Concert at Oliver Ranch Tower, tickets available
A rare public concert is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, at Oliver Ranch Tower.
The Oliver Ranch Foundation has commissioned Sympho to follow in the footsteps of luminaries Meridith Monk and the Kronos Quartet in creating a site-specific work to be performed in the 24-foot-diameter Tower. Music by composers Christopher Bono, Paul Haas and Bora Yoon will be played by Sympho and players from the Bay Area’s Classical Revolution under Haas’s direction. Stage Direction and Visual Design are by Ruth Pongstaphone.
Sympho’s latest immersive exploration and integration of sound and space is TOWER, a concert that places performers and audience on the double-helix interior staircases of Ann Hamilton’s stunning 80-foot-tall sculpture and arts venue in California.
Steven Oliver, a construction company magnate, turned a former Geyserville sheep ranch into an art complex that he calls Oliver Ranch. Oliver commissioned artists like Bill Fontana and Bruce Nauman to create 18 installations specifically for the 100-acre estate. Nauman’s project, for example, is a quarter-mile-long concrete staircase that traverses grassy meadows and leads to the stone house where Oliver lives part-time.
“I tell them, you just dream, we’ll figure out how to do it,” said Oliver, who has a fleet of bulldozers and cranes at his disposal. To install a 245-ton Richard Serra sculpture, he transported a crane from Arizona because California didn’t have one large enough to handle the job. He also reinforced three bridges en route.
Concert tickets can be purchased at oliverranchfoundation.org/towerperformances.
The ranch is open to the public on weekends by appointment from April 15 to June 1, and Sept. 15 to Nov. 1. Oliver personally leads the two-and-a-half-hour tours.