Situated within the artistic and intellectual vibrancy of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism brings together leading music journalists, renowned musicians, and aspiring young writers, combining the wisdom and insight of today’s highly esteemed critics, the artistry and daring of acclaimed musicians, and the energy and promise of tomorrow’s music journalists.
Founded in 2011 by Stephen Rubin, president and publisher of Henry Holt & Co., the biennial Rubin Institute features keynote addresses by the nation’s top critics (Writers Panel) and public concerts by acclaimed musicians from the solo, chamber, orchestral, and operatic stages. The performances are reviewed by a hand-selected group of student writers (Fellows) from renowned colleges and conservatories across the country, and the Writers Panel critiques their work in private workshops and public sessions. The Institute culminates with the awarding of the $10,000 Rubin Prize in Music Criticism to the Fellow who demonstrates exceptional promise in music criticism. Institute graduates have gone on to write for distinguished publications such as The New Yorker and The Boston Globe.
Pre-concert talk at 7 PM: Alex Ross, The New Yorker
Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, SFCM
Concert program at 8 PM:
Isabel Gleicher, flute
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Ross Karre, live sound
Mario Diaz de Leon: Mysterium (2016) for flute, clarinet, bassoon, and electronics
Michele Abondonado: Infinitely ethereal (2018) for solo bassoon (ICEcommons selection)
Wojtek Blecharz: Small Talks (2014) for accordion reed box, baritone saxophone, and electronics
Seth Cluett: a state of mutual tension (World Premiere) for woodwind quartet
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Sequences (2016) for bass flute, bass clarinet, contrabassoon, and baritone saxophone