Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

                 
Old First Concerts
1751 Sacramento St.
San Francisco CA 94109  
415.474.1608

Old First Concerts, established in 1970 as a year-round concert series, continues to present an astonishing array of programs performed by outstanding musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Old First Concerts has a distinctive niche within the local musical community with a solid history of creating and programming an incubator space for emerging and established musicians and ensembles of all genres. The musical content (our curatorial mission) is artist-driven on every level, with no restrictions placed on the musicians' artistic vision.

The concert season is developed by Director Kathy Barr Kathy Barrin conjunction with Program Associate Rick Bahto and an Artist Advisory Board of musicians from throughout the region, representing a variety of disciplines. Musicians and ensembles propose an evening-length program, which is considered and evaluated. The result of this approach is a series that features diverse and often unconventional repertoire that ranges from classical recital and chamber performances to blues, folk, avant-garde, and jazz, as well as multicultural and world music. The series presents numerous World, US and regional premieres each year, often by emerging or mid-career Bay Area composers. Please visit our Performance Archives to explore past performances.

Artists perform in an acoustically and aesthetically appealing setting, seating approximately 450 people, with a backdrop of vividly-colored stained glass windows, and an entranceway featuring an elaborately hand painted ceiling. The venue is an ideal median between the larger local performance and recital halls, and the smaller community centers and clubs. Pianists have developed a deep fondness for performing on Old First Concerts' excellent New York Steinway (circa 1980).
http://www.oldfirstconcerts.org/

Upcoming Events:
Friday, April 24 2020 8:00 PM
Slow Wave

Explore the slower end of the sound wave spectrum with World Premieres by Bryan Lin, Emma Logan, and Kyle Hovatter, plus works by Brett Eastman and Max Bruch.

Kyle Beard, clarinet; Justine Preston, viola; Naomi Stine, piano

Brett Austin Eastman Paraphrase
Max Bruch selections from Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano
plus World Premieres by Bryan Lin, Emma Logan, and Kyle Hovatter

San Francisco-based Slow Wave is dedicated to exploring the slower end of the sound wave spectrum (through the use of lower instruments such as bass clarinet and viola), as well as bringing new attention to this often under-appreciated combination of instruments by performing and commissioning new compositions. Slow Wave is excited to present a program of both new and old repertoire, which will include world premieres of music by Bay Area composers Bryan Lin, Emma Logan, and Kyle Hovatter. Bay Area composer Brett Eastman’s Paraphrase, which was premiered by Slow Wave in 2019, will round out the program along with selections from Romantic composer Max Bruch’s Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano.  More...