Volti opens its 40th season of singing without a net with a collaborative concert with strings and oboes from the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, featuring the premieres of three new works. |
GREGORY SPEARS is writing a major, 30-minute piece for voices and string quartet, called "The Tower and the Garden," a setting of three poems juxtaposing the dangers of unchecked technological advancement (the tower) and the need for a place of refuge (the garden) in a world threatened by war and ecological disaster.
Spears's work has been called "astonishingly beautiful" (New York Times), "coolly entrancing" (The New Yorker), and "some of the most beautifully unsettling music to appear in recent memory" (The Boston Globe).
LAURIE SAN MARTIN, a current Guggenheim fellow and a professor of composition at UC Davis, has created a piece for voices, two oboes and cello (imagine that sound!) setting text from a mysterious story, "Witches," by Lucy Corin.
"Three girls, maybe eight each, lean over a pothole of water, stirring with sticks. It's hard to tell, because they're frozen, although it's summer..."
Completing the program are a new work for two oboes + strings by young composer ADDIE CAMSUZOU, and BENJAMIN BRITTEN's "Phantasy Quartet," op. 2.
The program will also be presented Sunday, November 18, 2018, at 7:30 PM at The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music - Caroline Hume Concert Hall (View)
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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