Preview: Changing and Unchanging Things
Oct
5
1:00 PM13:00

Preview: Changing and Unchanging Things

Special Salon Event and Preview at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

An afternoon salon event at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum featuring a preview of Hiroya Miura's new micro opera Sharaku Unframed, and the premiere of Karen Tanaka's new trio for flute, viola, and harp. Miura's micro opera is inspired by mysterious 18th Century woodblock artist Toshusai Sharaku, while Tanaka's trio is inspired by the Museum's current exhibit, Changing and Unchanging Things, about Noguchi and Hasegaway in Post-War Japan. Historian Beth Berry leads a discussion with both composers about their subjects, as well as the intersection between Western and Japanese classical musics. 

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Changing and Unchanging Things
Oct
5
to Oct 6

Changing and Unchanging Things

Oct 5 in SF
Oct 6 in Berkeley

To open our season we dive into Japanese culture and its intersection with western classical music with Sharaku Unframed, a micro-opera by Hiroya Miura featuring virtuoso shamisen player Hidejiro Honjo. The work explores the mysteries surrounding 18th Century Japanese woodblock artist Toshusai Sharaku. A new chamber work from Karen Tanaka is inspired by the Asian Art Museum's Changing and Unchanging Things exhibit--about two artists who explored intersections of Japanese and Western visual art. This is paired with music of Debussy, famously inclined toward Japanese music.

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Air From Other Planets
Nov
2
to Nov 4

Air From Other Planets

Nov 2 in Berkeley
Nov 4 in San Francisco

Schoenberg's Second String Quartet, an exquisite work from 1908, broke new ground in a variety of ways. The most striking innovation is the addition of a soprano for the last two movements. The texts are Stefan George's poems "Litany," about faltering faith, and "Rapture," about transcendence, which begins "I feel air from another planet." To explore how Schoenberg was influenced by Mozart, one of his favorite composers, we're pairing the work with the C Major String Quartet, K. 465. Complementing these masterworks are newly commissioned pieces from Jamie Sampson and John Schott.

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French Sublime
Feb
2
to Feb 3

French Sublime

Feb 2 in Berkeley
Feb 3 in SF

Left Coast explores the French sublime, earthly and divine, first with music of Nadia Boulanger and Claude Debussy, and then Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Beginning with the sound of an improvising nightingale surrounded by a shimmer of sound, the piece transports us through multiple universes. One Wing, a new work from Kurt Rohde reflects Messiaen's enduring influence. 

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Fairytale Pieces
Mar
8
to Mar 9

Fairytale Pieces

March 8 in Berkeley
March 9 in SF

Music illuminates folklore in Schumann's Fairytale Pieces for viola and piano, Chris Castro's musical rendition of myths about Coyote and Old Man Farmer, and Carl Schimmel's Ladle Rat Rotten Hut––a topsy turvy Little Red Riding Hood for the 21st Century. Featuring guest storyteller Susan Strauss.

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Living In Color
May
31
to Jun 1

Living In Color

May 31 in Berkeley
June 1 in SF

Sarah Gibson's I Prefer Living in Color, the winner of Left Coast's 20th annual composition contest, inspires a dive into music rich with imagery. Gabriella Smith's Anthrozoa depicts the vibrant life among the coral reefs, and Brahms' Violin Sonata in G evokes the rain. Josiah Catalan's companion work to the Brahms, a world premiere, ties together new and old.

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Dorothea and Artemisia
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Dorothea and Artemisia

June 1 & 2 in SF

We focus on the art and milieu of Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi and Depression Era photographer Dorothea Lange, in two dramatic works with projected images that come to life. Laura Schwendinger’s new work tackles Gentileschi’s struggles and triumphs as she battles inequality and reveals hidden stories. Christopher Stark’s micro opera explores the lives of migrants fleeing the Dust Bowl.

