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56x54: E4TT's First Call for Scores

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"A small, brave organization for the creation and performance of new music will have its season-opener on Oct. 30 in the Berkeley Piano Club, when E4TT begins the series “56x54” — Stop! What and what?... " (Janos Gereben, SFCV.org, Oct.23, 2016) E4TT held its first Call for Scores in early 2016, receiving 275 works from over 200 talented composers and choosing 56 pieces by 54 composers. The 56x54 series runs from October 2016 through February 2019.

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56x54 #1: October 27 & 30, 2016
"OK, so what’s up for number one?" (Janos Gereben, SFCV.org, Oct. 23,2016)
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International/Modern: January 17, 2017

...The selected composers hail from 11 countries — Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Greece, Israel, Poland, Russia, Spain, and the U.S. — and 18 states, and range from emerging composers beginning their undergraduate degrees to veterans in the field." (Janos Gereben, SFCV.org, Oct.23, 2016)" (Janos Gereben, SFCV.org, October 23, 2016)
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The "Guernica" Project: April 2 & 8, 2017
"An Ensemble Asks What Picasso’s Guernica Means in These Times:...It became clear to us that this had to be our next project... This matched our interest in bringing a lens on human injustice and suffering...[and] seemed especially appropriate since the anniversary of Guernica is coming up in April.”(Mark MacNamara, SFCV.org, March 21, 2017)
Spain: October, 2017
"One entry [in the Call for Scores] was from Jeffrey Hoover, a musician and director of the Integrated Arts Program at the University of Baltimore. His music suggested both “compositional sensibility” and “a creative proclivity for combining musical composition with painting.” E4TT commissioned Hoover to write Guernica, a musical interpretation of the Picasso masterpiece."(Jeffrey Freymann, KDFC.com, April 6, 2017)
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56x54 Redux: The Second Call for Scores Concert: June 4, 2017
"June will Begin with a Very Busy Sunday...the first Sunday of next month (June 4) will mark the beginning of the run of performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s K. 527 opera Don Giovanni. However, as the hucksters like to say, “That’s not all, folks!...Ensemble for These Times (E4TT) will return to the Old First Concerts series with a program of 21st-century chamber music based on last year’s Call for Scores. The program will include one world premiere, four United States premieres, and three West Coast premieres."(Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio, May 19, 2017)
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56x54 ...the beat goes on: November 19, 2017
"They put out a call to composers for works, and were inundated...[receiving] 275 scores..." (Jeffrey Freymann, KDFC.com, April 6, 2017)
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Strings & Things: February 4, 2018
...where we add some extra strings and play some interesting things
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Once/Memory/Night: Paul Celan: April 15, 2018
"The group Ensemble for these Times focuses on 20th and 21st century music. According to McGuinness, the group’s co-director, their music harnesses the power of artistic beauty, intelligence, wit, lyricism, and irony to create a deep understanding of our times and the human condition." (Nancy Zubiri, Euskalkazeta.com, March 23, 2017)
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56x54: The Saga Continues: June 3, 2018
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But Wait! There's More! Spring 2019