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Other Minds 22: Lou Harrison Centennial, 2017

Other Minds 22 Pays Homage to Harrison at One Hundred

Find out about other events honoring Lou in 2017 through our Lou Harrison Centennial website.

Conductors Dennis Russell Davies and Nicole Paiement to Lead Rarely Heard Masterworks

The late Lou Silver Harrison (1917-2003) is one of America's most original and revered composers, born May 14th, 1917, in Portland, Oregon. The world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth with concerts everywhere, featuring his music and that of composers he influenced. This Spring, Other Minds Festival 22 will be devoted exclusively to some major highlights of Harrison’s glittering, infectious output. JUST 100: HOMAGE TO LOU HARRISON, is an ambitious undertaking, with over 100 musicians performing concerts at the sublime Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco, with whom we’re partnering for this magnificent project.

In celebration of the centennial of one of the godfathers of Other Minds, we’ll present the rarely-played Suite for Violin, Piano and Small Orchestra (1951) as a centerpiece of Other Minds Festival 22 next February. We’re thrilled to confirm that we’re bringing from Linz, Austria, conductor Dennis Russell Davies to lead the performance. As Music Director of the Cabrillo Festival for over two decades, Maestro Davies became the world’s foremost conductor of Harrison’s music while living each summer in Aptos and staying with the composer and his partner Bill Colvig.

Another concert there in May will contain La Koro Sutro (The Heart Sutra, in Esperanto), for 100 choristers, organ, harp and gamelan, as well as the Suite for Violin and American Gamelan, co-composed with Richard Dee, and simply put, a solid gold musical masterpiece. The brilliant Nicole Paiement will conduct. Both she and Davies together have made numerous definitive recordings of Harrison’s music over the years.

Concert Details:



Buy tickets for OM 22 Concert 1: Pacific Rim Centennials

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 San Francisco, CA 7:30 pm

Mission Dolores Basilica

3321 16th St., San Francisco CA

Dennis Russell Davies, visiting from Linz, Austria, conducts and plays rarely heard music by two legendary composers who integrate the influences of Europe and Asia. LOU HARRISON (1917-2003) is represented by his sumptuous Indonesian-influenced Suite for Violin, Piano & Small Orchestra, championed by Leopold Stokowski. Korean composer ISANG YUN (1917-1995), his friend and colleague, whose career flourished in West Germany until his arrest and deportation by the South Korean government on charges of spying for the North, is remembered in two striking chamber pieces.

Sonata No. 3 for Piano

(1938, Lou Harrison)

Dennis Russell Davies, piano

Grand Duo for Violin & Piano

(1988, Lou Harrison, excerpts)

Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin; D.R. Davies, piano

Canticle No. 3 for Percussion

(1941, Lou Harrison)

William Winant Percussion Group, Davies, conductor

Suite for Violin, Piano, and Small Orchestra

(1950-51, Lou Harrison)

Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin; Maki Namekawa, piano; Other Minds Ensemble (flute, oboe, harp, celesta, tack piano, tamtam, two celli, string bass), Davies, conductor

Interludium A

(1982, Isang Yun)

Gasa, for Violin & Piano

(1963, Isang Yun)

Yumi Hwang-Williams, Dennis Russell Davies




Buy tickets for OM 22 Concert 2: Lou Harrison Gamelan Masterpieces

Saturday, May 20, 2017 San Francisco, CA 7:30 pm

Mission Dolores Basilica

3321 16th St., San Francisco CA

Conductor Nicole Paiement, who has recorded a generous selection of Harrison's music, returns to lead a chorus of 100 with gamelan in the Esperanto rendition of the fourth century Buddhist text, The Heart Sutra. (The first concert in this series scheduled for February 18, 2017.) Curated by Other Minds Artistic Direcor Charles Amirkhanian.

Threnody for Oliver Daniel

(1990, Lou Harrison)

Meredith Clark, harp

Suite for 'Cello and Harp

(1948, Lou Harrison)

Emil Miland, cello; Meredith Clark, harp

Pedal Sonata for Organ

(1987/1989, Lou Harrison)

Jerome Lenk, organ

Praises for Michael the Archangel

(1946-47, Lou Harrison)

Jerome Lenk, organ

Suite for Violin and American Gamelan

(1974, Lou Harrison & Richard Dee)

Shalani Vijayan, violin; William Winant Percussion Group, Nicole Paiement, conductor

La Koro Sutro

(1972, Lou Harrison)

Massed choruses including Resound, Mission Dolores Choir, others TBA; William Winant Percussion Group; Nicole Paiement, conductor

*Both concerts curated by Other Minds, Charles Amirkhanian, Artistic Director

Press for OM 22: SF Chronicle Preview   |   SF Chronicle Review


FILM PRESENTATION In association with the Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive

Sunday · February 19, 2017 · 4:15pm
Barbro Osher Theater, BAM/PFA
2155 Center Street (at Oxford Street)
Berkeley, CA

"Lou Harrison: Cherish, Conserve, Consider, Create" (1987) 27:00

"In Between - The Composer Isang Yun in North and South Korea" (2015) 60:00
American premiere screening

With guest speakers Dennis Russell Davies and Charles Boone, introduced by Charles Amirkhanian.

TICKETS $12/8/7

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