LACO @ The Movies 2016

LACO @ The Movies 2016

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) showcases the interplay of music and film with “LACO @ the Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies,” a program of dazzling and delightful Academy Award®-winning animation created by Walt Disney Studios between 1929 and 1939, with orchestral scores performed live by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra led by six-time Emmy® award-winning composer Mark Watters, on Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7 pm, at the historic Orpheum Theatre movie palace in downtown Los Angeles.  Based on timeless fairy tales and fantastical scenarios, the seven classic animated Silly Symphony shorts include five Academy Award®-winners, the first Silly Symphony short produced and directed by Walt Disney, the first commercial color short and the first to utilize a multiplane camera to create depth of field.  With animation by a number of Disney legends, these films are set against a backdrop of lively music.  From symphonic to jazz, and featuring the Orpheum’s 1927 Wurlitzer, one of only three remaining original theatre organ installations in theatres in Southern California, the music by such luminaries as Leigh Harline and Carl Stalling is arranged for live orchestra by Watters and Alex Rannie.  The magical event for adults and children six and older benefits education and concert programs of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions.  Academy Award®-winning actor Dustin Hoffman serves as Honorary Chair.  Film tickets and exclusive sponsorship packages, including a post-film cocktail party, are available.

“When LACO was founded, it was envisioned as an ensemble allowing gifted, conservatory-trained players to balance studio work and teaching with pure artistic collaboration at the highest level,” says LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison.  “We are proud to embrace these deep film industry roots as we partner once again with Disney and Disney Music Group for a wonderful evening of big screen artistry and entertainment.”

Disney produced 75 Silly Symphony shorts during a ten-year period from 1929 through 1939, many used to experiment with special effects and camera techniques.  The concept, conceived by Walt Disney and Stalling, his first musical director, was simple: complete a musical composition first, followed by a story and animation around that score.

“LACO @ the Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies” opens with The Skeleton Dance (1929), the first Silly Symphony short produced and directed by Walt Disney, starring four music-making and dancing skeletons in a macabre graveyard with a score by Carl Stalling based on the foxtrot, a popular dance beat of the era, set in a minor key.  Also shown are Flowers and Trees (1932), the first commercial short produced in color using the then-new Technicolor three-strip process and featuring a pastoral symphonic score by Bert Lewis and Frank Churchill, which became a critical success and won the first Academy Award® for Animated Short Subject; Three Little Pigs (1933), a musical sensation scored by Stalling that won a 1934 Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film and was named to the National Film Registry in 2007 for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”; and the Academy Award®-winning The Old Mill (1937), the first short to experiment with animation and camera techniques utilizing the multiplane camera, which added a dimensionality not previously seen in animated film and was later used in the iconic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Other featured Silly Symphony shorts include The Country Cousin (1936), performed with live music for the first time since it was produced 80 years ago.  Winner of the Best Animated Short Academy Award® in 1937, this film is based on the Aesop Fable “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” with a sophisticated musical score by Harline.  Also shown is the 1939 color version of The Ugly Duckling, based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, which was the last Silly Symphony produced by the studio and garnered an Academy Award®  for Best Short Subject (a black and white version was produced in 1931).  The evening concludes with Music Land (1935), featuring a brilliant and virtuosic score that pits the Land of Symphony against the Isle of Jazz for a unique Disney “take” on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The event’s landmark venue, The Orpheum Theatre, located at the heart of downtown’s revitalized Broadway Theatre District, adds a particularly special flourish to the festivities.  Opened in 1926, around the time Walt Disney was revolutionizing the field of animation, the 2,000-seat theatre features a stunning Beaux Arts façade designed by architect G. Albert Lansburgh.

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.

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Film tickets for “LACO @ The Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies” start at $38 and are available at or by calling 800 745 3000.  For in-person sales, The Orpheum box office is open on Wednesdays only, 1 to 7 pm.  Exclusive sponsorship packages, including film tickets and a post-film cocktail party and other benefits, begin at $2,500 and can be purchased by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x 3.  The Orpheum Theatre is located at 842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding annual auditions for boys and girls ages 8 (by September 1, 2016) to 12 on June 2-4, 2016 (times vary), in Pasadena.  Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.


LACC’s program focuses on training children who may not necessarily have had previous singing experience, but who love to sing.  Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort, and no preparation is necessary.


Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, currently in its 30th season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County.   LACC comprises 6 progressively experienced choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 50 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s First Experiences in Singing classes for 6- and 7-year-olds offered in Pasadena.)


Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  In addition, all children starting in Apprentice Choir take musicianship classes (a seven-level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training. Advancement through the program is based on mid- and end-of-year evaluations.  They receive mid- and end-of-year evaluations as well.  Repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, but also encompasses folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, as well as new music.


High-profile performance opportunities are an important and integral part of the program and include two culminating Winter and Spring concerts each year, plus performances at major civic events.  LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among other prestigious music presenters.

There is a $50 fee per audition.  Need-based audition scholarship applications are available upon request.  Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101.  For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit

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The Composer’s Voice Concert Series presents “Wooden’t It Be Nice?”, an evening of wildly eclectic new music for strings and woodwinds on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 pm at The Firehouse Space. The concert will feature music for string quartet, soprano saxophone, flute, piano, mezzo soprano, and classical guitar.

This concert is curated by Masatora Goya and features three world premieres by Masatora Goya, Felipe Salles, and Spencer Snyder, as well as a New York premiere by Ronald Pearl. Also featured are works by Osvaldo Golijov, Dina Pruzhansky, and Gene Pritsker. These works will be performed by Rachel Arky, Molly Aronson, Melanie Chirignan, Kenji Haba, Rachel Hauser, Hidejiro Honjo, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Elliot Lee, Michelle Painter.

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
Wooden’t It Be Nice?
Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm
The Firehouse Space
246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
L Train to Graham Ave.
$10 admission
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Peri Mauer RED SKY, for solo trumpet

Alexandria Smith, trumpet

May 19, 2016 7:30pm

The Firehouse Space 

246 Frost St.

Brooklyn, NY 11211

SACRED BRIDGE – Robert Voisey
RED SKY – Peri Mauer
SOPRA – Douglas DaSilva
RIVERWALK – Steve Cohen

PERI MAUER, COMPOSER: MM, BM Manhattan School of Music, BA Bard College, graduate of the High School of Music and Art, has composed works for solo instruments, chamber music ensembles, orchestra, and theater. Her music has received performances in Bargemusic’s Here and Now Winter and Labor Day Festivals, New York Composers Circle Concerts of New Music at Symphony Space, LeFrak Performing Arts Center, St. Peter’s Church and St. Mark’s Church, Music With A View Festival for which she also served as cellist and conductor, Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music in Bowdoin, ME, NYU Composers Forum, among others. She received ASCAP Plus awards for 2014 and 2015, grants from New Music USA for the premiere of her orchestral works Illuminations of the Night and Life on Earth, and a commission from the LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts to compose Red Sky for concert band. Other recent premieres include Thought’s Torsion for flute, viola, cello, A Little New Year’s Flair for piano, At Home With Allen Ginsberg: Five Songs for Baritone and Piano, Nudibranch Friday for violin and cello, Morning, Night & Noon for two clarinets, and Journey for solo oboe. Also a professional cellist, she has performed with such groups as American Symphony Orchestra, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Encompass New Opera Theatre, Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, NYU Contemporary Players, and can be seen playing her cello in the Golden Globe two-time award winning Amazon TV series Mozart in the Jungle.




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Nadia Shpachenko and Danny Holt
Piano Spheres Satellite Artists Concert

Music @ Boston Court
May 20, 2016, Pasadena, CA
Tickets: $30/$25/$20
$5 off discount code: MusicBC

A program of solo piano (and toy piano) works inspired by buildings and places. Shpachenko performs excerpts from her “Poetry of Places” program, including 3 world premieres by Hannah Lash, Harold Meltzer, and Jack Van Zandt, and new works by Amy Beth Kirsten and Lewis Spratlan. The compositions are inspired by diverse buildings: the Aaron Copland House, Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in Manhattan, Newgrange Ancient Temple in Ireland, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, and Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Buildings in Bangladesh. Holt’s program explores early 20th century repertoire by Copland, Villa-Lobos, Honegger, and Mosolov: with musical evocations of Mexico, Brasil, the Suisse-Romande, and Turkmenistan.

