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Jacaranda will perform “The Knee Plays” by David Byrne, the famed driving force of the “art rock” band the Talking Heads. This program of 1980s film, theater and ceremonial music is part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s citywide “Minimalist Jukebox” (March 16-May 4). Robert Wilson’s ambitious, unfinished opera “the CIVIL warS” was intended for the 1984 Olympics Arts Festival in Los Angeles. “The Knee Plays” was conceived as a set of 14 short interludes between sections of the opera to span an entire day. Actor Fran Kranz will narrate Jacaranda’s presentation. Jacaranda’s offering of the entire set, which Byrne toured widely and recorded, will complement the L.A. Phil’s two performances of the opera’s “Rome Section” by Philip Glass. Together, they constitute the only two completed parts of “the CIVIL warS” — united in Los Angeles for the first time ever. “The Knee Plays” tour ended in 1988. Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica, 90401. Concert tickets, $45 general; $20 students: Information: (213) 483-0216.

The Jacaranda program will open with works by Philip Glass: “Mad Rush,” an elaborate organ piece performed for the exiled Dalai Lama’s first public visit to New York City in 1981, and a suite from the soundtrack to the 1985 film “Mishima.” Mark Alan Hilt performed “Mad Rush” on Jacaranda’s first concert, and it is included as a nod to Jacaranda’s 10th anniversary. “Mishima,” a 1985 Paul Schrader film, chronicles with stylized scenes the famed Japanese writer Yukio Mishima’s failed coup d’état.

A rising actor in film (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Much Ado About Nothing”) and television (“The Good Wife,” “Bad Sports”), Kranz appeared in director Mike Nichols’ Broadway production of “Death of a Salesman” with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. In 2014 Kranz will share the big screen with Niki Reed, Greg Kinnear and Blythe Danner.

Artists: Fran Kranz, narrator; Mark Alan Hilt, organist & conductor; Lyris Quartet with Calder Quartet; Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble; and Vintage Collectibles brass band featuring drummer M.B. Gordy.

About Jacaranda: Jacaranda, with the motto of “music at the edge,” is a series of intimate concert adventures into the realm of new and rarely heard classical music designed to awaken curiosity, passion and discovery in diverse audiences. Founded in 2003 by arts impresario Patrick Scott and conductor/organist Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda produces a series (eight concerts this season) that features current and rising stars in the world of classical music performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Jacaranda’s full 2013-14 season information is available at Most concerts are at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. For information or to purchase tickets go to

David Byrne

David Byrne

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Diavolo Premieres Fluid Infinities at the Hollywood Bowl

Diavolo Premieres Fluid Infinities at the Hollywood Bowl

Diavolo Dance Theater is an architectural movement company that uses abstract and recognized structures to explore the relationship between danger of our environment and the fragility of the human body. Diavolo is a fusion of many different movement vocabularies such as everyday movement, ballet, contemporary, acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts, and hip hop. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Jacques Heim, the company premieres a major new piece entitled Fluid Infinities, the final installment in L’ Espace du Temps, a trilogy of commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, September 5, 2013, 8 pm. The program “Music by Glass – Dance by Diavolo,” features the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey performing Symphony No. 3 composed by Philip Glass. Known for its inventive physical structures and patterned acrobatics, Diavolo is the perfect match for the phase-shifting energies of Glass’ composition.

Fluid Infinities is the final installment in L’Espace du Temps, a trilogy of commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The piece is set on an abstract dome-shaped structure on which the dancers explore the metaphors of infinite space, continuous movement, and the voyage into the unknown future. The dome’s organic patterns evoke the craters of Mars, a honeycomb of bees, a shifting brain, or an undiscovered starship.

For the first two installments of Diavolo’s collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Foreign Bodies and Fearful Symmetries, Heim’s original inspiration came from a cube. René Descartes, the French mathematician and philosopher, believed that the universe was born from geometric components. Foreign Bodies starts and ends as a cube, as does the cycle of life. Fearful Symmetries starts as a cube and ends on a clear stage with the dancers looking into the future.

