Athenaeum San Diego New Music Concerts

San Diego New Music Concerts

An Imperfect Storm—curated by Eric Starr


Friday, April 21, 2017

All concerts begin at 7:30PM


San Diego New Music presents a program curated by trombonist and SDNM Executive Director Eric Starr, with Tina Chong, piano; Jory Herman, bass; John Wilds, trumpet; Rachel Allen, trumpet; Danielle Kuhlmann, horn; and Luke Storm, tuba.

PLEASE NOTE that a pre-concert panel discussion, led by musicologist Charissa Noble, will start at 6:30 PM. The concert will begin at 7:30 PM.

Growing up in an agricultural family in Northern California, Starr is intimately familiar with the boom-and-bust cycle of precipitation in the Golden State. When the summer comes, even in “wet” years, the fear of drought is never far away. This tension of uncertainty will fill the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in SDNM’s final concert of the season, as some of the most serene sounds of the 20th century meet with the chaotic tones of the 21st in a dramatic confluence. From the rumblings of Charles Wuorinen’s Trio for Bass Instruments to a soaring finale featuring David Sampson’s Morning Music for brass quintet, the musicians explore the contradiction of hope brought on by new rainfall, even as tumult lurks on the horizon. When you beg for rain, you have to weather the storm.


Arvo Pärt — Spiegel im Spiegel

John Cage — 4'33"

Timothy McCormack — Heavy Matter

Sofia Gubaidulina — Lamento

Charles Wuorinen — Trio for Bass Instruments

David Sampson — Morning Music


Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037


Individual Tickets:
$20 members/$25 nonmembers/$5 students 



San Diego New Music is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the public performance of notated music of the highest integrity and artistic caliber from the 20th and 21st centuries. We seek to advance the art form by promoting music composed with conceptual rigor, passionate energy and singular artistic vision. SDNM enriches the artistic culture of San Diego through the presentation of an annual concert series and the soundON Festival of Modern Music, and through fostering its resident performing ensemble, NOISE.


In 1994, the only place in San Diego where you could hear an entire concert of 20th-century music was on a college campus. San Diego New Music pitched the idea of a concert series devoted to modern music and 20th-century classics at the Athenaeum. The concerts of modern music perfectly complement the exhibitions of modern art held in the Athenaeum’s galleries. In 1996, San Diego New Music presented its first season. The series was called "Noise at the Library," and the ensemble would later adopt the name, as well.


San Diego New Music and the Athenaeum have been happily co-presenting concerts of new music ever since.


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