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, November 20 2020 8:00 PM
Streaming  
Ensemble for These Times (E4TT) kicks off its 2020/21 season with “Old Becomes New,” new music by living composers transforming older music styles, forms, and themes to give them fresh, new perspectives. Featuring two World Premieres by California composer Mary Bianco; the California premiere of “Through the Guarded Gate” by Juliana Hall to poems by Margaret Widdemer; and “Winter Dream” (in memorial Charlotte Salomon) by Dalit Warshaw performing her own music via stream from NYC. Other composers include Marti Epstein; John Musto; Alden Jenks and E4TT co-founder David Garner; Grigory Smirnov; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Steven Stucky; Tan Dun; and Pablo Ortiz.

Musicians: E4TT (Nanette McGuinness, soprano; Anne Lerner, cello; season guest pianist Margaret Halbig), with special guest artist, composer/pianist Dalit Warshaw.

*There will be a virtual pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m. with Warshaw and Bianco. Available at no cost via livestream on O1C's YouTube channel. $25/$20/$5 In-person admission if safe and permitted: Buy Tickets: https://www.oldfirstconcerts.org/

Info: http://e4tt.org/new.html
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