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CONCERTS

SHADES OF GRAY Sunday, September 11, 2016 | NEW CONCERT START TIME: 3:30pm | First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave, SF, NM – Mahler, Schnittke, Harrison, Karmanov, Weir, and Schubert | Guest pianist Yi-heng Yang
Essential piano quartets, promoting the dusky hues of Gustav Mahler’s youthful work that inspired Alfred Schnittke’s short, edgy composition a century later. A mystical tombeau for Schubert written by American composer John Harbison, young Russian Pavel Karmanov’s refreshing ‘Cambridge Music’ from 2008 and Judith Weir’s brief glimpse of a different, parallel line of the evolution of contemporary music.  VIEW PROGRAM

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OPEN ROADS Sunday, October 23, 2016 | 3:00pm | First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave, SF, NM – Prokofiev, Piazzolla
A tangle of textures with Prokofiev’s sunny 2nd Violin Sonata and his quirky op. 39 Quintet, an early ballet survivor from his time in Paris, accompanied by an offering of smoldering tangos by Astor Piazzolla for a variety of instruments. VIEW PROGRAM

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SLIPSTREAM Sunday, November 13, 2016 | 3:00pm | First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave, SF, NM – Tison Street, Thomas Oboe Lee, Dvorak

The crossing currents of conventional genre boundaries as it applies to the romantic 1977 work of Tison Street, the alluring movement inspired ‘Morango…almost a Tango’ by Thomas Oboe Lee, to the dramatic, lush groundswell of a young Dvorak’s String Quintet with Double Bass, opus 77. VIEW PROGRAM

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016  |  5:30pm  |  At a beautiful studio close to town, in La Tierra |  Featuring the music of Gershwin, Duke, Weill, Corigliano, Gardel, Cassado, Falla, Guettel

Enjoy hor d’oeuvres, wine, bubbly drinks, and desserts. Directions will be sent upon receipt of payment.

HARMONIC DIVERGENTS Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 3:00pm | First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave, SF, NM – Strauss, Nielsen, Glière, Mark O’Conner, and Kenji Bunch

Experience the unexpected with this gathering of unique compositions. Carl Nielsen’s ‘Serenata in Vano’ (Serenade in vain), Richard Strauss’s ‘Till Eulenspiegel’ arranged in another way, an unusual classic set by Gliere, and a big taste of Mark O’Conner’s bittersweet bluegrass style (Poem for Carlita). VIEW PROGRAM

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COMPLEX STORIES Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 3:00pm | First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave, SF, NM – Bridge, Arvo Pärt, Joseph Schwantner, Ned Rorem, and Ron Strauss (Premiere)

Compelling tales told through the English sounds of Frank Bridge (his Phantasy Piano Quartet), Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s mystical ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’ (Mirror in the Mirror), American composer Joseph Schwantner’s surreal ‘Two Poems of Agueda Pizarro’, and a world premiere by Santa Fe composer Ron Strauss on the intense words of Galician poet Rosalia de Castro, for soprano and instruments. VIEW PROGRAM

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PARIS Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 3:00pm | First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave, SF, NM – Messiaen, Alexandra du Bois (NM Premiere), Fauré  | Guest Pianist, Yi-heng Yang

Astonishing reflections of the City of Light with selections from Messiaen’s stately, hypnotic work for piano ‘Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus’, the New Mexico premiere of ‘An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind’ (String Quartet No. 1), a stunning work from 2003 that explores the foreboding landscapes of war and conflict, by young composer Alexandra du Bois, and Gabriel Faure’s quicksilver, sublime Piano Quintet No. 2 in C minor. VIEW PROGRAM

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BACH IN SPRING Saturday, May 7, 2017 | 3:00pm | First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave, SF, NM – The Goldberg Variations

The iconic work that is both simply beautiful and a Rubik’s cube of invention and architecture, performed on harpsichord by Kathleen McIntosh. VIEW PROGRAM

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