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APRIL
17
2021

THE CASSANDRA PROJECT: Women's Prophetic Voices*^

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Live-streamed by the Center for New Music
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E4TT's 2020/21 commissions concert, inspired by the infamous priestess in Greek mythology who was cursed to utter true prophecies, but never to be believed. Performed by McGuinness, season guest pianist Margaret Halbig and guest artists, violinist Ilana Blumberg and cellist Abigail Monroe.

Featuring four World Premieres about Cassandra and her fate: "Wild Sage," for piano trio by 2016 Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellow Hannah Lash; "Cassandra, or Don't Girls Like Horses," a monodrama with projected visuals for soprano, cello, and piano by E4TT Call for Scores composer Jessica Rudman to a new text by librettist Kendra Preston Leonard ; "The Cassandra Effect," a cello-piano duo by emerging Bay Area composer Valerie Liu; and "Die gefluesterte Zukunft," a music video monodrama for soprano and piano trio by E4TT co-founder David Garner. Plus "Moerae" (Fates) for piano trio by Armenian-American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian.

The concert will be available at no cost via livestream on the Center for New Music's YouTube channel. We ask that you consider making a donation of whatever feels comfortable.

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*This concert is sponsored, in part, by a grant from The Ross McKee Foundation.
^"The Cassandra Project" is supported by funds from the San Francisco Arts Commission.

JUNE
12
2021
EMIGRES & EXILES IN HOLLYWOOD: SERIES FINALE*
Saturday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.,
Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste St., Berkeley

The finale of E4TT's multi-year exploration of rarely heard chamber works and movie arrangements by film composers who fled Europe in the 1930s and ‘40s, many going on to win multiple Academy Awards, creating the characteristic Hollywood sound that shaped what we hear at the movies today, also with music by Polish composers of that era. Performed by McGuinness, Lerner, and season guest pianist Margaret Halbig.

Featuring music by:
Polish composer Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986); German/Polish-American composer Franz Waxman (1909-1967); Hungarian-American Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995); Czech-American prodigy Erich Korngold (1897-1957); Austrian-American Eric Zeisl; Polish-AmericanHenryk Vars (1902-1977); Austrian-American Hanns Eisler (1898-1962); Auschwitz survivor Szymon Laks (1901-1983); Polish-Russian Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996); and Polish composers André Tchaikowsky (1935-1982) and Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969).
The concert will be available at no cost via livestream on E4TT's YouTube channel. We ask that you consider making a donation of whatever feels comfortable. In-person admission if safe and permitted. $30/$15/$5: BUY TICKETS AND/OR RSVP


*This concert is sponsored, in part, by a grant from The Ross McKee Foundation.

JUNE
2022

POLISH EMIGRES & EXILES IN HOLLYWOOD at the Krakow Culture Festival


Postponed to 2022.




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