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    Hannah Addario-Berry, Jeff Anderle & Kate Campbell – Friday, June 1 at 8 pm

    Hannah Addario-Berry, Jeff Anderle, and Kate Campbell bring their combined talents to Old First Concerts with a diverse program including works by Bay Area composers Belinda Reynolds and Ryan Rey, and the world premiere of Kaolin for bass clarinet and piano by Ryan Brown.

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    Curium – Friday, June 22 at 8 pm

    Founded in the summer of 2017, the women of Curium piano trio specialize in performing the music of female composers along with traditional piano trio repertoire. This program features two rarely heard piano trios by women from different parts of the world: Chen Yi's Tunes from My Home and Kaija Saariaho's Light & Matter.

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    Amy Stephens – Sunday, June 24 at 4 pm

    Jazz composer and pianist Amy Stephens presents the World Premiere and album release of Becoming, her seven-movement suite for solo piano. Becoming is a delightful musical journey, taking the listener through contemporary jazz, rags, blues, world music and more.

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

    Ensemble for These Times (E4TT) returns to Old First Concerts with another edition of their 56X54 project of new and recent works by living composers. This program focuses on works featuring cello, and includes numerous World, US, and Bay Area premieres. Pre-concert talk at 7:30 with composers Lawrence Kramer and Frederick Schipizky.

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    Bridge Piano Quartet – Sunday, July 1 at 4 pm

    The Bridge Piano Quartet is honored to present the world premiere by noted composer Chad Cannon’s Gateway: Stories from Angel Island for piano quartet, narrator, butoh dance, and electronics, alongside works by Frank Bridge and W. A. Mozart.

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    Resonance Jazz Ensemble – Friday, July 20 at 8 pm

    Resonance Jazz Ensemble performs inspired originals by bandleader Steve McQuarry, as well as deliciously creative arrangements of jazz standards, pop tunes and classical favorites with woodwinds, strings and a rhythm section that includes piano, double-bass and drums.

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    Sarah Cahill – Sunday, July 22 at 4 pm

    On the occasion of being named a 2018 New Music Champion by the American Composers Forum, Sarah Cahill, performs a program of pieces she has commissioned or have been otherwise dedicated to her, including music by John Adams, Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros, Meredith Monk, Ingram Marshall, Annea Lockwood, Phil Kline, and Samuel Adams.

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    Henry Plotnick & Friends – Friday, August 17 at 8 pm

    Jazz pianist and composer Henry Plotnick brings his unique, energetic musicianship to Old First Concerts in a very special concert of jazz standards, originals, and work by new composers. Just seventeen years old, he has performed throughout the Bay Area at venues such as Davies Symphony Hall, SFMOMA, California Jazz Conservatory, Stanford University, JCCSF, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum, and San Francisco City Hall.