Awe in the Natural World: Composer Matt Van Brink

Awe in the Natural World: Composer Matt Van Brink

Matt Van Brink speaks to his favorite nature-inspired works, and to the process of “growing” a piece from concept to premiere and beyond. His beautiful, brief piece, “The Lower Leaves of Trees,” is included on SFCA’s March Program, Out of the Garden, Into the Woods: from Paradise to Scary.

A Joyous Cacophony: Jean Ahn on the Collective Power of Individual Voices

A Joyous Cacophony: Jean Ahn on the Collective Power of Individual Voices

Recall your favorite Christmas carol—you’ve probably called up a strong, striking melody sung in joyful unison. What if a carol could instead captured the fragmented, unique wonder of many perspectives on one miracle? Join Composer-in-Residence Jean Ahn as she reflects on her new work, her relationship with the Choral Artists, and the multifaceted spirit of Christmas. 

Robinson McClellan on Future Classics and Christmas Transformation

Robinson McClellan on Future Classics and Christmas Transformation

The holidays aren’t always happy for everyone—for many, it is  a complicated emotional season.  Robinson McClellan shares his thoughts on the complex nature of winter and on the similarly complex relationship between composer, performer, and listener. Robin is this year’s Composer-Not-in-Residence; his new work, “Comfort and Joy,” will premiere at “Jingle! Angels! Silent! Merry!”.