Captured: Magic at SF Music Day

Katharine Dimitruk on October 8, 2017


Each year InterMusic offers a gift to San Francisco by way of their free, daylong SF Music Day, which showcases outstanding local musicians of all stripes in four venues in the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. We recently previewed this year’s 10th-annivsary event, but text and promo shots can’t begin to capture the excitement and variety of what goes on during this special event. Over the course of the day listeners are treated to Baroque and classical works from the canon, contemporary compositions, innovative jazz, improvised and experimental music, and electro-acoustic music.

We charged Katharine Dimitruk with documenting as many of the performances as possible, and she delivered this delightful tour of some of the activities in each of the festival venues, with performers noted in the captions. Special thanks to Lisa Mezzacappa for helping to facilitate this opportunity. We hope this photo essay piques your interest in next year's event, which is sure to feature some of the best music San Francisco has to offer. 

Suzanne Mendieta, flamenco dancer, joined Matthew Szemela, violin, in a duet. Background: Antonio Gomez, percussion; Joseph Hebert, cello; and Anna Maria Mendieta, harp | Credit: Katharine Dimitruk

Suzanne Mendieta, flamenco dancer, posing as a piece ends | Credit: Katharine Dimitruk

Groupo Falso Baiano, a choro group, in the Taube Atrium Theater. From left to right: Zack Pitt-Smith, reeds; Jesse Appelman, mandolin; Brian Morgan, 7- string guitar; and Ami Molinelli, percussion | Credit: Katharine Dimitruk

Frederick Harris, pianist with Richard Howell & Sudden Changes raising his hands at the end of a solo in the Herbst Theater | Credit: Katharine Dimitruk

Henry Huang playing trumpet/EFX with the Klaxon Mutant Allstars in the Education Studio | Credit: Katharine Dimitruk

The Destiny Muhammad Project perform in their unique “Celtic to Coltrane” genre | Credit: Katharine Dimitruk

The Paul Dresher/Joel Davel Invented Instrument Duo playing rhythmic textures on the 10-foot Hurdy Grande in the Taube Atrium Theater | Credit: Katharine Dimitruk

Adam Khan & Arjun Verma: Indian Ensemble performing in the Herbst Theater. From left to right: Nilan Chaudhuri, tabla; Adam Kahn, sarode; and Arjun Verma, sitar | Credit: Katharine Dimitruk

From left to right: Shawn Jones, bassoon; Armando Castellano, french horn; and Leslie Tagorda, clarinet, performing in Quinteto Latino in the Taube Atrium Theater | Credit: Katharine Dimitruk

The virtuosic Lee Trio performing in the Herbst Theater. Left to right: Lisa Lee, violin; Melinda Lee Masur, piano; and Angela Lee, cello | Credit: Katharine Dimitruk

Up close with Dale Tsang on piano and Anne Lerner-Wright on cello of Ensemble for These Times in the Green Room | Credit: Katharine Dimitruk

The Howard Wiley Quartet performing in the Education Studio. From left to right: LJ Holoman, piano; Michael “Tiny” Lindsey, bass; Howard Wiley, saxophone; and Thomas Pridgen, drums.


From Trio 180, Ann Miller on violin and Vicky Wang on cello in the Green Room.

The Living Earth Show performing both classical and experimental music in the Taube Atrium Theater. From left to right: Travis Andrews, guitar; Ted Hearne, voice; and Andy Meyerson, percussion | Credit: Katharine Dimitruk

ZOFO, a piano-four-hands duo of Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann in the Green Room | Credit: Katharine Dimitruk