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David Krakauer is considered to be one of the most singular clarinet virtuosos on the planet. But beyond that he brings a point of view to the table that is uniquely his own. Continuing on a path of constant self discovery, Krakauer introduces the music of his latest CD Checkpoint (Table Pounding Records), on two consecutive nights, April 7 and 8, at Brooklyn’s newest hot spot, National Sawdust.
Krakauer, a category-defying instrumentalist, uses his cultural heritage as a powerful inspiration for his music, informing and enabling his stylistically compelling projects. His is a singular vision, encompassing the diverse worlds of classical, klezmer, avant jazz, funk and electronica.
For the past 25 years Krakauer has been on a musical journey tracing his Eastern European roots. This voyage has found him revisiting his “ancestral homeland,” from where his Russian/Polish grandparents and great-grandparents immigrated at the end of the 19th century. Traveling east through Berlin before the Wall came down, the checkpoint experiences became momentous creative touchstones for Krakauer.
Like a travel guide on a literal and metaphorical search, on Checkpoint he bears witness to the deep, joyous, human encounters he experienced. With his long-time band members of Ancestral Groove, he reveals the next step in his musical evolution – sharing with us all stories about the human condition.
Ancestral Groove, with Sheryl Bailey on electric guitar, Jerome Harris on electric bass, Michael Sarin on drums/percussion, and Keepalive on electronics, creates a bridge between Krakauer’s singular take on jazz and world music, and guides us to another musical adventure. His three special guests on the CD Rob Curto, John Medeski and Marc Ribot add their own signatures to the mix.
Here’s Krakauer remixing Krakauer, hitting the road with his unmistakable sound, new arrangements and an electrifying 4-piece band.
Born and raised in New York City, Krakauer experienced early exposure to diverse cultural influences. He earned his reputation as a Klezmer specialist, then showcased his formidable talents in other musical arenas, such as classical music, electronica and jazz. He has shared stages as a group member and soloist with a wide array of artists, string quartets, chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras – among them, the Klezmatics, John Zorn, Fred Wesley, Dawn Upshaw, Itzhak Perlman, Osvaldo Golijov, Eiko and Koma, Leonard Slatkin, Iva Bitova, Kronos Quartet, Tokyo, the Emerson Quartet, the Orchestre de Lyon, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Madrid, the Phoenix Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Dresdener Philharmonie and the Detroit Symphony. http://davidkrakauer.com
1. Kickin’ It For You, 5:33
2. Krakowsky Boulevard, 5:00
3. Tribe Number Thirteen, 5:37
4. Checkpoint Lounge, 5:42
5. Elijah Walks In, 5:37
6. Moldavian Voyage, 4:42
7. Synagogue Wail, 3:30
8. Border Town Pinball Machine, 4:10
9. Tandal, 5:23
10. Tribe Number Thirteen, 5:12
MUSIC AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE APRIL 8, 2016.
David Krakauer – Clarinet
Sheryl Bailey – Electric Guitar
Jerome Harris – Electric Bass
Michael Sarin – Drums
Jeremy Flower aka Keepalive – Sampler
Rob Curto – Accordion
John Medeski – Organ
Marc Ribot – Electric Guitar
TWO NIGHTS AT NATIONAL SAWDUST
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016 AT 9.30 PM
CD RELEASE EVENT
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016 AT 7 PM
80 NORTH 6TH ST
BROOKLYN, NY 11249
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The Composer’s Voice Concert Series presents a concert of music by Stony Brook composers on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 pm at The Firehouse Space. The concert will feature music by Stony Brook University faculty, students, and alumni representing the unique and diverse musical voices that have come out of the Stony Brook Department of Music.
The concert is curated by Joseph Bohigian and features works by Matthew Barnson, Daria Semegen, Joseph Bohigian, Alan Hankers, Andrew Conklin, Robert Voisey, Ryan Carter, João Pedro Oliveira, and Philip Schuessler performed by sTem (Meagan Amelia Brus, Eric Umble, and Adrian Blanco), Fly String Quartet (Jaram Kim, Andrew Minguez, Alison Rowe, and Brendan Shea), soprano Beth Griffith, clarinetist Ford Fourqurean, pianists Shiau-uen Ding, Yumi Suehiro, and Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and percussionists Joseph Bohigian, Ross Aftel, and Brian Smith.
