Thursday, April 4, 2013

Just a short post today, as ...the excitement is mounting...because in just two days, Dale (Tsang-Hall), the fabulous pianist of the Jewish Music & Poetry Project, and I will perform the World Premiere of David Garner's Phoenix, to texts by poet Rose Auslaender.  Four short but powerful songs to four witty, ironic poems, focusing on exile and displacement, in a post-Holocaust context.  The concert is timed for this weekend in honor of Yom Hashoah.

The concert will also feature the West Coast premiere of Edwin Geist's 3 Lithuanian Songs and solo piano works by Jewish women composers , Gabriela Lena Frank, Elena Ruehr,  Laura Schwendinger, and Viteszlava Kapralova.  Other composers: Zemlinsky and Golijov.

On a more serious note, this is the concert for which we were received our most recent grant, from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and for which we've been very grateful to our many supporters, who've helped us commission this piece from fabulous SF composer David Garner.

WHEN & WHERE:  FRIDAY, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. at Old First Concerts in San Francisco (corner of Sacramento and San Francisco).  Tickets: $17/ $14

Hope to see some of my readers there!

Incidentally, Dale and I had the honor and pleasure of joining David Garner's seminar in 20th century song at the SFCM.  Great students, smart, good questions, excellent comments.  We hope they enjoyed having us there as much as we enjoyed getting a chance to talk to them!

What I'm reading: The Lives of Things by Jose Saramago, recommended by a friend;
What I'm listening to: Garner and more Garner, Zemlinsky, Geist, Frank, Schwendinger, Ruehr, Kapralova, and Golijov.
What I'm working on: the same ;)!