Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Coming Up: New Music Edition

Here's what's happening in new music in the near future. Unfortunate conflict between Switchboard Music Festival and Sanford Dole Ensemble, but fortunately you can wander in and out at Switchboard.

Thomas Ades

The English composer, also a virtuoso pianist, plays a richly varied program of Janacek, Liszt/Wagner, Prokofiev, Schubert, Beethoven, and, yes, Ades (Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face). Herbst Theater, Tuesday, March 16, 8 p.m.

Switchboard Music Festival

Our local one-day new-music extravaganza returns. Sunday, March 28, 2010 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., San Francisco. Tickets are $10 to $40 (sliding scale - yay, Switchboard!) and you can wander in and out to your heart's content over the eight hours of music. The program includes performances by (deep breath) Thorny Brocky, Strike Gently (Kate Campbell, solo piano), Teslim, Sqwonk, Sabbaticus Rex, Real Vocal String Quartet, Billygoat, Matt Small Chamber Ensemble, Zoƫ Keating, miRthkon; and music composed by Gerard Beljon, Cornelius Boots, Ryan Brown, Luciano Chessa, Ruby Fulton, Missy Mazzoli, Marc Mellits, Aaron Novik, Belinda Reynolds, and Jonathan Russell.

Sanford Dole Ensemble

The Sanford Dole Ensemble sings a concert of "Last Words: Modern Music of Remembrance" for Christianity's Holy Week. It's a great program: James Macmillan's setting of Seven Last Words from the Cross, Arvo Part's Berliner Messe, and Tarik O'Reagan's Triptych. One performance only, at St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco, Sunday, March 28, at 5 p.m. $30.

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

The new music orchestra presents Audible Visions, described as a program celebrating the connection between the eye and the ear. They'll be performing works by Faure, Saariaho, Kolb, Melinda Wagner, and Barnson. April 1, 2010, 142 Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley, 8 p.m.; Monday, April 5, 2010, Green Room, Herbst Theater, S.F., 8 p.m. $20/$15.

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