The Composer’s Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their aesthetic and personal voice. Founded in 2001 by Robert Voisey, Composer’s Voice has presented hundreds of concerts in New York City. The series has premiered thousands of works from living composers from around the world. Works are chosen from a wide range of contemporary composers of different styles, aesthetics, and genre and performed by dedicated musicians devoted to new music.
Composer’s Voice Concert Series
Stony Brook Composers
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm
The Firehouse Space
246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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The Met Museum presents the acclaimed Chiara String Quartet in its third concert as quartet-in-residence. On Friday, March 18, the Chiara will perform Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4 and Gabriela Lena Frank’s Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout entirely from memory, a new way of playing that the New York Times describes as “fresh and vital.”
Composer Gabriela Lena Frank draws on her Peruvian roots for Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout, which was written for the Chiara. The Los Angeles Times has described the piece as “string writing that is exceptionally smooth and idiomatic” which “bursts with color and fresh individuality.”
Tickets are $50; bring the kids for $1
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Los Angeles Master Chorale
The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 2016 gala celebration, “Broadway on Grand,” transports the show-stopping music, dazzling allure and thrilling excitement of 42nd Street to Walt Disney Concert Hall with an exclusive private concert featuring unforgettable songs from American musical theatre, as well as a glamorous cocktail reception in Disney Hall’s dramatic lobby and sumptuous post-performance dinner by Patina in BP Hall, on Saturday, March 19, 2016, 6 pm, at the landmark venue in downtown Los Angeles. For the celebration, Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts the Grammy-nominated chorus in a program of music by such legendary composers as Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter, with special guest composer/performer Jason Robert Brown, the three-time Tony Award-winning composer of such acclaimed Broadway shows as Parade, The Last Five Years, and The Bridges of Madison County.
In addition to savoring the concert, guests will also have the opportunity to bid on an array of irresistible auction items, take in the Chorale’s signature LAMC “Surround Sing,” during which Chorale singers encircle gala patrons and shower them in glorious song, and trip the light fantastic into the wee hours. Gala proceeds help support LAMC’s artistic and education programs throughout the year.
Brown also serves as an Honorary Gala Co-Chair, along with his wife Georgia Stitt, an award winning composer, conductor and musical director who moves effortlessly through all musical mediums. Annette Ermshar, Ph.D., and Kiki Ramos Gindler are Gala Co-Chairs. Gala Committee members include Raymundo Baltazar, Cindy Frischling, Agnes Lew, Marian Niles, Sonia Randazzo, Michele Rauch, Tracy Van Fleet and Jann Williams.
LAMC Gala 2016 tickets start at $750 per person with tables for 10 patrons starting at $7,000. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles. For gala information or to purchase tickets, please call 213-972-3162 or visit www.lamc.org.
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COMPOSER MICHAEL DELLAIRA, LIBRETTIST J. D. McCLATCHY TO DISCUSS MAKING OPERA BASED ON BESTSELLING NOVEL
New York, NY — Brooklyn’s American Opera Projects (AOP) and the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) will present scenes from a new opera The Leopard by composer Michael Dellaira and J. D. McClatchy in association with the Manhattan School of Music, and Opera Index (March 13). Sung in English and featuring performances by students from the Manhattan School of Music.
Presented with music from Encompass New Opera Theater (March 13 only) and Rated R for Rat, a new opera by Wang Jie and Anne Babson (March 18 only).
When: Sunday, March 13 | 2:30 PM
Thursday, March 17 | 7:30 PM
Friday, March 18 | 8:00 PM
Where: Manhattan School of Music – Greenfield Hall, 122nd Street and Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (March 13 & 17)
South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217 (March 18)
Tickets: March 13: General Admission: $20 | Advance: $15 | Students/Seniors: $10; 212-706-9550 to order tickets.
March 17 & 18: General Admission: FREE with reservation at www.aopopera.org/events <a
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Santa Monica, California – The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present composer/performer Ulrich Krieger Wednesday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Krieger will discuss and perform excerpts from “Universe,” a series of compositions for saxophone and electronics.
“Universe” has four parts, each approximately one hour long: “ReSpace,” for saxophone-controlled feedback, “RAW,” for electric saxophone and pedals, “Quantum,” for amplified saxophone, and “Cosmos,” for saxophone alone. The first two have been recorded for a new double-CD on the XI (eXperimental Intermedia) label. Krieger will discuss the entire series and play selections from the last two sections live.
