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Event Jun. 21, 2024

Oakland Annual Solstice Concert

Celebrating Bay Area Performers and Composers Friday, June 21, 2024, 5-9pm Chapel of the Chimes | 4499 Piedmont Avenue | Oakland, CA Tickets ($20 general, $15 students & seniors, $5 children 5-12) available through Eventbrite.    No Tickets Sales On-Site; Online Sales Only *Parking is limited. Public transit and carpooling are recommended.   More information: www.gardenofmemory.com  Oakland, CA – On Friday, June 21, 2024 from 5-9pm, Garden of Memory – the beloved annual summer solsticecelebration presented by New Music Bay Area and Chapel of the Chimes –returns to celebrate the longest day of the year with a rich variety of musical performances. Tickets, which will be available through online sales only, are limited to 2750. Though not required, masks are encouraged for indoor performances.   Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a walk-through fun house of musical and visual splendor” and by the East Bay Times as “the best party of the year,” this highly anticipated and locally renowned solstice concert features a cornucopia of performances happening simultaneously around the grounds of the Chapel of the Chimes. Composers, musicians, sound artists, and other performers present a variety of acoustic and electronic music, installations, and interactive events. Listeners are free to explore the multilevel labyrinth of interior gardens, cloisters, stairwells, fountains, alcoves, pools, and antechambers during the performances, each person crafting their own unique musical journey throughout the day.   Select highlights of programming and performers for 2024, with more artists to be announced:   ●     Pianist Sarah Cahill will perform Mamoru Fujieda's Patterns of Plants ●     Pamela Z, a multimedia artist, composer, and pioneer of digital looping techniques ●     Kitka, acclaimed women's vocal ensemble ●     Harmonic Drift, featuring interactive gongs and found instruments ●     Evan Ziporyn GRAMMY-winningcomposer, conductor, clarinetist, collaborator, who will perform the West Coast premiere of a new work composed for him by Terry Riley ●     SORIAH (stage persona of Enrique Ugalde), an internationally-acclaimed throat singer and ritual artist   Additional artists to be featured in this year’s festivities, many of whom are known in the Bay Area, include: Sparrows & Ortolans - Laetitia Sonami & James Fei; Laura Inserra; Brian Baumbusch; Paul Dresher & Joel Davel; Liam Herb; Dylan Mattingly, Kitka; Orchestra Nostalgico; Cardew Choir; Dan Plonsey & friends; Randy Porter & Jennifer Ellis; Andy Meyerson; John Benson; Beth Custer, Will Bernard, & Stephen Kent; Sidney Chen; Gyan Riley; Monica Scott; The Mycos Project; Giacomo Fiore; Wendy Reid & Friends; Edward Schocker; Voicehandler-Jacob Heile & Danishta Rivero; Harmonic Drift; Roco Córdova & Adrián Montúfar; Sruti Sarathy; Tom Djll, Karen Stackpole, Cheryl Leonard; Kaitlin McSweeney; Regular Music; ROVA; Anne Hege; Silvia Matheus; Dean Santomieri, Cindy Sawprano, & Christina Braun .   Garden of Memory offers a unique and personal musical experience to every listener roving freely through the Chapel of the Chimes. Getting lost is part of the experience as guests climb up and down the three floors of this Oakland Historic Landmark building and its unique architectural elements, which rise into vaulted ceilings. Seamless in feel, there are three separate design sections created by four architects; Cunningham & Politeo 1909, Julia Morgan 1926-1951 (consulting until her retirement 1951), Aaron Green 1956-1986 and JST Architects 1986-1998. In the older section the complexity of chapels, columbaria, and mausoleum areas are adorned with murals, paintings, sculpture, mosaics, California tile and 16th century antiquities. All architectural and garden areas have excellent acoustics and are illuminated by gentle natural light, often through beautiful arrangements of stained glass.

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