Iconoclasts and Freethinkers

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Sol Joseph Recital Hall San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Tickets $20-$40 online or at the door
Petaluma Arts Center 230 Lakeville St, Petaluma, CA 94952
Tickets $20-$40 online or at the door


  • 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.