Those concerned with concert-going on a budget will be happy to learn that there will be two opportunities to attend free concerts tomorrow (Friday). Both involve chamber music, but the approaches to repertoire are significantly different. The good news is that, because one is in the afternoon and the other in the evening, those unable to choose between them will be able to attend both.
The afternoon event is the penultimate concert in the Spring 2015 season presented by the Dolci duo of pianist Viva Knight and oboist Ted Rust. The title of the program is Sounds Italian. It has been arranged to review the different stylistic approaches of Italian composers from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.
The earliest of these composers will be Antonio Vivaldi, whose music so interested Johann Sebastian Bach that he arranged several of his concertos for keyboard (both harpsichord and organ) for the pleasure of being able to play it for himself. Knight will provide continuo for a four-movement C minor oboe sonata played by Rust. The nineteenth century will then be represented by an arrangement of the “Cujus Animam” movement from Gioacchino Rossini’s setting of the Stabat Mater Dolorosa hymn. The major work from the twentieth century will be Arthur Benjamin’s four-movement concerto of themes of Domenico Cimarosa. However, the program will also include music by two composers known better for their film scores, Nino Rota (his seventh prelude for solo piano) and Ennio Morricone (“Gabriel’s Oboe” for solo oboe).
This concert will take place Friday, May 29, beginning at 1 p.m. The venue is the San Francisco Senior Center, located at the Aquatic Park Center, whose street address is 890 Beach Street. The Center is adjacent to Ghirardelli Square and commands one of the best views of the San Francisco Bay. Once again, admission is free and open to the general public.
The evening event will be hosted by the de Young Museum. Regular readers have probably read the announcement that the final concert in the 2014–2015 season of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (LCCE) is entitled Left Coast Goes to the Museum. LCCE invited six emerging composers to write “responses” to the “call” of two sculptures on display in Gallery 16. Jean Ahn, Emily Koh, and Jonathan Bailey Holland have created pieces inspired by Cornelia Parker’s Anti-Mass; and El Anatsui’s Hovor II has received a similar treatment by Nick Benavides, Mei-Fang Lin, and Ryan Suleiman.
Tomorrow evening the title of the concert will be taken literally. LCCE will present a preview of their full concert, which will take place in San Francisco on June1 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, at the de Young Museum. All six of the new compositions will be performed for this week’s Friday Nights at the de Young event.
The performance will take place in the de Young Museum’s Koret Auditorium. It will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Admission will be free of charge, but tickets will be required for those wishing to visit the permanent collection (including Gallery 16) and special exhibition galleries.