Small sfcm logo 4c Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire

Performances | Nonsemble 6 / Amy Foote, Soprano (voice) / Justin Lee, Flute / Anna-Christina Phillips, Bass clarinet / Kevin Rogers, Violin / Ian Scarfe, Piano / Anne Suda
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Bt movie not in use Mondestrunken (Moon-drunk) 00h:00m:00s
Bt movie not in use Columbine 00h:02m:05s
Bt movie not in use Der Dandy (The Dandy) 00h:03m:55s
Bt movie not in use Eine blasse Wäsherin (A Pallid Laundrymaid) 00h:05m:43s
Bt movie not in use Valse de Chopin 00h:07m:16s
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Bt movie not in use Der kranke Monde (The Sick Moon) 00h:10m:55s
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Bt movie not in use Die Nacht (Night) 00h:13m:30s
Bt movie not in use Gebet an Pierrot (Prayer to Pierrot) 00h:15m:54s
Bt movie not in use Raub (Theft) 00h:17m:03s
Bt movie not in use Rote Messe (Red Mass) 00h:18m:16s
Bt movie not in use Galgenlied (Gallows Song) 00h:20m:15s
Bt movie not in use Enthauptung (Beheading) 00h:20m:47s
Bt movie not in use Die Kreuze (The Crosses) 00h:23m:06s
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Bt movie not in use Heimweh (Nostalgia) 00h:25m:30s
Bt movie not in use Gemeinheit (Mean Trick) 00h:27m:46s
Bt movie not in use Parodie (Parody) 00h:29m:22s
Bt movie not in use Der Mondfleck (The Moonfleck) 00h:31m:01s
Bt movie not in use Serenade 00h:32m:19s
Bt movie not in use Heimfahrt (Journey Homeward) 00h:35m:16s
Bt movie not in use O alter Duft (O Ancient Scent) 00h:37m:02s

Founded by students of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music who wanted to perform Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, Nonsemble 6 teamed up with director Brian Staufenbiel to create a stunning theatrical production of the work as a centennial celebration of its premiere in 1912. Along with costuming and makeup Nonsemble 6 commissioned Mara Elana to create a set of 21 works of art that have been incorporated into Alex Wroten’s video that accompanies this performance. “Pierrot lunaire,” Op. 21, is a set of twenty-one of Giraud’s poems, arranged into three parts, each of seven poems. The first part, beginning with the poem “Moon-drunk,” is Pierrot’s celebration of the mind-altering power of moonlight. The clown Pierrot switches constantly between experiencing and narrating his own life. As he moves from scene to scene, the tone descends into darker and more horrifying places. The second part, beginning with the poem “Night,” finds Pierrot lost deep in frightening hallucinations, some of which he seems to take part in with disturbing pleasure. The climax of these nightmares is poem thirteen, “Beheading,” in which Pierrot imagines his own beheading. His enemy in this poem is his old friend the Moon, who he sees now in its sickle shape, glinting like the sword of the executioner. The third part opens with the poem “Nostalgia.” It begins the process of reassembling Pierrot’s shattered mind in a metaphorical journey home. The closing poem “O Ancient Scent” is a touching return for Pierrot, delivered (after a very rough night) from his “sun-filled window.”

Arnold Schoenberg


Bass clarinet, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Piccolo, Soprano (voice), Viola, and Violin

Recorded Date: 10-04-2012

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Nonsemble 6

Nonsemble 6 is a San Francisco-based sextet comprised of top innovators on the Bay Area musical landscape. Over the past three years, N6 has performed in numerous Bay Area venues including on the Noe Valley Chamber Music series, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, at the Switchboard Music Festival, and the California Academy of Sciences (with composer Mason Bates) in addition to performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; as artists-in-residence at the Astoria (Oregon) Music Festival; at An die Musik in Baltimore; and on tour to perform and lecture at Western Illinois University and Monmouth, Augustana and Knox Colleges.

