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Ensemble for These Times
May 31, 2016
Ensemble for These Times

Nanette McGuinnes, soprano / Dale Tsang, piano / Anne Lerner-Wright, cello

  • Hans Winterberg: Song Selections
  • Lalos Delej: Newly discovered piano work
  • David Garner: Surviving Women’s Words (four song cycles). A Jewish Music and Poetry Project


Soprano Nanette McGuinness has been hailed in the press for her “creamy golden tone and “glorious soprano.” With a repertory ranging from 1600 to the present, she has performed in ten languages on two continents in over 25 roles—including Mimì, Cleopatra, Freia, Desdemona, Musetta, Countess Almaviva, First Lady, and Micaela—with the Silesian State (Czech Republic), San Jose (Opera in the Schools), West Bay, Pacific Repertory, Trinity Lyric, and Livermore Valley Operas, among others. Solo concert engagements include Chants d’Auvergnes (Canteloube), Shéhérézade and Nuits d’étés (selections), Lord Nelson Mass, Vesperae Solemne (Mozart), and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Her CD of music by women composers, Fabulous Femmes (Centaur CRC 2461)—called “perfect for the song recital lover” by Chambermusic Magazine—features several premiere recordings; more recently she recorded Benedetto Vinaccesi: The Solo Cantatas with the Vinaccesi Ensemble. McGuinness earned a PhD in Music from UC Berkeley, MM in Vocal Performance from Holy Names, and BA in Music from Cornell University.


Pianist Dale Tsang began her piano studies at the age of four. A child prodigy, she won numerous competitions and made her concerto debut with orchestra at the age of ten. While still in high school, she gave her first concert series under the auspices of the Young Artists’ Guild, performing solo recitals throughout California. She earned her BM in piano performance from the University of Southern California, studying with John Perry; her MM from the University of Michigan, studying with Dickran Atamian; and her DMA from Rice University, studying with John Perry. Nominated for the 1997 Van Cliburn competition, she took first prize in the 2001 Carmel Music Society Competition and was a semi-finalist in the 1999 Washington International Competition. Tsang performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Holland Music Sessions and the Sarasota Music Festival. Tsang is currently a faculty member at Laney College and an active solo and chamber musician, both nationally and internationally.


Cellist Anne Lerner-Wright completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Northwestern University as a cello performance major after having spent 3 years as a Spanish Literature major at Bryn Mawr College. She has been performing as a cellist in the Bay Area since 1989, when she moved from her native Chicago to study with Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory, where she earned a Master of Music in Cello Performance. Anne has performed with many Bay Area orchestras and is a sought-after chamber musician and performer of contemporary music. An equally important part of Anne’s musical life is music education. She is the conductor of two of the youth orchestras in the Marin Symphony Youth Programs, is on the faculties of College of Marin and Dominican University and has a large private cello studio in San Rafael.



Ensemble for These Times (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 a tour to Hungary in Fall 2014 as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days, and sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Budapest; the world premiere of Garner’s Chanson für Morgen in 2011 at Trinity Chamber Concerts, produced in association with the 26th Jewish Music Festival; their European debut in 2012 with the Jüdische Gemeinde Berlin, and concerts at the German Consulate General in SF, Old First Concerts, and Noontime Concerts, among others.

Upcoming this season: E4TT celebrates the release of their debut CD this spring, “Surviving: Women’s Words,” described as “fascinating, “passionate,” and “compelling,” in with appearances at Noontime Concerts, Café Europa (June 2), a premieres concerts at Trinity Chamber Concerts in Berkeley on June 11, 2016, and at the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival in June 2016. Surviving: Women’s Words was funded in part by SFFCM’s Musical Grant Program and a grant from the SF Conservatory of Music; E4TT is honored to be a fiscally-sponsored affiliate of the SFFCM: please consider making a tax-deductible donation at (click on “donate to an affiliate” and select “Ensemble”.