Curious Flights Concert Series: Inaugural 2013 Season

A new concert series designed specifically to uncover and present new and rarely performed classical works.

In partnership with
Curious Flights is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Curious Flights must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


We have just added some exciting new perks for our final week! There is only a limited number of each on offer, so get them while you can! Check the right hand side for more details:

  • Cal Performances Tickets (Ojai North! & Eifman Ballet)
  • Berkeley Symphony Tickets (2013-2014 Season)
  • New Century Chamber Orchestra Tickets (Auerbach World Premiere)
  • New Century CDs and DVDs

We’re hugely grateful for the wonderful support that we’ve received so far, but we still have a way to go in order to reach our final goal. Please consider donating and help us by continuing to spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues. Thank you so much!

Who We Are

Curious Flights, founded in 2013, is a new concert series designed specifically to uncover and present new and rarely performed classical works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving as a platform to breathe new life into forgotten works, Curious Flights provides audiences with an opportunity to experience interesting new music written by composers that are already well known; those that are perhaps more obscure; and contemporary composers living and working today.

In the field of classical music, there are so many remarkable works that have been forgotten or neglected. The famous works with which we are all familiar are well taken care of. It is the works that have slipped through the cracks, and indeed those being written by composers today, that deserve to be found and given new life. As classical musicians, it is both an honor and a duty to continually seek out these works and give them their deserved chance to flourish.

The 2013 inaugural season includes three unique concerts featuring an array of renowned musicians alongside some of San Francisco's most exciting emerging artists and ensembles.

By supporting this project, contributors will join our mission of discovering important works, ensuring their longevity and deserved position in history.

April 26: Cultural Fusion

The series takes flight with an international mix of composers and chamber musicians, in addition to a world premiere commission by Bay Area-composer Joseph Stillwell. Also featured are works by Aram Khachaturian, Arnold Bax, Paul Schoenfield & Brian Holmes.

June 4: A Britten Celebration

The series continues with a centennial celebration featuring lesser-known works by Benjamin Britten, including the West Coast Premiere of Movements for a Clarinet Concerto conducted by Alasdair Neale, with Brenden Guy as soloist.

October 18: Transatlantic Crossings

Concluding the 2013 inaugural season is a groundbreaking collaborative program between U.K. and Bay Area musicians and composers. Renowned British composer Edwin Roxburgh joins Curious Flights for a weeklong residency, with acclaimed violinist René Mandel as soloist for Dylan Mattingly's Six Night Sunrise. British percussionist Nicholas Reed, Co-Artistic Director for this concert, makes his North American debut.

Our Campaign

Curious Flights was founded by British clarinetist Brenden Guy with artistic success as a primary vision. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to a San Francisco Conservatory of Music fund, designed to benefit international musicians studying in the United States. All expenses incurred through the creation of this concert series will be covered by donations and fundraising.

We are turning to interested contributors to assist in covering these expenses which amount to a total of $5,000.

This budget includes:

  • Rental costs for scores and parts
  • Venue rental and concert staff costs
  • Artist travel expenses
  • Professional audio and visual recordings
  • Printing of concert programs
  • Marketing
  • Piano tuning maintenance
  • Professional fees

What You Get for Giving!

As you will see from the list on the right-hand side of our campaign page, we have created some exciting "perks" as a thank-you for your kindness and generosity. These range from recognition in our concert programs and free CDs/DVDs, to limited-only offers such as your very own, original theme tune written by composer Joseph Stillwell and performed by Curious Flights musicians!

We also have some more exciting perks to announce as the days count down, so keep checking back to see what updates we have to offer.

In the event that our goal is not reached, your donations will still go towards funding the 2013 inaugural season. And remember, Curious Flights is a fiscally sponsored affiliate of Fractured Atlas so any donations are tax deductible!

The Impact

In an expanding technological world, our attention is constantly demand. Live music continues to face stiff competition from the internet, digital audio and visual downloads, online streaming and video games. In order to maintain the rich benefits of live performance, we must continue to create projects and initiatives such as these. By devoting our efforts and support to the preservation of new and forgotten classical works, we will ensure their place in history.

Our devoted team of musicians have proven their success with similarly related concerts which can be viewed by clicking the following links:



Our next step is to increase the frequency with which we are able to present new and rarely performed works, and your support of Curious Flights will go a long way towards reaching this goal and continuing this mission.

Other Ways to Help

  • We completely understand that some may share our passion, but are unable to contribute. Do not fear! Your support can be given in other ways with equal appreciation:
  • Please tell your friends, family and colleagues about Curious Flights and our fundraising campaign. Ask them to share the news!
  • Share news of Curious Flights and our fundraising efforts on your social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or more!
  • Use the handy Indiegogo share tool at the top of this page and share the link to our campaign.


On behalf of everyone involved with Curious Flights, thank-you for all and any help that you can provide as we aim to reach our goal and make the inaugural 2013 season a success! We can't do this without you!

For more information, please visit http://www.curiousflights.com




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