In the first half of the 2012-2013 season, N6 focused on returning to their roots in Schoenberg’s expressionist cabaret work Pierrot lunaire. N6 was originally formed to learn this work, and became well-known for their early multimedia performances of Pierrot which included commissioned artwork by Los Angeles artist Mara Elana and projected subtitles. In October 2012, on the centenary of Pierrot’s debut, N6 collaborated with Brian Staufenbiel (of UC Santa Cruz and Ensemble Parallel) to stage a completely memorized performance incorporating costuming, makeup, stage movement, and video projections on the San Francisco Conservatory’s Alumni series. N6 will repeat this performance at Salle Pianos, a gallery-style venue in San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, and Stanford University in April 2013.

The remainder of 2013‘s season includes the premieres of several new pieces of music. In April 2013, N6 is a featured ensemble, along with the Del Sol Quartet and Speak Percussion, in composer Kevin James’ Vanishing Languages project, which will culminate in a world premiere performance of a new work at ODC Commons in San Francisco. To produce librettos for the May 2013 premiere of a new monodrama commissioned from composer Danny Clay, N6 hosted workshops at San Francisco’s 826 Valencia called Singable Stories, where they worked with seven students on drafting dramatic stories to be set to music. N6 is also set to premiere future commissions by Luciano Chessa and Adrian Knight. In the 2011-2012 season, N6 made their debut at the Noe Valley Chamber Music Series, and collaborated frequently with the math-punk ensemble Grains and the drums-guitar duo The Living Earth Show in scored and improvisational music, including a performance on the fifth-anniversary Switchboard Music Festival. Nonsemble 6 is a fiscally sponsored affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the service of chamber music in California.

Amy Foote
Soprano (voice)

Since graduating with her Master of Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Soprano Amy Foote has sung an expansive repertoire, ranging from leading roles on the operatic stage to world premieres of contemporary chamber music. Ms. Foote is well known in the Bay Area for her performances of Schoenberg's monodrama Pierrot lunaire with her contemporary chamber group Nonsemble 6. Together they have performed the piece over 20 times in venues across the US including Washington DC's Kennedy Center, Stanford University, and as artists-in-residence at the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon. The current iteration is a completely memorized performance incorporating costuming, makeup, and stage movement. Nonsemble 6 has continued staging contemporary chamber works and is in the process of commissioning and premiering 4 new monodramas over the course of the next two years.

In addition to her contemporary classical endeavors, Ms. Foote has performed leading operatic roles with the Berkeley "West Edge" Opera, Lamplighter's Music Theater, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. In Spring of 2013, she received an Honorable Mention in the Professional Vocalist Division of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition, and won the Opera in the Schools/ Thelma Dry Award at The Henry and Maria Holt Memorial Scholarship Competition in Palo Alto, California. She has been deemed a "most impressive" and "consistently excellent" by the San Francisco Classical Voice.

Amy's love of music does not end with the classical genre. She has performed with many Bay Area rock groups including John Vanderslice, The Family Crest, and Blackbird Blackbird, with whom she toured to the acclaimed music festival South by Southwest in 2011. She currently sings with experimental rock group, Makeunder. When not performing, rehearsing, or making terrariums, Ms. Foote teaches private lessons in her home studio and coaches fledgling rock bands at San Francisco’s Bird School of Music. She currently studies with Metropolitan Opera soloist, Brenda Boozer.

Justin Lee

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Anna-Christina Phillips
Bass clarinet and Clarinet

I am a co-director of Switchboard Music. Every spring we put on an eight-hour marathon festival of the best genre-bending ensembles from the Bay Area and beyond, and in 2014 we launched our monthly concert series Switchboard Presents at the Center for New Music. I'm also an administrator at Zoo Labs in Oakland, a music incubator that offers residency programs for musicians and music tech startups, and teach musical entrepreneurship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Along with five talented colleagues, I am a founding member of the contemporary group Nonsemble 6. Over the last year we have focused on memorized and staged performances of Schoenberg's cabaret work Pierrot lunaire, directed by Brian Staufenbiel. We premiered our staging on the Alumni Recital Series at the San Francsico Conservatory of Music in October 2012 and repeated it in costumes by Dark Garden on tour in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and at Stanford University. We have also performed with math punk bands and on tour across the United States.

