In past years the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) has taken a relatively unique approach to fundraising through the sale of limited-edition prints of an original work of art. This year the selected artwork is the 2002 painting Dirge by the Chinese-American artist Hung Liu, which makes a powerful statement about ecology, music, and human emotions. The image depicts a Chinese pipa player, who watches as laborers cut down a tree. The musician plays a dirge to mourn the loss of the tree; but, if the tree is not cut down, there will be no wood to make more pipas.
45 museum-quality prints of this painting, each eighteen inches square, have been produced by the Electric Works gallery and underwritten by Susan York. The print is mounted in a hardcover portfolio that includes an excerpt of music chosen by the artist and a poem by Richard Lang. Each will be sold for $1800 plus tax. All proceeds from this sale will benefit SFCMP activities, including commissioning, performing, and outreach programs.
To launch this fundraising effort, SFCMP and Electric Works will host a reception, beginning at 5 PM on Thursday, February 5. At 6 PM there will be a solo performance by pipa virtuoso Shenshen Zhang. The event will be held at Electric Works, 130 Eighth Street. Prints will be on sale, but they can also be purchased by calling 415-278-9566.