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In 2009 the Musical Grant Program awarded the following 21 ensembles, composers, and presenters $63,000.


Berkeley Chamber Performances to present intimate chamber music concerts in the East Bay, through programming a diverse range of classical and contemporary works that expand the boundaries of chamber music.


Passamezzo Moderno will be one of the presented ensembles in the upcoming season.

to record the acclaimed ensemble’s medieval concert program, “Brumas est mort,” which delves into the darker aspects of medieval history, bringing rarely-heard music to life.

Charming Hostess to present Café Salonika, a cycle of modern chamber classical compositions based on the folk music of Salonika, honoring the 85% of Greek Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

Classical Revolution to present the Independent Concert Artist Series, with performances by the best musicians from our local music community in alternative venues such as bars, cafes, and art galleries, venues which are accessible to all. Concerts are all free of charge to the public.

Clerestory to present a program called “Spirit Song.” These concerts, performed in San Francisco and Berkeley, will explore the spiritual, and meditative qualitites of music through pieces from the 13th century to the present day (including multiple world premieres).

Composers, Inc. to present a concert of contemporary chamber music featuring the world premieres of three new works by Bay Area composers Robert Greenberg, Jeff Miller and Zibouklé Martinaityté.

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble to present “Harpsichord Redux,” a varied program featuring landmark works for harpsichord and chamber ensemble by Bach and De Falla alongside new chamber works with harpsichord by noted composers Eric Zivian and Dan Becker. The project includes a series of broadcasts on KUSF 90.3.

Les grâces to record and produce their first full length CD with works by three composers born in 1685: Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, and George Frideric Handel.

Liza Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch to support publicity efforts to secure national press coverage for the debut recording by her original jazz ensemble, Bait & Switch.

Musae to release a third album of diverse and compelling vocal music featuring unique arrangements, collaborations, and newly commissioned works by Bay Area Composers.

Music at the Mission to present two concerts exploring themes of environment and war. “Music and the Spoken Word” closely weaves drama, speech and music. “WAR” explores works by 21st Century composers borne out of the horrors and conflicts of WWI and WWII, including Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.”

Musica Pacifica
to develop a strategic marketing plan in order to support and expand their touring program.

San Francisco Guitar Quartet to support a three-part career development platform comprising a fund-raiser, a five-year business plan with a hired consultant, and the revision of promotional materials with a new CD.

San Jose Chamber Music Society to present San Francisco-based Tilden Piano Trio (Peter Wyrick cello, June Choi Oh piano, Sarn Oliver violin) and featuring the Northern California premiere of Sean Oliver’s new Piano Trio.

sfSound to celebrate its 10th Anniversary with Small Packages Two: commissioning 10 local composers to write short works inspired by and performed alongside György Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto (1969-1970) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Sqwonk to produce its second full length CD, including recent commissions by composers Dan Becker, Ryan Brown, Ken Thomson, Marc Mellits, Aaron Novik, James Holt and Cornelius Boots.

Switchboard Music Festival to present an 8-hour marathon festival bringing together an eclectic group of experimentalists and innovators, presenting Bay Area composers, musicians, and ensembles, whose music pushes the boundaries of genre, in a casual “come and go” concert.

Sounds New to perform Herb Bielawa’s works at a concert honoring his 80th birthday, with the goal to perform new music for a diverse audience.

Sunset Concerts to present the Laurel Ensemble as part of the winter/spring 2010 season of Sunset Chamber Music Concerts at Saint Luke’s Church in downtown Los Gatos.

TRUMPETSUPERGROUP to hire a publicist and develop promotional materials including a website with new photos, and video.

Voices of Music to fund one concert set in their annual series–now in its third year–with performances in San Francisco and the East Bay.





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