“LOVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD”
A Valentine’s Day Concert
Free admission! Reception to follow.
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Phonochrome, a new Bay Area-based chamber ensemble, will give its debut performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on February 14th. This next-generation ensemble emerged from a series of conversations among friends at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Hailing from Carnegie Mellon, Yale, and The Juilliard School, Phonochrome’s three-woman core unites a flexible roster of dynamic young artists to increase the accessibility and impact of chamber music while maintaining unwavering dedication to performance at the highest level. Each concert is a thoughtfully woven musical narrative accomplished through innovative and thematic programming.
This program explores themes of love in twentieth-century French music. The distinct compositional voices of Debussy, Gaubert, and Messiaen reflect the composers’ musical milieu and the political climate of France at the time of their writing. Debussy’s violin sonata poignantly marks his final contribution to music before his death in 1918, the same year that World War I ended. In the interwar period, Gaubert revolutionized the flute’s repertoire and technique in his post at the Paris Conservatoire. Messiaen’s iconic Quartet for the End of Time, premiered in 1941 at a German prisoner-of-war camp, presents us with the horrors of war juxtaposed with a devout love of God.
The concert features Phonochrome founders Allegra Chapman, piano; Laura Gaynon, cello; and Elizabeth Talbert, flute. They are joined by guests Cassandra Bequary and Joseph Maile, violins; Sophie Huet, clarinet; and Jerry Liu, cello.