In 2007, composer Nathaniel Stookey went to the dump and hit stuff. Things like bowls, bottles, pipes, dresser drawers, shopping carts, oil drums. When he heard a sound he liked, he pulled the particular thing that caused it out from the rubble and declared it an instrument. He deemed 30 things were instruments, and set to work creating a piece of music that ideally wouldnt embarrass everybody involved. He overshot his mark: Today, Junkestra, with the S.F. Symphonys percussion section binging and bapping the various whatsits, opens a San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music program that includes Stravinskys Octet for Wind Instruments, Prokofievs String Quartet No. 2, and Ravels Piano Trio. Esteemed company, to be sure. Tonight also marks the release date of a Junkestra record, along with, ahem, a dance version.
Sun., May 9, 2 p.m., 2010