EXTENSITY Launches EXT Pop Up Concerts Featuring Emerging Composers

EXTENSITY launches EXT Popups-an ongoing series of short-lived concerts highlighting today’s most promising emerging composers in non-traditional venues and unexpected locations-with two adventurous recitals in California in partnership with Wildflower composersfeaturing pianists and co-founders of EXTENSITY, Chelsea Randall and Francesca Khalifa.

Randall and Khalifa Launch EXT Pop Ups Series with Benefit Concert for EXTENSITY’s 2023-2024 Commissioning Fund and Next California Chapter on August 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m.at a private residence in San Diego, California, and a public concert on August 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church in Pasadena, California. The programs will highlight West Coast premieres of works for solo piano by two talented former Wildflower composers: Grace Coberly and Hannah Sobel, as well as new and rarely heard works by george walker, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Alfredo Diez Nieto and Miguel del Aguila among others. Coberly and Sobel will each receive a cash prize and a high-quality recording of their featured pieces.

The EXT Pop Ups series gives emerging composers the opportunity to have their work performed and created by professional musicians, and offers composers/musicians a platform to perform their own compositions. The concerts last 45 minutes to 1 hour and are presented in an accessible and educational format. Following the launch of CA, the series will come to New York as part of EXTENSITY’s 2023-2024 season. Learn more: https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2189575®id=324&articlelink=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.extensityconcertseries.com%2Faugust-28-2022-illuminations-chelsea-randall-francsca- khalifa-pianists-ext-pop-ups-series?utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content=bottombuybutton1

Concert information:

Illuminations: EXTENSITY Benefit Concert

Friday August 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Private residence, San Diego, California

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Illuminations: Chelsea Randall & Francesca Khalifa, pianists

Sunday August 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Church, Pasadena, California
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/illuminations-chelsea-randall-francesca-khalifa-pianists-tickets-376478566527

Chelsea Randall, pianist
Francesca Khalifa, pianist

Program of the two events:

Guido’s hand: five pieces for piano – george walker
Prima Respira – Grace Coberly
Dream and Variations (excerpts) – Dorothee Rudd Moore
Azuretta – Regina Harria Baiocchi

-Chelsea Randall


Sposalizio S 161 (from the Second Year of Pilgrimage: Italy (Second Year of Pilgrimage: Italy) – Francois Liszt
Concert Studies S 145: Waldesrauschen, – Francois Liszt
Tocata – Alfredo Diez Nieto
Conga – Miguel de l’Aguila
Nocturne – Hannah Sobel

-Francesca Khalifa

*Programs subject to change


EXTENSITY is a musician-founded series featuring cutting-edge programming by emerging and established artists working in a variety of disciplines including music, fine art and multimedia. EXTENSITY aims to foster connections between musical traditions, artistic practices and eras with a focus on underrepresented and new voices.

We also create platforms for artists and audiences to interact and make new discoveries through receptions, interviews, panels, talks and special events. EXTENSITY is based on this fluid and immersive perspective, both in programming and in experience; our goal is to promote the free flow of ideas, stimulate dialogue and forge meaningful connections between artists and engaged and active audiences. https://www.extensityconcertseries.com/

About Wildflower Composers

Wildflower Composers aims to amplify the voices of women and marginalized composers and work towards a more equitable future for contemporary music. https://wildflowercomposers.org/

About Chelsea Randall

New York-born pianist Chelsea Randall is a multifaceted artist who seeks to create new dialogues between the old, the new, and the unknown as a performer and collaborator. Recent appearances include a series of live recitals highlighting the works of Robert Palmer and Ruth Crawford Seeger, made possible by a grant from Live From our Living Rooms, and solo appearances in California, New York and the Tri-State area.

Highlights of the 2022-2023 season include a collaboration with kora virtuoso Malang Jobarteh supported by New Music USA’s Creator Development Fund and the launch of American Mavericks, a performance and commissioning project dedicated to black American composers. modern. An American Mavericks US tour began June 22 with stops in MA, CA, NY, and will continue with a CA and international tour June 23. As a soloist, Chelsea has performed at venues ranging from Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York at Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK, and has been a guest artist at the Orvieto, Pacific and Colby festivals. She is the recipient of research and performance grants from the Paris Conservatory and McGill University, among others.

Chelsea is the co-founder and artistic director of EXTENSITY Concert Series in New York, which aims to promote diversity and equity in classical and new music. She received her musical education from NYU, the Royal College of Music and the Juilliard School website: https://www.chelsearandall.com/

About Francesca Khalifa

Francesca Khalifa is an Italian-Egyptian pianist, researcher, organizer and activist based in Brooklyn. Awarded by renowned pianist and musicologist Paul Badura – Skoda as the winner of the Ferrara International Piano Festival in 2014, the pianist’s recent highlights include solo concerts with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica Orchestra Ettore Pozzoli , the Orchester Sinfonica Junior La Verdi, the Metropolitan Opera String Quartet, the Orchestra Amadeus, as well as solo appearances at Steinway Hall in New York, Harbin Concert Hall (China) and the Oficina del Historiador (Cuba) .

The Italian pianist has been a guest artist for master classes and lectures at the Pino Torinese Master Classes, the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech University, the UCF School of Music in Orlando, the E. Said Conservatory in Jerusalem.

Khalifa is a recipient of the City Artist Corps Grant 2021, which supported the launch of Legado – a project dedicated to the performance, commissioning and recording of music by living Latin classical composers. The pianist also received the Talent Scholarship from New York University and received the President’s Trio Scholarship from USF Tampa.

His mentors are the Cuban pianist and pedagogue German Diez and the pianist Ena Bronstein-Barton, both former students of Claudio Arrau. His research on German Diez is the basis for the documentary Piano Lessons, which has received official approval from the American Liszt Society. The film was officially selected at Silicon Beach Film Festival 2021 (USA), 39th Turin Film Festival, FlickFair Film Festival 2022 and premiered in New York, Milan, Miami and Turin. Khalifa’s debut album Elevation was released for Sheva Collection on July 15, 2022 and distributed by Naxos US on all major streaming platforms. For more information, visit francescakhalifa.com

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