To kickÂ offÂ aÂ new year ofÂ programming with our new annual theme,Â Legacies and Living Spaces,Â ArtSeedÂ announcesÂ aÂ newÂ collaborative projectÂ that brings San Francisco Public MontessoriÂ SchoolÂ (SFPMS)Â and Leola Havard Early Education School students and teachers together withÂ ArtSeedÂ artists who will facilitate a visual artsÂ interpretation of an important twentieth century musical composition. This newÂ partnership involvesÂ San Francisco Contemporary Music Playersâ€™Â (SFCMP)Â conductorÂ Steven Schick,Â SFCMP musicians and staff,Â andÂ ArtSeedÂ teaching artists.Â The artwork by the artists, teachers and children will be projected during a dress rehearsal.Â The culminatingÂ public performanceÂ will featureÂ music byÂ twentieth-century master composerÂ Anton Webern, juxtaposed with Bay Area composer Jaroslaw Â Kapuscinskiâ€™s multimedia world premiere,Â Pointing Twice,Â precededÂ the day beforeÂ by a â€œContemporary Insightsâ€ educationalÂ eventÂ for the public.
KapuscinskiÂ describesÂ his workÂ as â€œthe negative of Webern that will bringÂ the joy of seeing the positive.â€Â One aspect of the multimedia presentation will include a series of visual responses created byÂ SFPMSÂ studentsÂ and their teachersÂ who will listen to Webern’s music and create artworks based on it.Â The participants who make theseÂ responsive works willÂ be invited toÂ theÂ SFCMP concertÂ atÂ Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsÂ on March 24, 2014Â and will receive passes to the dress rehearsal and the Insights educational event March 23.
Anton Webern (1883-1945), Austrian composer of the highest distinction, gave life to work of stunning beauty and rigor. He continued into the mid-twentieth century the great line of western classical music from Bach, through Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, and Schoenberg. Following his death, his music described a path for vanguard composers Pierre Boulez,Â KarlheinzÂ Stockhausen, LuigiÂ Nono, and many others.
Â Webern’s leading-edge compositions, onlyÂ thirty two in all, are characterized by extreme concentration and concision, unprecedented fragmentation and use of silence, along with heightened emotional tension and directness. That his compositions appear infrequently on concert programs is no indication of their splendor grace, and significance. Like visual artists in the same period Paul Klee,Â WassilyÂ Kandinsky, and Piet Mondrian, Webern’s seminal music marked rare heights achieved in twentieth centuryÂ artistic thinking and creation.
One of the core beliefs at SFCMP is that contemporary music has the potential to engage many members of our community, even if they donâ€™t have a stated affinity for classical music. It is to our advantage that the public at-large has many emotive and indirect aesthetic/”crossover” connections to new music (through jazz, pop, world, and other music forms, as well as interdisciplinary and visual arts), even if they do not necessarily have experiential ones. Itâ€™s our aim to leverage this â€œesthetic upsideâ€ and forge a place at the community table for new music.
Â ArtSeed’s mission is to connect the most resourceful and gifted with the youngest and most vulnerable citizens of the Bay Area and beyond through projects that explore links between classical and cutting-edge fine arts disciplines.
ArtSeedÂ willÂ toÂ teach andÂ utilizeÂ structural elements in architecture and music (Goethe having suggested that architecture was frozen music), among other things, to enrich students’ vocabulary of visual expression with which they can respond toÂ Webernâ€™s classical tradition. Participants will also use these tools toÂ explore positive and negative shapes (or sound and silence) in response toÂ Kapuscinskiâ€™sÂ new work.Â Together we will discover key elements that have come to us through the ages to create living (or live) spaces in both the sonic and spatial sense.