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Three adventurous events are coming to the Center for New Music

Van-Anh Nguyen and her adventurous approach to the piano
Van-Anh Nguyen and her adventurous approach to the piano
courtesy of the Center for New Music

Over the next two weeks there will be three events that I encountered on the calendar Web page for the Center for New Music (C4NM) that I felt deserved to be noted, each of which is (to paraphrase Leo Tolstoy) adventurous in its own way:

This Thursday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. guitarist Giacomo Fiore will be holding a release party for his latest recording. The title of the new album is iv: american electric guitars; and, true to its title, it presents four compositions for electric guitar, each by an American composer. The composers, in the order of the track listing, are Eve Beglarian (her 2001 “until it blazes”), Christian Wolff (“another possibility,” composed in 2004), Anthony Porter (“hair of the thing that bit you,” composed in 2011 using looping technology), and Larry Polansky (a 2004 piece requiring just intonation entitled “freeHorn”). The party will also include a live performance by Fiore.

The following Saturday, August 2, again at 7:30 p.m., the Australian pianist and composer Van-Anh Nguyen will be making her San Francisco debut. The title of her concert will be Suite Talk. The title refers to the fact that she will be performing Mikhail Pletnev’s transcription of the suite Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky extracted from his Opus 71 score for the ballet The Nutcracker. She will also perform her own compositions, as well as works by Frédéric Chopin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Swedish House Mafia, Sam Smith, and Katy Perry; and some of those performances will be enhanced with electronica.

A week later, on Saturday, August 9, soprano Laura Bohn will be in San Francisco and will give a duo performance with composer and pianist Erling Wold. This concert, which will begin at 8 p.m., will be entitled Our love runneth over: a summer’s eve most dearly spent; and it will consist of songs and scenes from Wold’s operas and his solo piano music. This will include his brand-new solo, “The Knife Thrower,” inspired by a poem by Erin Langley that was, in turn, inspired by the book of the same name by Steven Millhauser. The songs will include Wold’s setting of Dan Bellm’s poem “Brightness.” The opera excerpts will feature the killing scene from Certitude and Joy (which she sang in the world premiere performance of this opera) and “First Prayer” from A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil.

Of these three events, Nguyen’s recital is the only one with a hyperlink for purchasing tickets in advance. Tickets will be $25 at the door but only $20 for presale. The member price will be $15. For Fiore’s release party, general admission will be $10 with $7 for members; but those paying $20 will receive a copy of the album along with general admission. Admission for the Bohn-Wold recital will be $15 with $10 for members. C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of the corner of Market Street.