Ensemble for These Times is a new music chamber group consisting of award-winning soprano Nanette McGuinness, Van Cliburn competitor pianist Dale Tsang, and 2015 The American Prize winner in Composition, David Garner, joined by guest cellist Anne Lerner-Wright for the 2017/18 season.

The ensemble’s mission is to bring new, nearly new, forbidden, and forgotten music to light, focusing on 20th and 21st century music that is relevant, engaging, original, and compelling, music that resonates today and will speak to tomorrow. E4TT strongly believes in the power of artistic beauty, intelligence, wit, lyricism, and irony to create a deep understanding of our times and the human condition.

"Surviving: Women's Words," (Silver Medal in 2016 Global Music Awards) available on Centaur

Posted: Jun-26-2017
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Now more than ever, as the U.S. experiences a déjà vu of hatred and is poised on the brink of societal unravelling, the potent and timeless messages of survival, love, tolerance and forgiveness contained on this brilliant presentation need to resonate throughout the world.


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Jewish Music & Poetry Project - Surviving: Women's Words

Surviving: Women’s Words on Centaur Records (CRC 3490) features four song cycles by E4TT composer David Garner. The CD is the culmination of an ambitious five-year commissioning project setting poetry by four Jewish women Holocaust survivors, with a view towards giving a musical lens to women’s personal experiences of war, displacement, and exile:

1) Polish-German Mascha Kaléko (1907-1975), Chanson für Morgen, soprano & piano

2) German Else Lasker-Schüler (1869-1945), Mein blaues Klavier, soprano, cello & piano

3) Ukrainian-Romanian Rose Ausländer (1901-1988), Phönix, soprano & piano

4) Polish-American Yala Korwin (1933-2014), Song Is a Monument, soprano, cello, & piano.

Surviving: Women’s Words was made possible in part with grants from the SF Friends of Chamber Music’s Musical Grant Program and the SF Conservatory of Music.

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Posted: Jun-26-2017