Composer, guitarist, and computer music pioneer Larry Polansky spent 25 years teaching at Dartmouth College. He has now returned to the Bay Area to teach at the University of California in Santa Cruz. His music has been performed frequently by many of the artists who have appeared in the Tangents Contemporary Guitar Series, such as James Moore, whose recital concluded last year’s season. This year Polansky will be the featured artist in the final concert of the season. He will be joined by Laura Steenberge, both vocalist and gamba player, and guitarist Giacomo Fiore. Polansky will alternate between several different guitars and mandolin.
His program will include the world premiere of “Going West,” a new composition by Christian Wolff (his former colleague at Dartmouth) and the United States premiere of “Talea 5” by Michael Parsons. Other composers included in the program will be Stephen Foster, James Tenney, and Ron Nagorcka. Polansky will also perform some of his own work.
Polansky’s recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at the Chapel of the Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco. This is located at 1187 Franklin Street on the southwest corner of Geary Boulevard. Admission will be $15 with a special $10 rate for students with ID. Brown Paper Tickets has set up an event page for advance purchase. Further information about this and future concerts for the season can also be found at the Tangents Web site.