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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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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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.
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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)

For more information and the purchase tickets, please visit the UC Davis website.

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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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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
5:00 PM17:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
1:30 PM13:30

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
5:15 PM17:15

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
7:30 PM19:30

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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