Nadia Shpachenko will also perform her “Poetry of Places” program (new works by Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, Harold Meltzer, Andrew Norman, Lewis Spratlan, and Jack Van Zandt) on May 23 at Cal Poly Pomona (with pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and percussionists Nick Terry and Ted Atkatz), on May 26 at UCLA, on June 15 at MiMoDa Studio.

Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. Described by critics as a “truly inspiring and brilliant pianist… spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of technique,” she performs on piano, toy piano, harpsichord, and percussion in concerts that often also feature recitation, electronics and multimedia. Nadia’s concert highlights include solo recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, and REDCAT @ Disney Hall, as well as numerous appearances as soloist with orchestras in Europe and the Americas.

An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, Nadia has given world and national premieres of more than 50 works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Daniel Felsenfeld, Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, Vera Ivanova, Leon Kirchner, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Missy Mazzoli, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others. Described as “an exceptional recording of newly composed piano works,” Nadia’s CD “Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013” was nominated for 58th GRAMMY® Awards in 3 categories: Best Classical Compendium, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance by Nadia Shpachenko and Genevieve Feiwen Lee for Tom Flaherty’s “Airdancing” for Toy Piano, Piano and Electronics, and Producer of the Year, Classical for Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin. Nadia’s upcoming recording project “Quotations and Homages” features newly-written solo and collaborative works for 6 pianists (performed with Ray-Kallay Duo, HOCKET and Genevieve Feiwen Lee) inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces, from Beethoven to Brahms to Stravinsky to Messiaen to Carter to Gubaidulina to The Velvet Underground. Nadia’s upcoming recording project “The Poetry of Places” features new solo and collaborative works (performed with pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and percussionists Nick Terry and Ted Atkatz) inspired by diverse buildings.

Nadia Shpachenko is on the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont Graduate Universities. Her principal teachers included John Perry, Victor Rosenbaum, and Victor Derevianko. Nadia Shpachenko is a Steinway Artist and a Schoenhut Toy Piano Artist.


Pianist Danny Holt is one of a new generation of innovative young musicians ushering classical music into the 21st century. Called “phenomenal” by the late music critic Alan Rich (, and hailed as one of the “local heroes” of the Los Angeles music scene (, Holt brings his boundless energy and wit to unique interpretations of new music, 20th-century music, and obscure, unusual, and neglected repertoire.

Among Holt’s ambitious solo projects is The Piano/Percussion Project. Over 20 composers have created new works for Holt’s unique setup in which he plays piano and an array of percussion instruments simultaneously. Holt continues to unveil new versions of The Piano/Percussion Project, and recent performances include appearances at REDCAT (Los Angeles), CNMAT (Berkeley), The Switchboard Festival (San Francisco), Rice University,  Princeton University, and CalArts.

In addition to championing the works of emerging composers, Holt has worked with composers such as Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Christian Wolff, James Tenney, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Augusta Read Thomas, and many others. Holt’s Fast Jump CD (Innova, 2009) was a featured new release on both WNYC and iTunes, and includes world premiere recordings of works by David Lang (co-founder of Bang on a Can), Caleb Burhans, Lona Kozik, Graham Fitkin, and Jascha Narveson. Gramophone called the disc “a compelling showcase for Holt’s innate virtuosity and gregarious temperament” and called Holt’s playing “brilliant”. His subsequent albums include the self- released disc release (2010), Skaller/Holt Duo’s Music of Mark Dresser (pfMENTUM, 2011), and two albums as part of the piano duo 4handsLA: Paris 1913 (2013) and Petrushka (2014). Among Holt’s ambitious solo projects is The Piano/Percussion Project.

He teaches at the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts (Valencia) and College of the Desert (Palm Desert), and he is the chair of the music program at The Academy of Creative Education at The Oakwood School (North Hollywood).


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LADAMA and El Puente
Presented by Found Sound Nation
Friday, May 20 at 7pm

National Sawdust

Tickets $15 advance at or (646) 779-8455; $18 at the door

LADAMA is an ensemble comprised of four incredible musicians from across the Americas who create and perform original music, and strive to inspire and engage women and youth in their respective communities to engage in music-making, sound design, composition, and audio production. LADAMA aims to address gender inequality and unequal representation of women and encourage all to express their humanity by building community through music. A week long residency in partnership with Found Sound Nation and National Sawdust, LADAMA will work with young people and women from the El Puente Leaders for Peace and Justice and co-create a new performance piece for a live audience, in addition to leading a performance by LADAMA themselves.