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intra.sonant
Apr
26
4:00 PM16:00

intra.sonant

INTRA.SONANT

intra•sonant is an interactive experience between audience and performers. Composer Amadeus Regucera and Left Coast's flutist and Feldenkrais practitioner Stacey Pelinka will interweave sound, movement, and meditation. Your movements will shape the music, and we will guide you in adding sounds to the composition we invent together. We have yet to find out out where this experimental journey will take all of us, so please bring your curiosity. Dress comfortably. Chairs will be provided, or bring a mat if you are interested in lying on the floor. No late arrivals.

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 4:00pm & 8:00pm
FREE. Limited availability.

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Oakland School for the Arts
Apr
3
5:00 PM17:00

Oakland School for the Arts

NEW MUSIC BY STUDENTS FROM OAKLAND SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble musicians perform new compositions by students from Oakland School for the Arts. Student composers will also perform in some of the new works. Music was written and developed as part of LCCE’s Music From the Inside Out workshop series at OSA.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:00pm-7:00pm
FREE. Limited availability.

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Storytelling with Susan Strauss
Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Storytelling with Susan Strauss

STORYTELLING WITH SUSAN STRAUSS

A family-friendly concert with storyteller Susan Strauss. Two folktales are set to original music by Chris Castro, performed by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble musicians Stacey Pelinka, Loren Mach, and Leighton Fong.

Sunday, March 10, 2019 at two times — 11:00am & 1:00pm
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Sacred Sounds in Berkeley
Feb
7
5:00 PM17:00

Sacred Sounds in Berkeley

SACRED SOUNDS EXHIBIT: OPENING CONCERT & RECEPTION!

Join Left Coast Chamber Ensemble musicians and guests for sacred and secular music celebrating the opening of the Sacred Sounds exhibit at the Doug Adams CARe Gallery, and kicking off our residency! Featuring music for cello, flute, and harpsichord.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 5:00-7:00pm
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The Sound of Nature
Jan
14
to Jan 19

The Sound of Nature

January 14 in SF
January 19 in Berkeley

Left Coast presents works celebrating the natural world, including Evan Hause’s Fields, and George Crumb’s A Dog’s Life. And for the premiere of a concerto by Clarice Assad for two cellos and percussion, Left Coast is joined by a cello choir. Assad’s The Lumerians concerns water, climate change and the natural world.

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Volti + Left Coast Premieres
Nov
18
to Nov 19

Volti + Left Coast Premieres

November 18 in Berkeley
November 19 in SF

Left Coast joins forces with acclaimed vocal ensemble Volti for three premieres, including Gregory Spears’ setting of texts by Thomas Merton and others. New works from Laurie San Martin and Addie Camsuzou feature the notable oboists Andrea Plesnarski and Tom Nugent.

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Autumn Sunset Soirée
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Autumn Sunset Soirée

Please join the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble for a beautiful evening in the Berkeley Hills! Against the backdrop of breathtaking views and a gorgeous sunset, enjoy a performance of Brahms' Violin Sonata in G-major with Eric Zivian and Anna Presler. The evening will include a live auction and fund-a-need to benefit Left Coast's educational programs and season offerings, and an elegant party with members of the Left Coast family.

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Wine and a light supper provided
Complimentary valet parking

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Singing the Gamut
Oct
6
to Oct 8

Singing the Gamut

October 6 in Berkeley
October 8 in SF

From John Deak's tongue-in-cheek Big Bad Wolf to arias from Bellini, Bachelet, and others, this program explores music that amplifies human emotions. Other works include Mario Davidovsky’s Festino, capturing the fun of the party, and Sheila Silver’s tender song cycle, On Loving.

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Mid-Century Modern, Vol. 1
Sep
9
2:00 PM14:00

Mid-Century Modern, Vol. 1

The Florestan Society and The Music and Theatre Arts Department at CSU Chico present:

Fall Chamber Music,
Mod-Century Modern, Vol. 1

Featuring Left Coast musicians Anna Presler (violin), Leighton Fong (cello), Eric Zivian (piano). With Russell Burnham (clarinet), Chase Spriull, and Laura Huey.