Krieger describes his work as “in the experimental fields and fringes of contemporary Pop culture: somewhere in the limbo between Noise and Heavy Metal, Ambient and Silence.” He is probably best known for adapting Lou Reed’s notorious electronic record “Metal Machine Music” for chamber orchestra and has collaborated with Reed, LaMonte Young, Merzbow, and Lee Ranaldo, among others, and has recorded several CDs of the music of John Cage. His own compositions have been performed by groups including the Soldier String Quartet, Zeitkratzer, and the EAR Unit. He teaches at CalArts.
This program is part of the concert series Soundwaves, which features innovative music on the third Wednesday evening of each month. Soundwaves is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
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LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) explores how the brain works when a musician improvises as well as the impact of auditory loss on music by Beethoven and Smetana composed when they could no longer hear during the first program of Westside Connections, a chamber music series with a twist, on Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Curated and hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Westside Connections’ 2015-16 season features LACO musicians and cutting-edge neuroscientists exploring “Music and the Mind” through performance and conversation, followed by Q&A with audiences. Among ideas probed during the three-concert series are how music moves us (and why), the possibility of pinpointing the location of creativity in the brain, and where the next wave in brain management research may to take us.
During Westside Connections’ March program, Dr. Charles Limb, Professor and Chief of Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at UCSF, a self-described “music addict,” shares his findings on hearing loss against performances of Smetana’s tone poem “From My Life” and two works by Beethoven: Cavatina from String Quartet in B-major and a selection from his Bagatelles for Solo Piano featuring LACO music director Jeffrey Kahane. Also featured during the performance are LACO Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav and artists Susan Rishik, violin; Robert Brophy, viola; and Trevor Handy, cello. In a collaborative demonstration with Kahane at the keyboard, Limb reveals what happens in the brain during improvisation.
Limb, whose expertise covers the full scope of otology and neurotology with a focus on the treatment of hearing loss and auditory disorders, is also the Director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center at UCSF and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery. He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his medical training at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by surgical residency and fellowship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Hearing Sciences at Johns Hopkins studied the development of the auditory brainstem, and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health studied neural mechanisms of musical improvisation and perception using functional neuroimaging methods. He was at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1996 to 2015, where he was Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a Faculty Member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in all surgery of the temporal bone, with particular expertise in acoustic neuroma surgery, cochlear implant surgery, implantable hearing aids, stapes surgery, cholesteatoma surgery, and cancers of the ear. His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of musical creativity as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants. He is the past Editor-in-Chief of Trends in Amplification, the only journal explicitly focused on auditory amplification devices and hearing aids, and an Editorial Board member of the journals Otology and Neurotology and Music and Medicine.
Each year, LACO’s trademark three-part Westside Connections, now in its eight season, steps outside the proverbial “music “box” to illustrate with fascinating intellectual discourse and superb artistry the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives. The 2015-16 Westside Connections series continues with a performance on April 7 of youthful works by child prodigies Mozart and Mendelssohn, with LACO musicians joined by special guests Dr. Robert Bilder, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology, UCLA, and Dr. Susan Bookheimer, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCLA. It concludes May 5 when the evening centers on breathtaking songs by Schumann and Ravel, each of whom suffered severe mental collapse, with LACO musicians joined by special guest Dr. Linda Liau, Neurosurgeon, Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, and guest artists Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano, and Robert Thies, piano. In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, the culinary arts, poetry, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets (beginning at $65) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Subscriptions to all three Westside Connections concerts are available for $150. Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” at Ambassador Auditorium. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.
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In Context: Scott Wheeler
When: Saturday April 2, 2016 7:30PM
Where: Tenri Cultural Institute 43 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
Program + Performers: Johannes Brahms: from Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52; Robert Schumann: 4 Duette Op. 34; Virgil Thomson: Mostly About Love; Judith Weir: Songs from the Exotic Scott Wheeler: Ben Gunn (World-Premiere), Gold Standard, New Love Song Waltzes, Wasting the Night Elisabeth Marshall, soprano; Kate Maroney, mezzo soprano; Brandon Snook, tenor; Steven Eddy, baritone; Michael Brofman, Jocelyn Dueck, Miori Sugiyama, piano
BASS continues its innovative new music series In Context at the Tenri Cultural Center on Saturday April 2nd, 2016. This year’s featured composer is Scott Wheeler, hailed by Fanfare as “one of the freshest American voices.” The program features Mr. Wheeler’s work alongside those by colleagues and mentors (Virgil Thomson and Judith Weir) and favorite classics (Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann). The program will include the world premiere of Ben Gunn. Soprano Elisabeth Marhsall, mezzo soprano Kate Maroney, tenor Brandon Snook, and baritone Steven Eddy join pianists Michael Brofman, Jocelyn Dueck, and Miori Sugiyama.
