Legion Listening Series: Wild Rumpus
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Wild Rumpus. (L-R) Joanne de Mars, violon,cello; Dan VanHassel, composer, guitar; Jen Wang, composer; Nathaniel Berman, conductor; Vanessa Langer, soprano; David Wegehaupt,saxophone; Margaret Halbig, piano; and Sophie Huet, clarinet. Photo courtesy of Jen Wang
The Fine Arts Museums, in partnership with the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, presents Legion Listening Series with live music by Wild Rumpus.
The flexible and dynamic Wild Rumpus Collective continues to bridge musical divides with impassioned performances by young and emerging composers from around the world.
Wild Rumpus is a contemporary chamber music ensemble dedicated to performing contemporary music. Founded in San Francisco in 2011 and led by composers Jen Wang, Dan VanHassel, and clarinetist Sophie Huet, the ensemble brings together musicians who share a passion for risk-taking, collaboration, and working with living composers. The ensemble has commissioned thirty new works to date, showcasing premieres alongside new music that highlights shared threads of influence and inspiration. With performances praised as a “showcase of virtuosity and imagination” by San Francisco Classical Voice, Wild Rumpus hopes to challenge and delight audiences by revealing beauty in unexpected places and resonances that transcend boundaries of generation, geography, and genre.
Jessie Nucho, flute
Weston Olencki, trombone
Dan VanHassel, electric guitar
Vanessa Langer, soprano
Mia Nardi-Huffman, violin
The Legion Listening Series presents chamber music in collaboration with San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. The series, now in its sixth season, holds monthly weekend concerts in the Rodin Gallery of the Legion of Honor (Gallery 10), from February to July. Attendance is free after museum admission. This season’s programs celebrate High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection by featuring American music composed between 1910 and 1980, inviting museum visitors to draw connections between the exhibition and concurrent cultural trends of the 20th century.
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music
Since 1998, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM) has nurtured, supported, and promoted professional musicians, ensembles, and presenters, working to build audience awareness and appreciation for chamber music. SFFCM offers career guidance, consulting, workshops, and fundraising opportunities to more than 100 current affiliates, as well as educational programs and grants. SFFCM serves several overlapping Bay Area musical communities in the genres of early music, chamber music, new music, jazz, and creative music. In 2010, SFFCM was honored by Chamber Music America with the prestigious CMAcclaim Award for extraordinary contributions in the field of chamber music.
Free after general admission.
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