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Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Season Tickets
Green Room, San Francisco War Memorial Building
San Francisco, CA
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Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Season Tickets
Season Tickets for the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble's Seventeenth Season

You will receive one ticket from Brown Paper Tickets, or one will-call listing, which can be cashed in for your season tickets tickets at the first concert you attend.

Founded in 1992, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble communicates with audiences through inspiring performances of new and old chamber music. By embracing both musics, we enrich the audience's experience--we reawaken a feeling of immediacy in performances of familiar masterpieces and we reveal the powerful expressive intentions in the music of our time. The ensemble's twelve musicians, many of whom have played together since the 1980s, perform in different combinations, using strings, winds, guitar and piano to present a wide range of repertoire. The group has commissioned over 55 new works, sponsors an annual Composition Contest that draws over 150 applicants each year, and carries on a tradition of performing the very best that the composers of today (whether established or emerging) have to offer. Order tickets today for an exhilarating season of concerts.

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble 2009/10 Season:

September 21 San Francisco     September 24 Mill Valley
From the East explores diverse works by 20th and 21st century composers who have roots in Asia and Eastern Europe but work within conventions of Western Classical music. The composers, hailing from Russia, Hungary, China, Serbia, India and Iran, reflect their musical heritage subtly or overtly:  sometimes folk melodies and rhythms, ancient cultivated musical traditions or popular dance music of their various homelands are readily apparent; at other times only the unique voice of the composer, born of his particular circumstances, is in evidence. In both cases, the cultural intersections have yielded music of enormous vitality.

Dusan Bogdanovic  Songs and Dances from the New Village
Ravi Shankar   L'aube enchantee (sur le Raga "Todi")
Gyorgy Kurtag   Bagatelles Op. 14d  (1981)
Bright Sheng   Sweet May Again   (2007)
Reza Vali Persian Suite (Folk Songs, Set 12e) (1991)
Sergei Prokofiev Sonata in D Major Op. 94

December 10 Mill Valley     December 14 San Francisco
Beethoven's Grosse Fuge shocked audiences with its intense compact expression and many surprises when it was premiered in 1825 during the composer's last years.  Phantasy Quartet, composed by a 19-year-old Benjamin Britten in 1932, still holds a position as one of the most important pieces for oboe quartet. As companion pieces to these two influential masterpieces, Left Coast has commissioned new quartets from American composers Melinda Wagner, Kristin Kuster and Sam Nichols.

Benjamin Britten Phantasy Quartet  for oboe and strings
Melinda Wagner  NEW WORK for oboe and strings PREMIERE
Beethoven  Grosse Fuge  in Bb, Op. 133
Kristin Kuster NEW WORK as companion piece to Beethoven's Grosse Fuge  PREMIERE
Sam Nichols NEW WORK  as companion piece to Beethoven's Grosse Fuge PREMIERE

January 28 Mill Valley     February 1, 2010 San Francisco
A marvelous instrument, the harpsichord provided both structure and ornament to music in the Baroque era. It was supplanted almost entirely by the more powerful fortepiano for a time, but advocates like Wanda Landowska, a harpsichord virtuoso, helped establish the instrument's place in modern musical life. Left Coast showcases the harpsichord's many possibilities, beginning with Bach's G major Trio Sonata--a piece unsurpassed in beauty in the centuries since it was written--and Ligeti's brief solo works, which are maddening, hilarious and ecstatic all at once. We are excited to present works by two Bay Area composers: Tamper Resistant Dan Becker and a world premiere by Eric Zivian, as well as the harpsichord concerto written by Manuel de Falla for Landowska.  Eric Zivian and guest artist Katherine Heater are the featured harpsichordists.

J.S. Bach Trio Sonata in G Major BWV 1039
Dan Becker  Tamper Resistant for harpsichord and chamber ensemble
Gyorgy Ligeti Hungarian Rock
Ligeti  Continuum
Eric Zivian  NEW WORK for harpsichord and chamber ensemble  PREMIERE
Manuel de Falla Concerto for Harpsichord Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin and Cello (1926)

April 1 Mill Valley     April  5 San Francisco
Musicians, focused on sound, are sometimes oblivious to the visual world, but there is the occasional composer who has sight nearly as acute as his or her hearing. Barbara Kolb's work for guitar and violin depicts an artist's palette, complete with cerulean blue; William Grant Still wrote a suite in which each movement was suggested by a different sculpture.  Gabriel Faure was one of the so-called "impressionist composers"  who preferred that a simplistic link not be made between his music and the art of his time; nonetheless, it is a real pleasure to hear his colorful piano quartet in the context of other works that were, in fact, literally motivated by color. The Finnish composer Saariaho creates sonic images of seven aspects of butterflies, while Matthew Barnson exploits an unusual sound palette in his abstract work for string quartet.  Left Coast celebrates the connection between eye and ear.

Barbara Kolb Umbrian Colors
William Grant Still  Suite for Violin and Piano  
Matthew Barnson String Quartet WINNER OF THE 2009 LEFT COAST COMPOSER PRIZE
Kaija Saariaho  Sept Papillons
Gabriel Faure Piano Quartet in G minor

with Guest Artists Axel Strauss and Chris Froh
June 3 Mill Valley     June 7 San Francisco
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble welcomes Rome Prize winner Kurt Rohde, our founding artistic director, back home to San Francisco after a year spent composing in Italy. Among the works he wrote while abroad is a concertino dedicated to violinist Axel Strauss. We are fortunate to present Strauss and the dynamic percussionist Chris Froh in this new piece. The other works on the program, alternately brilliant and warm, include music showcasing Stacey Pelinka's flute playing as well as star turns for clarinetist Jerry Simas.  And we can promise that Bresnick's meltingly beautiful *** will sweep you off your feet.

Martin Bresnick *** for clarinet, viola and piano
Johannes Brahms Clarinet Trio
Jacob ter Veldhuis Lipstick
Lou Harrison Ariadne  
Kurt Rohde Concertino for Violin  and Chamber Ensemble WORLD PREMIERE

Programs subject to change



Green Room, San Francisco War Memorial Building
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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