One Found Sound is the collaborative chamber orchestra that performs without a conductor and pursues a mission to break down the barriers of classical music through unique concert experiences. It was founded in 2013 by five friends, all graduates of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music: clarinetist Sarah Bonomo, bassoonist Georgeanne Banker, violinist Emily Botel-Barnard, flutist Sasha Launer, and bassist Scott Padden. The ensemble has distinguished itself through both an innovative approach to repertoire and the imaginative selection of performance venues.
Next month will mark the beginning of One Found Sound’s third concert season. Once again there will be three concerts and an end-of-season fundraising gala. There will be one new performance venue and a return to one of the more imaginative spaces from last season, which was used for that season’s concluding gala. All concerts will be held on Fridays at 8 p.m. Dates and programming for the three concerts are as follows:
October 9: This will couple compositions written towards the end of two successive centuries. It will begin with the dectet that Jean Françaix composed in 1987 for the combination of a wind quintet and a string quartet. (The latter consists of a string quartet with the addition of a bass.) This will be followed by Arnold Schoenberg Opus 4 string sextet, “Verklärte Nacht” (transfigured night), which he composed on the threshold of the twentieth century in 1899. Many would call this his earliest important work. The title comes from a poem by Richard Dehmel; and the music is distinguished by the way in which the thematic material provides a line-by-line account of the source text, without requiring a singer to declaim those lines. This concert will take place at Monument SF, a new live-work art space at 140 9th Street in SOMA.
December 11: This concert will contrast the sonorities of winds, brass, and strings. The opening selection will be Edgard Varèse’s “Octandre.” As the title suggests, this is an octet in three movements whose instrumentation consists primarily of winds and brass: flute doubling on piccolo, oboe, B-flat clarinet doubling on E-flat clarinet, horn, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, and bass. This will be followed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Opus 48 in C major, a four-movement serenade for string ensemble. The program will conclude by combining winds and strings in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Opus 1 sinfonietta. For this concert One Found Sound will return to the Heron Arts space at 7 Heron Street, also in SOMA.
February 5: The season will conclude with a final strings-only composition, Béla Bartók’s three-movement divertimento. This will be followed by Francis Poulenc’s four-movement sinfonietta for full orchestra. This will be the second concert held at Heron Arts.
The end-of-season gala is being planned for May; and details will be announced at a future date.
General admission for all three concerts will be $20. There will also be a $45 VIP rate that provides premiere seating and an invitation to attend an open rehearsal. There are also two levels of subscription. The Silver level is $125 and provides premiere seating for the season concerts and tickets for additional chamber series events to be announced at a later date. The Gold level at $200 provides Silver level benefits as well as a ticket to the 2016 Gala and invitations to rehearsals. All levels of tickets are currently available for sale online on a common Eventbrite event page.