” scored for musicians and “youths delivering scents of lavender and jasmine” (who will be theater students from ACT). The third work on the program will be “Aus.Weg,” composed by Georg Freidrich Haas in 2010. This concert will be presented in the YBCA Forum at Yerba Buena Gardens (701 Mission Street), beginning at 8 p.m. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. General admission is $30 with a $12 rate for students with valid identification. Tickets may be purchased in advance from a Brown Paper Tickets event page.