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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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
6
to Oct 7

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: Serenade
May
19
7:30 PM19:30

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: 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.

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Cool Grey City: Part 3
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Cool Grey City: Part 3

“Cool Grey City” is a concert series which features a newly commissioned work written by Bay Area composer, Nick Benavides, and video showcasing San Francisco's public spaces captured by AJ+ video producer, Maggie Beidelman. This project focuses on the intersection of music and hidden spaces of San Francisco and will be featured in three separate performances. There is a reason the phrase, "I left my heart in San Francisco", exists. Sure - cable cars, Fisherman's Wharf and tiny squares of Ghirardelli Chocolate are all delightful - but are they the reason so many people quote this phrase?

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Jane Spencer Mills sings "The Artist" - two David Thomas Lloyd Songs
May
5
4:00 PM16:00

Jane Spencer Mills sings "The Artist" - two David Thomas Lloyd Songs

Modern songs with a fanciful bent: There will be fairies, griffins and scarecrows; John Glenn and Houdini make a magical appearance. Cats pad back and forth and rain washes over the whole.


The music is new and melodic, evocative and lovely. Come meet the composers and hear what will be the new cannon for contemporary art song!

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Jane Spencer Mills sings "The Artist" - two David Thomas Lloyd Songs
May
2
8:00 PM20:00

Jane Spencer Mills sings "The Artist" - two David Thomas Lloyd Songs

Modern songs with a fanciful bent: There will be fairies, griffins and scarecrows; John Glenn and Houdini make a magical appearance. Cats pad back and forth and rain washes over the whole.


The music is new and melodic, evocative and lovely. Come meet the composers and hear what will be the new cannon for contemporary art song!

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MUSA plays Color Festivals in San Francisco
Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

MUSA plays Color Festivals in San Francisco

  • The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

xplore modern music written for harpsichord and string quartet in the fourth installment of our "Art Inspiring Art" concert series. This year, we feature Bay Area composer Nicolas Lell Benvaides's The Color Festivals (2016), inspired by children's tales from the past century. Also on the program are Walter Leigh's Concertino (1934) and one a delightful keyboard quintet by Padre Antonio Soler (1729-1783).

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MUSA plays Color Festivals in Mill Valley
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

MUSA plays Color Festivals in Mill Valley

Explore modern music written for harpsichord and string quartet in the fourth installment of our "Art Inspiring Art" concert series. This year, we feature Bay Area composer Nicolas Lell Benvaides's The Color Festivals (2016), inspired by children's tales from the past century. Also on the program are Walter Leigh's Concertino (1934) and one a delightful keyboard quintet by Padre Antonio Soler (1729-1783).

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Friction Quartet Commissioning Initiative Concert and Party!
Mar
4
2:00 PM14:00

Friction Quartet Commissioning Initiative Concert and Party!

Friction Commissioning Party! - Come out and celebrate the launch of the Friction Commissioning Initiative and help raise funds for six exciting new music commissions. Friction will be performing some of their favorite existing pieces from each of their Initiative composers. All proceeds from this event will be used for commissioning ,and as a thank you, all attendees will receive a Friction Quartet "New Music Champion" sticker!

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One Great City Duo at Orange Coast College
Dec
10
3:00 PM15:00

One Great City Duo at Orange Coast College

One Great City is performing two pieces of mine on Sunday, December 10, at Orange Coast College! They'll be playing "For Max and Hannah," an piece I wrote for my friend's wedding that was arranged by Tim Sherran himself, and also a song they commissioned via the Guerrilla Composers Guild called "Where everything is music."

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