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Soprano Lara Bruckmann and pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann, together the duo ChamberBridge, host a special festival titled Messiaen Illuminated in honor of the centenary of Olivier Messiaens birth. Over the course of the afternoon there will be an exhibition of the works of painter Srimongkol Darawali (JAX), a hands-on demonstration of the early electronic instrument the ondes Martenot and three performances by the duo joined by the Del Sol String Quartet, Mary Chun and members of the SFSoundGroup. The performances highlight the works of Olivier Messiaen, along with works by his teachers and influences, such as Paul Dukas, Maurice Emmanuel and Claude Debussy, through to the 2nd and 3rd generations of his students, including Gérard Grisey, Tristan Murail, Ed Campion, Ron Bruce Smith and George Benjamin. Of special note are rare performances of song cycles by Messiaens first wife Claire Delbos (both composed on texts by Messiaens mother, the accomplished poet Cecile Sauvage), and the premieres of two newly commissioned works by young Bay Area composers Gabriela Lena Frank and Mei-Fang Lin.Special price for day-long pass to all three concerts: $35 general / $28 student/senior. Price for single concert: $15 general / $12 student/senior

Old First Concerts has volunteer opportunities available!

Our concerts rely on the generosity of volunteers to assist with simple tasks like:


distributing programs

box office

set-up and clean-up

Scheduling is flexible — you choose when to work! We especially need helping hands for our Friday and Saturday night performances.

An excellent opportunity for students, seniors, or anyone who possesses a love for music!

If you’d like to consider volunteering with Old First Concerts, please contact for more information.