Saturday, September 14 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join us on September 14 as we head back to SFMOMA's Public Knowledge Library for an afternoon of premieres! We're trying something a little different for this session - three new pieces that focus on different orchestrations (a big band arrangement, a piece for glockenspiel, singers, and strings, and a piece for strings and woodwinds [See below for exact instrumentations]). Due to venue restrictions, we won't be able to have more than sixty musicians playing at once, so it will be more of a round-robin session!

*** ALL MUSICIAN SECTIONS ARE NOW FULL. Please email your section's Ambassador to be added to the waitlist ***

WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 1:00–4:00pm
(This event was previously listed incorrectly as being from 2:00–5:00pm. Please note the update!)

WHERE: Public Knowledge Library, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., San Francisco, CA (there is NO admission fee to enter the Public Knowledge Library)

COST: Free for players and audience members!

TRANSPORTATION SUGGESTIONS: It's equidistant from Montgomery and Powell Street BART stations in downtown SF. Limited paid street parking is available, as well as their own paid parking garage, but as always, we strongly suggest public transit, biking, or ride-sharing, as possible.

Repertoire, instrumentation, and schedule are as follows, with Conductor David Möschler and Associate Artistic Director Brian Adam McCune:

1:00-1:50pm - Cellista -
"Look Homeward, Angel" from Transfigurations (2017) (~11')

INSTRUMENTATION: glockenspiel, piano, rapper, soprano, strings

2:00-2:30pm - Marco Valerio Antonini - Butterfly's Metamorphosis: A Fairy Tale (~3')

INSTRUMENTATION: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling English horn), 2 clarinets (B-flat), 2 bassoons, 2 percussion (bass drum, 3 suspended cymbals), piano, harp, strings

2:40-4:00pm - Gustav Holst - The Planets - Reimagined (arranged for big band by Jeremy Levy 2018) (Mars [~6'], Jupiter [~7.5'], and Saturn [~8.5'])

INSTRUMENTATION: 2 alto saxes (E-flat), 2 tenor saxes (B-flat), 1 bari sax (E-flat), 4 trumpets (B-flat), 3 trombones, 1 bass trombone, drum set, piano, 1 guitar (electric-acoustic), 1 double bass

INSTRUMENTATION: 2 alto saxes (E-flat), 2 tenor saxes (B-flat), 1 bari sax (E-flat), 4 trumpets (B-flat), 3 trombones, 1 bass trombone, drum set, piano, 1 guitar (electric-acoustic), 1 double bass

SHEET MUSIC for upcoming open sessions can always be found on Google Drive at:
Parts are ready for Holst and Antonini. Cellista parts will be ready September 1.

Due to the venue limitation of 60 players per piece, some sections may fill up quickly. Make sure to sign-up early to secure a spot! Certain sections may create a waiting list. Ambassadors will be assigning parts, as per usual, and may need to adjust sections to stay within instrumentation guidelines.

Reference recordings can be found linked above.

Please bring a music stand. We'll have chairs, sheet music, and water and beer for the musicians!

The sign-up deadline for all sections is Monday, September 9. Once that has passed, expect an email from your Awesöme Ambassadors with specific info and part assignments within a few days (check your spam filters if this is your first session). Email your ambassadors if you haven't heard back by Thursday, September 12. (Please be patient—they have a lot of information to collect before emailing everyone.) Their information can be found at

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