2016-17 Annual Report

I am pleased to share with you The Cedar’s 2016-17 Annual Report. This year, we’ve chosen to highlight the voices of some of the artists and community members that have been involved in our past season. I hope you’ll find inspiration in their words, just as we have.

2017-18 Cedar Commissions Artists Announced

The Cedar Cultural Center is pleased to announce the seventh round of the Cedar Commissions, The Cedar’s flagship commissioning program for emerging artists made possible by a grant from the Jerome Foundation. To date, the series has supported the creation of new music by more than 36 artists across genres.   The 2017-18 round of […]

Apply to be a 2017-18 Cedar Commissions Artist

Are you a musician interested in making new work? Apply to be a 2017-18 Cedar Commissions Artist! The Cedar Commissions is a program that commissions 6 local, emerging artists each year to create and perform new music, made possible with a grant from the Jerome Foundation. Applications are open now, and are due on June 5th, […]

Don’t miss The Cedar Commissions this Friday & Saturday

Our  2016-17 Cedar Commissions artists Dameun Strange, Zack Baltich, Krissy Bergmark, Bethany Battafarano, Ritika Ganguly and SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE debut their commissions this Friday, February 3rd, and Saturday, February 4th. Read excerpts of artist guest blogs and watch short video spotlights about each of their pieces below. The Cedar Commissions (formerly the 416 Commissions) is a flagship program […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Bethany Battafarano

Choral composer and soprano vocalist Bethany Battafarano is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. Her project “Oda a la paz”, debuting on February 3rd (get tickets here), is a collaboration with Peruvian poet Helmut Jerí Pabón and Chilean musicians Vladimir Garrido and Nicolas Muñoz, exploring Western classical and Latin American sounds with a focus on […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Dameun Strange

Composer Dameun Strange is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. His project Helianthus, debuting on February 3rd (get tickets here), is an afrofuturistic conceptual operetta that will tell the story of Strange as a composer and time traveler visiting his matriarchal ancestors at points in time when they learned valuable lessons that were then […]

The Cedar Commissions & KFAI: The Playlist

On Thursday, January 26th, The Cedar collaborated with KFAI Community Radio for a two-hour program featuring artists from The 2016-17 Cedar Commissions. Each of the six artists,  Dameun Strange, Zack Baltich, Krissy Bergmark, Bethany Battafarano, Ritika Ganguly and SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE, shared pieces of music that have influenced their work, which will debut February 3rd & 4th […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Ritika Ganguly

Composer and vocalist Ritika Ganguly is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. Her project, debuting on February 3rd (get tickets here), is a place where poem meets song. It explores the inherent musicality of literature straddling 19th century Bengal to contemporary New Delhi to Victorian England to 20th century Chile. Ganguly is collaborating with Mexican and Indian musicians to render […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

MC and spoken word artist SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. His project Flow and the Bow, a collaboration with cellist Eric Silva Brenneman, is debuting on February 4th (get tickets here). Experimenting around the intersection between hip-hop and classical music, Eric and SEE are exploring and testing the dynamics between “one […]