2016-17 Season Announced

We are excited about our 2016-17 season lineup. Season tickets are on sale now.

1. A Close Correspondence

Onur Türkmen 
New Work for String Quartet and Chorus WORLD PREMIERE

Leoš Janáček
String Quartet #2 “Intimate Letters”

David Lang 
A Father’s Love for Chorus

Mark Winges 
Letters for String Quartet and Chorus WORLD PREMIERE

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.

2. Brilliant Palette

Ernest Chausson
Chanson Perpétuelle, Op. 37 for Soprano, String Quartet, and Piano

Caroline Shaw
Boris Kerner for Cello, and Percussion

George Crumb
Madrigals I for Soprano, Vibraphone, and Contrabass

Martin Matalon
Short Stories for Vibraphone

Gabriel Fauré
La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61, for Soprano, String Quintet, and Piano

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.

3. House of the Beehives

David Coll

Dusan Bogdanovic
Canticles for Two Guitars

Maurice Ravel
Sonata for Violin and Cello

Melody Eötvös
House of the Beehives

Sebastian Currier
Broken Consort for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Cello, 2 Guitars

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.

4. Brahms Through the Looking Glass

New Works, to be announced

Kenneth Lim
New Work for Piano Trio 

Johannes Brahms
Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8

Brahmsʼ B Major Trio, written when he was a young man and revised in his later years, is the inspiration for a new piano trio by Kenneth Lim. A new heir to the classical music tradition give us fresh perspective on an old masterpiece.

5. Francophilia

Claude Debussy
Chansons de Bilitis

Aaron Copland
selections from Songs of Emily Dickinson

Kurt Rohde
Power is Everywhere for Soprano, Flute, Cello and Piano with texts by Michel Foucault WORLD PREMIERE

Maurice Ravel
Chansons madécasses 

with other works for voice, flute, cello and piano by Henri Dutilleux, Ned Rorem and André Caplet

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.