Other Minds Festivals ➔ Other Minds Festival: OM 9: Concert 3, 2 of 4

Digital Moving Image

Event Type
Other Minds
Program Series
Other Minds Festival
Program Length
121 min
2 of 4
2003-03-07 | created
Third concert of the 9th Other Minds Festival. March 7, 2003. 8:00pm. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CA. First half of Daniel Lentz’s Café Desire.

Daniel Lentz: Café Desire (2002) (West Coast Premiere)

Café Desire is a theatrical expression of the union of love, music and beauty. It received its world premiere in November of 2002 in Tempe, Arizona with the Phoenix Bach Choir. Café Desire is scored for mixed “cafe” choir (also playing wine glasses), “maitre’d” (conductor), solo lounge piano and bar with six patrons (percussionists playing wine glasses with mallets), strolling violin, one male and one female “karaoke” singer, accompanied by two MIDI Keyboards and a “virtual” (or “actual”) orchestra. Each of the singers/glass players have two wine glasses at their disposal. The entire array of glasses covers a four-octave range. The stage is divided into three sections: piano bar, cafe and karaoke club. Stage right is the piano bar, containing a grand piano and a bar seating six patrons/percussionists who play the wine glasses with small mallets. Center stage is the cafe, containing six cafe tables each seating four singers who each play two wine glasses. Stage left is the karaoke club featuring two solo singers (one male soprano and one female baritone), two MIDI keyboardists, and the virtual orchestra (including bagpipe, harmonica, conch shell, and other instruments). Initially, the lyrics for the two solo voices are drawn from typical and popular songs favored by karaoke bars and singers. As the piece progresses, the lyrics gradually transform into excerpts from the real love letters and correspondence of famous and not-so-famous lovers throughout the ages.


Pamela Wunderlich will be appearing tonight as et pied à terre and Jump for Joseph Beuys in Japan

Café Desire is funded in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Travel for the Phoenix Bach Choir donated by Liz & Greg Lutz.

[Notes taken from original printed program.]

Note: Due to original recording and/or condition when digitized: audio cuts in and out and other audio errors throughout.
Musical Selections
Café Desire (2002) / Daniel Lentz [West Coast premiere]
Linda Childs, vocals
Britt Quentin, vocals
Bradford Ellis keyboards
Sarah Cahill, piano
James Sitterly, violin
Heather Vorwerck, percussion
Terri Schmit, percussion
Susan Griffin, percussion
Cliff Reilly, percussion
Phoenix Bach Choir
Other Minds Ensemble:
Laurie Amat
Dina Emerson
Erin Easter
David Graves
Tom Heasley
Robert Kilman
Polly Moller
Anna Newman
Rob Pumpley
Zeppi Salerno
D. Asa Stern
Julie Vaquilar
Scott Westervelt
Katrina Wreede
Jeffery Kennedy, conductor
Music theater
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