Works by Kodaly, Prokofiev, Brahms, and Jacob

$20 adult, $15 senior, $10 youth and Chico State student.
Tickets at csuchico.edu/boxoffice

 

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Final season concert: A Rare Serenade
May
19
to May 21

Final season concert: A Rare Serenade

May 19 in Berkeley
May 21 in SF

A rare live performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s Serenade, a witty and deeply satisfying work for guitar, mandolin, two clarinets, strings and baritone.

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Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour - Part 1
May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour - Part 1

Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour – PART 1
Featuring World Premieres of works for solo viola, and viola and piano

Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members
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Tickets also available at the door

Martha Horst – Hammer, for viola and piano
Jared Redmond – Tongues of Angels for solo viola AND viola and piano
Carl Schimmel – Contemplation on Vanessa in the Boneset, for viola and piano
Ramteen Sazagari – Counterpane for amplified solo viola
Laura Elise Schwendinger – Three Movements for solo viola
Mark Winges – The Contemplation of Unknown Islands, for viola and piano

Kurt Rohde, viola
Jared Redmond, piano

A multi-year commissioning project, that is modeled after Cher’s decades long Farewell Tours, Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour – Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 commissions new works by the most gifted composers that Rohde feels are underrepresented and deserve a wider audience, while also broadening the repertoire for viola. His project’s anticipated year of completion is 2028, at which time he will retire from playing in performance and donate his instrument to some talented whipper-snapper who wants to play viola.

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"Foreground, Middleground, Background" - Student Compositions at SFCMC
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

"Foreground, Middleground, Background" - Student Compositions at SFCMC

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Left Coast musicians work with composition students in the Young Musicians Program at the San Francisco Community Music Center. This concert is the culmination of a 4-week program; student works to be performed by:

Anna Presler, Phyllis Kamrin: violins
Kurt Rohde: viola
Leighton Fong: cello

Concert is in CMC's Main Hall at 544 Capp Street, in San Francisco's Mission District.

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Season concert 4: Sonnets to Orpheus
Mar
12
to Mar 17

Season concert 4: Sonnets to Orpheus

March 12 in SF
March 17 in Berkeley

Why do we love the Orpheus myth? It has intrigued composers from every century because music is the story’s true hero, defeating death and despair. Left Coast presents works about Orpheus by Eric Moe, Claudio Monteverdi and others. 

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Season concert 3: Visions de l'Amen
Feb
5
7:30 PM19:30

Season concert 3: Visions de l'Amen

February 1 & 3 in Berkeley
February 5 in SF

Olivier Messiaen’s towering Visions de l’Amen for two pianos, performed by keyboard champions Eric Zivan and Sarah Cahill. Colorful, mystical, and glorious, it sometimes sounds like all the church bells in Paris ringing at once! 

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Wet Ink
Jan
27
7:30 PM19:30

Wet Ink

Left Coast members perform in Grass Valley as guests of the Nevada County Composers Cooperative. Program includes:

New works for string quartet from composers Alexis Alrich, Durwynne Hsieh, Mark Vance, and a special guest composer.

Anna Presler, Phyllis Kamrin, violins;
Kurt Rohde, viola and Leighton Fong, cello

For more info, please visit: http://www.composerscooperative.org/

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Death with Interruptions at UC Davis
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Death with Interruptions at UC Davis

An encore performance of Kurt Rohde's Death with Interruptions at the Recital Hall of the Ann E. Pitzer Center at UC Davis.

