Pepito at Nashville Opera
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Pepito at Nashville Opera

PEPITO

Young marrieds Camilla and David visit a local rescue shelter, hoping an adorable new puppy will help mend some of the cracks in their relationship. There they meet Pepito, an older, forgotten shelter dog with a giant heart. But is Pepito the right dog for them? This warm, humorous tale of a little family’s brush with unconditional love will touch your heart and set just the right tone for your holiday.

AMAHL music and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti
PEPITO music by Nicolas Lell Benavides, libretto by Marella Martin Koch

Directed by John Hoomes
Music director/pianist Amy Tate Williams
Sung in English with projected English titles

Running Time: Pepito - 22 minutes, Intermission - 20 minutes, Amahl - 55 minutes

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Pepito at Nashville Opera
Dec
14
4:00 PM16:00

Pepito at Nashville Opera

PEPITO

Young marrieds Camilla and David visit a local rescue shelter, hoping an adorable new puppy will help mend some of the cracks in their relationship. There they meet Pepito, an older, forgotten shelter dog with a giant heart. But is Pepito the right dog for them? This warm, humorous tale of a little family’s brush with unconditional love will touch your heart and set just the right tone for your holiday.

AMAHL music and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti
PEPITO music by Nicolas Lell Benavides, libretto by Marella Martin Koch

Directed by John Hoomes
Music director/pianist Amy Tate Williams
Sung in English with projected English titles

Running Time: Pepito - 22 minutes, Intermission - 20 minutes, Amahl - 55 minutes

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Pepito at Nashville Opera
Dec
15
4:00 PM16:00

Pepito at Nashville Opera

PEPITO

Young marrieds Camilla and David visit a local rescue shelter, hoping an adorable new puppy will help mend some of the cracks in their relationship. There they meet Pepito, an older, forgotten shelter dog with a giant heart. But is Pepito the right dog for them? This warm, humorous tale of a little family’s brush with unconditional love will touch your heart and set just the right tone for your holiday.

AMAHL music and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti
PEPITO music by Nicolas Lell Benavides, libretto by Marella Martin Koch

Directed by John Hoomes
Music director/pianist Amy Tate Williams
Sung in English with projected English titles

Running Time: Pepito - 22 minutes, Intermission - 20 minutes, Amahl - 55 minutes

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Aug
19
5:00 PM17:00

Queen of Spades at Glimmerglass Festival

This special adaptation for The Glimmerglass Festival offers a compact and compelling theatrical experience, combining Alexander Pushkin’s short story, a gripping tale of the consequences of obsessive greed, with highlights from Tchaikovsky’s score. Sung in English, with chamber ensemble.

https://glimmerglass.org/events/the-queen-of-spades/

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Aug
12
7:30 PM19:30

New Opera Workshop at The Glimmerglass Festival

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A new workshopped scene of Gilberto, sung by Young Artists at The Glimmerglass Festival. Also on the program a piano vocal performance of Pepito (premiered at Washington National Opera), and new art songs with texts by Kelley Rourke and Marella Martin Koch.

Gilberto
librettist: Marella Martin Koch
conductor: Kamna Gupta
director: Ellen Jackson
choreographer: Jorrell Lawyer-Jefferson

Pepito
librettist: Marella Martin Koch
conductor: Kamna Gupta
director: Ellen Jackson

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Aug
11
5:00 PM17:00

Queen of Spades at Glimmerglass Festival

This special adaptation for The Glimmerglass Festival offers a compact and compelling theatrical experience, combining Alexander Pushkin’s short story, a gripping tale of the consequences of obsessive greed, with highlights from Tchaikovsky’s score. Sung in English, with chamber ensemble.

https://glimmerglass.org/events/the-queen-of-spades/

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Aug
6
5:00 PM17:00

Queen of Spades at Glimmerglass Festival

This special adaptation for The Glimmerglass Festival offers a compact and compelling theatrical experience, combining Alexander Pushkin’s short story, a gripping tale of the consequences of obsessive greed, with highlights from Tchaikovsky’s score. Sung in English, with chamber ensemble.

https://glimmerglass.org/events/the-queen-of-spades/

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Glimmerglass Young Artists perform an aria from "Gilberto"
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

Glimmerglass Young Artists perform an aria from "Gilberto"

Don’t miss this sneak peek of the 2019 Glimmerglass Festival season including excerpts from Kern and Hammerstein’s Show Boat, Verdi’s La Traviata, Corigliano’s The Ghost of Versailles, and Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades The program will be performed by members of the Festival’s acclaimed Young Artists Program.

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Friction Quartet performs "El Correcaminos"
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

Friction Quartet performs "El Correcaminos"

Concerts at 405 Shrader are at 7 PM (the aperitif hour) and are about 50 minutes in length with a hosted aperitif following

If you wish to attend a concert, a reservation is absolutely necessary (space is quite limited).

Please secure your place(s) through the link to Brown Paper Tickets in the concert calendar

All concert proceeds go directly to the artists, a minimum of $15 per person if a single performer, $20 if two or more performers.

