The Cassandra Project

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Ticket Information

The concert will be available at no cost via livestream on E4TT's YouTube channel. We ask that you consider making a donation of whatever feels comfortable. 

7:30 PM
Presented By
Ensemble for These Times
Event Type
New Music
Event Contact
Dr Nanette McGuinness
Contact Email
E4TT's 2020/21 commissions concert, inspired by the infamous priestess in Greek mythology who was cursed to utter true prophecies, but never to be believed. Performed by McGuinness, Lerner, and season guest pianist Margaret Halbig joined by special guest artists violinists Ilana Blumberg and Dagenais Smiley, and violist Elizabeth Prior.

Featuring four World Premieres about Cassandra and her fate: a piano trio by 2016 Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellow Hannah Lash; a short monodrama for soprano, cello, and piano by E4TT Call for Scores composer Jessica Rudman to a new text by librettist Kendra Preston Leonard ; a cello-piano duo by emerging Bay Area composer Valerie Liu; and a new song cycle for soprano and piano quartet by E4TT co-founder David Garner.

Plus three other related works, "Moerae" (Fates) for piano trio by Armenian-American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian; "Memento Mori: Phase I" by 2015 Rome Prize recipient Nina C. Young (b. 1984), for string quartet; and "Cassandra Sings" for string quartet by Tina Davidson, the first classical composer ever to receive a Pew Fellowship.

Virtual transcontinental pre-concert composer talk at 7:00 p.m. with Lash, Garner, Liu, Rudman, and librettist Leonard.

    Ensemble Name
    Ensemble for These Times
    Nanette McGuinness, Ilana Blumberg, Dagenais Smiley, Liz Prior, Anne Lerner, Margaret Halbig
    Speakers / Participants
    Pre-concert virtual composer talk with Lash, Garner, Liu, Rudman, and librettist Leonard
    Hannah Lash, Jessica Rudman, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Valier Lieu, David Garner, Nina C. Young, and Tina Davidson
    • Lash, piano trio (title tbd); 
    • Rudman, "Cassandra" for soprano, cello, and piano to a new text by Kendra Preston Leonard;
    • Liu, "Cassandra Effect" for cello and piano; 
    • Garner, "Die gefl├╝sterte Zukunft" for soprano & piano quartet to a text by Schiller;
    • Kouyoumdjian, "Moerae" for piano trio;
    • Young, "Memento Mori: Phase I" for string quartet;
    • Davisdon, "Cassandra Sings" for string quartet.

    Virtual: YouTube
    San Francisco, CA