7:30 pm19:30

Lightbulb Ensemble—Hamsa: Five Tales

  • The Freer|Sackler at the Smithsonian Institution

An allegorical story of a beggar’s perplexing dreams offers a compelling and original perspective on the Five Pillars of Islam. This world premiere performance features music by Brian Baumbusch, director of the Bay Area’s trailblazing Lightbulb Ensemble, and a libretto by Paul Baumbusch. Playing on Balinese gamelan Semar pegulingan, the members of Lightbulb are joined by organist Brett Carson, guitarist Ramon Fermin, and narrator Christina Stanley.

Ignition Duo: In Conversation with Steve Reich
6:30 pm18:30

Ignition Duo: In Conversation with Steve Reich

  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music

An evening of music and conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich in advance of his 80th birthday.  Kate Sheeran and David Tanenbaum sit down to discuss the composer's life in music and his influence on musicians today. Ignition Duo will perform Nagoya Guitars.