October 23 | Alcyone Ensemble
November 13 | Firesong
November 20 | Jewish Music and Poetry Project
December 11 | Gestaltish
December 18 | Aaron Bennett Ensemble
SFMusic Thursdays are an outgrowth of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music's acclaimed annual event, SFMusic Day . Live + Free. This new bi-weekly series extends the reach of that celebration of the Bay Area's vibrant, eclectic music scene year-round. Small ensembles in the SFFCM community - excellent and ambitious performers of Early Music, Chamber Music, New Music, Jazz, and Creative Music - are free to present, on their own terms, concert programs in the uniquely intimate and accessible environment of the Center for New Music (C4NM).
Tickets : $15 General, $10 C4NM Members
Alycone Ensemble, a two flute and piano trio, is made up of Oakland East Bay Symphony flutists Rena Ursa-Trapani and Amy Likar, and Bay Area pianist extraordinaire Miles Graber. Their program will include "Maya," a work for two flutes and piano by British flutist/composer lan Clarke; "Legend" for two piccolos and piano by Minneapolis based composer Carol Barnett; "Au Dela Du Temps," a beautiful work in four movements for two flutes and piano by Japanese composer Yuko Uebayashi; and "Blister and Wow," Alcyone's newly commissioned work by Brooklyn based composer Daniel Felsenfeld. What makes Felsenfeld's piece especially unique is its instrumentation: two flutists and piano, with each flutist playing flute, piccolo, and alto flute. This concert is not to be missed!
For more information about Alcyone Ensemble, please visit their website.
Mad Queenes: Women on the Verge
Soprano - Vanessa Langer
Piano - Margaret Halbig
Clarinet - Sophie Huet
Mad Queenes: Women on the Verge explores the maddening highs and lows of women in the throes of passion through the music of Schoenberg, Messiaen and Ned Rorem.
FIRESONG is a Bay-Area based ensemble dedicated to innovative programming of the 20th Century vocal chamber repertoire and to the commissioning of the next generation of vocal chamber works. FIRESONG follows its mission by putting the music of the past next to pieces of our time, both performing the masterworks of the chamber music canon at the highest level and expanding the repertoire through close collaboration with established and emerging composers.
Jewish Music & Poetry Project
Nanette McGuinness, soprano, Dale Tsang, piano, and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer (the Jewish Music & Poetry Project) return from their Hungarian tour to perform the world premiere of newly commissioned works, by Guggenheim Fellow Laura Schwendinger (“Kay Ryan Songs”), Bay Area rising composer Kurt Erickson (“The Beautiful Wonders: Songs to Poems by Gertrud Kolmar”) and David Garner’s Capriccio, along with music by Guggenheim Fellows Elena Ruehr and James Primosch, plus Sandor Vandor and Dallapiccola.