“Passions & Pastimes” concert presented by the SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band

Presented by San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band

Everyone has pastimes they are passionate about. This includes musical composers! This “Passions & Pastimes” community concert features music that explores everything from bicycle riding to baseball to magic to dancing, singing, hiking, and more! These myriad activities also reflect the passions of San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band musicians. While they all share a common vision - promoting the visibility of LGBTQ+ communities, and with our allies, fostering understanding among diverse communities through public performance - the Band’s membership reflects a wide range of identities that intersect in unique ways with their passionate pastimes. Under the baton of Artistic Director Pete Nowlen, you will learn more about these pastimes as you enjoy an entertaining collection of music written by composers including Gustav Holst, Robert Russell Bennett, David Maslanka, Jack Stamp, Lee Jinjun, Erika Svanoe, John Philip Sousa, and Mattea Williams, the SFLGFB Composer-In-Residence. The piece written by Williams -  “The Miragecaster” -  is a West Coast Premiere.

Date: Saturday, Sep 30, 2023

Time: 3pm PDT

Place: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

Limited free parking, easy public transportation access

1111 O’Farrell Street (between Franklin & Gough), San Francisco

General Admission: $20.00

Senior & Student Admission: $15.00

Tickets: Available at https://www.sflgfb.org/performances-and-events/passions-pastimes/

This is the second installment of the 2023 Community Concert Series of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the first openly LGBTQ+ music organization in the world and the Official Band of the City of San Francisco. Contact information: 584 Castro Street, PMB 841, San Francisco, CA 94114; 415-255-1355; www.sflgfb.org. The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom band is sponsored in part by a grant from the Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.


What the critics say about this band:

“The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom band absolutely sparkled.” – San Francisco Bay Times

“What makes the band special is it’s a community band with an extraordinary extra-musical mission.” – Frontiers Magazine

“The band was superb.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“(The Band produces) one of this city’s most delightfully idiosyncratic events.” – Wall Street Journal

City: San Francisco
Price Range:
$15 - $20

Program Items

Gustav Holst Uranus The Magician from The Planets
Robert Russell Bennett Symphonic Songs for Band
Lee Jinjun Sing!
David Maslanka Rollo Takes a Walk
Erika Svanoe Mary Shelley Meets Frankenstein
Star Ship, by Yukiko Nishimura Yukiko Nishimura
Jack Stamp Pastime: A Salute to Baseball
Lisa deSpain The Bicycle Shoppe
Mattea Williams The Miragecaster
John Philip Sousa The National Game


Douglas Litwin Performers
Pete Nowlen Artistic Director

St. Mark's Lutheran Church - San Francisco

St. Mark's Lutheran Church - San Francisco

1111 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States