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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Honors Five-Time Oscar®-Winning Film Composer John Williams
Embracing its deep roots and far-reaching artistry during its 30th Anniversary Season, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) honors four esteemed visionaries who have left their indelible stamps on the acclaimed chorus, including five-time Academy Award-winning film composer John Williams and LACC Founding Director Rebecca Thompson, at Gala Bel Canto, its annual fundraiser, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 6 pm, at Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Longtime LACC supporters and arts patrons Eileen and Ken Leech are also being feted for their dedication to the chorus. The celebration, hosted by actress Jane Kaczmarek, includes heartfelt accolades and moving musical tributes by 300 singers from five LACC ensembles, led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, as well as a delectable three-course dinner, exquisite wines and a dazzling live auction. Proceeds benefit Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’s artistic, educational and scholarship programs.
“We are proud to recognize these distinguished honorees for their immeasurable contributions to the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus,” says Gala Bel Canto Chair Cheryl R. Scheidemantle (Pasadena). “Without Rebecca Thompson, there would be no LACC. John Williams, whose exceptional music has touched people around the world, has collaborated with LACC on numerous projects, providing unparalleled artistic opportunities for our choristers. And Eileen and Ken Leech have been steadfast supporters of the chorus for nearly two decades, helping to bolster LACC in its mission to provided outstanding choral music training to children.”
In addition to Scheidemantle, Gala Bel Canto committee members include Vice Chair Lynn Boberg (Sierra Madre); Dianna Lau Beggs (San Marino); Andrea Bland (Pasadena); Mary Blodgett (San Marino); Joanne Crawford-Dunér (Covina Hills); Elizabeth Grossman Besch (La Cañada-Flintridge); and Andrea Patzakis (San Marino).
JOHN WILLIAMS, who receives LACC’s “Bel Canto Award” from presenter James Conlon, Music Director of LA Opera, is one of America’s most successful composers for film and for the concert stage and one of our nation’s most distinguished musical voices. In a career spanning five decades, he has composed the music and served as music director for more than 100 films, including all seven Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, JFK, and Home Alone. His 40-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed films, including Schindler’s List, E.T., and Jaws. His has also composed scores for more than 200 television films, as well as themes for NBC Nightly News and PBS’s Great Performances, among others. He also composed themes for the 1984, 1988, and 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He has received five Academy Awards and 49 Oscar nominations, making him the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second-most nominated person in history. He has received 22 Grammys, four Golden Globes, five Emmys, and numerous gold and platinum records. In 2003, he received the Olympic Order (the International Olympic Committee’s highest honor) for his contributions to the Olympic movement. He has also received the Kennedy Center Honor, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. Government. In 1980, Mr. Williams was named music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra, succeeding the legendary Arthur Fiedler. He currently holds the titles of Boston Pops Laureate Conductor and Artist-in-Residence at Tanglewood.
Former LACC Board Member EILEEN LEECH and KEN LEECH, Chief Investment Officer for Western Asset Management Company, recipients of LACC’s Rebecca Thompson Founder’s Award, were introduced to LACC through a close family friend in 1998, who suggested that their daughter, Catherine, audition for the chorus. Eileen, a former litigator with the New York law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, found a niche with the chorus. She served on the Board of Directors for seven seasons, with stints as Secretary and as co-chair of the 2008 Gala Bel Canto. A devoted LACC mom as well, she served as rehearsal assistant and an occasional chaperone for LACC field trips. Ken has long been a faithful audience member and supporter of LACC. Ken and Eileen feel strongly that LACC is one of the great institutions in the Los Angeles community and beyond, molding the character of its young charges while simultaneously achieving extraordinary artistry and inspirational musical heights. They both agree, “LACC has played a central part in enhancing the life of our entire family.”
