As in the past, the coming 2014–2015 season of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (LCCE) will present five programs here in San Francisco. Each program will again have its own thematic title. In addition LCCE will continue its mission to explore innovative combinations of old and new music. The plans for the new season, however, are likely to make me feel my age with the classification of the music of both Igor Stravinsky and Claude Debussy as “old!” Here is a basic summary of the San Francisco events:
FILMS AND INTERLUDES
Monday, September 29: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 8 p.m.
As the title suggests, this program will include four silent films accompanied by the performance of appropriate music. There will also be a performance of the 2014 LCCE composition competition winner, “Krieg ohne Schlacht” (war without battle) for Felix Leuschner, scored for tenor and cello. The oldest work on the program will be Debussy’s D minor sonata for cello and piano.
SUNG AND STRUMMED
Monday, December 8: Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, 8 p.m.
The focus here will be on plucked strings, sometimes accompanying vocal music. In this case the oldest work on the program will be four songs that Stravinsky scored for voice, flute, guitar, and harp. Other composers on the program will be Frank Martin, Domenick Argento, and John Anthony Lennon. There will also be new works by Amadeus Regucera and Sam Nichols.
Monday, February 2: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 8 p.m.
This program will feature two major quartets from the middle of the twentieth century. It will begin with a quartet by Bohuslav Martinů scored for oboe, violin, cello, and piano and conclude with Olivier Messiaen’s “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” (quartet for the end of time). The program will also present a remix by David Coll of Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the ‘A’ Train,” which Duke Ellington used as his signature tune.
DEATH WITH INTERRUPTIONS
Sunday, March 22: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 7 p.m.
The title of this concert is also the title of a new dramatic musical work by Kurt Rohde, as well as the novel by José Saramago, which served as Rohde’s inspiration. Thomas Laqueur adapted Saramago’s text into the libretto that Rohde used. This composition will be preceded by the Andante con moto movement from Franz Schubert’s D. 810 string quartet in D minor, the movement that is a set of variations on a theme from Schubert’s song setting of the poem “Death and the Maiden.”
LEFT COAST GOES TO THE MUSEUM
Monday, June 1: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 8 p.m.
This concert will feature a major experiment in music inspired by art. Six composers will contribute new works: Jean Ahn, Nick Benavides, Jonathan Holland, Emily Koh, Mei-Fang Lin, and Ryan Suleiman. Each of them will be instructed to consider two pieces on display at the de Young Museum, Cornelia Parker’s “Anti-Mass” and El Anatsui’s “Hovor II,” writing music in response to the experience. At this concert the past will be represented by Robert Schumann. LCCE pianist Eric Zivian will perform his Opus 5, a set of impromptus based on a song by Schumann’s eventual wife-to-be, Clara Wieck.
For each concert tickets are sold at the door for $30 general admission with $15 admission for patrons under age 35. Season subscriptions are also on sale for $120 for general admission and $100 for seniors over the age of 65. Brown Paper Tickets has a producer page for LCCE, which includes hyperlinks for the purchase of both subscriptions and single tickets. For information about subscriptions call 415-617-5223.