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Spotlighting Grand Avenue’s status as a vibrant world-class arts destination, 11 cultural organizations along this arts-centric stretch of Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles are presenting a free one-day cultural event, GRAND AVE ARTS: ALL ACCESS, on Saturday, October 24, from 10 am to 5 pm, on Grand Avenue between Temple and Sixth streets that will feature performances, exhibitions, behind-the-scenes tours, and interactive, family-friendly activities. Participating institutions include The Broad museum, Center Theatre Group, Colburn School, Grand Park, LA Opera, Los Angeles Central Library, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, MOCA, The Music Center and REDCAT. GRAND AVE ARTS: ALL ACCESS is also designed to welcome the The Broad, recently opened, as it joins the arts pacesetters along Grand Avenue, which, since the Central Library’s dedication in 1926 and the grand opening of The Music Center in 1964 has become a magnet for many of Los Angeles’ most prominent cultural institutions.
“Grand Avenue is acclaimed for its unrivaled collection of cultural landmarks, museums and performance organizations presenting some of the most dynamic exhibitions, collections and arts programming in the world,” says Howard Sherman, interim president and CEO of The Music Center. “GRAND AVE ARTS: ALL ACCESS provides a unique opportunity to share this incredible art and artistry and these amazing facilities with the entire community. A local, national and international treasure, Grand Avenue has become a distinctive centerpiece of Downtown Los Angeles, helping to foster its revitalization. This lively cultural hub attracts visitors from around the globe, generating significant income for Southland businesses, as well as engendering great civic pride. It has also been a source of tremendous artistic innovation lauded by international media and showcases disparate cultural perspectives from the region and beyond.”
“Having long advocated for the thoughtful development of Grand Avenue into the vibrant cultural center of Los Angeles, it is extremely gratifying for The Broad to join this group of flagship institutions, further strengthening the area’s arts offerings and reputation,” states Eli Broad, philanthropist and founder of The Broad. “It takes great vision and fortitude to forge the cultural heart of a metropolis. We salute everyone who has contributed over the decades to making this vision a reality and those whose dedicated efforts today will ensure Grand Avenue’s cultural legacy continues to grow in the future.”
Colorful banners and signage help guide visitors as they enjoy such GRAND AVE ARTS: ALL ACCESS highlights as:
- Architectural tours of The Broad, the newest addition to Grand Avenue, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, which features two floors of gallery space to showcase the Broad’s comprehensive collection of postwar and contemporary art; and, on the plaza next to The Broad, musician Tim Hecker’s hypnotic and ethereal sound installation “Really Eternal Music,” a multi-channel sound piece that references La Monte Young’s classic minimalist drone music from the Black Record and, in keeping with Grand Avenue itself, reflects on our city’s prolific contribution to the arts;
- Live a cappella performances by the renowned Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and featuring eclectic works by National Medal of Art recipient Meredith Monk, Arvo Pärt, Moses Hogan, Shawn Kirchner and others, in Walt Disney Concert Hall’s soaring BP Hall;
- A working orchestra rehearsal of LA Opera’s production of Jake Heggie’s thrilling opera Moby-Dick; a recital featuring singers from LA Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program; and an exhibition of LA Opera costumes, wigs, set design and more at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion;
- A compelling, large-scale, colorful Día de los Muertos art installation, including more than 75 altars and stunning art pieces enhanced by dance performances, spanning both The Music Center Plaza and Grand Park, with its majestic views extending from The Music Center to City Hall; and special Día de los Muertos-themed hands-on workshops presented by The Music Center in the lobby of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion;
- Free admission to MOCA – devoted exclusively to contemporary art – plus tours of its noted permanent collection exhibition organized by Chief Curator Helen Molesworth, and art-related activities on its lively outdoor plaza;
- Fascinating behind-the-scenes tours of The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, for which visitors will get the rare opportunity to see inside the auditorium;
- Center Theatre Group-sponsored family crafts and activities based on the play The Sound of Music; fun photo ops with theatrical puppets and masks from Center Theatre Group’s performance of the Mayan creation myth with an L.A. twist Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven created in collaboration with the internationally renowned theatre company El Teatro Campesino; and a “prize wheel” offering chances to win tickets and swag from the participating organizations;
- Screenings of award-winning short animated children’s films at REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for the contemporary arts, located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex; a walk-through of the set for the upcoming production of Blacktop Highway by “unclassifiable” solo performer John Fleck, a journey into a darkly hilarious world that sets the mood for Halloween; and guided tours of the Gallery exhibit “Hotel Theory,” exploring the possibilities of theory as an art form through a range of new work by emerging artists and seminal works by established artists;
- The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “VAN Beethoven,” an innovative mobile experience now touring L.A. that utilizes an Oculus virtual reality headset to transport audiences inside Walt Disney Concert Hall for a 360° 3-D performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, featuring the opening of Beethoven’s timeless Fifth Symphony;
- Los Angeles Central Library‘s enlightening exhibition “To Live and Dine in LA,” a collection of historic LA menus from the past century; and tours of the landmark 1926 library, which, along with its 72 branch libraries, serves the largest and most diverse audience of any library system in the nation;
- Guided tours of the Colburn School, which provides top-level performing arts education to students at all levels of development; and a performance by students of the Colburn Music Academy, the academic unit of the school that prepares exceptional pre-college artists for careers as well-rounded professional musicians.
