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Evening Concert:
A Concert by the New Music Ensemble (December 15, 1978)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 77 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Under the leadership of director John Adams, the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble has provided Bay Area audiences with one of the most significant outlets for the presentation of important new pieces by younger composers. In December 1978, Adams and his assistant Dwanye Smith led the all-student ensemble in four substantial and satisfying contempoary works, beautifully played and well-balanced programmatically. These included "...And the Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn" by Berkeley composer Daniel Schmidt, "Skin Songs" by Bay Area native Conrad Cummings, "String Piece" by Charles Boone, and "Shaker Loops" by John Adams.

Musical Selections:  ...And the Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn (1978) / Daniel Schmidt -- Skin Songs (1978) / Conrad Cummings -- String Piece (1978) / Charles Boone -- Shaker Loops (1978) / John Adams
Performers:  San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble
John Adams, conductor
Dwayne Smith, gamelan (Darkest)
Nina Hanson, soprano (Skin)
Genres:  New Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  New music; 20th century classical; Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble; String ensemble with gamelan; String orchestra music; Minimal music
People:  Boone, Charles; Adams, John, 1947-; Schmidt, Daniel Winslow, 1942-; Cummings, Conrad, 1948-; Smith, Dwayne E.; Hanson, Nina
Recording Date:  12/15/1978
 
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