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Gubaidulina World Premiere

On Sunday, February 22, David Tanenbaum performed the world premiere of a major new work by Sofia Gubaidulina, Repentence, for three guitars, cello and bass. The half hour long piece was presented in Davies Symphony Hall by the San Francisco Symphony as part of Ms. Gubaidulina’s two week residency with the orchestra. Performing with Mr. Tanenbaum were Thomas Viloteau and Elliot Simpson on guitars, with Symphony members Peter Wyrick, cello and Scott Pingel, bass. Here is a published preview of the concert:

Artist Spotlight: David Tanenbaum @ San Francisco Classical Voice

Highlights of the 2008 Summer Concert Season

David Tanenbaum will appear in chamber music festivals in Madison, Wisconsin, San Antonio, Texas and Napa, California; in the Boston Guitarfest; and, as co artistic director, in the GFA festival in San Francisco.

At GFA he will appear in a concert he created called Friday Night from San Francisco on August 8 at Herbst Theater. In that concert he will conduct the U.S. premiere of Sergio Assad’s Trois Brasiliens a Saint Paul, and perform, with Terry Riley, the U.S. premiere of that composers Moonshine Sonata.

He will also perform chamber works of Aaron Jay Kernis and Terry Riley. For concert dates, check the Schedule page.

Highlights of the 2007 Fall Concert Season

David Tanenbaum’s 07-08 season included performances in Brazil; Henze‘s El Cimarron in Tijuana Mexico; the world premiere of Jorge Liderman‘s Imaginary Tunes with Quarteto Latinamericano at Cal Berkeley; a Julian Bream tribute at the 92nd Street Y in New York; and the world premiere of Terry Riley‘s new triple concerto for two guitars and violin, Soltierraluna, with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra.

He also premiered Five Pieces for Guitar and Electronics by Ronald Bruce Smith in a featured concert at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, a concert which was voted the second best of the entire Sacramento year by critic Edward Ortiz. He wrote:

“…Tanenbaum delivered one of the most wide-ranging and intelligently conceived programs for one instrument in recent memory. And he left no doubt that he is one of this country’s best classical guitarists…This outstanding performance was clearly one of the best of the festival and of the concert year. It was delivered with intelligence and urgency, as if Tanenbaum was single-handedly ushering the classical guitar into the open-book realm of the 21st century.”

07 – 08 Season Notes

David Tanenbaum’s upcoming season includes performances in Brazil, Korea, Mexico and throughout the U.S. Highlights include a performance of Henze‘s El Cimarron in Tijuana, Mexico; the world premiere of Jorge Liderman‘s new work for guitar and string quartet with Quarteto Latinamericano at Cal Berkeley, a Julian Bream tribute at the 92nd Street Y in New York and the world premiere of Terry Riley‘s new triple concerto for two guitars and violin. He will also premiere a new work by Ronald Bruce Smith for guitar with interactive electronics.

Another New Lou Harrison Guitar Piece

Some months after he died a guitar trio was found in Lou Harrison’s papers called Elegy for Harpo Marx, composed in 1964. The history of the piece is unclear but the version found was certainly written for guitar. Tanenbaum performed (premiered?) the work at the San Francisco Conservatory November 7, 2004 with Brian Dowdy and Rodrigo Placencia, and they recorded the work Nov. 25 for Mode Records.