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Passions & Pastimes – Fall Community Concert

September 30, 2023, 3:00 pm PDT


The concert is over, but you can watch a recording here!

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Artwork by Bonnie Hofkin

Everyone has pastimes they are passionate about. This includes musical composers! This “Passions & Pastimes” community concert features music that explores everything from bicycle riding to baseball to magic to dancing, singing, hiking, and more! These myriad activities also reflect the passions of San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band musicians. While they all share a common vision – promoting the visibility of LGBTQ+ communities, and with our allies, fostering understanding among diverse communities through public performance – the Band’s membership reflects a wide range of identities that intersect in unique ways with their passionate pastimes. Under the baton of Artistic Director Pete Nowlen, you will learn more about these pastimes as you enjoy an entertaining collection of music written by composers shown below. “The Miragecaster” by Mattea Williams (the SFLGFB’s Composer-In-Residence) is a West Coast Premiere.

Our exciting program includes:

  • Uranus The Magician from The Planets (Gustav Holst)
  • Symphonic Songs for Band (Robert Russell Bennett)
  • Sing! (Lee Jinjun)
  • Rollo Takes a Walk (David Maslanka)
  • Mary Shelley Meets Frankenstein (Erika Svanoe)
  • Star Ship (Yukiko Nishimura)
  • Pastime: A Salute to Baseball (Jack Stamp)
  • The Bicycle Shoppe (Lisa deSpain)
  • The Miragecaster (from our composer-in-residence Mattea Williams)
  • The National Game (John Philip Sousa)

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Getting There


Limited parking is available in the church parking lot. Metered parking is available on surrounding streets (which are relatively busy!).


Several major Muni lines run past the venue – pick the best option for your arrival using Google Maps!

BART riders can get off at Civic Center and take a 20 minute walk, or ride the Muni 49 bus line North.

Health and Safety Information

The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band takes Covid-19 seriously. See the band’s full Health & Safety Plan for more information.

For Passions & Pastimes, the SFLGFB follows CDPH guidance for the current community transmission level at the venue.  At time of writing, recommendations are as below; they are subject to change as the situation and guidance evolves.

  • Masking.  It is strongly recommended that all audience members are vaccinated against COVID and up-to-date per eligibility criteria for COVID vaccination.  Audience members can wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by their own personal level of risk.  Members of vulnerable populations should consider masking with a mask that provides the best fit and filtration.
  • Symptom status.  Prospective audience members who are symptomatic are asked to stay home until 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • Post-Concert Notification.  Audience members are encouraged to notify the Band at covid@sfprideband.org if they experience COVID-like symptoms or test positive for COVID within 7 days after attending.


September 30, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 OFarrell St
San Francisco, CA 94109
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