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Tuesday Dec 04, 2012 7:00 PM - Saturday Dec 08, 2012 8:00 PM | Free - $100.00


DEL SOL DAYS celebrates the Del Sol String Quartet's 20th Anniversary with a week long, collaborative series of performances and related events at Z Space in San Francisco. Highlighting Del Sol's focus on music by living composers that reflects the cultural diversity of our community, the Quartet will present three unique concerts of new music, conduct a workshop with local university composition students, and hold an open rehearsal of commissioned works by young and emerging composers from the Bay Area.
The concert programs include the WORLD PREMIERES of four new works commissioned by Del Sol, NATIONAL and SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERES of other commissioned and recent works by such acclaimed composers as MASON BATES, KUI DONG, and GABRIELA LENA FRANK, and the stunning multimedia production "GARDEN" co-created by Del Sol with New Mexico based composer/video artist CHRIS JONAS. Some of Del Sol's favorite local musicians will join the Quartet on these concert programs, including ZOFO Duet--the 4-hands piano duo of Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi--and didjeridu player Stephen Kent.

DEL SOL DAYS is made possible, in part, by generous support from the following institutions: Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, Fleishhacker Foundation, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, Grants for the Arts (San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund), The Amphion Foundation, Inc., William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.


Tuesday, December 4, 7-9:15 PM
-Composition Student Workshop with Del Sol & Gabriela Lena Frank:

Renowned composer Gabriela Lena Frank   will  lead a workshop with the Quartet and four student composers selected from leading university music programs across the Bay Area. The Quartet will play the students' works, with discussion led by Frank  on compositional technique and process, string quartet writing, and the artistic collaboration between composers and performers. This workshop is FREE and open to the public, letting the audience see "inside-the-process" and participate in an interactive Q&A with Ms. Frank and the Quartet at the end of the session.

Wednesday, December 5, 4-6 PM & 8-10 PM
-Open Rehearsals with Del Sol & Commissioned Composers Dylan Mattingly, Matt Cmiel, Lembit Beecher, as well as  composer/video artist Chris Jonas:

These two open rehearsals will feature several  brand new, commissioned pieces written for Del Sol's 20th Anniversary by young and emerging composers. The open rehearsals will show listeners how a new piece is brought to life and provide a sneak-preview of the composers' pieces and personalities before the world premieres on Friday and Saturday.

Thursday, December 6, 8-9 PM & Post-Concert Reception for Ticketed Donors, 9:15 PM
-Concert #1: "GARDEN, Chapter 1: Night"

In this SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE of the gorgeous multi-media production co-created by Del Sol and composer/video artist Chris Jonas in 2009, the Quartet performs inside a cube of transparent screens on which changing video images are projected."Night" is part of the GARDEN series of music-driven intermedia performance/installations developed by Jonas over three years to explore the realms of place, night time and the intersection of the human and natural environments.

The show will be followed by a special Gala Reception for ticketed donors. Tickets for the Gala are purchased separately and include seating at the show. One half of the Gala ticket price is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution to the nonprofit Del Sol Performing Arts Organization (Tax ID No. 20-1748898).

Friday, December 7, 8 PM (& 7-7:30 PM Pre-Concert Talk with the Composers)
-Concert # 2: Del Sol String Quartet
with ZOFO duet

-Daniel Ward: "These Walls" (2011)
-Lembit Beecher: "These Memories May be True" (2012)(WORLD PREMIERE)
-Gabriela Frank: "Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout" (2001)
-Matt Cmiel: "Invocation" (2012)(WORLD PREMIERE)
-Joe Duddell: "Vaporize" (2000) for piano-four hands
-Kui Dong, "Shall We Play?" (2012) for string quartet, piano-four-hands and toy pianos (2012)(AMERICAN PREMIERE)

Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 PM (& 7-7:30 PM Pre-Concert Talk with the Composers)
-Concert #3: Del Sol String Quartet
with Stephen Kent, didgeridoo

-Irene Sazer: "Thunder" (2012)(WORLD PREMIERE)
-Dylan Mattingly: "Gone, Gone, Gone" (2012)(WORLD PREMIERE)
-Mason Bates: "Bagatelles for String Quartet and electronica" (2011) (SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE)*
-Peter Sculthorpe: String Quartet No. 16 (2005) with Stephen Kent, didgeridoo

*This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program,with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Chamber Music America Endowment Fund


Z Space
450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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Del Sol Performing Arts Organization

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