The Bay Area harbors a number of excellent composers who regularly fly under the radar. One of these is Kurt Rohde, a Rome-prize winner of a few years back. The Left Coast Ensemble regularly premieres his work and this week they’re taking on another of his pieces,...maestoso ...misterioso on a concert titled Delicacies for Diverse Ensembles.
Andrew Norman’s fantastic string trio, The Companion Guide to Rome (2012) is the centerpiece of the program. Based on the composer’s impressions of Roman churches, the piece was named a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize in Music. Yu-Hui Chang, a fine composer who was Rohde’s colleague at UC Davis a few years back, also has a world premiere on the bill. The concert is rounded out by Debussy’s Sonata for Harp, Flute, and Viola, and Manuel De Falla’s Le tombeau de Claude Debussy for guitar. This superb concert can be heard tonight in Mill Valley, or on Monday at the Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion in San Francisco.