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Composer’s Voice presents its monthly concert series at The Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, NYC. Featuring music by Joseph Bohigian, Steve Cohen, Douglas DaSilva, Anqi Liu, Peri Mauer, and Robert Voisey performed by Chung Bao, Joseph Bohigian, Todd Groves, Susanna Hancock, Markus Kaitila, Alexander Knox, Josh Lang, Wonki Lee, Lish Lindsey, Scott Litroff, Natasha Loomis, Alexandria Smith, John Smith, Terrence Thornhill, and Shelley Washington.

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
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm
The Firehouse Space
246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
L Train to Graham Ave.
$10 admission
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Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras

Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras

Internationally acclaimed virtuosos Colin Carr, Thomas Demenga, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Giovanni Sollima lead Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) in a concert of cello concertos as a crowning feature of the USC Thornton School of Music’s Piatigorsky International Cello Festival and the season finale of LACO’s engaging Baroque Conversations series on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.  On the program are CPE Bach’s Cello Concerto in A major; Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in G major; Leo’s Cello Concerto No. 3 in D minor; Platti’s Cello Concerto in D minor; and Vivaldi’s Cello Concerto in C minor.  The Festival is a 10-day cello extravaganza presented by USC’s Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in partnership with LACO showcasing 26 international artists representing 15 countries and four continents.  Named for the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, who lived most of his adult life in Los Angeles and taught cello for many years at USC, the Festival focuses on the art of the cello, its music and musicians.


KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal moderates a free pre-concert panel discussion, featuring former students of Piatigorsky in USC Thornton School of Music’s Newman Recital Hall (adjacent to Bovard Auditorium), at 6:30 pm.


Colin Carr, praised for his “rich tone” (Calgary Herald) and in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher, has played with such leading conductors as Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit and founding LACO music director, Sir Neville Marriner.  As a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio, he recorded and toured extensively for 20 years, and has also made guest appearances with the Guarneri and Emerson String quartets and with New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Carr has garnered numerous awards, including the Naumburg Competition (First Prize), the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award and the Rostropo­vich International Cello Competition (Second Prize).  Carr studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Maurice Gendron and William Pleeth.  A professor at Stony Brook University in New York, he plays a 1730 Matteo Gofriller cello.


Swiss-born Thomas Demenga, who plays with a “fascinating mixture of abandon and cool precision” (The Telegraph), has performed around the globe with such artists as Heinz Hol­liger, Gidon Kremer, Thomas Larcher and Paul Meyer.  He has also appeared with the Berliner Sinfonie-Orches­ter, Boston Symphony Orchestra and L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, to name a few.  A champion of new music, Demenga is noted for his compelling interpretations of 20th and 21st century works and for adding his unique sensibilities to his historically-informed performances of Baroque, classical and romantic repertoire.  In 2000, he was composer-in-residence at the Davos Festival Young Artists in Con­cert and served as artistic director until 2006.  He also served as an “artiste étoile” at the Lucerne Festival and is presently the artistic director of Camerata Zürich.  He records for ECM Records, Munich, and plays the 1669 Andrea Guarneri ex-Soyer cello.


Jean-Guihen Queyras, hailed for performances that are “fresh, alert and original” (Los Angeles Times), enjoys an enviable reputation as a soloist with leading orchestra, a chamber musician and solo performer of exceptional versatility and integrity.  He has performed under such conductors as Ivan Fischer, Jiří Bĕlohlávek, Oliver Knussen and Sir Roger Norrington, among others.  A member of the Arcanto Quartet and an enthusiastic exponent of contemporary music, Queyras is committed to expanding cello repertoire and has collaborated with numerous composers, including Thomas Larcher from whom he commissioned a work for solo cello and string orchestra that he premieres in 2016.  Queyras, who plays a 1696 Gioffredo Cappa cello, on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale, is a professor at the Musikhochschule Freiburg.


