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Two San Francisco composers will join forces to showcase their work

Composer Stefan Cwik at the keyboard
Composer Stefan Cwik at the keyboard
from his Web site

Two former composition students of David Conte at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music will join forces with local performers to present a chamber music program of their new and recent work. They are Joseph Stillwell and Stefan Cwik, the latter of whom went on for graduate work at The Juilliard School, where he completed his Master’s degree with John Corigliano. They have prepared a program entitled American Interchange, which refers to both the complex ways in which they have exchanged musical ideas and concepts and their mutual embrace of the American musical tradition.

The program will begin with two art songs, Stillwell’s setting of the Ave Maria prayer and Cwik’s “Prayer for the Pilgrim.” Both will be sung by Rebecca Bouc with Cwik accompanying at piano. In addition Scott Foglesong will perform Cwik’s piano solo “Cycles.” There will also be two chamber ensemble works, Stillwell’s “Fantasy Pieces” performed by the Valinor Winds woodwind quintet and Cwik’s string quartet “The Good Hours” performed by The Campfi.

This concert will take place in the Chapel of the First Universalist Society of San Francisco, located at 1187 Franklin Street, on the southwest corner of Geary Boulevard. The performance will begin at 3 p.m. this Sunday, May 11, with doors opening at 2:30 p.m. The program is expected to last about one hour and 45 minutes. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online in advance through a Brown Paper Tickets event page. There will be a complementary reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres following the performance.