The Empyrean Ensemble presents engaging, thought-provoking, eclectic programs, enabling audiences to experience new musical sensations delivered with high artistry by its seven extraordinary core players—the finest new music performers in California. Ensemble-in-residence at UC Davis, Empyrean has premiered approximately 200 works and performed throughout California, including appearances at many prominent music festivals and concert series.
Sacramento-based composer Derek Keller calls his multi-media California Tableauxopera “a kaleidoscopic look at California’s cultural mixtures from the era of Sir Francis Drake and his alleged landing on the Marin County coast in the late 1570s, to our most contemporary era.”
Matilda Hofman, whose conducting has been described as having “a striking sense of purpose” and “taut and finely controlled” (San Francisco Gate) has a busy and varied performance schedule. She works regularly with a wide range of groups in Europe, and in California, which she has made her home. Matilda has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Holland Festival and Ruhrtriennale among others.