Earlier this year composer Mark Ackerley founded the organization Transcendent Pathways out of a desire to help people suffering from mental illness or any affliction that might make them feel isolated. The primary mission is to bring live music performances to healthcare organizations where such individuals are under care, including children’s hospitals and nursing homes, as well as institutions with mental health facilities and services. These activities will be inaugurated with a special concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) that will be held during Mental Illness Awareness Week.
For this occasion Ackerley has prepared a program that will draw upon the services of three local performing groups. Magik*Magik Orchestra will give the world premiere of his own “Agony/Ecstasy.” Nonsemble 6, consisting of Amy Foote (soprano), Justin Lee (flute/piccolo), Anna-Christina Phillips (clarinet/bass clarinet, as well as Managing Director of Magik*Magik), Kevin Rogers (violin/viola), Ian Scarfe (piano), and Anne Suda (cello), will give a staged [10/4, 10:40 a.m.: changed from "concert" after input from one of the performers] performance of their “signature composition,” Arnold Schoenberg’s Opus 21 surreal cycle of poems by Albert Giraud, Pierrot Lunaire. Finally, the concert will begin with the husband-and-wife duo of pianist Jeff LaDeur and violinist Liana Bérubé (also Magik*Magik Concertmaster) performing Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel.”
This concert will take place on Monday, October 7, beginning at 8 p.m. The venue will be the SFCM Concert Hall. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets may be reserved by visiting the Box Office in the SFCM lobby at 50 Oak Street or by calling the Box Office at 415-503-6275. Box Office hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday.