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NOVEMBER
20
2020

OLD BECOMES NEW

Friday, November 20, 8:00 p.m.
LIVE STREAMED at Old First Concerts (Donation requested but not required)
Music by living composers inspired by older forms, styles, and themes, taking something old and refashioning it into something brand new.

McGuinness, Lerner and season guest pianist Halbig, with guest composer and pianist Dalit Warshaw, playing her own work from NYC.


Featuring two World Premieres of music by CA composer Mary Bianco; The California premiere of "Through the Guarded Gate" (2018), by 1989 Guggenheim Fellow and E4TT Call for Scores composer Juliana Hall a song cycle to poetry by Margaret Widdemer; "Winter Dream" by 2016 Guggenheim Fellow Dalit Warshaw. (Postponed from June 2020 due to COVID-19).

Plus music by 2020 Guggenheim Fellow Marti Epstein; John Musto; the Bay Area's Alden Jenks and E4TT co-founder David Garner; Russian-American composer Grigory Smirnov; SF Symphony's new Music Director, Esa-Pekka Salonen; renowned and much-loved 2005 Pulitzer Prize composer Steven Stucky (1949-2016); Academy-award-winning Chinese composer Tan Dun; and Argentinean Guggenheim Fellow and UC Davis professor Pablo Ortiz.


The concert will be available online for free (pay-what-you-can donations encouraged) via livestream at O1C's website

JANUARY
30
2021

ANEMONES: MUSIC BY WOMEN COMPOSERS

Saturday, January 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., SF
Continuing E4TT's series (sold-out last season!) of music by women composers with works by ten fabulous women composers of today, performed by McGuinness, Lerner and season guest pianist Halbig, with guest violinist Ilana Blumberg, and featuring:

The World Premiere of a new song cycle, "Anemones," for soprano and piano by Canadian Call for Scores composer Emily Doolittle to texts by Bay Area poet Rachel Richardson

Two reprises from the COVID-shortened season: Bay Area composer Ursula Le Guin and Rella Lossy; and "Rest These Hands" (2014) for solo violin and spoken voice by 2010 American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellow Anna Clyne to a text by Colleen Clyne. (Listen to an interview with Armer from E4TT's summer 2020 "Meet the Artist" series.

PLUS works by NY Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Cuban-American composer Tania León ; Argentinean Latin Grammy winner Claudia Montero; 2020 Guggenheim Fellow Marti Epstein; 2013 Pulitzer Prize composer Caroline Shaw; "Echo Dash" (2013) by 2010 Pulitzer Prize composer Jennifer Higdon; Grammy winner Missy Mazzoli; Canadian 2012 Guggenheim Fellow Vivian Fung, and also by Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz. The concert will be available at no cost via livestream on the Center for New Music's YouTube and Facebook channels. We ask that you consider making a donation of whatever feels comfortable.
In-person admission if safe and permitted: $15/$10: BUY TICKETS

APRIL
17
2021

THE CASSANDRA PROJECT*

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., SF

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, Lerner, and season guest pianist Margaret Halbig joined by special guest artists violinists Ilana Blumberg and Dagenais Smiley, and violist Elizabeth Prior.

Featuring four World Premieres about Cassandra and her fate: a piano trio by 2016 Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellow Hannah Lash; a short monodrama for soprano, cello, and piano by E4TT Call for Scores composer Jessica Rudman to a new text by librettist Kendra Preston Leonard ; a cello-piano duo by emerging Bay Area composer Valerie Liu; and a new song cycle for soprano and piano quartet by E4TT co-founder David Garner.

Plus three other relevted works, "Moerae" (Fates) for piano trio by Armenian-American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian; "Memento Mori: Phase I" by 2015 Rome Prize recipient Nina C. Young (b. 1984), for string quartet; and "Cassandra Sings" for string quartet by Tina Davidson, the first classical composer ever to receive a Pew Fellowship.
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
RSVP and/or BUY TICKETS

*"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


JUNE
2021

POLISH EMIGRES & EXILES IN HOLLYWOOD at the Krakow Culture Festival


Details to come.




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