MAY 24, 2017 | 8PM
HOLE MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
La Sierra University | 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside CA 92515
The CPC’s first concert took place on April 26, 2015 at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Silver Lake. Eight world premieres featuring 26 of Los Angeles’ finest musicians and composers thrilled audience members and left an indelible impression on all in attendance.
The CPC’s second concert, CPC II, took place on Friday, January 15, 2016 at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Silver Lake. Over 350 people attended, including community leaders, music industry professionals and local students from the CPC in Schools program. The concert featured the works of eight Los Angeles composers performed by over a dozen of the city’s finest musicians.
The CPC is the ensemble-in-residence at La Sierra University. The CPC’s collaboration with La Sierra University brings concerts, masterclasses and composer panels to La Sierra’s campus. Selected La Sierra University students receive mentorship through the CPC as they learn music industry skills including concert production, outreach, music management and development. A cornerstone of the CPC and La Sierra’s partnership is service through music.
The CPC was founded in 2015 by harpists Jacqueline Marshall and Zoë Godfrey.
Jacqueline Marshall saw an opportunity and a need for a contemporary chamber music organization in Silver Lake, and her vision has continued to shape the CPC into what it is today. Below is an excerpt from Jacqueline’s letter to the audience of the first CPC concert, describing her inspiration for forming the CPC:
“I formed the CPC with the goal of fostering what I call “music for a new millennium”- music that has not only been recently composed, but is of its moment.
Last year, I was inspired by reading Evenings On and Off the Roof, a history of the “Monday Evening Concerts.” At its start, the series was a regular gathering of artists at a home on Micheltorena Street in Silver Lake who were eager to play the concert music of their time, composed by their peers.
As I read, I found myself wishing that I too could perform the concert music of my time, composed by my peers, in a concert series dedicated solely to the ideal of great music. I realized there was nothing stopping me from doing this – I am part of a network of world-class musicians, and I knew that I could mobilize them for this cause.
I also realized that I live in a city of phenomenal music lovers, who would appreciate new music presented without any other pretenses, where great music and musicianship are the highest priorities.
The concert I envisioned is taking place at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Silver Lake, just down the hill from the home where another group of musicians gathered 75 years ago on an April evening to hear a program of new pieces by Bartók. During the course of my career, I have met many composers who have become dear friends. I work with them in the studios, but rarely have opportunities to hear and perform their concert works. I present this concert in their honor, in the hopes that the world will “tune in” to the amazing composers and musicians that LA has the privilege of calling its own.”
With the help of Zoë Godfrey and Lucas Cantor, the CPC gave its first concert in April 2015. The organization continues to grow, and is soon launching outreach programs in addition to its concert programs. Join the CPC’s mailing list to stay updated on the latest CPC news, or follow the CPC on Facebook.