The Color Festivals, by Nick Benavides

Commissioned by Elevate Ensemble, The Color Festivals is a musical re-enactment of six episodes from Abbie Phillips Walker’s 1916 collection of quirky children’s stories. Inspired by Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, Benavides wanted to create a work of art that young people understand, but adults can enjoy as well. It’s childish, playful, and beautiful.

Summer(s) of ‘69, by Nick Benavides

Elevate commissioned this piece from our 2015/16 composer-in-residence, Nick Benavides. It is a tribute to the subsequent waves of immigrants that have made San Francisco what it is, starting in the 19th century and continuing to today. The piece is performed along with a video of archival San Francisco footage, created by Nick’s wife Maggie.

Bethlehem, by Danny Clay and Jeremy Blakeslee

This collaboration between Elevate Ensemble’s 2014-15 composer-in-residence Danny Clay and Photographer Jeremy Blakeslee was originally projected on 2 separate walls during a live performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2014. The photographs are the outcome of an archival documentation of the historic Union Iron Works / Bethlehem Shipbuilding yard at Pier 70, commissioned by the Port of San Francisco. Learn More ▶

brett day playing the toy piano

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