SF Opera Lab Presents ChamberWORKS

Release date: 3/25/2016 

 

 Two Eclectic Programs Featuring Musicians of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Tenor Brian Thorsett and San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows

April 7 and 20, 2016 in the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater 

ChamberWORKS.pdf  Photos Available

 

Season One of SF Opera Lab continues with ChamberWORKS on April 7 and April 20 at the Taube Atrium Theater. Musicians of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra curate two eclectic and intimate nights of music and song featuring tenor Brian Thorsett and San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellows.

ChamberWORKS on April 7 features San Francisco Opera Orchestra concertmaster Kay Stern, cellist Emil Miland, co-principal horn Kevin Rivard, pianists John Churchwell and Mark Morash and tenor and Merola Opera Program alumnus Brian Thorsett. The program includes works by Franz Schubert, David Conte, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Benjamin Britten, Joseph Haydn, Lou Harrison and the premiere of Bourne to Shelley by composer and bassist Shinji Eshima.

Shinji Eshima has been a member of the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet orchestras since 1980. As a composer, he is best known for his full-orchestra commissioned scores for San Francisco Ballet’s RAkU and Swimmer ballets, both choreographed by Yuri Possokhov. A documentary film of RAkU is soon to be released. Eshima says of his work, “Bourne to Shelley combines the contemporary poetry of American-born Scott Bourne, former world champion skate boarder, turned Parisian runway model/author/poet, with excerpts from hymn by the early 19th century English Romantic poet Percy Shelley. The piece for tenor, horn and piano, part of my Frankenstein project, seeks to find an answer for the necessity of human love.”

Piano Trio by David Conte was commissioned by the Cha Family Foundation for the International Chamber Music Festival, Shanghai Conservatory and San Francisco Conservatory. Fanfare magazine wrote of the trio, “A major addition to the repertory, with moments of palpably exciting drama interposed with those of quiet reflection, containing Conte’s trademark exquisitely flowing melodic lines.” Conte is Professor of Composition and Chair of the Composition Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

ChamberWORKS on April 20 features San Francisco Opera Orchestra associate principal cellist Thalia Moore, associate principal violist Sergey Rakitchenkov, harpist Olga Ortenberg-Rakitchenkov; and current San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows Julie Adams (soprano) and Noah Lindquist (pianist). The program includes works by André Previn, Ernest Chausson, Richard Strauss, Marin Marais, Carlos Salzedo and more.

Intimate, eclectic, adventurous—SF Opera Lab, San Francisco Opera’s newly launched programming arm, celebrates the power of the human voice theatrically in intimate spaces, including the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater in San Francisco Opera’s new Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera. SF Opera Lab’s inaugural season of innovative programming continues through May with:

ŸSvadba-Wedding—Composer Ana Sokolović's virtuosic a cappella chamber opera for six female singers in a new production directed by Michael Cavanagh (April 2–10)

The Triplets of Belleville Cine-Concert—Screenings of the Oscar-nominated French film with live performance of the original score, with “foley” and chanteuse (April 14–23).

ŸVoigt Lessons—A one-woman show starring soprano Deborah Voigt, developed with Terrence McNally and Francesca Zambello, with music direction by Kevin Stites (May 6 & 8).

ŸSF Opera Lab also presents a series of Pop-Up events at diverse venues around the Bay Area; the next Pop-Up takes place on April 1, 2016 at The Chapel in San Francisco’s Mission district.

For more information about SF Opera Lab, visit sfoperalab.com.

 

The Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater is a state-of-the-art performance venue designed to be configured in multiple ways, providing both performer and audience members with a very personal approach to the concert experience. From traditional theater-style performances and seating, to cabaret settings with café tables and performances in the round, to more experimental configurations, the Taube Atrium Theater offers intimate and adventurous experiences with its public offerings. The theater is also distinguished by the Constellation® acoustic system from Berkeley-based Meyer Sound, an extraordinary innovation in acoustical science enabling artists to customize different acoustic environments for their performances with the press of a button. San Francisco Opera is the first opera company to use this technology, providing a virtually unlimited palette of acoustic possibilities to create the most compelling sound experience. 

The Taube Atrium Theater and the John M. Bryan Education Studio are the centerpieces of San Francisco Opera’s new Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera (located on the fourth floor of the Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco). Adjacent to the War Memorial Opera House, the Wilsey Center for Opera opened in late February 2016 and consolidates most of the Company’s operations into a single campus in the vibrant arts district of San Francisco’s Civic Center/Hayes Valley. For more information about the Wilsey Center for Opera, visit sfopera.com/wilseycenter.

