Online Benefit Concert with Claire Chase


The Walden School is hosting an online concert to celebrate and raise funds for Walden’s inspiring music programs.

The event will feature flutist Claire Chase, hailed by The New York Times as “the most important flutist of our time.” Claire will perform works by Dai Fujikura, Du Yun, and past Walden Composer-in-Residence Marcos Balter.

As co-creator of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Claire is a longtime Walden friend, partner, and visiting artist. She was first in residence at Walden in 2005, and spent several years as member of The Walden School Players, our resident ensemble.

This event will take place via Zoom video call. Call information and other details will be sent out to attendees before the event. While there is no charge to be part of this event, contributions to support Walden’s award-winning programs are encouraged and may be made online at or by check mailed to The Walden School, 30 Monterey Blvd., Ste. E, San Francisco, CA 94131.

Saturday, August 1, 2020
4 pm Eastern time
Zoom video call

Register on EventBrite hereIf you have questions, please write to

Dear friends in the Monadnock region:

If you have tasted the delicious appetizers at RedTop in past years, you can enjoy them this year in your own home! Dublin General Store will prepare appetizer baskets for pickup on August 1. The basket will include cheese and crackers, spanakopita, cookies, and more, all vegetarian-friendly and ready to eat.

To reserve your complimentary appetizer basket, please write to or call (415) 587-8157 by July 22.

About Claire Chase

Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organizations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012, and in 2017 was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize.

Claire co-founded the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2001, described as the United States’ “foremost new-music ensemble” (The New Yorker), and served as its artistic director until 2017 and as an ensemble member on performance and education projects on five continents. The Ensemble has premiered more than 800 works since its inception and has spearheaded an artist-driven organizational model that earned the ensemble the Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center in 2010 and the Ensemble of the Year Award in 2014 from Musical America Worldwide. A deeply committed educator, Chase is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music at Harvard University. From 2016-2019, she served as co-artistic director, with her longtime collaborator Steven Schick, of Ensemble Evolution, a three-week intensive workshop for emerging musicians at Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity in Canada.

Host Committee

Ellen and Ed Bernard
Seth Brenzel and Malcolm Gaines
Gaela Dennison-Leonard
Christine Dokko
Rachel Fissell
Anne and Thom Haxo
Robin and Leslie Kenney
Steve Messner and Liz Prelinger
Rita Mitra
Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris
David Roberts
Carlos Shimizu
Jennifer Weidman

Saturday, August 1, 2020
4:00 pm — 5:30 pm (1h 30′)