About

Elevate Ensemble’s mission is to bring people together using powerful musical experiences that highlight the incredible talents of the Bay Area classical music scene.

We live in one of the world’s great cultural hubs, with no shortage of brilliant creative minds. San Francisco is changing the world—with art, with technology, with food and so much more.

Elevate Ensemble exists to introduce the Bay Area to the musical side of our creative culture, from rising classical composers to virtuoso young performers. We seek to foster a decidedly Bay Area culture of concert-going, to share the passions and visions that inspire us, and to propel our local musical talents onto the international stage.

Join us as we build an evolving musical experience tailored to our evolving San Francisco.

setting up for a concert

Guiding principles

Elevate Ensemble was founded around the following key ideas:

  • Support emerging local talent
  • Concerts should be social events
  • Boundaries are meant to be broken
  • People love great music

Support emerging local talent

There are so many amazing instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers in the Bay Area—and we think they deserve to be celebrated. That’s why Elevate Ensemble’s composer-in-residence is always based in the Bay Area, and why we draw exclusively from performers who live in the region. We strive to be ambassadors of San Francisco culture, and that starts by making San Francisco musicians the core of everything we do.

Concerts should be social events

Music is meant to be enjoyed with good company, which is why we design all of our concerts and house parties with opportunities for socializing: chat, mingle, meet Elevate musicians, get to know the board—and do all of that with a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvre in hand. Elevate events are about people sharing the experience of great music together.

Boundaries are meant to be broken

We love photographers, dancers, painters, poets, filmmakers, chefs and other creative artists in non-musical fields—because we’re all better together. Elevate Ensemble is always seeking out interesting collaborations with artists who have something unique and interesting to share. We want to make experiences that are greater than the sum of their parts, and we’re always interested in finding new ways to do that.

People love great art

Audiences aren’t built on “accessible” musical experiences, they’re built on exciting ones. Elevate acts as a guide for those curious, discerning explorers who want to discover great music in all of its depth and beauty. Thoughtful, meaningful programming executed to the highest standards of artistic excellence—that is our mantra, and we’re constantly finding new ways to raise the musical bar. But don’t worry. We always provide the pole needed to vault over it too.

Elevate Ensemble Repertoire List

* denotes a work commissioned by Elevate Ensemble

  • Samuel Barber – Summer Music
  • Bela Bartok – 44 Duos (Selections)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Trio in B-flat Major, Opus 11
  • Nicolas Lell Benavides – A Thirsty Fish*
  • Nicolas Lell Benavides – …none of us were overly concerned…
  • Nicolas Lell Benavides – Summer(s) of ‘69*
  • Nicolas Lell Benavides – The Color Festivals*
  • Danny Clay – bethlehem*
  • Danny Clay – everything is vanishing*
  • Danny Clay – goodnight
  • Danny Clay – ictus*
  • Danny Clay – la folia
  • Danny Clay – rise.*
  • Danny Clay – String quartet+toy piano
  • Joseph M. Colombo – B:R:X*
  • Franz Doppler – Hungarian Fantasy
  • Jack Curtis Dubowsky – Duet V
  • Henri Dutilleux – Piano Sonata
  • Antonin Dvorak – Serenade for Winds, Cello and Doublebass
  • Hanns Eisler – Nonet No. 1
  • Manuel de Falla – Harpsichord Concerto
  • Aaron Gervais – Don’t Look At*
  • Aaron Gervais – Puppies!!!*
  • Brien Henderson – Fragments of Lost Words
  • Zoltan Kodaly – Intermezzo
  • John Anthony Lennon – Poems for the Singing Wall
  • Bohuslav Martinu – Les rondes
  • Bohuslav Martinu – Nonet
  • Darius Milhaud – Symphonie de chambre No. 3
  • Astor Piazzolla – Histoire du Tango
  • Astor Piazzolla – Oblivion
  • Walter Piston – Divertimento
  • Sergei Prokofiev – Overture on Hebrew Themes
  • Ottorino Respighi – Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3
  • Joaquin Rodrigo – Fantasia para un gentilhombre
  • Scott Rubin – Self-portrait with Carl Jung and John Watson (with György Ligeti in the background)*
  • Benjamin Sabey – Fera Machina*
  • David Sampson – Solo for Flugelhorn
  • Igor Stravinsky – Fanfare for a New Theater
  • Igor Stravinsky – Octet for Winds
  • Dale Trumbore – Soliloquy
  • Edgard Varese – Density 21.5
  • Nick Vasallo – Atum: Everything and Nothing*
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos – Choros No. 2
  • Richard Wagner – Siegfried Idyll
brett day playing the toy piano

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