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Faculty Artist Series: David Garner, composition


Barbro Osher Recital Hall
200 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Del Sol Quartet
Christine Abraham
, mezzo-soprano
Dale Tsang, piano


String Quartet No. 2 (2014)
     I. Vivace
     II. Adagio ed Ondulato
     III. Vivace leggiero
     IV. Spirito
Del Sol Quartet
Benjamin Kreith and Hyeyung Sol Yoon, violins
Charlton Lee, viola
Kathryn Bates, cello

- Intermission -

Spoon River Songs (1987–2010)
Poetry by Edgar Lee Masters

     1. Fiddler Jones
     2. Charles Webster
     3. Mrs. Kessler
     4. William and Emily
     5. Hortense Robbins
     6. George Gray
     7. Lucinda Matlock
Christine Abraham, mezzo-soprano
Dale Tsang, piano

About David Garner

Drawing from classical, neoclassical, jazz, rock, blues and non-Western traditions, the music of David Garner (b. 1954) reflects a unique blend of musical genres. An alumnus and full professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Garner has taught composition, chamber music, music literature and music theory there since 1979. In 2007 he co-founded the award-winning Ensemble for These Times, which continues to gain recognition for innovative and original programming and recording. Trained as a pianist and cellist, he has performed on both the solo classical concert stage and in various jazz-rock and blues bands. A composition autodidact, Garner won the 2015 American Prize in Composition/Chamber Music. His works have won several Global Music Awards. Garner’s works are recorded on Pentatone and Centaur Records and are featured online at 3232 Music. Numerous live performances of his works are available on YouTube. www.davidgarner.us

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About SFCM’s Composition Department

Prize-winning faculty develop and refine the skills of the next generation of great composers. The composition department both honors tradition and encourages innovation. Our four versatile faculty members closely mentor students while maintaining high-profile composing careers. We strongly emphasize interdepartmental collaboration, matching composers with performers, as well as offer frequent concerts and readings of student works. Every year, SFCM hosts the Highsmith Competition, an internal composition contest that grants the winner a performance of the submitted work by the Conservatory Orchestra. You'll be able to take advantage of the extraordinarily rich musical life of San Francisco, home to some of the most groundbreaking musical activity of the past half-century.


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