Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

                 
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
2 Marina Blvd
San Francisco CA 94123  

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) is a nonprofit operating within a Historic Landmark District along the northern waterfront of the San Francisco Bay. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, FMCAC hosts an ever-evolving rotation of artistic programming for over 1.2 million annual visitors that includes theater and dance performances, art installations, as well as educational and cultural classes. As part of Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture’s commitment to supporting San Francisco’s artistic community, FMCAC provides approximately $2.5 million in annual grants to local arts organizations. These grants allow groups to produce diverse and innovative works at the historic campus.

In addition to the thousands of events that occur each year on campus, FMCAC hosts nearly two dozen nonprofit and arts organizations as permanent residents. These residents receive annual support from FMCAC, allowing them to focus on producing original artistic programming. Current residents include the Pulitzer Prize winning Magic Theatre, City College’s Fort Mason Art Campus, BATS Improv, the SFMOMA Artists Gallery and the internationally acclaimed Greens Restaurant.

A pioneer in the reuse of military bases, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture has been honored by the California Preservation Foundation for its efforts preserving the historic U.S. Army San Francisco Port of Embarkation.
https://fortmason.org/

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, September 14 2019 7:00 PM
On September 14, SF Contemporary Music Players open their 2019-2020 season with a stunning assembly of forces for the world premiere of a new, concert-length, site-responsive work by Bang On A Can founding composer Michael Gordon.

At the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Cultural Center, within view of the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay, we'll present the first-ever performance of this piece for twenty-one musicians–joining together for the first time the SF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PLAYERS with the Grammy Award-winning vocal octet ROOMFUL OF TEETH and Bay Area wind quintet SPLINTER REEDS. From its seat across the Bay, Angel Island serves as a focal point for this powerful new work's exploration of the larger themes embedded in the history of immigration to the Americas.

The eight-voice ensemble Roomful of Teeth–known for their ongoing work in the study of pan-global vocal styles and the creation of a new repertoire without borders–will be a vehicle for the narrative element, while the adventurous virtuosity of Splinter Reeds and SFCMP will interact with and augment the work's drama through instrumental means. By virtue of its connection to the shared and tangible experiences of diverse peoples in the Bay Area and the larger scope of U.S. history, Gordon's piece will be a watershed exploration of issues at the forefront of our local and national dialogue.

Guests are invited to visit Angel Island Immigration Station: An educational installation about this project will be on view at Immigration Station Museum on September 7-14.

The Saturday evening concert will be preceded by a talk with composer Michael Gordon, archivists, local historians, and residents who will share stories about their family member's experiences of passing through Angel Island years ago. Arrive early, doors open at 6:00pm: Enjoy a glass of wine and the views of the San Francisco Bay.  More...