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Bay Area Rainbow Symphony presents a concert of compositions exclusively by women, featuring soloist Sara Davis Buechner.
Bay Area Rainbow Symphony presents a concert of compositions exclusively by women, featuring soloist Sara Davis Buechner.
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BARS is San Francisco’s leading orchestra dedicated to promoting LGBTQ composers and artists. For our June 6 Pride Concert, BARS will perform compositions written exclusively by women with soloist Sara Davis Buechner, an internationally renowned pianist and transgender activist. In conjunction with the BARS concert, Ms Buechner will perform an additional recital during which she will speak about her transgender journey, gender, and gender roles. She will play short piano pieces, including one of her own compositions.

About the Fundraiser: We're looking to you (and anyone you know who supports LGBTQ and women musicians) to help us raise money for extra expenses not normally involved with a BARS concert, which include the following:

  • Production of the extra pre-concert recital
  • Hotel, travel, and payment for an international soloist
  • Videotaping the concert with multiple cameras
  • Editing and distribution of concert video
  • Outreach costs to transgender communities
  • Outreach to fans of orchestral pieces written by women
  • Extra advertising in local periodicals

It is our goal not only to present quality symphonic work, but also to provide a high level of community visibility and access to these important pieces of our world's history and culture.

Thank you for your interest and support!

June 6, 2015 - Concert Schedule

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St @ Van Ness

3pm Preconcert Recital: Crossing the Concourse: Sara Davis Buechner in Music and Words

8pm Concert: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman 

Vítězslava Kaprálová – Partita for Piano and Strings

Clara Wieck Schumann – Piano Concerto                                                

Ethel Smyth* – Serenade

Dawn Harms*, Conductor / Sara Davis Buechner*, Piano

*Part of BARS’ LGBTQ Composer and Performing Artist Series

For more information and tickets go to http://www.bars-sf.org

About the Composers: The program will open with Partita, written in 1938 by Vítězslava Kaprálová (1915-1940), Czechoslovakia's foremost woman composer of the twentieth century. Buechner will then perform the Piano Concerto by Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896), first premiered by the composer at age 16 with the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Mendelssohn conducting. The concert will conclude with Serenade by English lesbian composer Ethel Smyth (1858-1944). Smyth became the most important English opera composer of her generation, and Der Wald still has the distinction of being the only opera written by a woman to be performed by the Metropolitan opera in New York.

About the Soloist: Sara Davis Buechner is one of the leading concert pianists of our time. In her twenties, Ms. Buechner won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and was a Bronze Medalist of the 1986 Tschaikowsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. With an active repertoire of more than 100 piano concertos, she has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s prominent orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony and BBC Philharmonic. Audiences have applauded Ms. Buechner’s recitals in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl; and she enjoys wide success throughout Asia where she tours annually. Sara Davis Buechner’s numerous CD and DVD recordings have received prominent critical appraisal. She can be seen and heard on numerous live video and audio recordings on her website and YouTube Channel; and she has created many essays in written, spoken and film format on her blog “Sara Says.” She is a Professor of Piano at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and an Honorary Visiting Professor of Music at the University of Shanghai. In 2012, she spoke before a standing committee on human rights in Ottawa in support a federal transgender rights bill. She was a keynote speaker at the Outgames Human Rights conference. http://saradavisbuechner.com/.

About Dawn Harms, BARS Music Director and Conductor: Dawn Harms' diverse career ranges from chamber musician, violin soloist, and concertmaster, to music director and conductor. She is a first violinist in the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster for the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and Co-Concertmaster with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. She recently conducted the San Francisco Opera orchestra in a full concert “Overture to the 2014-15 Season”. Dawn has conducted the Amy Beach Piano Concerto with Daniel Glover, soloist and the world premiere of Scattered: Concerto for Scat Singing and Piano by Clarice Assad. As a chamber performer, she performed the world premiere Times of Day for piano trio and soprano, composed and performed with Jake Heggie at New York’s Guggenheim Museum. A strong advocate for music education, Dawn designs and performs her family concerts for children with symphony orchestras throughout the United States. She also teaches at Stanford University. Dawnharms.com.

Music on video: Elinor Armer: Call of the West Performed by BARS. http://www.youtube.com/user/BARSymphony

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BARS has produced over 25 concerts and recitals, and we are confident that the June 6th concert will succeed without large risks.

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