Program Two
Living in the Whole World of Music
4pm, Saturday, April 7

"I want to live in the whole world of music."
Henry Cowell

“forward-looking, expert ensemble”
—The New Yorker on Third Sound

Discover the inspiration that Cowell drew from non-Western music, how his work opened the door for his students Lou Harrison and John Cage, and how this widening of possibilities is reflected today in contemporary musical masterworks that weave across cultures. Hear Cowell's Homage to Iran with a virtuoso tombak player, the New York-based superstar ensemble Third Sound perform Wang Lu's Urban Inventory, and more.


Wang Lu: Urban Inventory for small ensemble

Henry Cowell: Adagio (from Ensemble for String Quintet and Thunder Sticks) for cello and thunderstick

Carlos Chávez: Sonatina for violin and piano

John Cage and Lou Harrison: Double Music for percussion quartet

Cowell: Return for percussion ensemble

Classical Persian music for tombak and other instruments

Cowell: Homage to Iran for violin, piano, and tombak


*Students of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Mika Nakamura, percussion*