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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Image credit: Copyright Tom Killion, used by permission of Artist. Tom Killion  is a print artist and native of the left coast. He creates stunning woodblock prints of the California coast and much more. The banner image is a detail of "Mount Tamalpais, Marin County".

 

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

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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Image credit: Copyright Tom Killion, used by permission of Artist. Tom Killion  is a print artist and native of the left coast. He creates stunning woodblock prints of the California coast and much more. The banner image is a detail of "Pt. Lobos from Carmel Point".

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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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Image credit: Copyright Tom Killion, used by permission of Artist. Tom Killion is a print artist and native of the left coast. He creates stunning woodblock prints of the California coast and much more. The banner image is a detail of "Mt. Tamalpais from Ring Mountain".

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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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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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Image credit: Copyright Tom Killion, used by permission of Artist. Tom Killion is a print artist and native of the left coast. He creates stunning woodblock prints of the California coast and much more. The banner image is a detail of "The City from Yellow Bluff".

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

Summer concert at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden SOLD OUT!

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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
2:30pm 2:30pm

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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Season concert 3: House of the Beehives
Feb
4
to Feb 6

Season concert 3: House of the Beehives

Feb 4 in Berkeley
Feb 6 in SF

Melody Eötvösʼ vibrant House of the Beehives, inspired by the Italo Calvino story of the same name, is the winner of our 2016 Composition Contest. We present it alongside duos by Ravel, Bogdanovic, and David Coll, with Sebastian Currierʼs sextet, Broken Consorts; his music was heralded as "lyrical, colorful, firmly rooted in tradition, but absolutely new" by The Washington Post.

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Season concert 2: Brilliant Palette
Dec
3
to Dec 5

Season concert 2: Brilliant Palette

Dec 3 in Berkeley
Dec 5 in SF

Percussionist Loren Mach and soprano Nikki Einfeld have joined Left Coast! We celebrate the array of musical resources they bring to the ensemble with lush vocal music of Fauré and Chausson, the meditative Boris Kerner for cello and flower pots, by Caroline Shaw, and other music for percussion and voice.

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Free performance: Anna, Leighton and Loren in Berkeley
Nov
3
5:00pm 5:00pm

Free performance: Anna, Leighton and Loren in Berkeley

We hope you can join us at the CARE gallery for a special event about the intersection of art, nature, and music! Music of John Luther Adams, Sam Nichols, Bach, and Caroline Shaw and other music for cello, percussion, and violin. 

In collaboration with the exhibition, The Hermitage of Landscape: Works by Nicholas Coley.

Left Coast Performers: Anna Presler (violin), Leighton Fong (cello), and Loren Mach (percussion).

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Opening concert: A Close Correspondence
Oct
15
to Oct 24

Opening concert: A Close Correspondence

October 15 in Berkeley
October 24 in SF

Itʼs a natural alliance: Volti (SFʼs premiere new music chorus) joins forces with Left Coast for a concert about correspondence. Weʼll hear Janáčekʼs "Intimate Letters" quartet and moving music by David Lang based on a soldierʼs goodbye letter. Together our ensembles present world premieres featuring letters of Janáček, Goethe, Virginia Woolf, and others.

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Left Coast Ear with Elinor Armer
Apr
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Left Coast Ear with Elinor Armer

LEFT COAST EAR

Get an insider’s take on Elinor Armer’s new oboe quintet with the composer and musicians.

When musicians learn a new piece they get to explore it from every angle, playing slowly, playing fast, listening to one part at a time, talking about the phrases, asking the composer questions.

Audiences usually just get to hear a premiere once, and have to absorb everything about the new music at once. That can be thrilling, but some people also want to hear in richer detail. For you we offer Left Coast Ear, with a chance to listen from the musicians’ and composer’s perspectives.

At our Left Coast Ear event, we’ll play Elinor Armer’s work in sections, talk about it, and take audience questions. And then, with new perspectives and new ears, we’ll have a performance of the complete piece.

Sometimes people wonder: What did the composer imagine when writing this new piece? What are the musicians listening for? How did they rehearse the piece? How does this piece fit in with older music? What is the story inside the music? Am I hearing the same thing they hear? Maybe you have other questions––detailed or general. Your interests will guide the conversation.  

Please join us. Connect with the composer and musicians and a great community of adventurous listeners.

April 3, 2016, 7pm
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

We thank the Zellerbach Family Foundation for supporting the Left Coast Ear series- creating a community for people to hear, explore, and discuss new music.

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Mendelssohn at the Magnes Museum in Berkeley
Mar
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mendelssohn at the Magnes Museum in Berkeley

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Left Coast Chamber Ensemble performs at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in Berkeley as part of The Mendelssohn Project.

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 (1839) [ca. 30 minutes]

I. Molto Allegro agitato
II. Andante con molto tranquillo
III. Scherzo. Leggiero e vivace
IV. Finale. Allegro assai appassionato

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble musicians:
Anna Presler, violin
Tanya Tomkins, cello
Eric Zivian, piano

Free and open to the public

The Mendelssohn Project is presented in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities, the Departments of Music and History, and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley. 

 

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Left Coast Ear series launches
Mar
13
1:30pm 1:30pm

Left Coast Ear series launches

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Get an insider's take on Sean Varah's brand new piano trio with the composer and musicians.

When musicians learn a new piece they get to explore it from every angle, playing slowly, playing fast, listening to one part at a time, talking about the phrases, asking the composer questions.

Audiences usually just get to hear a premiere once, and have to absorb everything about the new music at once. That can be thrilling, but some people want to hear in richer detail. For you we offer Left Coast Ear, with a chance to listen from the musicians’ and composer’s perspectives.