Based on José Saramago’s Novel Death with Interruptions,
translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Libretto by Thomas Laqueur
Composed by Kurt Rohde
Conducted by Matilda Hofman
Directed by Barbara Heroux

Nikki Einfeld, soprano
Daniel Cilli, baritone
Joe Dan Harper, tenor
Leighton Fong, cello

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
Anna Presler, Artistic Director

Volti Chorus
Bob Geary, Artistic Director

Costume Design by Jennifer Gonsalves

$10 Students and Children; $20 Adults (Open Seating)

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Season concert 2: Death and A Knight
Nov
4
to Nov 5

Season concert 2: Death and A Knight

November 4 & 5 in SF

Left Coast presents a double feature: The West Coast premiere of Never was a knight... Kurt Rohde’s new work about the interior life of Don Quixote. PLUS A new production of Kurt Rohde and Tom Laqueur’s Death With Interruptions. In this tale by José Saramago, death falls in love with a cellist. Difficult and fascinating complications ensue. The original production sold out two weeks in advance. Don’t miss these two 21st century masterpieces.

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Opening concert: A Garland for Weinberg
Oct
8
to Oct 9

Opening concert: A Garland for Weinberg

October 8 in Berkeley
October 9 in SF

We celebrate the distinctive Polish composer Mieczysław Weinberg with a performance of his Clarinet Sonata and new works written in tribute to this neglected musician.

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Summer concert at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden SOLD OUT!
Jun
29
5:30 PM17:30

Summer concert at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden SOLD OUT!

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Music of Mozart, Caroline Shaw, Ravel and Arvo Part.

Get details and buy tickets: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/public-programs/summer-concerts-left-coast-ensemble/

Ticket includes Garden admission before 5 pm – picnics welcome. Shows will sell out – buy your tickets in advance!

SOLD OUT!

$24 General
$22 Member
$15 Youth (5-17)
Free (up to age 5)

 

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Water Worship with Beth Custer
Jun
11
4:00 PM16:00

Water Worship with Beth Custer

Left Coast and other guests join Beth Custer for Water Worship, a large scale multimedia oratorio exploring human use and misuse of water.  Includes invented instruments that use water, horns, drumset, singer, clarinet, strings, projections. 

Buy tickets $25 Advance tickets highly recommended

Beth writes, "For the past year I’ve been working on Water Worship, an oratorio about our most precious resource with live original music and films. It premieres Sunday, June 11th, 4pm, at the Luggage Store Gallery. Performed by The Beth Custer Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble string quartet, Dean Santomieri narrating, Bart Hopkin on experimental instruments.  There will be some gorgeous water footage by William Farley , Federico Cusigch, and others. Craig Baldwin will be projecting found footage from his massive archives."

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Final season concert: Francophilia
May
30
to Jun 1

Final season concert: Francophilia

May 30 in SF
June 1 in Berkeley

In this program of music for soprano, flute, cello and piano, listen and consider the question: “What defines the French sound?”

According to American composer Ned Rorem, “..the solar system is torn between two aesthetics: French and German...Blue is French. Red is German. Yes is French. No is German.” Rorem believed he and Aaron Copland belonged in the French category.

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Exclusive Spring Sunset Soirée
May
13
5:00 PM17:00

Exclusive Spring Sunset Soirée

In a celebration of Left Coast's first East Bay season, join us for a beautiful evening in the North Oakland Hills! Enjoy a private concert by Left Coast musicians against the backdrop of breathtaking views and a gorgeous sunset. Repertoire includes Kodály's Duo for Violin and Cello, Op.7, and a performance by guitarist Michael Goldberg.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Appetizers, beer, and wine on the patio
Complimentary valet parking

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Left Coast Master Class & Reception @ Oakland School for the Arts
Apr
12
2:30 PM14:30

Left Coast Master Class & Reception @ Oakland School for the Arts

Check out Left Coast's Education Program!

You are invited to join Left Coast for this one of a kind workshop where our professional musicians will coach and work with young aspiring composers as part of our education outreach program at Oakland School for the Arts. Come, watch the activities, and join us in conversation at a reception immediately following the workshop. Every year we are thrilled to work with the next generation of great artists.

This event is made possible by organizations such as Oakland School for the Arts and Arts for Oakland Kids.

RSVP on Eventbrite. Space is limited. Free admission.

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