In addition to these activities and more, many of the restaurants of the participating organizations are offering discounts on food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), plus a fleet of food trucks parked by Grand Park provides other delectable dining options.
All events are free; reservations are not required. For full schedule, please visit: grandavearts.tumblr.com or call (213) 972-8500.
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Recognizing Los Angeles as a hotbed for some of the most interesting, creative and exciting composers writing for voice today, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Artistic Director Grant Gershon announce “Made in L.A.,” a multi-year initiative championing a new generation of L.A.-based composers who are both established and rising stars in the choral music genre. The L.A.-centric initiative kicks off with “Composers Live!,” a free event featuring multimedia performances and conversation with six leading composers whose impact is being felt throughout the country – Filipino-American Nilo Alcala, Emmy Award-winning House of Cards composer Jeff Beal, “textpainter” Matthew Brown, former LAMC Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner, “vocal shape-shifter” Moira Smiley and Dale Trumbore, noted for setting music to poems and prose of living authors – on Thursday, October 15, 2015, 7:30 pm, at the AT&T Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Presented in partnership with Classical KUSC 91.5 FM and moderated by KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen and Gershon, the event provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into the creativity of these choral composers and what is driving the region’s choral wellspring, combined with musical performances by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the composers themselves.
“Our goal with the ‘Made in L.A.’ initiative is to nurture the city’s incredibly talented composers and align the LA Master Chorale with the forefront of this choral renaissance,” says Gershon. “This behind-the-scenes event, ‘Composers Live!,’ provides our audience a unique look into our city’s deep pool of creative choral talent and insights into how the city has shaped these composers as artists. The broader ‘Made in L.A.’ initiative is also an integral part of the Chorale’s long-range strategic plan, informing not only the scope of music the Chorale will present in seasons to come but also our approach to how we present performances using multi-media elements or even creating semi-staged productions.”
Gershon also notes that as part of the initiative, the Chorale will identify new “homegrown” compositional voices and showcase them through different channels, such as main-stage performances, the High School Choir Festival or alternative performances spaces.
Following the “Composers Live!” event on October 15, the Los Angeles Master Chorale launches its first “Made in L.A.” concert, with an entire program featuring works by the composers noted above and others, on Sunday, November 15, 2015, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Highlights include three Chorale-commissioned world premieres: Ave Maria/Scarborough Fair by Paul Chihara, a prolific composer celebrated for works “sleek and luxuriously colored” (New York Times), Smiley’s In the Desert With You and Alcala’s Mangá Pakalagián, featuring Subla, a Filipino kulintang ensemble led by master musician Danongan Kalanduyan. Other works include the U.S. premiere of Beal’s The Salvage Men as well as Trumbore’s The Whole Sea in Motion, Brown’s Another Lullaby for Insomniacs, Kirchner’s Memorare, and Ave Maria by National Medal of the Arts recipient and former LAMC Composer in Residence Morten Lauridsen.
Tickets to “Composers Live!” are free, but advance reservations are required. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-3122, or visit www.lamc.org. The AT&T Theatre is located at 1150 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, in downtown Los Angeles.
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Marking the commencement of the 2015-16 Tribeca New Music festival, AN AMERICAN MAVERICK | JEROME KITZKE AT 60 celebrates composer-storyteller JEROME KITZKE in a two-night concert series November 13-14, 2015, at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Known for creating works that are uniquely and bracingly American, where freedom and ritual converge, Kitzke shares his career-long dedication to social justice and the human condition in this special program comprised of a dozen of his works composed between 1987 and 2015, including the world premiere of For Pte Tokahewin Ska. From the premier string quartet ETHEL and pianist Anthony de Mare to Hammond B-3 rising star Wil Smith and accordionist Guy Klucevsek, 26 of today’s top contemporary artists will come together to perform and honor the inimitable musical language of Jerome Kitzke.
WHEN: Friday, November 13 + Saturday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Mary Flagler Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York City, Subway: A/C/E/1/2/3/7/N/R/Q/B/D/F/M 34th Street
TIX: Tickets range from $20 to $35 and may be purchased online at tribecanewmusic.org.
