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Ka·nei·see: Nevertheless ~ TwoSense: ‘Look Left (Again)’ ~ Earth Day Concert ~ SF Chamber Orchestra

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts in the Bay Area, host David Latulippe talks with Tanya Chianese, director of the contemporary dance company ka·nei·see | collective about the world premiere of Nevertheless, a performance that explores the field of gender-based harassment from the subtle to the violent, in a marriage of song and dance, comedy and horror.

Nevertheless, which runs from April 19-22 at CounterPulse (80 Turk Street in San Francisco), is brought in collaboration with the Bay Area’s all-women Cat Call Choir, a group of ‘irreverent but hopeful women’ who sing about harassment to the tune of nursery rhymes and other known melodies. The Cat Call Choir was  founded in 2016 by Heather Arnett, who will also be joining the conversation.

Pianist Lisa Moore stops by to share details about upcoming concerts in San Francisco by TwoSense, the cello-piano duo she forms with cellist Ashley Bathgate, who will also be in the studio, along with composer Martin Bresnick.

TwoSense’s concerts, titled Look Left, and Look Left Again, feature six recently commissioned American chamber works, including five Bay Area premieres, by composers such as Ryan Brown, Paul Dresher and Martin Bresnick. Look Left is on April 19 at the Presidio Officer’s Club (7pm); and Look Left Again on April 21 at the Center for New Music (55 Taylor Street; 6pm).

Composer Jake Heggie brings us up to speed about the Earth Day Concert What a Wonderful World, celebrating 25 years of Noe Valley Chamber Music, on Sunday, April 22 at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco (1021 Sanchez Street). On the program music by Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss, and a few pieces by Heggie himself, including the world premiere of Meditation for Two Violins & Piano, composed for the occasion.

Performers are mezzo sopranos Frederica von Stade, Catherine Cook, Laura Krumm and Renée Rapier; violinist Aloysia Friedmann; pianist Jon Kimura Parker; musical saw player Anita Orne; and the Rhythm Sisters String Quartet (Dawn Harms & Candace Guirao, violins; Emily Onderdonk, viola; Vanessa Ruotolo, cello).

Plus, from the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, we meet with executive director Renay Conlin, and composer-in-residence Michael Gilbertson, to talk about the SFCO’s final series of  Main Stage Concerts for the season. On the program is music by Haydn, Stamitz, and the world premiere of Gilbertson’s Concerto for Chamber Orchestra. The concerts are on April 20 at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre; on April 21 in Palo Alto (First United Methodist Church, 7:30); and on April 22 in Berkeley (St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 3pm).

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, April 19 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…