A NEW SEASON BEGINS!

We are so excited we can barely stand it! We are coming off a wonderful season that included collaborations with the Del Sol String Quartet in the première of Huang Ruo’s Angel Island Oratorio, and with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra in the première of Denial by Michael Gilbertson. We also gave the première of Eric Tuan’s In the Rain Shadow along with remarkable repertoire by Tania Léon, Aftab Darvishi, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, and Jens Ibsen.

What lies ahead looks fantastic.

In November we will have a double bill of world premières. You may remember the works we had created for us specifically for online presentation. One of those works was Ink by legendary Pamela Z and it was a great success for us. One of our most highly recognized Bay Area composers, Pamela has garnered the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship among her many awards. With the generous support of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, we will now take Ink live in its première as a staged production at ODC Theater.

The balance of the program will be the world première performance of a work by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, also one of the preeminent composers working today. Since 2013, we have been presenting a series of new works funded by the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music in collaboration with lead partner The Crossing (Philadelphia) and Cantori (NYC). The new work by Caroline Shaw will be the final project of the Ann Stookey Fund. We can’t wait to discover what this exciting young composer and singer will send to us.

Valérie Sainte-Agathe will be our guest conductor for the November program. Valérie is one of the leading conductors and interpreters of new music in the Bay Area. Currently serving as Director of Philharmonia Baroque Chorale and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, we welcome Valérie as Maestra of our November Concerts. What a triumvirate of outstanding women – two composers and conductor!

Stay with us!  Things are interesting, and both music and Volti are unstoppable.

 

 

Bob Geary
Artistic Director

 

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we give voice to each person’s unique contribution, and to the breadth of human experience,

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