REBECCA THOMPSON, who receives LACC’s Special 30th Anniversary Tribute Award, is Founding Director of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, past Children’s Chorus Mistress for the LA Opera and was Associate Director of the Appalachian Children’s Chorus in West Virginia. A specialist in vocal music for young singers, she holds an MA in organ performance from Marshall University, with doctoral studies in choral music education at the University of Texas. She has taught choral music in public, private and parochial schools, pre-school through university. Thompson recently served as Founding Director of the Choristers Guild Institute, a national teacher certification program for directors of young singers. Her community-based choirs have won national competitions and toured internationally. Her singers have also appeared in films and commercials. Thompson is a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA), and recently served on the SAG national awards nominating committee. She has conducted All State Choirs, festivals and workshops in over 40 states, and has served the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) as Western Division Chair of Children’s Choirs; West Virginia ACDA State President; and West Virginia ACDA Women’s Choir Chair. A composer and arranger as well, she has also served on the National Board of The Presbyterian Association of Musicians and twice served on the National Choristers Guild Board.
Gala tickets are $375 per person with sponsorship packages available. The Millennium Biltmore Hotel is located at 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90071. For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.galabelcanto.org.
LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS, widely recognized for its agile bel canto sound and artistic excellence, has been lauded as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine), “extraordinary in its abilities” (Culture Spot LA), and “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News). Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson since 1996, LACC is celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season. It performs with such leading organizations as LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and POPS, Calder Quartet, Jacaranda and MUSE/IQUE. Each season, the chorus serves more than 400 children ages 6 to 18 from 50 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs – Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Young Men’s Ensemble, Intermediate Choir, Apprentice Choir and Preparatory Choir – and a First Experiences in Singing program and First Experiences in Choral Singing Ensemble for 6-9-year-olds. LACC, recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, has toured North and South America, Africa, China, Cuba, Australia and Europe. It appears on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s critically acclaimed Decca recording A Good Understanding, and Plácido Domingo’s Deutsche Grammophon recording Amore Infinito (“Infinite Love”). The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated Sing!, about a year in the life of the chorus; Sing Opera!, documenting the production of the LACC-commissioned family opera Keepers of the Night; and Sing China!, chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China prior to the Beijing Olympics. LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” and was featured on PBS’s “Great Performances,” BBC Radio, and Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.
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Bang on a Can All-Stars
The acclaimed Bang on a Can All-Stars join the Los Angeles Master Chorale for the highly anticipated west coast premiere of Julia Wolfe’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize–winning Anthracite Fields, on Sunday, March 6, 2016, 7:30 pm. Performed with a multimedia backdrop by celebrated visual artist and scenic designer Jeff Sugg, the text weaves together the oral histories, interviews, union speeches and even accident reports from the Pennsylvania mining region at the turn of the 19th century. Additionally, the program, entitled “Music of the Coal Miner” and led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, includes selections from the Sacred Harp Anthology and spirituals of Appalachia.
Anthracite Fields, which also earned a 2016 Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, is named for anthracite, a much sought after, super-efficient, clean-burning coal that spurred the vast mining industry and fueled the American Industrial Revolution. Chronicling the harsh working conditions and perseverance of coal miners during this era, the oratorio for chorus and sextet premiered in 2014 in Philadelphia and was reprised at the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial Celebration to great critical acclaim.
Wolfe draws inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, bringing a modern sensibility to each while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them. Her music is distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience. Recent projects include her evening-length Steel Hammer for the Bang on a Can All-Stars and singers, currently touring in an expanded theatrical form with director Anne Bogart and her SITI Company. In 2009 Wolfe joined the NYU Steinhardt School composition faculty. She is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music collective Bang on a Can. Her music is published by Red Poppy Music (ASCAP) and distributed worldwide by G. Schirmer, Inc.
Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, the six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. Performing each year throughout the U.S. and internationally, the All-Stars have worked in unprecedented close collaboration with such groundbreaking musicians as Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Tan Dun and many others. The group’s celebrated projects include its landmark recordings of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports and Terry Riley’s In C.
Sugg, New York-based artist, designer and technical advisor, has collaborated on numerous Broadway productions as well as with such leading theatre companies as the Goodman, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, BAM’s Harvey Theater, Vineyard Theatre and Soho Rep. The award winning designer is also a co-founding member of the performance group Accinosco with Cynthia Hopkins and Jim Findlay.
Tickets range from $29 – $129. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. Tickets can also be purchased in person in advance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office (Mon-Sat, 10 am-6 pm) and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.
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