Brain tease of a show: An "indie" composer (what's that?), a classical group playing in a rock club (okay, maybe not so unusual in these Classical Revolution days), and a "community" a cappella women's choir (très democratique)! Dustin O'Halloran
recently appeared on an NPR listener-generated list of composers under 40, along with wildebeests including Joanna Newsom, Vijay Iyer, and Zoë Keating. This young composer (forgive us, we can't see that word without hearing Stephin Merritt's handclaps) performs with the local Magik*Magik String Quartet
, whose mission is to bring strings to the DIY world a larger group, the Magik*Magik Orchestra, is on retainer at John Vanderslice's Tiny Television recording studio for that purpose. Basically, the players have been trained to soar, but they're also interested in rocking. The choir, of course, is San Francisco's own Conspiracy of Venus
, whose joyful "Rain Dogs" and soulful "Possibly Maybe" have made them very popular girls.
Mon., May 30, 8 p.m., 2011