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Ensemble for These Times
January 17, 2017
Ensemble for These Times
Anne Lerner-Wright, cello; Nanette McGuinness, soprano; Dale Tsang, piano

E4TT with guest cellist Anne Lerner-Wright performs International Modern with: Music by 2016 Call for Scores composers: Klaus Miehling (Germany) and Polina Nazaykinskaya (Russia)Works by 20th century composers: Henriette Bosmans (Netherlands), Lajos Delej (Hungary), Franz Waxman (Germany), and Erich Korngold (Czech Republic)

Ensemble for These Times ( consists of composer David Garner, soprano Nanette McGuinness, pianist Dale Tsang and guest cellist Anne Lerner-Wright. E4TT focuses on 20th and 21st century music that is relevant, engaging, original and compelling—that resonates today and will speak to tomorrow. The ensemble strongly believes in the power of artistic beauty, intelligence, wit, lyricism, and irony to create a deep understanding of our times and the human condition. E4TT was formed in 2007/8; recent highlights include: appearances at the 2016 Krakow Culture Festival, a tour to Hungary in 2014 sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Budapest as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days; the world premiere of Garner’s Chanson für Morgen in 2011 at Trinity Chamber Concerts, produced in association with the 26th Jewish Music Festival; European debut in 2012 with the Jüdische Gemeinde Berlin, and concerts at the German Consulate General in SF, Old First Concerts, JCC Peninsula and Noontime Concerts, among others. Fiscally-sponsored affiliates of the SF Friends of Chamber Music since 2011, E4TT has premiered 14 commissions and arrangements, including 5 by Garner.  At the start of 2016, E4TT held its first-ever Call for Scores and was honored to receive 275 works from over 200 talented composers.  The ensemble chose 56 pieces by 54 of composers, for performing over the next two seasons. Today’s program features two of those excellent works. E4TT’s debut CD, “Surviving: Women’s Words” (Centaur Rec.), was released on April 8, 2016 and is the premiere recording of four song cycles by David Garner to poetry by four women Holocaust survivors. The CD won a Silver Medal for classical chamber ensemble and album in the 2016 Global Music Awards. Stephen Smoliar ( reviewed the CD as “fascinating,” “passionate,” and “highly compelling.”