One week from this evening the Community Music Center (CMC) will host the second of the five events in its 2015–2016 Concert With Conversation series. CMC arranges these programs in a partnership with San Francisco Performances (SFP), which means that most of them feature artists who are in San Francisco for an SFP event. That will the case for the next “conversing guest,” pianist Shai Wosner. This season Wosner is teaming with violinist Jennifer Koh for an SFP four-concert series entitled Bridge to Beethoven: A Journey in Four Nights. Over the course of four programs, the series will present the ten sonatas that Ludwig van Beethoven composed “for piano and violin” (Beethoven’s preferred ordering when these sonatas were first published); and each program will also include a new work commissioned for the occasion.
As a solo recitalist, Wosner commands considerable breadth in his repertoire. He has made it a point to be versed in both the “first” and “second” “Viennese schools.” Thus, his solid command of Beethoven is complemented with the understanding he brings to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His repertoire of more recent compositions similarly features the work of Arnold Schoenberg, along with one of the most important composers to follow the trailblazing practices of Schoenberg and his students, György Ligeti. Also, as is evident from the plan for Bridge to Beethoven, Wosner has a particular interest in contemporary composers from both Europe and the United States. He has not announced his selections for his CMC event, and often the performer announces what (s)he will be playing from the stage.
Each Concert With Conversation event is organized to last for an hour. Usually the guest begins with an abbreviated recital, often providing commentary before each of the selected pieces. The performance is then followed by an extended Q&A with the audience.
Wosner’s event will be given on Friday, November 6, beginning at 6 p.m. That means that it will take place between the first two SFP Bridge to Beethoven recitals, which will be held in Herbst Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, and Saturday, November 7, respectively. The CMC event is free and open to the general public. Demand for these programs tends to be high, so showing up early is highly advisable. The venue is the CMC Capp Street Concert Hall, located in the Mission at 544 Capp Street. Capp Street is between Mission Street and South Van Ness Avenue. CMC is located on the block between 20th Street and 21st Street.