Nomad Session
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Nomad Session


Sol Joseph Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Free, reservations required


Edvard Grieg
Lyric Suite, Op. 54
     III. Troldtog

Percy Grainger
Lincolnshire Posy
     I. Lisbon
     II. Horkstow Grange
     III. Rufford Park Poachers
     IV. The Brisk Young Sailor
     V. Lord Melbourne
     VI. The Lost Lady Found

- Intermission -

Roger Zare
Mare Tranquillitatis

Marc Mellits


Christy Kim '14, flute
Laura Reynolds '91, oboe
Jonathan Szin '14, clarinet
Kristopher King '15, bassoon
Stephanie Stroud '14, french horn
Ian Cochran, trumpet
Matthew Carr '14, trombone
Jonathan Seiberlich, tuba

About SFCM Alumni Artist Insights Series

Alumni Artist Insights is a series of performances and artist talks that showcases performing alumni and their stories. The interactive format shares the artist’s journey with audiences and brings a unique perspective to the music. A special question and answer session with the artists will follow the performance.

About Nomad Session

Nomad Session is San Francisco’s premiere wind and brass octet. Bringing wind instruments to the forefront, Nomad represents members of every woodwind and brass family (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba) and is the first to use this instrumentation as a platform for a professional chamber ensemble rather than a one time project. This hybrid ensemble of woodwinds and brass has caught the attention of some of the Bay Area’s most creative composers, and in the last year, Nomad has commissioned seven new pieces for wind octet. Using the extreme versatility of their instruments, Nomad Session introduces audiences to a world of new musical opportunities by commissioning contemporary repertoire that further establishes the wind octet as a widely accepted chamber music genre, performing inspiring arrangements of classical and popular music ranging from Holst’s Planets Suite to Thriller by Michael Jackson, and exploring innovative performance experiences both on stage and in a park near you.

In keeping with its name, Nomad Session started a series of Pop-Up Outreach Concerts where musicians “wander” around local parks and establishments in order to bring music to the community. Drawing large audiences throughout the Bay Area, recent pop-up performances have taken place in Golden Gate Park, Lake Merritt, Winter Walk SF in Union Square, Dolores Park, Bernal Heights, Castro Art Walk, and at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Their current season highlights three groundbreaking commissions by Ryan Brown, Roger Zare, and Jonathan Russell in addition to brand new orchestral arrangements reduced to wind octet, and the ensemble's quintessential Pop-Up Outreach Concerts throughout the Bay Area.

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