Our first Friction Commissioning Initiative concert will feature the premieres of “Two Hearts” by Sarang Kim and “El Correcaminos (The Roadrunner)” by Nick Benavides. Also on the concert will be ABACISCUS by Geoffrey Gordon.

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Washington National Opera performs Pepito as part of the American Opera Initiative
Jan
12
9:30 PM21:30

Washington National Opera performs Pepito as part of the American Opera Initiative

I've developed a new 20 minute opera, "Pepito", in conjunction with librettist Marella Martin Koch under the guidance of composer Jake Heggie, librettist Gene Scheer, conductor Steven Osgood, and the whole WNO team. It's been a joy to work with them and I'm so excited to share this new piece with you. More details soon!

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Washington National Opera performs Pepito as part of the American Opera Initiative
Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

Washington National Opera performs Pepito as part of the American Opera Initiative

I've developed a new 20 minute opera, "Pepito", in conjunction with librettist Marella Martin Koch under the guidance of composer Jake Heggie, librettist Gene Scheer, conductor Steven Osgood, and the whole WNO team. It's been a joy to work with them and I'm so excited to share this new piece with you. More details soon!

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Duo Cortona performs "When I was a child" in South Carolina
Dec
7
4:30 PM16:30

Duo Cortona performs "When I was a child" in South Carolina

I've been creating this piece under the guidance of Gabriela Lena Frank as part of her Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, and the process has been immensely rewarding. They will be performing this new piece, with original words by Erin Bregman, at the University of South Carolina where they are both on faculty.

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Betany Coffland sings at Festival Opera
Nov
15
7:15 PM19:15

Betany Coffland sings at Festival Opera

Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Betany Coffland will perform a recital program featuring works by Dvorak, Debussy, Rossini, Benavides and more, with piano accompaniment by Christine Payne. One performance only, in the Vukasin Theatre. In partnership with the Contra Costa County School for Performing Arts, three exceptional vocal students have been selected to precede her performance.

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Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra performs Magnetismus
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra performs Magnetismus

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Chad Goodman, will perform my piece for orchestra, Magnetismus. It's a work that was commissioned by One Found Sound and won the Heartland Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition. I'm really looking forward to return to the Bay Area to hear them perform it twice that weekend.

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Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra performs Magnetismus
Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra performs Magnetismus

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Chad Goodman, will perform my piece for orchestra, Magnetismus. It's a work that was commissioned by One Found Sound and won the Heartland Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition. I'm really looking forward to return to the Bay Area to hear them perform it twice that weekend.

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for change dance collective performs "At Night We Go Inside to Sleep"
Oct
7
5:00 PM17:00

for change dance collective performs "At Night We Go Inside to Sleep"

Nicaraguan artist Osmar Narvaez will lend his story to this collaboration and performance with fcdc, and Nicaraguan composer Andres Martinez will collaborate with American composer Nicolas Lell Benavides and fcdc in the writing of new music to be performed live by San Francisco musicians. In the sharing of our stories across cultures and geographical boundaries, we hope to tap into the wisdom of our communities, our ancestors, and folk traditions to find spiritual guidance and new ways of connecting.


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for change dance collective performs "At Night We Go Inside to Sleep"
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

for change dance collective performs "At Night We Go Inside to Sleep"

Nicaraguan artist Osmar Narvaez will lend his story to this collaboration and performance with fcdc, and Nicaraguan composer Andres Martinez will collaborate with American composer Nicolas Lell Benavides and fcdc in the writing of new music to be performed live by San Francisco musicians. In the sharing of our stories across cultures and geographical boundaries, we hope to tap into the wisdom of our communities, our ancestors, and folk traditions to find spiritual guidance and new ways of connecting.


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for change dance collective performs "At Night We Go Inside to Sleep"
Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

for change dance collective performs "At Night We Go Inside to Sleep"

Nicaraguan artist Osmar Narvaez will lend his story to this collaboration and performance with fcdc, and Nicaraguan composer Andres Martinez will collaborate with American composer Nicolas Lell Benavides and fcdc in the writing of new music to be performed live by San Francisco musicians. In the sharing of our stories across cultures and geographical boundaries, we hope to tap into the wisdom of our communities, our ancestors, and folk traditions to find spiritual guidance and new ways of connecting.


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Nomad Session at SF Music Day
Sep
30
7:30 PM19:30

Nomad Session at SF Music Day

[FREE] Nomad Session to perform at the eleventh annual SF Music Day, InterMusic SF’s free, daylong music festival in downtown San Francisco. They will perform, among other things, a movement from “Cool Grey City", which they commissioned from me for their inaugural season.

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Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: Serenade
May
21
7:30 PM19:30

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: Serenade

A Rare Serenade

Sándor Jemnitz Trio for Violin, Viola, and Guitar

Nicolas Lell Benavides Serenade for Small Ensemble WORLD PREMIERE

Arnold Schoenberg Serenade for Baritone and Seven Players

A rare live performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s Serenade, a witty and deeply satisfying work for guitar, mandolin, two clarinets, strings and baritone.

Doors open an hour before concerts. Open seating. 

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