Date(s) - 10/15/2021
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Old First Concerts
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Award-winning contemporary music group, Ensemble for These Times opens its fourteenth season with Alchemy, a program focusing on identity and transformation. Concert highlights will be two commissions, The Unseen, a new song cycle dealing with issues of these times—identity, isolation, loss, and despair—by emerging queer Bay Area composer, Brennan Stokes (b. 1990) to poetry by Sara Teasdale, and a new solo cello piece by California composer, Mary Bianco (b. 1939), inspired by J.S. Bach, as well as Lamentations Black/Folk Song Suite, by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932–2004), also for solo cello. The remaining musical transformations on the program all feature underrepresented voices: Lisa Bielawa (b. 1968), Marcus Norris (b. 1991), Gabriela Ortiz (b. 1964), Pablo Ortiz (b. 1956), Julia Perry (1924–1979), Darian Donovan-Thomas, and George Walker (1922–2018).
Alchemy is supported by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission, made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by InterMusic SF, and supported by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and San Francisco Grants for the Arts and sponsored, in part, by a grant from The Ross McKee Foundation.