Giovanni Sollima, “a classical player with a rock star status” (Sydney Morning Herald), studied cello with Giovanni Perriera and Antonio Janigro, and composition with his father, Eliodoro Sollima, and Milko Keleman.  He has worked with such renowned artists as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Yuri Bashmet, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Viktoria Mullova, Patti Smith, Philip Glass and Yo-Yo Ma.  In demand as a soloist around the world and with musical interests ranging from Baroque to heavy metal, he has collaborated with artists in the fields of dance, theatre and cinema, including Karole Armitage, Carolyn Carlson, Bob Wilson, Peter Stein, Peter Greenaway and John Turturro.  As composer, he contributes significantly to new repertoire for the cello.  Sollima teaches at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Fondazione Romanini of Brescia.


LACO’s enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period with the host(s) of the evening introducing the music from the stage and engaging the audience in Q&A to conclude the concert.


Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation.  The Piatigorsky Festival’s participation in this concert is underwritten by J&A Beare, London.


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.


Ticket prices are $80 for adults and seniors, and $40 for students.  They are available online at, or by calling 213-740-4672.  Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.

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ML-SoundwavesMitchellSanta Monica, California – The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present flautist Nicole Mitchell on Wednesday May 18 at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90401.

A busy composer and performer, Mitchell is also a professor of music in the University of California at Irvine’s Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology program. She is a past president of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and has received awards including Downbeat magazine’s “Best Jazz Flute” and the Chicago Tribune’s “Chicagoan of the Year,” as well as numerous grants and commissions.
Mitchell will perform music for solo flute, as heard on her 2014 album Engraved in the Wind, and play duets with percussionist Randy Gloss, the current Chair of CalArts’ World Music Program.

This program is part of the new music concert series Soundwaves, which 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 or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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Contemporary Insights 2016 Concert Series
– presenting –

New Works for Trombone w/ guests Laura Cocks & Jordan Dodson


Guy Barash: new work for trombone & electronics
Reiko Fueting: new work
Jeremy Howard Beck: one song from a new suite for multiphonic trombone
Adam Zahller: the Mat Maker
Chris Fisher-Lochhead: prosodia desia, solo trombone version
Zach Seely: Dynamics of The First Dimension
Joan Arnau Pàmies: in media res
w/ Laura Cocks, flute & Jordon Dodson, guitar


Will Lang

Hailed by the New York Times as “Fiercely, Virtuosic”, trombonist William Lang is an active performer, improviser, and teacher based in New York City. He can be found playing in all settings and style, from the avant-garde and classical to Broadway and indie chamber pop. He has given his signature unaccompanied recitals throughout the United States, played concertos in both America and Europe, and has also recorded with such artists as Philip Glass, David Byrne, St. Vincent, and Jonsi (of Sigur Ros.) Intensely passionate for chamber music, he regularly performs alongside his groundbreaking ensembles loadbang (an original and unique group of musicians interested in cutting edge music) and The Guidonian Hand (a trombone quartet dedicated to breaking boundaries within the brass community.) You can also find him performing as a member of TILT Brass, the S.E.M. Ensemble, and the Brooklyn Brass Quintet on a regular basis.

Laura Cocks

Laura Cocks is a New York based flutist who has worked in a wide array of creative environments as a performer and promoter of contemporary music. Her work aims to highlight emerging composers; she has premiered over 150 works in the last five years. Laura is flutist and executive director of TAK ensemble, a founding member of the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans; and a full time member of the Nouveau Classical Project. She has performed across North and Latin America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician in ensembles such as The London Sinfonietta, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Wet Ink Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and Ensemble Bonne Action in venues that range from Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s Southbank Centre, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and The Guggenheim Museum in New York to artist squats, diners, and highway medians. Laura can be heard with Wet Ink Ensemble on Carrier Records and International Contemporary Ensemble on ECM.

Jordan Dodson

“One of the top young guitarists of his generation” (Performance Today), Jordan Dodson is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. In the Fall of 2011, Jordan was one of two guitarists selected to inaugurate a new program in classical guitar at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.

He has received prizes in numerous competitions, including the 2013 Astral Artists National Auditions, 2011 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, 2010 Indiana International Guitar Competition, and 2008 American String Teachers Association Competition. In 2013, he was a Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

An advocate for contemporary music, Jordan has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally. He is a performer in several New York City ensembles including Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Marcel, and Ensemble sans maître.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Jordan started playing music at a young age. His past teachers were Clare Callahan, David Starobin, and Jason Vieaux. He has received degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Cincinnati.


May 21st @7pm
121 Ludlow #2, NYC
$20/15 (students & seniors) at the door


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