By: Iride Aparicio

Photos Courtesy S.F. Symphony

SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- The San Francisco Symphony Director Esa-Pekka Salonen presents SoundBox: Patterns, available for on-demand streaming on SFSymphony+. Curated by Salonen, the program explores minimalism in music, featuring music by Steve Reich, Arvo Part, Terry Riley, and the world premiere of Salonen's own Saltat Sobrius: Fantasy upon Sederunt Principes. Patterns will be available for individual purchase or with a SFSymphony+ subscription via sfsymphonyplus.org starting on April 15 at 10 AM.

The world premiere performance of Esa-Pekka Solonen's Saltat Sobrius: Fantasy upon Sederunt principes, the work's title derived from Cicero's observation "'Nemo enim fere saltat sobrius nisi forte insanity" which translates to "No one dances sober unless he is insane" alone, will make this program unique, but there will be much more unique things to see in SoundBox: Patterns as Director Salonen will also join thr S.F. Symphony's musicians in the performance of Steve Reich's Clapping Music  and Terry Riley's In C, which will feature him playing a toy piano amidst the solar panels on the roof of Davies Symphony Hall and includes the audience participation.

In a recent conversation between the two composers about In C, Riley expressed support of Salonen's idea to create a "communal version of his piece, saying: "When we recorded it in the '60's I felt that In C should be everybody's piece in a way" adding that In C  is reflective of the many shifts taking place in l960's in the fields of academics, philosophy, and art, commenting at the end: "We were looking for another alternative to this materialism that brought us into this horrible war, so the whole hippie movement (and) what I was doing in music, are all part of one thing that was the consciousness of American Artists and Musicians of the time." 

The full recording of the zoom conversation between Esa-Pekka Salonen and Terry Riley will be released as a companion video piece to this SoundBox episode and will be available on the Soundbox;Patterns Page.

Completing the program will be Arvo Part's Spiegel in Spiegel featuring SF Symphony Violist Chen Zhao The program will also include performances by pianist Elizabeth Dorman, SF Symphony musicians, and LINES ballet dancers Adji Cissoko and Shualb Elhassan.

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