At the beginning of next month, composer, vocalist, and violinist Caroline Shaw will be in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) for four days. Shaw has the distinction of being the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, which was awarded to her in 2013 for her “Partita for 8 Voices” when she was 30. As a violinist she recently performed as soloist in her own violin concerto “Lo” with both the Cincinnati Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony. As a vocalist she holds a GRAMMY Award as a member of the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. She is musician-in-residence at the Dumbarton Oaks research library in Washington, DC, the first to hold that position. She is also the composer-in-residence for Music on Main in Vancouver. During her residence at SFCM, Shaw will work with choral and instrumental groups, visit studio classes, talk to composers, and work with students in the Technology and Applied Composition program. She will also participate in two events open to the general public.
The first of these events is entitled An Evening with Caroline Shaw. She will discuss her career with SFCM Provost and Dean Kate Sheeran. She will also coach and perform with SFCM’s Graduate String Quartet, the Thalea String Quartet, whose members are violinists Christopher Whitley and Kumiko Sakamoto, violist Luis Bellorin, and cellist Bridget Pasker. She will coach their performance of her single-movement quartet entitled “Entr’acte,” which Thalea played as part of the SFCM New Music Ensemble concert given this past October. (Those with longer memories may recall that this piece is also in the repertoire of the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco, which included it in their Noontime Concerts™ program in April of 2015.) Shaw’s coaching will also include her singing with Thalea in a performance of her piece “I’ll Fly Away.”
An Evening with Caroline Shaw will take place in the SFCM Concert Hall. It will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. The event is free to the public, and no tickets will be required.
The following evening Shaw will appear in the next installment of the special Transformations series. The title of the program will be Baroque Variations, and the other performers will include both Thalea and faculty violist Jodi Levitz. The focus of the program will be transcriptions of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach by Zoltán Kodály, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Ferruccio Busoni. The program will also include compositions by Lukas Foss, Thomas Adès, and George Rochberg.
This concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4. It will also take place in the SFCM Concert Hall. Again, the event will be free; and no tickets will be required.
SFCM is located at 50 Oak Street, a short walk from the Muni Van Ness station.