At the end of this past week, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) released their 2013–14 Season Calendar. Once again my plan will be to prepare previews of the scheduled events based on the different series in which they are organized. As was the case last year, the first of these will be the Alumni Recital Series, which will be offering its third full season.
The series will again consist of four concerts. Furthermore, the season will again begin with an Alumni Showcase program. Here are the specific dates and offerings:
Friday, September 6: This season the Alumni Showcase will focus on the work of six alumni composers. These will be Mark Ackerley (’10), Ian Dicke (’04), Mario Godoy (’13), Joseph Stillwell (’10), Kevin Villalta (’13), and Frank Wallace (’74). In addition all compositions will be performed by alumni. These will be represented by four ensembles: Friction Quartet, Mobius Trio, New Keys, and Valinor Winds.
Friday, October 4: The ZOFO Duet, consisting of pianists Keisuke Nakagoshi (’06) and Eva-Maria Zimmermann performing four-hand compositions on a single keyboard, will return to SFCM, where they gave their first public performance on October 30, 2009. They will use this occasion to revisit the highlight of their debut, the four-hand version of Igor Stravinsky’s score for the ballet “The Rite of Spring.” This was the version that Stravinsky used to introduce choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky (as well as Sergei Diaghilev, General Director of the Ballets Russes) to the music; and Stravinsky himself gave the performance with Claude Debussy providing the other two hands. For this season’s concert, ZOFO will couple their Stravinsky performance with another major Russian undertaking, an arrangement of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Opus 36 in B-flat minor, his second piano sonata.
Saturday, February 1: This concert will feature the Del Sol Quartet, all of whose members are SFCM alumni. These are violinists Kate Stenberg (’84) and Charlton Lee (’93), violist Rick Shinozaki (’86), and cellist Kathryn Bates Williams (’07). They will present a program consisting entirely of contemporary works. The composers to be represented will be Ken Ueno (“Peradam”), Lembit Beecher (“These Memories May Be True”), Mason Bates (“Bagatelles for String Quartet and Electronica”), and Chinary Ung (“Spiral X (in memoriam)”).
Monday, April 14: The final concert in the series will shift attention to the Baroque period. The soloist will be Krista Bennion-Feeney (’81), who will be accompanied by harpsichordist Corey Jamason. She will perform works by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Nicola Porpora, and Jean-Marie Leclair.
All four performances will take place in the SFCM Concert Hall at 8 p.m.; and the most up-to-date program information will be available at the Conservatory Web site. Tickets to all events in the 2013–14 season are now on sale and may be purchased online through the Performance Calendar Web page or by calling the Box Office at 415-503-6275. (Box Office hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday.) The price is $20 for general admission, with a $15 rate for students, seniors, and Friends of the Conservatory.