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56x54+Gorecki: strings & things (Feb. 4, 2018, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, SF) ...where we add some strings and play some interesting things.
Joined by guest artists Ilana Blumberg Thomas (violin) and Julie Michael (viola).

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Experience an out-of-this-world, rarely heard early string trio by Polish composer Henryk Gorecki (Genesis I: Elementi), along with the in-this-world premiere of a new setting of Robert Frost's famous “The Road Not Taken” by Call for Scores composer Weiwei Miao (China), along with West Coast premieres by Call for Scores composers Guggenheim Fellow Juliana Hall, Leah Kennedy, and Mike McFerron and additional Call for Scores works by Dave Collins and Joelle Wallach, plus Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran's Connecting the Dots, Rorrim's Run by E4TT's David Garner, and Passion Revisited by Aleksandra Vrebalov.

World Premiere
  • Weiwei Miao, "The Road Not Taken" (soprano, piano). Listen to her"Scene"

  • West Coast Premieres
  • Juliana Hall, "Lovestars" (soprano, cello, piano). Listen to her "The Holy Sonnets of John Donne"

  • Leah Kennedy, "Gone," "Memory's Dance" and "Wasted" from "Love's Dissolved (soprano, violin, cello, piano). Watch her "Gretchen" (from "Not Buying It" for soprano, violin, flute, and piano (sung by the composer)): .

  • Mike McFerron, "Winter Solstice" (cello, piano). Listen to his electroacoustic work, "Shape Study: Music for metamorphoses": .

  • and...
  • Henryk Gorecki’s Genesis I: Elementi for string trio (not from the Call for Scores).


  • Shulamit Ran's "Connecting the Dots." Listen to her "Birds of Paradise"



  • Aleksandra Vrebalov's Passion Revisited for piano trio (not from the Call for Scores)


  • David Garner's Rorrim's Run (movement 1) for violin and piano (not from the Call for Scores). Listen to the first movement of his piano trio:


  • Dave Collins, Etude X (piano). Listen to his "The Maid of Llangollen"for brass.

  • Joelle Wallach, "Hymn to Eros" (voice, viola, piano). Listen (start at 22 seconds).

  • Composers Weiwei Miao, Leah Kennedy, and David Garner will speak at the performance.
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    This performance is sponsored in part by a grant from the Ross McKee Foundation.