The last time I wrote about the Bernal Hill Players, they were an adventurous chamber music trio consisting of pianist Jennifer Peringer, flutist and singer Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, and clarinetist Leah di Tullio, all faculty members at the San Francisco Community Music Center (CMC). For their next performance at CMC, however, they will expand to a quartet by adding cellist Jessica Ivry. However, they maintain their practice of working with an expanding repertoire; and their new concert will feature premiere performances of two newly commissioned compositions.
The title of the new concert is Neighborhoods of Mexico City and Beyond (which will complement their last program inspired by areas in and around San Francisco); and both of the composers to receive commissions are from Mexico City. They are Eduardo Gamboa, whose “Mixcoac” will be the final work on the program, and Guillermo Galindo, whose “Espacios Mercado Sonora” will be featured in the first half. At the same time, they continue to honor works from the past; and the first half of the program will also include the second of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Chôros compositions, written in 1924 and scored for a duet of flute and clarinet. A more recent familiar composer to be included on the program will be Ástor Piazzolla, who will be represented by his two 1962 “angel” pieces, “Milonga del Angel” and “La Muerte del Angel.” The program will also include works by Agustín Lara, Joaquin Nin-Culmell, and Arturo Márquez, as well as an arrangement of the Mexican folk song “La Llorona.”
This performance will take place on Sunday, January 27, at 4 p.m. CMC is located at 544 Capp Street, near the corner of 21st Street in the Mission. Tickets can be purchased at the door on a sliding scale between $10 and $15. Further information may be found on the Event Calendar page of the CMC Web site.