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This season we're excited to welcome in-person vaccinated, masked audiences and online (free live-stream on YouTube) attendees from faraway places or who prefer to watch at home.*

OCTOBER
15
2021

ALCHEMY*

Friday, October 15, 8:00 p.m.
IN-PERSON at Old First Concerts and also LIVE-STREAMED
A program focusing on identity and musical transformation.

Guest coloratura soprano Chelsea Hollow will join E4TT's McGuinness, Monroe and Halbig

Featuring the he World Premiere of two commissions, "The Unseen," to poetry by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) by emerging composer Brennan Stokes (b. 1990) and “Cello Solo for Abby,” by Mary Bianco (b. 1939) along with the World Premiere of "Etudinal Caprice" by Darian Donavan Thomas. Plus musical transformations by Chicago Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence, E4TT’s #MeetTheArtist in August, Marcus Norris (b. 1991), 2004 Guggenheim Fellow, Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz (b. 1964), 1996 American Academy of Arts & Letters Charles Ives composer, Argentinean-born Pablo Ortiz (b. 1956), and works by 20th century Black composers Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson" (1932-2004), 1954 and 1956 Guggenheim Fellow Julia Perry, (1924-1979) and 1996 Pulitzer Prize winner (the first to a Black composer) George Walker (1922-2018).


NOVEMBER
13
2021

SOLO PIANO RECITAL WITH GUEST PIANIST TIN YI CHELSEA WONG*

Saturday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
IN-PERSON at the Center for New Music and also LIVE-STREAMED

Special guest pianist Tin Yi Chelsea Wong performs a musical conversation between composers of the Old and New Worlds

Works by by György Ligeti (1923-2006), Graczyna Bacewicz (1909-1969), Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013), 2021 Heinz Award recipient and E4TT's #MeetTheArtist in June Gabriela Lena Frank (b. 1972), 1994 Academy of Arts & Letters recipient and E4TT's #MeetTheArtist in February Jonathan Bailey Holland (b. 1974), 2021 Guggenheim Fellow, Canadian composer Zosha Di Castri (b. 1985), and 2022-23 California Symphony Composer-in-Residence Viet Cuong (b. 1990). The concert will be available in-person and online. PURCHASE TICKETS OR RSVP (free online viewing at C4NM's YouTube channel, with donations gratefully accepted) and get program notes in advance.
JANUARY
29
2022

BELOW THE SURFACE: MUSIC BY WOMEN COMPOSERS*

Saturday, January 29, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
IN-PERSON at the Center for New Music and also LIVE-STREAMED
Performed by McGuinness, Monroe, Halbig, and guest violinist Ilana Blumberg
E4TT continues this wildly popular series with music by ten of today's women composers, featuring The World Premiere of “Below the Surface” by Emily Doolittle (b. 1972) to poems by Bay Area poets Rella Lossy (1934-1996) and Rachel Richardson (b. 1979) exciting Chinese-American composer Du Yun (b. 1977); 2014 Guggenheim Fellow Lisa Bielawa (b. 1968); 2004 Guggenheim Fellow, Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz (b. 1964); exciting emerging Puerto-Rican-born Angélica Negrón (b. 1981); and Gabriela Lena Frank Academic of Music alumnae, emerging composers Akshaya Avril Tucker (b. 1992), Korean composers Jungyoon Wie (b. 1990) and Seo Yoon (Soyoona) Kim (b. 1988), and Chinese composer Manjing Zhang (b. 1991). The concert will be available in-person and online. PURCHASE TICKETS OR RSVP and get program notes in advance.
APRIL
9
2021

DARK UNIVERSE/ MYSTERIOUS SPACES*

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
IN-PERSON at the Jewel Box Recital Hall, Bowes Center, SF Conservatory of Music, SF and also live-streamed (both free)

E4TT's 2021/22 commissions concert, inspired by the mysteries of space, in collaboration with the SF Conservatory of Music Technical and Applied Composition Department

Performed by McGuinness, Monroe, Halbig and guest artists, Mika Nakamura, percussion, and Yuchen Liu, double bass.

Featuring six World Premieres by JUNO Award winning Canadian-Chinese composer and Santa Clara University faculty member Vivian Fung (b. 1972), with a new performance film by E4TT videographer Mister Wa; by E4TT co-founder and SF Conservatory faculty member David Garner (b. 1954) and by four emerging composers: Mills College graduate Stephanie Neumann (b. 1989), GLFCAM alumna, Korean composer Seo Yoon Soyoona Kim ; U.C. Berkeley doctoral candidate Andrew Harlan (b. 1995); and 2018 SF Conservatory graduate, Canadian composer Nicholas Denton Protsack (b.1994). Also pre-existing works by non-binary Quechuan/Latinx composer and E4TT's #MeetTheArtist for April, inti figgis-vizueta (b.1993), New York-based Afghanistan refugee Milad Yousufi (b. 1995) and Eric Moe (b. 1954).

PLUS the program will include a multimedia student composition competition with a $500 prize given to the winning score. RSVP to get the program notes in advance and concert reminders. E4TT's

PLEASE NOTE: E4TT's last collaboration with the SF Conservatory of Music's TAC Department sold-out, with an extensive waiting list. We highly recommend you make your RSVP early!
JUNE
18
2022

EMIGRES & EXILES IN HOLLYWOOD: ENCORE!*


Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.
IN-PERSON at the Berkeley Piano Club, Berkeley and also LIVE-STREAMED
Performed by McGuinness, Monroe and Halbig

Back by popular demand, an encore performance of favorites from 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. The concert is a preview for E4TT's tour to the Krakow Culture Festival later this month.
Performed by McGuinness, Monroe, and Halbig.

Featuring music by:
Austrian-American prodgiy Erich Korngold (1897-1943); Polish composer Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986); German/Polish-American composer (1909-1967); Hungarian-American Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995); Austrian-American Hanns Eisler (1898-1962); Polish-Americans Bronislaw Kaper (1902-1983) and Henryk Vars (1902-1977); 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 in-person and online. PURCHASE TICKETS OR RSVP and get program notes in advance.
JUNE
26
2022

POLISH EMIGRES & EXILES IN HOLLYWOOD
at the Krakow Culture Festival*


E4TT brings its ever-popular "Emigres & Exiles in Hollywood" programming to the Krakow Culture Festival for our second Festival appearance.
Plus the World Premiere of "Xenos" by Polish composer Martyna Kosecka.








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