This tends to be one of the slower weeks of the calendar year. The four-day weekend does not begin until Thursday; but, having gotten beyond the Sunday “football fix,” many minds are already focused on the coming long weekend. Fortunately, programming at the Center for New Music (C4NM) is not entirely obsessed with holidays and shopping. Last week this site discussed the San Francisco performances in vocalist Viv Corringham’s current tour; and that includes her participation in Double Divas of Multimedia Voice, a C4NM program curated by Tania Chen that Corringham will share with Pamela Z tomorrow evening (November 24). However, there will be two additional C4NM concerts this week on either site of Turkey Day itself.
Wednesday, November 25, 8 p.m.: This one was a bit of a surprise, since it involves a performer better known in San Francisco for her performance of more conventional repertoire. About a decade ago, the young cellist Tessa Seymour was a rising talent establishing herself in both the chamber music and concerto repertoires. In addition to performing in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, she appeared as soloist in a performance of Ernest Bloch’s “Schelomo” in November of 2007, which was also the year of her televised Carnegie Hall debut. She also performed regularly in the Noontime Concerts™ series at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral; and in May of 2010 she contributed to a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s K. 493 piano quartet in E-flat major as part of the regular series of preview events for the Midsummer Mozart Music Festival.
Seymour left the Bay Area when she was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of sixteen. She is now based in New York City. She will return to San Francisco this week to perform at C4NM with guitarist Jiyeon Kim. The title of their recital is Five Faces of Modernity, and the program will feature the premiere of a duo by William Gardiner. Advance information is so slim that it only accounts for four of those five “faces.” The oldest of them is Manuel de Falla, who presumably will be represented by an arrangement of one or more of his settings of seven popular Spanish songs. The “contemporary modernists” on the program will include Steve Reich and Pēteris Vasks, Tickets will be $20 for general admission and $15 for C4NM members. Tickets will be available only at the door.
Saturday, November 28, 8 p.m.: Danny Clay will curate a program entitled Endangered Temperaments. The performers will be the Bertamo Trio, an early music ensemble whose members are Letitia Berlin (recorder), Yuko Tanaka (harpsichord), and David Morris (gamba). All the works on the program will be performed in meantone temperament, based on slightly narrowed perfect fifths. The program will feature two new commissions from local composers Edward Schocker and Dennis Aman. These will be performed alongside works from different centuries conceived for the same ensemble and tuning system. Tickets will be $15 for general admission and $10 for C4NM members.
C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, half a block north of where Golden Gate Avenue meets Market Street.