Elevate Ensemble Presents: Ancient Sounds Meet Modern Minds

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What happens when you pair an ancient instrument with thoroughly modern San Francisco creatives? Come find out as Ancient Ensemble presents three new works for the harpsichord written by Bay Area composers alongside one of the 20th century’s masterpieces.

- Danny Clay: la folia
- Benjamin Sabey: Fera Machina
- Nick Benavides: The Color Festivals
- Manuel de Falla: Harpsichord Concerto

For centuries, the sound of harpsichord rang in castles and concert halls—the go-to keyboard instrument whenever a church organ was not available. But all that changed in the late 18th century as the piano came into its own, dominating the keyboard repertoire from Mozart to Duke Ellington. It was not until the mid-20th century that composers began experimenting anew with the delicate twang of the harpsichord.

Ancient Sounds Meet Modern Minds will introduce you to this harpsichord rebirth. Historical keyboardist Derek Tam will be our harpsichord soloist for the evening. In addition to his performance, Mr. Tam will lead a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 PM on the history and evolution of the harpsichord. The concert will begin at 8 PM. Tickets are available to purchase through Eventbrite here.

Elevate Ensemble’s goal is in our name: to seek new heights in classical music performance by bringing together an evolving ensemble of musicians to meet the interests of an evolving San Francisco. Elevate Ensemble features the works of emerging composers along with great works of the previous centuries, because we seek to honor the compositional lineage that links the past to the present. Our collaborations with other artistic media such as poetry and visual arts lead to exciting performances and reach new audiences by fostering a merger of artistic and cultural interests.

Ancient Sounds Meet Modern Minds is presented at SOMArts through participation in the Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to nonprofit organizations, individual artists and other events and classes that meet our mission. For more information visit our rentals page.

The mission of SOMArts is to cultivate access to the arts within the Bay Area by collaborating with community-focused artists and organizations, and to engage the power of the arts to provoke just and fair inclusion, cultural respect, and civic participation. To find out about SOMArts classes, events and exhibitions, click here.