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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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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