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Composers Concordance Presents
– Pitches at an Exhibition – CHORUS 72 –
Art by Rainer Gross
Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 8pm
549 West 52nd St (between 10th & 11th Aves.) 8th floor
New York, NY 10019
On October 15th, Composers Concordance continues its series ‘Pitches at an Exhibition’ with the art & music event ‘CHORUS 72.’ Presented at the innovative Gallery MC, this will feature Rainer Gross’ epic series ’72,’ inspired by the kabbalah, plus a live performance of nearly fifty one-minute choral compositions inspired by the paintings. The eight-piece chorus will feature singers Sharon Harms, Melanie Mitrano, Eleanor Taylor, Lori Fredriks, Heather Meyers , Nate Huntley, Cole Burden, Charles Coleman and Doug Shapiro, conducted by Thomas Carlo Bo. Compositions by Bruce Arnold, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Thomas Carlo Bo, Charles Coleman, John Clark, Dan Cooper, Joe Drew, Mark Egan, Jane Getter, Masatora Goya, Patrick Grant, Melissa Grey, Carlton Holmes, Debra Kaye, Payton MacDonald, David Morneau, Eugene McBride, Melanie Mitrano, Alon Nechushtan, Frank J. Oteri, Milica Paranosic, Joe Pehrson, Gene Pritsker, Anton Rovner, David Saperstein, Arnie Rodriguez, David Rozenblatt, Bill Schimmel, Zach Seely, David Taylor, Sergio Valenzuel, Michael Villmow, P.Kellach Waddle, Dorian Wallace, Carlton Wilkinson, Randy Woolf.
“For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label.” -The Wall Street Journal. “Enterprising new music organization” -The New York Times. Staying in rotation for thirty years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. It has also created a new record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate directors for the 2015-16 season are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Melissa Grey. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to see contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.
PRESS: for more information, please contact:
Gallery MC is located at 549 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019 (between 10th and 11th Avenues.)
By Subway: C or E trains to 50th Street (8th Avenue) or the 1 train to 50th Street (Broadway.)
By Bus: M11 to 52nd Street.
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), under the baton of Jeffrey Kahane, segues from Mozart to marimba in two performances that also spotlight the West Coast premiere of Brooklyn-based composer Timo Andres’ Word of Mouth, “an exhilarating chamber symphony suffused with optimism” (The New York Times), on Saturday, October 17, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, October 18, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall. Also featured on the varied program are acclaimed pianist Richard Goode performing Mozart’s “Golden Period” Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456, and LACO Principal Timpani/Percussion Wade Culbreath, who is showcased in French composer Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings. The program concludes with Haydn’s joyous and beloved Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob. I:88. Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, feature Andres and Culbreath in conversation with Kahane, with a short marimba demonstration by Culbreath.
Andres, a noted composer and piano virtuoso, is winner of the prestigious 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award. His works include a piano quintet for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet, commissioned and presented by Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and San Francisco Performances; a solo piano work for Kirill Gerstein, commissioned by the Gilmore Foundation; a new string quartet for the Library of Congress, premiered by the Attacca Quartet; and a new piece for yMusic. Upcoming commissions include a major work for Third Coast Percussion and an ensemble song cycle to be premiered by himself, Gabriel Kahane, Becca Stevens, Ted Hearne and Nathan Koci at the Ecstatic Music Festival, and presented by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series. Andres earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University.
Goode, noted for his “keen imagination, intelligence and sensitivity” (Washington Post), is considered one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. In addition to performing in leading venues around the globe, he served as the co-artistic director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Marlboro, Vermont from 1999 through 2013, described by New Yorker magazine as “the classical world’s most coveted retreat.” The Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456, unusual in its richness, complexity and scope, is the first of three of Mozart’s “Golden Period” piano concertos being presented by LACO this season.
In addition to his principal position with LACO, Culbreath is principal percussion with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and timpanist with the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra. He has also played on some 400 soundtracks for the motion picture studios, including the Academy Award-winning scores for Aladdin, Pocahontas and Life of Pi. Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings is a two-movement work “gorgeously composed (and) rhythmically reminiscent of classic, mid-20th century French films” (The Villager).
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, starting at $27, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.
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World-renowned artists Mika (marimba) and Richard Stoltzman (clarinet) return to Carnegie Hall on November 5, 2015, to showcase their amazing versatility and crossover ability in a one-night only concert event. The program includes works by Chick Corea, John Zorn, Toru Takemitsu, Bach, Ravel, and Stravinsky, as well as the world premiere of William T. McKinley’s 22-movement Mostly Blues for Clarinet and Marimba. Joining the duo on stage are guest artists Eddie Gomez (bass), Adam Albert (clarinet), John Hamann (bass clarinetist), and Miki Orihara (principal dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company).
Thursday, November 5th at 8:00 p.m.
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street & 7th Avenue, New York City, Subway: A/C/B/D/1 Columbus Circle N/Q/R/B/D/E 7th Avenue
$50. To purchase, carnegiehall.org | CarnegieCharge 212.247.7800 | Box Office at 57th St/7th Ave
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SONiC Festival presents Holland’s new music group Nieuw Amsterdams Peil, featuring music by Joey Roukens, Reza Namavar, Edmund Finnis, and more.
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SONiC Festival’s 6-hour marathon event hosted by JACK Quartet, showcasing the breadth and depth of emerging composers.
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SONiC Festival’s late-night series kicks off with multimedia collaborations between composers, filmmakers, video and digital artists.
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SONiC presents Grammy winners Roomful of Teeth. World premieres by Anna Clyne & Ted Hearne, plus music by Missy Mazzoli, William Brittelle & more.
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