Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The World of Grażyna Bacewicz
Mélanie Clapiès and YuEun Kim, cellist Laura Gaynon, and violist Jessica Chang, playing the composer's String Quartet #1 (1938). Bacewicz's style of composition early in her career was "neoclassical," a label she disputed, and it sounded more like a Bartok or Shostakovich string quartet than anything by Stravinsky, for instance.
Mélanie Clapiès, pianist Allegra Chapman, cellist Laura Gaynon, and violist Jessica Chang.
There was a third festival concert that evening which I did not attend because concentrated listening to new music for hours at a time is exhausting. I salute those who made it through all three concerts, to the excellent performers, and to Chapman and Gaynon for introducing a new-to-most composer. It would be wonderful hearing more Bacewicz at the SF Symphony and elsewhere, because there are plenty of her symphonies and concertos and ballets that would all reward hearing at a live performance.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019
Japanese American Fusion with Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Friday, November 8th at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. It looks fascinating.
Check it out by clicking here.
Check it out by clicking here.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Chesa Boudin for San Francisco DA
Gascon made an announcement last month that he was retiring from his job three months early, which allowed for Mayor London Breed to appoint candidate Suzy Loftus to the position. This kind of maneuver has been standard operating procedure in the corruptly provincial world of San Francisco politics for decades, but this was a particularly blatant, egregious example of gaming the electoral system, and it may possibly backfire. For more details and commentary on the situation, click here for the SF Examiner's Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez and David Talbot in the SF Chronicle. Remember, there are three other candidates running other than Loftus, and we have ranked choice voting in San Francisco, so vote for whoever you want in whatever order, but be sure that Loftus is neither Choice #1, #2 or #3.
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Computer Meltdown Sabbatical
Ever since being a teacher's assistant at the San Francisco State Multimedia Studies Program in the early 1990s, I have been a stickler for keeping liquids away from computers. Last night, however, the contents of an unsipped martini went flying across my laptop, and the fault was mine. So Civic Center is taking a little sabbatical until I get around to buying a new computer. Sorry, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, your Japanese themed concert was wonderful last weekend and there are some nice photos, but they are probably unsalvageable. Will be back soon, I hope.
Friday, October 04, 2019
Fin de siècle at New Century Chamber Orchestra
16-year-old piano wunderkind Maxim Lando from New York. Daniel Hope pointed out that the piano part was one of the most challenging in the entire chamber music repertoire, and he was right, but Lando seemed to have absolutely no difficulties with its intricacies.
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Weird-Ass Stravinsky at the SF Symphony
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