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Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Subscription Season 21
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Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Subscription Season 21

142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley Sunday, September 15, 2013 7PM  
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Monday, September 16, 2013 8PM

In this program, curated by flutist Stacey Pelinka, Left Coast explores extremes of simplicity and complexity.  Bach wrote exquisite melodies, but was also a master of polyphonic complexity and improvisatory ornaments; we'll hear Bach arias in which a vocal melody is set against wind obbligato parts. Centuries after the death of Bach, the American composer Elliott Carter fused simple gestures and ornate rhythmic interplay.  In one of his best-loved works, the Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello and Harpsichord, Carter looks back to the baroque era, incorporating harpsichord sonorities and ancient dances into a modern idiom. Complementing the Bach and Carter is this until, composed specifically for Pelinka by Erik Ulman,an emerging "New Complexity" composer who uses such intricate rhythms and melodies that his music sounds improvised. And Roussel's Deux Poèmes de Ronsard looks backward over the centuries to songs and fantasies by John Dowland, a wizard of melody who lived more than 100 years before Bach.

Eric Ulman  this until for Flute
Albert Roussel  Deux Poèmes de Ronsard, Op. 26
John Dowland  Songs and Fantasies for Guitar and Voice
Elliot Carter  Sonata for Flute, Cello, Oboe and Harpsichord
J.S. Bach  Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben and other Arias

Left Coast String Bands
142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley Sunday, December 8, 2013 7PM  
Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, San Francisco Monday, December 9, 2013 8PM

String ensembles present a dazzling array of possibilities for composers, who can exploit the homogeneity of the instruments' sonorities and variety in articulations and colors; this allows them to blend sounds and to delineate independent voices. Left Coast's string players explore this range with music of diverse styles, from a duo for violin and bass by Edgar Meyer to a septet by Kurt Rohde, as well as György Ligeti's first string quartet, Frank Zappa's None of the Above, and Brahms' String Quintet No. 1 in F Major; of this sublime piece, the composer wrote, "You have never had such a beautiful work from me."

Edgar Meyer  First Movement from Concert Duo for Violin and Double Bass
György Ligeti  String Quartet No. 1 "Métamorphoses nocturnes"
Frank Zappa  None of the Above for String Quartet and Double Bass
Johannes Brahms  String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op.88
Kurt Rohde  Hear No Evil for String Septet

Some Serious Fun
142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley Thursday, January 30, 2014 8PM  
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Monday February 3, 2014 8PM

Games inspired this program, which includes LCCE 2003 Composition Contest Winner Moritz Eggert's Pong, a charming musical rendering of the 1972 Atari game, as well as Mozart's E-flat Trio, nicknamed "Kegelstatt," or "Billiards," and  György Kurtág's Signs Games and Messages. Risk and competition come into play with Laura Schwendinger's High Wire Act, and LCCE 2013 Composition Contest Winner Michael-Thomas Foumai's Scat.  Local star Steve Horowitz, who teaches a course on writing music for games, is contributing a brief new trio. We also hear Scott Lindroth's musical parallel of the imaginary world envisioned by Achilles Rizzoli, in Yield to Total Elation.

W.A. Mozart  Trio in E-flat Major,"Kegelstatt" for Clarinet, Viola and Piano  
Michael-Thomas Foumai  Scat for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Cello
Scott Lindroth  Yield to Total Elation for Flute, Viola and Guitar
Steve Horowitz  NEW WORK for Chamber Ensemble WORLD PREMIERE
György Kurtág  Signs, Games and Messages for String Trio
Laura Schwendinger  High Wire Act for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano

Short Stories
142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley Thursday March 20, 2014  8PM  
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco  Sunday, March 23, 2014  7PM

We hear Bailes encima del escritorio de nuestra juventud, a scene rendered in music by Charles Zoll, the young top prize winner of the 2013 national Rapido! Composition Contest.  Bay Area composer Laurie San Martin is writing a new dramatic work for chamber ensemble and speaker. Stay tuned for details about the text!

Charles Zoll  Bailes encima del escritorio de nuestra juventud for Oboe, Violin, Cello, Piano
Laurie San Martin NEW WORK for Actor and Ensemble WORLD PREMIERE
This concert supported in part by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Musical Grant Program

Left Coast Summer Reading
142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley Sunday June 8, 2014 7PM  
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Monday June 9, 2014 8PM

Kick off the summer reading season with Left Coast, listening to Robert Schumann's  Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures), Leoš Janáček's first string quartetinspired by the Tolstoy novella The Kreutzer Sonataand  Thomas Adès' trio for clarinet, violin and pianoinspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest.  Also featured are new works from composers Mika Pelo and Eric Zivian.

Robert Schumann  Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano
Thomas Adès  Court Studies from The Tempest for Violin, Clarinet and Piano
Mika Pelo  NEW WORK for Piano Trio WORLD PREMIERE
Eric Zivian  NEW WORK for Piano Trio WORLD PREMIERE
Leoš Janáček  String Quartet No. 1, "The Kreutzer Sonata"




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SF: 50 Oak Street OR 66 Page Street MV: 142 Throckmorton
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