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SF Opera Lab ChamberWORKS program and calendar information

 

April 7 (8 p.m.), 20 (8 p.m.), 2016   

Taube Atrium Theater

at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera

Veterans Building, Fourth Floor

401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

Approximate running time:  1 hour, 30 minutes (April 7 concert will have one intermission)

(Programs and artists subject to change)

 

Musicians of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra curate two eclectic and intimate nights of music and song featuring the 2016 San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows. Program highlights include the premiere of Bourne to Shelley by San Francisco Opera Orchestra bassist Shinji Eshima and Piano Trio by David Conte (April 7); Adler Fellow soprano Julie Adams performs works by Previn, Strauss, Marais, Chausson and Ponchielli (April 20). For more information about SF Opera Lab programs, visit sfoperalab.com.

TICKETS:  $35 (general admission seating). Tickets available at sfoperalab.com or by calling the San Francisco Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330. The Box Office at the Taube Atrium Theater will be open starting 60 minutes before each show.

 

ChamberWORKS

THURSDAY, APRIL 7 at 8:00 p.m.

 

ARTISTS: 

Brian Thorsett, tenor

Kay Stern, violin

Emil Miland, cello

Kevin Rivard, horn

John Churchwell, piano

Mark Morash, piano

 

PROGRAM:

Franz Schubert – Auf dem Strom, D. 943 (c. 1828)

Brian Thorsett, tenor

Kevin Rivard, horn

Mark Morash, piano

 

David Conte – Piano Trio (2011)

Kay Stern, violin

Emil Miland, cello

Mark Morash, piano

 

Esa-Pekka Salonen – Concert Étude (2000)          

Kevin Rivard, horn

 

Benjamin Britten – Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain, Op. 55 (1954)

Brian Thorsett, tenor

Kevin Rivard, horn

Mark Morash, piano

 

Joseph Haydn – Duet for Violin and Cello in D Major, Hob. VI: D1 (c. 1768)

Kay Stern, violin

Emil Miland, cello

 

Lou Harrison – Suite for Cello and Piano (1995)

Emil Miland, cello

Mark Morash, piano

 

Shinji Eshima – Bourne to Shelley (World Premiere)

Brian Thorsett, tenor

Kevin Rivard, horn

John Churchwell, piano

 

ChamberWORKS

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 at 8:00 p.m.

 

ARTISTS: 

Julie Adams, soprano

Craig Reiss, violin

Jennifer Cho, violin

Sergey Rakitchenkov, viola

Thalia Moore, cello

Olga Ortenberg-Rakitchenkov, harp

Noah Lindquist, piano

Olivia Ting, projection designer

 

PROGRAM (additional works to be announced; please visit sfoperalab.com for updates): 

Marin Marais – Suite in D Minor from Pièces de viole, Book I (1686), arrangement by Robert and Laurence Boulay

Sergey Rakitchenkov, viola

Olga Ortenberg-Rakitchenkov, harp

 

Amilcare Ponchielli – Eternamente (1874)            

Julie Adams, soprano

Thalia Moore, cello         

Noah Lindquist, piano

 

Carlos Salzedo – Whirlwind, from Five Preludes for Harp Alone (1917)

Olga Ortenberg-Rakitchenkov, harp

 

Carlos Salzedo – Chanson dans la nuit (1927)

Olga Ortenberg-Rakitchenkov, harp

 

Ernest Chausson – Chanson perpétuelle, Op. 37 (1898)

Julie Adams, soprano

Craig Reiss, violin

Jennifer Cho, violin

Sergey Rakitchenkov, viola

Thalia Moore, cello

Noah Lindquist, piano

 

André Previn – Vocalise (1995)

Julie Adams, soprano

Thalia Moore, cello         

Noah Lindquist, piano

 

Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110(1960)

Craig Reiss, violin

Jennifer Cho, violin

Sergey Rakitchenkov, viola

Thalia Moore, cello

 

Richard Strauss – Morgen, Op. 27, No.4 (1894)

Julie Adams, soprano

Craig Reiss, violin

Jennifer Cho, violin

Sergey Rakitchenkov, viola

Thalia Moore, cello

Olga Ortenberg-Rakitchenkov, harp

 

For the complete press release, please view the attached PDF.