Morrison Artists Series: Septura

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 3:00 pm
Photo of the seven members of Septura holding their instruments

Septura brings together London’s leading players to redefine brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet. By creating a canon of transcriptions, arrangements and new commissions for this brand new classical configuration, Septura aims to recast the brass ensemble as a serious artistic medium. Pre-concert talk: 2 p.m., Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall. Free.

Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
May T. Morrison Chamber Music Center
SF State Box Office
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Ensemble in residence at the Royal Academy of Music, London, the group is recording a series of 10 discs for Naxos Records, each focused on a particular period, genre and set of composers, creating a “counter-factual history” of brass chamber music.

The first six discs have received critical acclaim, described variously as “irresistible” (Fiona Maddocks, The Observer), “dazzlingly polished” (Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine) and “brass playing at its most exalted” (Robert Markow, Fanfare).


  • Giovanni Gabrieli (circa 1554 – 1612): Exultavit cor meum
  • Barbara Strozzi (1619 – 1677): Il Primo de Madrigali (selection)
  • Orlande de Lassus (circa 1530 – 1594): Lagrime di San Pietro
  • Intermission
  • Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847): Organ Sonata in C minor
  • Clara Schumann (1819 – 1896): Piano Sonata in G minor

Photo by Matthew Lloyd