Today Anna Presler, Artistic Director of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, announced the hiring of Nick Benavides as the company’s Managing Director for the 2015–2016 season. He will be responsible for all aspects of LCCE operations and administration. These will include support for development, grant research and writing, and concert and special event management, along with providing oversight for marketing and communications.
Regular readers of this site probably know Benavides best as a composer. He was one of the original founders of the Guerrilla Composers Guild (GCG), where he currently serves as Artistic Director. (GCG composers, including Benavides, contributed this season to provide new compositions for the One Found Sound fundraising gala.) He was one of the six emerging composers invited to contribute a new piece for Left Coast Goes to the Museum, the final concert in the LCCE 2014–2015 season. Most recently he was named by Elevate Ensemble as Composer-in-Residence for the 2015–2016 season. During the coming season he will also hold residencies in Visby, Sweden, and Marfa, Texas.
Benavides holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University and a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). He has studied composition with David Conte, Jack Perla, Pamela Quist, and Kurt Rohde. (Rohde is a violist with LCCE, which he founded; and this past season LCCE presented the world premiere of his opera Death with Interruptions.) During his time at SFCM, Benavides became proficient in the use of the recording facilities and was responsible for capturing and editing many valuable audio and video documents. Most recently his recording work for Cappella SF was featured on Classical KDFC.
In announcing Benavides’ appointment, LCCE Artistic Director Presler released the following statement: “Nick is an eclectic musician whose experience includes composing classical music, touring with a funk band, teaching composition to kids, playing ranchera music with his grandfather in New Mexico, serving as a recording engineer, editing music videos, and more; and on top of all that, he is a gifted and personable administrator. With his wide musical experience and knowledge, efficiency, imagination, and commitment to our mission, he is a perfect fit for Left Coast.”
As has already been announced, the 2015–2016 LCCE season in San Francisco will get under way on October 26. All concerts will be on Monday evenings at 8 p.m., except for the March concert, which will be on a Tueday (March 22). All will take place in the SFCM Recital Hall, except for the concert on December 7, which will take place at the Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion.
Full subscriptions are on sale for $125 with a special $105 rate for seniors. They may be purchased online through an event page maintained by Vendini. SFCM is located at 50 Oak Street, and the Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion is at 66 Page Street. Both are a short walk from the Van Ness Muni station. Single tickets are also on sale at $35 for general admission and half price for those under the age of 35.