Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland CA   

The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music

Upcoming Events:
Friday, September 28 2018 8:00 PM
String Quartets by Darius Milhaud, Ruth Crawford, and Igor Stravinsky

Amaranth Quartet
Emily Botel and Abigail Shiman: violins, Julie Michael: viola, Helen Newby: cello

Friday, September 28, 2018
Littlefield Concert Hall

Free Admission

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Mills College
Music Department
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613



Igor Stravinsky
Three Pieces for String Quartet (1914)

Darius Milhaud
String Quartet No. 7, Op. 87 (1925)

Ruth Crawford String Quartet 1931

Darius Milhaud
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 5 (1912)


About Amaranth Quartet

Amaranth Quartet is committed to presenting music of all eras with equal enthusiasm and artistry. Comprised of violinists Emily Botel and Abigail Shiman, violist Julie Michael, and cellist Helen Newby, the group was founded in 2014. Rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area, Amaranth performs frequently on a variety of concert series and festivals including the Presidio Sessions, San Carlos Eclectic Music Festival, Bay Area Modern Music Festival, Old First Concerts, and the Kronos Festival. They have appeared at prominent Bay Area venues such as Herbst Theater, SFJAZZ, the Fillmore, Freight and Salvage, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Amaranth has toured throughout North America and has been featured as quartet in residence at the Banff Centre, New Music on the Point, and Lake Tahoe Music Festival, where they performed as soloists with the festival orchestra. The quartet has worked with a number of established and emerging composers including Sahba Aminikia, Ashley Fure, Tania León, Christian Wolff, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Ryan Brown. Amaranth has performed alongside Ursula Oppens and JACK Quartet.

The 2018-2019 season features the premieres of commissioned works by Sahba Aminikia, D. Riley Nicholson and Alyssa Weinberg, as well as appearances on the Shenson Chamber Music Series and Mills Music Now.

Amaranth is passionate about mentoring young chamber music groups. They have coached at Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Camp and at schools throughout the Bay Area. In 2018 Amaranth will conduct an educational performance residency in Lake Tahoe and launch their inaugural string quartet camp in San Francisco. Amaranth was recently selected as the sole recipient of Intermusic SF’s first Cypress Award, given to a musical project that strives to make an educational impact throughout the Greater Bay Area.

Formed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, members of the quartet also hold degrees from Bard College, Cleveland Institute of Music, McGill University, Oberlin Conservatory, and the University of Michigan. Amaranth Quartet has had the privilege of working with the Kronos, JACK, Mirò, Cypress, Ives, Concord, and St. Lawrence String Quartets.

Amaranth Quartet is fiscally sponsored by InterMusic SF.  More...

Saturday, October 20 2018 8:00 PM
The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music present Mills Music Now 2018-2019

Sound Artist, DJ
(David Tudor Composer-in-Residence)

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Littlefield Concert Hall

Free to Mills students, faculty, and staff

$15 general, $10 seniors and students
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Maria Chávez, born in Lima, Peru, and based in NYC, is best known as an abstract turntablist, conceptual sound artist and DJ. Her improvised solo turntable performance combines recorded sounds from vinyl records with the electroacoustic sounds of vinyl and needle in various deteriorating phases. This raw approach merges the practice of improvisation with the inherent unstable conditions of a turntable, allowing accidents to dictate each sound piece. Her conceptual sound installation practice tends to be site specific, allowing each space to highlight it's own sonic qualities. Her solo exhibitions are often interactive, ranging from spatial sound presentations to turning an entire art space into a gigantic string instrument for the audience to perform.

Chávez has been a research fellow of the Sound Practice Research Department, Goldsmith’s University, a composer fellow with Civitella Ranieri in Umbertide, Italy, and an artist fellow at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Her instructional book of essays and illustrations, OF TECHNIQUE: Chance Procedures on Turntable, was published in 2012.

She has participated in various artist residencies including the CEC Artslink/Back Apartment residency in St. Petersburg, Kunstmeile Krems sound artist residency in Austria, The Kitchen in New York and the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at HeK – haus der elektronischen Künste-Basel, INKONST Art Center, Sweden, The Judd Foundation, Marfa, Texas, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Getty Museum, Black Mountain College Museum and Documenta14 in Kassel.

Her latest solo exhibition, Topography Of Sound: Peaks and Valleys, a painting show about the topography of vinyl records and needles, was recently on view at the Harnett Museum of Art in Richmond, Virginia while her latest 4.1 spatial sound installation, The Center and Periphery, was exhibited in the group show, Soundings, curated by Stephen Vitiello for the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech University.

Later this fall Maria will be a perform her solo turntablism work for the Le Guess Who? Festival, co-curated by Moor Mother, the Ableton Loop Festival in L.A. along with touring extensively around Europe and the UK. This winter she will be artist in residence with MESS (The Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio) along with presenting a new abstract turntablism commission for DECIBEL in Perth, Australia with Monash University.

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Upcoming Concerts

Friday, October 26, 2018 8:00 pm
duo B. : Lisa Mezzacappa and Jason Levis, and The Schimscheimer Family Trio (Jon Arkin, Kasey Knudsen, Michael Coleman)

Saturday, November 3, 2018 8:00 pm
The renegade duo mixes riot grrrl lyrics, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and possessed vocals. CCM faculty composers
Zeena Parkins and Laetitia Sonami are also featured.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 8:00 pm
Music by Robert Ashley, Meredith Monk, Maggi Payne, Morton Feldman, Wendy Reid, and Steed Cowart

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2019 8pm $20 general, $10 seniors, non-Mills students, Mills alums
Parkins plays Captiva, her solo for harp and electronics and
then is joined by Fred Frith and William Winant for improvisations

Jean Macduff Composer-in-Residence
Saturday, February 16, 2019 8:00 pm
An evening of works by one of the legendary pioneers of
live electronic music

Thursday, March 7, 2019 – 8:00 pm - Free
Friday, March 8, 2019 – 8:00 pm - Free
Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 8:00 pm - Free
Sunday, March 10, 2019 – 4:00 pm - Free
New Works by Mills Graduate Students

Saturday, April 6, 2019 8:00 pm - Free
New Works by Mills Undergraduate Students

Dewing Piano Recital
Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:00 pm
Music by Beethoven, Chopin, Ginastera, and Liszt


All Mills Music Now concerts are in the Littlefield Concert Hall.

Free to Mills students, faculty, and staff

Admission: $15 general, $10 seniors, Mills alums, and non-Mills students (unless otherwise noted)

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