Friday, September 3, 2010

Composers, Inc. presents new American Music

                                          Composer, Taylor Brook

Tuesday October 19, 2010 8:00pm
Old First Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento St. San Francisco

Our opening concert features a staged production of Allen Shearer’s
A Very Large Mole. Witty, comical, and outrageous are but a few of the snapshots out of this one-act opera on a libretto by Claudia Stevens after Kafka's story “Der Dorfschulmeister.” A schoolteacher and a journalist compete for public recognition around the alleged sighting of an unusually large mole, both of them deferring to a learned professor, the third member of the all-male cast. Tenor Michael Mendelsohn, baritone Allen Shearer, bass Richard Mix and a spirited quintet of instruments are conducted by Jonathan Khuner. A great way to whet your operatic appetite and introduce the people in your life to a comical night at the opera that will leave them clamoring for more! 

This brief opera is only part of a rich offering of fresh and innovative chamber music. Piano virtuoso Eliane Lust will premiere
Preludes, an intriguing new work by Jeffrey Miller. Dale Wolford, and Victoria Lington return to the Composers, Inc. series to perform Images for alto saxophone and piano by David Biedenbender. Finally, guest violinist Mira Benjamin of Montreal will play Vocalise by Taylor Brook. This sinuous and tantalizing violin solo with drone, rooted in the Hindustani tradition, is a winner of the 2010 Lee Ettelson Award.

This concert is presented in collaboration with Old First Concerts.
Visit for more information about our Lee Ettelson Award and future events. 

Season tickets are $45 general, $36 for students, seniors and disabled, and can be purchased directly from Composers, Inc. by calling (415) 512-0641 or  Single tickets are $17 general, $14 for students, seniors and disabled, and are available through Old First Concerts at (415) 474-1608 or, or at the door thirty minutes before each performance.  For more information please contact Composers, Inc. at (415) 512-0641 or visit
Composers, Inc., founded in 1984, is dedicated to presenting new music by living American composers. The five artistic directors are prominent Bay Area composers Robert Greenberg, Frank La Rocca, Jeffrey Miller, Martin Rokeach, and Allen Shearer. Composers, Inc. is supported in part by Grants for the Arts of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the Bernard Osher Foundation, the BMI Foundation, and the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Musical Grant Program.

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