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  • Gyorgy Ligeti – Etudes for Piano (selected)
  • Michael Gilbertson – Low Hanging Fruit
  • Ana Sokolovic – Vez
  • Bela Bartok – Contrasts

Sometimes what’s easiest isn’t always what’s best. That theme is explored in this program of virtuosic chamber works that push the performer to the extreme. Michael Gilbertson’s Low Hanging Fruit serves as the title piece, using musical concepts to illustrate the story of the garden of Eden. Also on the program are Gyorgy Ligeti’s Etudes for Piano, one of the most difficult pieces in the 20th-century piano canon, as well as Bela Bartok’s jazz-inspired Contrasts and a Balkan-themed cello solo work by Serbian-Canadian composer Ana Sokolović.


  • Leos Janacek – Mladi
  • Julie Herndon – Visible (world premiere, video by Patricia Robinson)
  • Jordan Kuspa – Flybys
  • Paul Hindemith – Septet for Winds

The history of music composition is full of iconoclasts and freethinkers who forged unique artistic voices that challenged musical norms and enriched our lives forever. In this concert, we celebrate four of them, including Czech composer Leos Janacek, who was famous for his use of Moravian folk music and rhythms drawn from speech, American composer Jordan Kuspa, who pays tribute to the American ethos of individualism, and German composer Paul Hindemith, whose music was deemed “degenerate” by the Nazis. We also include a world-premiere by our own Bay Area iconoclast, composer-in-residence Julie Herndon, who is creating a new mixed-media work in collaboration with projection artist Patricia Robinson.

Come hear a piece that changed music forever. Arnold Schoenberg’s pivotal Chamber Symphony was one of the first to blur the line between tonality and atonality. More Info ▶

So many women are writing amazing music today, there’s really no excuse for the continued overrepresentation of male composers on concert programs. Elevate has always believed in the importance of promoting female composers, but we wanted to do more to balance the scales. More Info ▶

Come hear an all-brass program in a unique art studio that features one-of-a-kind views of SF’s elevated freeways. The evening will be filled with delicious hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and a program of inspiring music—all while watching the city zooming by. More Info ▶

Stravinsky’s quirky, offbeat Soldier’s Tale has been inspiring composers and audiences alike since its 1918 premiere. Come hear the lilting melodies of the original along with two pieces that pay tribute! More Info ▶

Spend an afternoon listening to virtuosic solo repertoire while enjoying an open bar and small bites in an intimate salon setting. Space is very limited for this event, so reserve your spot early.


  • Willson Osborne – Rhapsody for Clarinet
  • Elliott Carter – Elegy for Viola and Piano
  • Francis Poulenc – Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Rebecca Clarke – Sonata for Viola and Piano