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    Chordless – Friday, January 24 at 8 pm

    Chordless - Friday, January 24 at 8 pm
    A duo that is passionate about creating welcoming spaces to explore and appreciate music that has historically been ignored or is brand new, performing a World Premiere by Benjamin Pesetsky, along with works by Copland, Messiaen, Strozzi, and more.

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    Anyssa Neumann – Friday, January 31 at 8 pm

    Anyssa Neumann - Friday, January 31 at 8 pm
    In this recital of preludes and transcriptions, pianist Anyssa Neumann explores a variety of contrapuntal traditions from the Baroque to the 21st century, including works by Bach, Wagner, Chopin, Pärt, Dallapiccola, Cerrone, and Dicke.

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    Duo Concertante – Sunday, February 2 at 4 pm

    Duo Concertante - Sunday, February 2 at 4 pm
    One of Canada's premiere chamber ensembles returns to Old First Concerts with a program featuring Randolph Peters's Frisson, commissioned by the duo, alongside works by Bach, Schumann, and Beethoven.

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    Zane Forshee – Full Circle – Friday, February 7 at 8 pm

    Zane Forshee - Full Circle - Friday, February 7 at 8 pm
    Full Circle is a personal program that explores the points of intersection found between works by living composers that have stretched the boundaries of what is possible on the guitar with works that were groundbreaking in the past.

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    Wooden Fish Ensemble – Sunday, February 9 at 4 pm

    Wooden Fish Ensemble - Sunday, February 9 at 4 pm
    Specializing in programs blending traditional music from Asia with new music by living composers, this program features Korean folk songs alongside works by Frederic Rzewski and Hyo-shin Na, including numerous world and local premieres.

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    Conspiracy of Venus – Friday, February 14 at 9 pm

    Conspiracy of Venus - Friday, February 14 at 9 pm
    A special Valentine's Day concert with Conspiracy of Venus, a powerful 25-woman vocal ensemble interprets the songs of greats like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Björk, Joni Mitchell, Pixies, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, and many more.

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    New Moon Duo – Friday, February 28 at 8 pm

    New Moon Duo - Friday, February 28 at 8 pm
    The World Premiere of Nicolas Benavides' Canto Caló, a song cycle that takes inspiration from the New Mexican heritage shared by Martinez Becker and Benavides through the lens of their grandparents’ life experiences.

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    Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival – Saturday, March 21 at 7 pm

    Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival - Saturday, March 21 at 7 pm
    A four hour celebration of mathematically "pure ratios" - finding harmony and resonance in alternate tuning systems - featuring an all-star lineup of Bay Area performers and several world premieres.

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    Ninth Planet New Music – Friday, March 27 at 8 pm

    Ninth Planet New Music - Friday, March 27 at 8 pm
    Created in 2019 as a merger of Bay Area new music groups Wild Rumpus and Composers, Inc., Ninth Planet presents a program of fresh and varied new music from the Bay Area and beyond!

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    Nomad Session – Sunday, March 29 at 4 pm

    Nomad Session - Sunday, March 29 at 4 pm
    Using the extreme versatility of their instruments, Nomad Session introduces audiences to a world of new musical opportunities with fresh commissions and inspiring arrangements of classical and popular music.

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    Enter the Bamboo – Sunday, April 5 at 4 pm

    Enter the Bamboo - Sunday, April 5 at 4 pm
    A dynamic presentation from two masters of jinashi Zen bamboo flutes ranging from virtuosic and energetic to meditative and subtle.

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    Gabriele Baldocci – Friday, April 17 at 8 pm

    Gabriele Baldocci - Friday, April 17 at 8 pm
    Hear why Grammophone calls Baldocci a "pianist of formidable capabilities”, as he performs Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's fifth symphony alongside improvisations and World Premieres.

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    Slow Wave – Friday, April 24 at 8 pm

    Slow Wave - Friday, April 24 at 8 pm
    Explore the slower end of the sound wave spectrum with World Premieres by Bryan Lin, Emma Logan, and Kyle Hovatter, plus works by Brett Eastman and Max Bruch.

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