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This groupmuse happened on Saturday, January 30, at 7:30 PM PST.
Blithe ignorance of the future cataclysm

Blithe ignorance of the future cataclysm

South of Market, San Francisco

Sat, January 30, 2016 7:30 PM, PST

0 of 110 spots available
And 3 on waitlist
No COVID-19 restrictions
Drinking policy
Bring your own drinks
Age limit
All guests must be 21
Toilet with a slash through it
No bathroom at this event

This is a groupmuse

A live concert in a living room, backyard, or another intimate space. They're casual and friendly, hosted by community members.


You will not forget this evening of epic music in a large and beautiful community space in San Francisco.

Some stories:
It's 1946. Dmitriy Shostakovich has just had his Symphony no. 9 censured by Soviet authorities. He has written a new string quartet, the haunting and challenging No. 3. For its premiere, most likely so that he would not be accused of "formalism" or "elitism," Shostakovich renames the movements in the manner of a war story:

  1. Blithe ignorance of the future cataclysm
  2. Rumblings of unrest and anticipation
  3. Forces of war unleashed
  4. In memory of the dead
  5. The eternal question: Why? And for what?


It's 1980. In twenty years, NASA will commission you to take sounds of space and weave them into music. This sounds will come from plasma wave receivers flown on a variety of Milky Way spacecraft over a period of 40 years. That is yet to come: for now, you are writing Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector. It is an improvisational piece, inspired by a whimsical idea: each day, a dream collector collects the dreams of all the planet's sleepers, and redistributes them again next day. You write the composition for the Kronos Quartet, your new collaborators. It is in Dorian mode, in fourteen-beat modules (because seven!). They players choose the modules they are inspired to play.


"For only now have I learnt to write quartets; and this you will notice, I fancy, when you receive them." -- Ludwig van Beethoven.

What's the music?

Thalea String Quartet

Terry Riley, "Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector"
Beethoven Quartet No. 1
Shostakovich Quartet No. 3


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Daisy S., about 8 years ago

Hi folks -- good news! We increased our capacity for this event, so if you were on the waiting list before, you are now warmly invited in.

Daisy S., about 8 years ago

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

If you know you can't make it, please make sure to cancel your RSVP.


Enric T., about 8 years ago

Thanks for the wonderful performance!

Juliusz G., about 8 years ago

Great performance, thank you!

Trevor M., about 8 years ago

This was wonderful chamber music! The environment - intimate but not claustrophobic. The performers - passionate, engaging, talented. And the audience - fun and friendly. Couldn't ask for more.

Anna S., about 8 years ago

What an AMAZING first Groupmuse experience! Thank you !!!


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