Additionally, I've worked in publicity for the San Francisco Symphony, the Switchboard Music Festival, the Grammy-nominated Bay Brass, Sqwonk, and Areon Flutes. I live in San Francisco, California and I am a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. I began my professional performance career at eighteen as soloist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and trained with Steven Barta at the Peabody Conservatory and Luis Baez and Jerome Simas at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Kevin Rogers

As a young violinist, works of composers such as Penderecki, Boulez, and Berio captivated Kevin Rogers long before his first exposure to even a complete Beethoven Symphony, setting the groundwork for his passionate career in contemporary classical music. He is the founding violinist/violist of Nonsemble6, a contemporary Pierrot Ensemble based in San Francisco. As part of this group he has performed at the Astoria Music Festival as guests-artists-residence, at Universities throughout the country, in unorthodox venues through Classical Revolution SF, and at the Kennedy Center.

He began his solo career at sixteen in South Carolina. His most recent solo performances have included the Lou Harrison Violin Concerto at the Hot Air Music Festival in San Francisco, and a premier of Manly Romero's concerto for two violins and two trumpets titled "Doppelgaenger" with the Blue Print Series under the Baton of Nicole Paiement.

Kevin Rogers recently graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Masters degree in Violin Performance. While there he received the award for Violin in New Music, and the award for Violin in the String departments. He studied with Bettina Mussumeli and worked closely with Jennifer Culp, Jodi Levitz and Mark Sokol. Having grown up on a farm, you can occasionally hear him slip into a southern accent after many hours of practicing or in moments of excitement.

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Ian Scarfe

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Anne Suda

An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, cellist Anne Suda enjoys national and international performance opportunities. Anne has appeared as soloist with several symphony orchestras including the American Philharmonic, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, the Southeast Iowa Symphony and the Quincy Symphony, performing works including the Dvorák Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and the Brahms Double Concerto. She will perform the Beethoven Triple Concerto with One Found Sound Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco and with the Venice Symphony in Florida this spring. Her performances have brought her to many prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the American Cathedral in Paris. Classical Sonoma wrote of her performance of Rococo Variations, “The delightful top-to-bottom slides on the fingerboard were impeccable, and in the cadenza Ms. Suda never hurried, letting the long pauses add suspense to the music. She clearly identified with the subtle and non-heroic interplay of cello and orchestra.” Anne has also been praised for bringing a fresh and contemporary sound to her repertoire, with the Northwest Reverb writing of her interpretation of the Debussy Cello Sonata, “Cellist Anne Suda read so much contrast into the score, intermittently I felt I wasn't hearing Debussy at all, but discovering his lost contemporary genius…it was the freshest I’ve heard.”

Passionate about chamber music, Anne is a founding member of two award-winning ensembles based in the San Francisco Bay Area. With her ensemble Aleron Trio, Anne recently won the 2014 Berkeley Piano Club Emerging Artist Award. This season Anne's trio is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Old First Concert Series in San Francisco. The San Francisco wrote of one of the ensemble’s performances, “They focused in on every detail, never missing out on any tricks; and, by dutifully respecting [the composer’s] every demand, they allowed the rest of us to sit back and enjoy every bit of the fun.”

Anne has performed on three critically acclaimed tours of France with her trio and recently completed a residency with the Southeast Iowa Symphony performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and giving 17 school and community outreach presentations. Aleron Trio has been mentored by members of the Alexander and St. Lawrence String Quartets and has worked with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Brentano String Quartet and Pavel Haas Quartet while attending the Banff Chamber Music Residency in Canada and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Aldeburgh Music in England.