CMC proudly presents the 14th Annual Keyboard Marathon Concert on Sunday April 23 at 3pm in the Concert Hall of the Community Music Center. The Keyboard Marathon showcases the piano and harpsichord faculty of the Community Music Center from the Richmond and Mission District Branches as well as several invited guest performers.
This wonderful afternoon of music will appeal to music students and community members interested in exquisite and compelling piano music. Following the concert there will be a reception in the courtyard with an opportunity to talk with the performers and learn more about the Community Music Center.
Tuition assistance and scholarships for CMC piano students are generously supported by The Ross McKee Foundation.
Community Music Center’s new Yamaha CFX concert grand has been donated by the estate of Donald Oestreicher and by Piedmont Piano Company, with additional gifts from Denny Abrams, Robert Dell, Lawrence Dillon, and Larry Russo.
CMC is happy to present a series of free, one-hour Hand Drumming and Indian Rhythm Workshops for the campus and community! Directed by international percussionist, educator, and entrepreneur, Dr. Rohan Krishnamurthy, the interactive workshops will be open to participants of all ages and backgrounds, both percussionists and non-percussionists. Participants will learn the foundations of rhythm, essential hand drumming techniques, traditional vocal percussion, and cross-genre approaches to improvisation and composition. The CMC will have newly-acquired Indian percussion instruments for use, or you can bring your own instrument.
The workshops will culminate in a concert by Rohan on April 29 featuring the premiere of a new Indian percussion composition. The workshops and concert are supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission.
The concert will feature new collaborative works that Rohan has been working on, as well as the premiere of a contemporary, three-movement piece for solo mridangam. Drawing on traditional and experimental techniques and approaches, the piece reflects the rhythmic soundscapes of San Francisco, both musical and non-musical, and highlights the diverse rhythmic traditions that contribute to one of the most cosmopolitan music scenes in the world. The piece reflects inspiration from many iconic and lesser-known locations in San Francisco, and the unique soundscapes that they evoke. This new work represents one of the first experimental, programmatic, and socially-inspired compositions for mridangam, thereby expanding the traditional Indian musical aesthetic and repertoire, and sounding a new perspective about life in San Francisco.
Indian Rhythm and Hand Drumming Workshops will precede the premiere of the new work. Workshops will take place on April 1, 29 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm at CMC’s Mission District Branch.
Vocalist Margaret Gordon performs in concert. Additional program details TBA.