Tuesday, May 5, 2009
May 5 - Released from Captivity
A bit of Journal work, beginning to write the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra Dreams of the Restless, and another page of orchestration for Elijah Rock: III. Rehoboam Died, the Bergian Blues, as Harriet heads out the door early, eventually following suit under uncertain skies in the English Hills and
Back at the helm in Theory for Elton John Lion King: Circle of Life (chorus as opposed to yesterday's verse) dictation -- very respectable chord harmonizations follow, with works of Phil Aduan, Julian Lessin, and brief 12-tone tonality examples from Mice and Men: Act III ("Did I Show You This") and Street Songs: Extension Chords.
Extended lunch at China Garden (with its view of Mt. Diablo's twin peaks), gathering information for P.R. and rehearsal scheduling; back for night class in music of
Gian Carlo Menotti
Nat King Cole
High Life Charlie Parker
Left Bank with Owen, Aaron, and an engaging San Francisco Symphony cellist, brief return to DVC, then home finishing off press release, below:
COMPOSERS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Mark Alburger, Music Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
May 5, 2009 SFCCO (707) 451-0714 firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN FRANCISCO COMPOSERS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS
"DREAMS OF THE RESTLESS"
8:00PM, SATURDAY, JUNE 13, OLD FIRST CHURCH,
1725 SACRAMENTO STREET (AT VAN NESS), SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO AND WORLD PREMIERES OF WORKS BY
MICHAEL COOKE, ALLAN CROSSMAN, PHILIP FREIHOFNER, LOREN JONES, LISA SCOLA PROSEK, DAVIDE VEROTTA, ERLING WOLD AND FOGNOZZLE, AND MARK ALBURGER
SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2009 -- To dream, perchance to sleep. Not a chance of the latter, as the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra presents Dreams of the Restless, 8pm, Saturday, June 13, at Old First Church in San Francisco. Composers Michael Cooke, Allan Crossman, Philip Freihofner, Loren Jones, Lisa Scola Prosek, Davide Verotta, Erling Wold, Fognozzle, and Mark Alburger will explore the world of suggestion and dreams, inspired by abstract ponderings, restless fears, and childlike hopes in all new compositions, featuring exotic instruments, tribal rhythms, and a fantastic light show.
Cooke's A Child Sleeps sets the musical cradle rocking with variations on a Chinese lullaby graced by the addition of sheng and gucheng, as performed by the composer and Gangqin Zhao. Crossman ups the ante in Plasticity by scoring for a unique instrument -- the Sonoglyph, an invention of featured soloist Tom Nunn's.
Not to be outdone in the otherworldly capacity, Jones hallucinates worlds of music in Eagle Bear Woman and Two Islands, in respective homages to Native American and Indonesian traditions.
While the nightmare of a natural world gone awry is captured in Scola Prosek's Voodoo Storm, Wold and Fognozzle's In the Stomach of Fleas takes its malaise from outbreaks of bubonic before and after the great San Francisco Earthquake. Also earthshattering will be Freihofner's monumental Obelisk and Alburger's King David Suite (The Young and the Restless), in three portraits of angst-ridden youth (David, Jonathan, and Absalom).
Tickets for the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra's "Dreams of the Restless" on Saturday, May 13, at 8:00 p.m. at Old First Church, 1725 Sacramento Street (at Van Ness), San Francisco, are $15 general, $12 students and seniors. Tickets are available through the Old First Church Box Office at (415) 474-1608 and at the door. For more information, please call Old First Church Box Office, or the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra at (707) 451-0714, or visit the organizations' respective websites at www.sfcco.org and www.oldfirstconcerts.org. Tickets are also available at www.ticketweb.com. Other links to the show may be found at myspace.com/sfcco, and markalburgerevents.blogspot.com.
CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:
OLD FIRST CONCERTS PRESENTS
Saturday, May 13, at 8:00 p.m. Old First Church
1725 Sacramento Street at Van Ness
San Francisco, CA
DREAMS OF THE RESTLESS
San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra
Mark Alburger King David Suite (The Young and the Restless)
Michael Cooke A Baby Sleeps
Alan Crossman Plasticity, for Sonoglyph and Chamber Orchestra
Philip Freihofner Obelisk
Loren Jones Eagle Bear Woman and Two Islands
Lisa Scola Prosek Voodoo Storm
Davide Verotta Verso L'immagine Feroce
Erling Wold and Fognozzle In the Stomach of Fleas
Tickets:$15 general, $12 students and seniors, available through the Old First Church Box Office at (415) 474-1608, at the door, and at www.ticketweb.com.
More information at sfcco.org and markalburgerevents.blogspot.com