- San Francisco
Mission: Earplay nurtures new chamber music linking audiences, performers, and composers through concerts, commissions, and recordings of the finest music of our time.
Purpose. Earplay emphasizes three areas of activity: 1) concert presentations that include commissioning new works, the organization’s annual competition, and actively seeking fresh compositions by both recognized and emerging composers; 2) education programs that mentor young composers, introduce composition to youth, and inform the general public; and 3) services to the community, including superb performances to assist composers in their craft, recordings of performances for archival purposes and to inform future audiences, and challenging music for outstanding Bay Area musicians. Among the programs offered to the public are the annual concert series at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, with additional performances primarily in California. Commissioning projects have been central to Earplay’s 26-year history.
Organizational History. Earplay was founded by a consortium of composers and performers, and over the past two and a half decades, this excellent ensemble has presented California audiences with first-rate performances of over 425 works including 113 world premieres, commissioned 55 new pieces and produced 93 U.S., California and/or Bay Area premieres. Earplay has a long and successful track record of selecting, commissioning, and performing new chamber music by regional composers including composers with international reputations like Pulitzer Prize winner Wayne Peterson, Andrew Imbrie, William Kraft, and Chen Yi as well as mid-career and emerging composers with commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation.
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