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Soundbox launches its third season December 9-10, with Michael Tilson Thomas leading a centennial celebration of American musical maverick Lou Harrison

October 28, 2016

 
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SOUNDBOX LAUNCHES ITS THIRD SEASON DECEMBER 9–­­­10, WITH MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS LEADING A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN MUSICAL MAVERICK LOU HARRISON

Special tribute concerts chronicle Lou Harrison’s life with musical performances, audiovisual presentations, personal commentary, explorations of Harrison’s handmade instruments and visual art, and excerpts from Eva Soltes's documentary film "Lou Harrison: A World of Music"

SAN FRANCISCO, October 28SoundBox, the San Francisco Symphony’s experimental performance venue and late-night live music series, opens its third season on December 9­–10 with SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas curating and conducting two concerts celebrating the life and work of visionary American composer, artist, writer, and activist Lou Harrison. Born in May 1917, this season marks the centennial of Lou Harrison’s birth; Harrison passed away in 2003.

In the first SoundBox shows of the 2016–17 Season, MTT takes the audience on a chronological journey through some of Lou Harrison’s most iconic musical works, including the original 1939 version of Kyrie from Mass to St. Anthony; Concerto No. 1 for Flute and Percussion; Canticle No. 3; and selections from Pacifika Rondo, Suite for Violin and American Gamelan, and Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra—a work which MTT and the SFS recorded during the 2012 American Mavericks Festival and released on SFS Media. The performance will also weave together excerpts from filmmaker Eva Soltes’s documentary “Lou Harrison: A World of Music,” multimedia projections, explorations of Harrison’s art, and use of hand-crafted one-of-a-kind instruments built by Harrison and his partner William Colvig. MTT—a longtime friend and champion of Lou Harrison’s life and work—will lead the audience through an immersive experience utilizing the unique tools available in the SoundBox space, including multiple stages, projection screens, and physical set-ups; the fully adjustable Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system; and the use of multiple physical spaces for audience mingling and pre- and post-concert entertainment. One hour prior to the performances, a Javanese-style gamelan ensemble will perform in the venue, in homage to Harrison’s love of Asian musical traditions. 

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