At our first Left Coast Ear event, we’ll play Sean Varah’s new trio in sections, talk about it, and take audience questions. And then, with new perspectives and new ears, we’ll have a performance of the complete piece.

Sometimes people wonder: What did the composer imagine when writing this new piece? What are the musicians listening for? How did they rehearse the piece? How does this piece fit in with older music? What is the story inside the music? Am I hearing the same thing they hear? Maybe you have other questions––detailed or cosmic––about the composer's or musicians' perspective. Your interests, as our listeners, will guide the conversation.  

Please join us. Connect with the composer and musicians and a great community of adventurous listeners.

We thank the Zellerbach Family Foundation for supporting the Left Coast Ear series, for people who want a chance to hear, explore, and discuss new music in a relaxed atmosphere.

 

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Left Coast at the MSRI Harmonic Series
Feb
18
5:15pm 5:15pm

Left Coast at the MSRI Harmonic Series

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BERKELEY - Simons Auditorium at MSRI

Music for Violin and Piano by Debussy, Zivian and Schumann.

Robert Schumann Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor, op. 105 (1851)
Eric Zivian Florestan and Eusebius (2013)
Claude Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor, L 140 (1917)

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble musicians:
Anna Presler violin
Eric Zivian pian

Admission is free.  Get details on the MSRI website.

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Jan
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

East Bay Kick Off Concert at the Berkeley Piano Club

We invite you to join Left Coast as we launch a series of concerts in the East Bay!

Brahms Piano Quartet in C Minor, op. 60 (the Werther quartet)
Christopher Stark Piano Quartet, winner of the 2015 LCCE composition contest

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble photo by Jeanette Yu

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble photo by Jeanette Yu


Christopher Stark photo by Fabio Bracarda

Christopher Stark photo by Fabio Bracarda

The program consists of piano quartets by Brahms and Christopher Stark. Stark is winner of the 2015 LCCE composition contest, and his quartet was featured in November at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento. It is a sumptuous new work. 

Admission is free but we will be asking for donations to fund this exciting concert series launch in the East Bay.

Refreshments will be provided after the concert so you can have a chance to meet the musicians.

Space is very limited for this one-time exclusive event. Please be sure to RSVP using the green button below, as we can only allow registered guests to attend.

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Artifacts in Sonoma - SOLD OUT!
Dec
20
1:00pm 1:00pm

Artifacts in Sonoma - SOLD OUT!

LEFT COAST at THE SONOMA VALLEY MUSEUM OF ART

A word, a sound, an image, a story: Artifacts is a multi-media work conceived and created by artist Frances McCormack, writer Sue Moon, and composer Kurt Rohde. It tells a tale of collective memory, loss, beauty and resolve. 

Admission is $10 for museum members and $15 for the public.

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.

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INTERSECTION 2016 Workshop
Dec
1
to Feb 21

INTERSECTION 2016 Workshop

INTERSECTION is an innovative chamber music workshop designed by the musicians of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble for adult amateur musicians who are fascinated and delighted by the prospect of being part of the creation of new works while gaining new insights into the traditional classical repertoire. This intensive program will familiarize participants with the sometimes-intimidating techniques and practices of playing new music by accessible, living composers and offer a fresh look at familiar chamber music masterpieces. Fee: $350. Deadline to apply: September 15, 2015. Workshop: December 1 to February 21, 2016.

Learn more: http://www.leftcoastensemble.org/intersection/

Contact us for more information if you're interested in participating in the future.

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Meet the Composer at Art Event in Berkeley
Nov
20
5:00pm 5:00pm

Meet the Composer at Art Event in Berkeley

The Art of Memory: Music, Art, & Literature

 Friday, November 20 | 5pm

CARE's Doug Adams Gallery

Featuring a performance by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble playing an original composition by John MacCallum. Followed by a panel discussion with John MacCallum, guest artist Anne Tait (The Erosion of Memory: Works by Anne Tait), and Thomas Laqueur, author of The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains.

Admission is FREE.

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Left Coast at the Festival of New American Music
Nov
9
8:00pm 8:00pm

Left Coast at the Festival of New American Music

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Christopher Stark

Christopher Stark

SACRAMENTO - Sacramento Capistrano Recital Hall
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Rapido! Western Regional Finalists:
Kenneth Lim, Allomorphosis
Roman Baranskiy, Lethe
Leslie Hogan, Variations for Clarinet Trio 
Christopher Stark Piano Quartet LCCE 2015 Composition Contest Winner
Joseph Colombo Firefly Reflections for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Danny Clay Forever Overhead for Clarinet and String Trio

Admission is free.

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble performs Stephen Hartke The Horse with the Lavender Eye: Episodes for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano (1997): 2nd and 3rd movements (The Servant of Two Masters: Quite manic; Gingerly, but always moving along) Musicians: (left to right) Anna Presler, violin; Eric Zivian, piano; Jerome Simas, clarinet. January 2012

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Death with Interruptions
Aug
28
5:30pm 5:30pm

Death with Interruptions

SAN FRANCISCO - COMMONWEALTH CLUB

The Commonwealth Club presents Nikki Einfeld and Left Coast in selections from Kurt Rohde’s opera Death with Interruptions (which Left Coast premiered in March 2015) along with a discussion of the work led by the librettist, historian, and author Thomas Laqueur.

5:30-6 pm Registration and Wine Reception
6 -7pm Presentation and Audience Questions

Tickets General $20 Students $8 Members $12, available at the Commonwealth Club website

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Jun
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello

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ART OPENING - BERKELEY

The Center for Arts, Religion and Education presents new  work by artists Judith Selby and Richard Lang at the Doug Adams Gallery. The exhibition opens with Left Coast’s performance of Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello. 

Performance at 5pm     
Reception from 5:30-7pm

Admission is free.

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