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Del Sol's Rich Thrift

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Janos Gereben <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 21 Aug 2006 19:30:29 -0700

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[From the 8/22 SFCV.org Music News]

   Money, to be sure, is important, especially if you don't
   have it, but it's no substitute for brains and guts in musical
   leadership. Big budgets do not equal high standards of programming
   excitement and excellence. As reported here last week
   http://www.sfcv.org/arts_revs/music_news_8_15_06.php), small,
   "regional," fiscally-constrained California Symphony (on a budget
   of $1.65 million) is offering more American and commissioned
   works than mighty San Francisco Symphony, with its $56 million
   annual budget. The good folks in Davies Symphony Hall may be
   playing better than ever, and serve well hundreds of thousands
   among "mainstream" listeners, but a season of six American works
   from a major American orchestra? Tsk, tsk.
   
   The pleasant task of reporting "good news" from the world of
   musical little giants today brings up the case of the Del Sol
   Quartet's next season, on an operating budget of about $100,000.
   Kate Stenberg, Rick Shinozaki, Charlton Lee, and Hannah Addario-Berry
   want you to hear (whether you want to or not) "Premieres without
   Borders" and "Women and Motherhood" during the quartet's home
   season in the area.
   
   The first program, Nov. 5-10 - in San Francisco, Berkeley, Point
   Reyes, and Mountain View - includes (get ready for this!) Marc
   Blitzstein's unpublished 1930 Quartet for Strings, Iranian-born
   Reza Vali's yet-untitled work written for Del Sol, the American
   premiere of New Zealander Jack Body's Epicycle, and - I quote -
   "Hopkin and the Wired Night by Eric Lindsay of Los Angeles,
   America's most promising composer under 30; he composed the work
   for Del Sol in response to seeing hand-drawn posters by a Seattle
   child looking for his lost frog." Yes.
   
   Program 2, May 27 - June 3 (in the same locations, but also
   including a concert in de Young Museum's Koret Auditorium),
   offers the music of Ruth Crawford Seeger, Julia Wolfe, Linda
   Catlin Smith, Sally Beamish and Teresa Carreno, all about
   motherhood (and nary a piece about apple pie). The first two
   are Americans, Smith is Canadian, Beamish works in the U.K.,
   and Carreno was a 19th century Venezuelan composer.
   
   Speaking of rampant internationalism, Del Sol's many collaborations
   include performances of Hyo-shin Na's work in the Music on the
   Hill Concert Series (Oct. 22, St. Kevin's Church, S.F.), of Kui
   Dong and Duo Huang, with Melody of China, in the Festival of New
   American Music (Nov. 11, CSU, Sacramento), Concerts4Kids (Nov.
   12, Mountain View), Other Minds Festival XII - works by Per
   Norgard, Maja Ratkje, Peter Sculthorpe and Ronald Bruce - (Dec.
   8-10), and many others.
   
   On the road, the Bay Area's foursome of new music go to Canada
   next week, for a concert at Soiree Lane, in Sooke, British
   Columbia, with Jack Body, Per Norgard, Arturo Salinas, R. Murray
   Schafer, Ron Bruce Smith, and Astor Piazzolla; concerts in
   Monterrey and elsewhere in Mexico with the music of Arturo
   Salinas; then a residency at  Northeastern University, performing
   George Antheil, Marc Blitzstein, Ruth Crawford Seeger and Ronald
   Bruce Smith. Del Sol is taking the music of Curtis Cacioppo,
   Richard Hermann and Hyo-shin Na to a composers' symposium in
   Albuquerque; then in the same city's chamber-music festival:
   George Antheil, Jose Evangelista, Gabriela Lena Frank and Lou
   Harrison.
   
   How do they do it?! Not with (or even for) money, for sure.

Janos Gereben/SF
www.sfcv.org
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