Concerts at a glance

2013-2014 SEASON

Point/Counterpoint with Christine Brandes  |  Sep 15 & 16 2013

MILL VALLEY 142 Throckmorton Theatre • Sunday, September 15, 2013 7PM  
SAN FRANCISCO SF Conservatory of Music • Monday, September 16, 2013 8PM


John Dowland • Forlorn Hope Fancy for Guitar
Albert RousselDeux Poèmes de Ronsard, Opus 26
John Dowland • Sorrow, stay and In darkness let me dwell for Guitar and Voice
Erik Ulman • this until for Flute
John Dowland • Farewell for Guitar
Johann Sebastian BachBete aber auch dabei from Cantata BWV 115
Elliott Carter • Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello, and Harpsichord
Johann Sebastian Bach • Sich üben im Lieben from Cantata BWV 202

Flutist Stacey Pelinka curated the first concert of Left Coast's 2013-14 season, Point Counter Point, a program exploring extremes of simplicity and complexity.  First we’ll hear Bach arias in which a vocal melody is set against wind obbligato parts, then, one of Elliott Carter's best-loved works, the Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello and Harpsichord. Carter’s sonata looks back to Bach's time. Bach wrote exquisite melodies and was a master of polyphonic complexity; Carter fused simple gestures and ornate rhythmic interplay, incorporating the sonority of the harpsichord and old dance forms into a modern idiom.  Erik Ulman, an emerging “New Complexity” composer wrote this until specifically for Pelinka. This until complements the Bach and the Carter; Ulman uses such intricate rhythms and melodies his music sounds improvised. Finally, Roussel’s Deux Poèmes de Ronsard looks backward over the centuries to songs and fantasies by John Dowland, a wizard of melody who lived more than 100 years before Bach.

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Left Coast String Bands  |  Dec 8 & 9 2013

MILL VALLEY 142 Throckmorton Theatre • Sunday, December 8, 2013 7PM
SAN FRANCISCO Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion •Monday, December 9, 2013 8PM


Edgar MeyerFirst movement from Concert Duo for Violin and Double Bass
György Ligeti • String Quartet No. 1, Métamorphoses nocturnes
Frank Zappa None of the Above for String Quintet
Johannes Brahms • String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Opus 88
Kurt Rohde • Hear No Evil for String Septet

String ensembles present a dazzling array of possibilities for composers, who can exploit the homogeneity of the instruments’ sonorities and variety in articulations and colors; this allows them to blend sounds and to delineate independent voices. Left Coast’s string players explore this range with music of diverse styles, from a duo for violin and bass by Edgar Meyer to a septet by Kurt Rohde, as well as György Ligeti’s first string quartet, Frank Zappa’s None of the Above, and Brahms’ String Quintet No. 1 in F Major; of this sublime piece, the composer wrote, “You have never had such a beautiful work from me.”

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Some Serious Fun |  Jan 30 & Feb 3 2014

MILL VALLEY 142 Throckmorton Theatre • Thursday, January 30, 2014 8PM
SAN FRANCISCO SF Conservatory of Music • Monday, February 3, 2014 8PM


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • Trio in E-flat Major for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Kegelstatt
Michael-Thomas FoumaiScat for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, and Cello 2013 LCCE Composition Contest winner/WEST COAST PREMIERE
Scott Lindroth • Yield to Total Elation for Flute, Viola, and Guitar
Steve Horowitz • New Work for Chamber Ensemble WORLD PREMIERE
György KurtágSigns, Games, and Messages for String Trio
Moritz EggertPong 2003 LCCE Composition Contest winner
Laura Schwendinger • High Wire Act for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano

Games inspired this program, which includes LCCE 2003 Composition Contest Winner Moritz Eggert’sPong, a charming musical rendering of the 1972 Atari game, as well as Mozart’s E-flat Trio, nicknamed “Kegelstatt,” or “Billiards,” and  György Kurtág’s Signs Games and Messages. Risk and competition come into play with Laura Schwendinger’s High Wire Act, and LCCE 2013 Composition Contest Winner Michael-Thomas Foumai’s Scat.  Local star Steve Horowitz, who teaches a course on writing music for games, is contributing a brief new trio. We also hear Scott Lindroth’s musical parallel of the imaginary world envisioned by Achilles Rizzoli, in Yield to Total Elation.

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Short Stories |  Mar 20 & 23 2014

MILL VALLEY 142 Throckmorton Theatre • Thursday, March 20, 2014 8PM
SAN FRANCISCO SF Conservatory of Music • Sunday, March 23, 2014 7PM


Charles ZollBailes encima del escritorio de nuestra juventud for Oboe, Violin, Cello, and Piano WEST COAST PREMIERE Rapido! Competition National Winner
Laurie San Martin Reply to a Dead Man for Chamber Ensemble and Speaker WORLD PREMIERE

We hear Bailes encima del escritorio de nuestra juventud, a scene rendered in music by Charles Zoll, the young top prize winner of the 2013 national Rapido! Composition Contest.  Bay Area composer Laurie San Martin is writing a new dramatic work for chamber ensemble and speaker.  

This concert supported in part by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Musical Grant Program

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Left Coast Summer Reading |  Jun 8 & 9 2014

MILL VALLEY 142 Throckmorton Theatre • Sunday, June 8, 2014 7PM
SAN FRANCISCO SF Conservatory of Music • Monday, June 9, 2014 8PM


Robert SchumannMärchenbilder for Viola and Piano
Thomas AdèsCourt Studies from The Tempest for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano
Mika Pelo • New Work for Piano Trio WORLD PREMIERE
Eric Zivian • New Work for Piano Trio WORLD PREMIERE
Leoš Janáček • String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata

Kick off the summer reading season with Left Coast, listening to Robert Schumann’s  Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures), Leoš Janáček’s first string quartet––inspired by the Tolstoy novella The Kreutzer Sonata––and  Thomas Adès’ trio for clarinet, violin and piano––inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Also featured are new works from composers Mika Pelo and Eric Zivian.

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These performances are made possible in part by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

Get the most out of your evening. 

Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine before the concert and at intermission in San Francisco. After the concert, join Left Coast musicians at Sauce (131 Gough between Oak & Page) and tell us your thoughts on the concert.