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Ensemble for These Times – Friday, June 29 at 8 pm

Ensemble for These Times
56×54: Focus on the Cello
Nanette McGuinness, soprano; Anne Lerner-Wright, cello; Dale Tsang, piano; David Garner, composer

Lawrence Kramer Ricercar World Premiere
David Luna From Lamentations World Premiere
R. Michael Daugherty The Sandpiper World Premiere
Gladys Smuckler Moskowitz Manic Screaming World Premiere
Frederick Schipizky Sonia’s Letters US Premiere
George Hatzimichelakis Suite I US Premiere
Gene Pritzker Three Songs of Nostalgia, No. 1 West Coast Premiere
Tom Flaherty Music I Heard With You
David Garner Capriccio for cello and piano
J.J. Hollingsworth The Fig

Ensemble for These Times (E4TT) is a new music chamber group consisting of award-winning soprano, co-director and co-founder Nanette McGuinness, Van Cliburn competitor pianist Dale Tsang, cellist Anne Lerner-Wright and 2015 The American Prize winner, composer, co-director and co-founder David Garner. The Ensemble focuses on 20th and 21st century music that is relevant, engaging, original, and compelling, music that resonates today and will speak to tomorrow. E4TT strongly believes in the power of artistic beauty, intelligence, wit, lyricism, and irony to create a deep understanding of our times and the human condition. This program continues their multi-year project 56X54, in which the they performing 56 scores by 54 composers drawn from a pool of works submitted to a call for scores they put out in early 2016. This program focuses on works written for cello by, and includes numerous World, US and Bay Area premieres, as well as a new work by ensemble member David Garner.

Please join us for a pre-concert talk at 7:30 with composers Lawrence Kramer, Frederick Schipizky and Grammy-nominee Tom Flaherty.

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