Fluid Infinities, the final installment in this trilogy, will represent the future they are looking into. “This future is an alternate reality where life continues in a new and different form, so foreign yet so familiar,” says Heim on this new creative vision. “Foreign because it is difficult to see beyond our limited perceptions, familiar because the greatest mysteries in life can only be explored by looking inside ourselves.”

The structure created for Fluid Infinities is a quarter sphere, a single piece of curving fiberglass with an organic pattern of openings across the face. This partial dome sits on a mirrored floor. “As the dome moves and shifts, the audience will experience dramatic changes of perspective,” says Heim about the new work. “Together with reflections from the floor, the movements will evoke dualities such as internal and external, light and dark, inside and outside, life and death.”

Tickets for Music by Glass – Dance by Diavolo range from $1 to $104. Group rates, subscriptions and single tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2013 summer season are also available. For tickets and information, please call (323) 850-2000, or visit The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood CA 90068. For more information on Diavolo Dance Theater please visit

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Kaufman Music Center’s “alt-classical” youth ensemble Face the Music will perform at  Lincoln Center’s Rubenstein Atrium on February 28th, 2013. The program includes David Crowell,  Andrii Didorenko,  Philip Glass,   Daniel Bernard Roumain,  Joe Jordan (Student).

The only student ensemble in New York City dedicated to performing music by living classical composers, Face the Music has been praised by the New York Times for its “stunning performances” of music by contemporary composers and hailed by critics as “polished, exuberant” (New York Times) and one of “New York’s favorite contemporary-classical ensembles” (Time Out New York). Since its founding in 2005, the ensemble has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has called “a force in the New York new-music world.”

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photo by Ivan Singer

On August 7 at 7:30PM at (le) poisson rouge in NYC, GRAND BAND will perform a captivating program of music for six pianos by composers including Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, and Kate Moore.

Fresh off the heels of its ‘awesome’ (Sequenza21) debut at the 2012 Bang on a Can Marathon, this ‘super-group of soloists’ (The Glass) provides another rare opportunity to hear a live performance of contemporary music for six pianos. With a program including Steve Reich’s iconic ‘Six Pianos,’ Julia Wolfe’s Aretha Franklin-inspired ‘my lips from speaking…,’ and a new version of an immersive work by up-and-coming composer Kate Moore, this concert promises to be a new music highlight of the summer.

August 7, 2012
@ (le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St. (btw Sullivan & Thompson)

7:30PM (doors at 6:30)
$20 day of show/$15 advance


GRAND BAND is a new piano sextet featuring six of New York City’s top pianists: Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore and Isabelle O’Connell. Described as “awesome” (Sequenza21) following their performance of Steve Reich’s Six Pianos at this year’s Bang on a Can marathon in June, this stunning collection of performers creates a powerful sonic force. Of the group’s debut performance, Lucid Culture wrote: “Grand Band had a ball [in the Wolfe], each wearing an ear monitor so as to catch the innumerable, suspenseful series of cues as the gospel licks grew from spacious and minimalist to a joyously hammering choir,” and The Glass declared “the 6 pianists are a super-group of soloists that played what sounded kind of like classical pop-crossover meets post-minimal.” A thoroughly modern ensemble, Grand Band is a champion of new music and living composers.

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Momenta Quartet, Photo: John Gurrin

Now in its seventh and most prolific season, the “outstanding” Momenta Quartet takes on the monumental second string quartet of Arnold Schoenberg with “engaging” soprano Katharine Dain at 8pm on Monday, April 11th at the Center for Jewish History as part of its ongoing residency at Yeshiva University’s Stern College. The program also features Lament for Solo Cello by Yeshiva University faculty Bart Bartholomew and the String Quartet no. 5 (1991) by Philip Glass, who all but invented the concept of the “Minimalism” in the 1960s and has since written major film scores and commissions for the Metropolitan Opera.

April 11, 2011
The Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St., NYC
Admission: $15/$10 for students and seniors


Described by Time Out New York as “an outstanding ensemble prone to innovation and exploration,” the Momenta Quartet (Emilie-Anne Gendron and Asmira Woodward-Page, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Michael Haas, cello) has given over 50 world premieres since 2004 and presented refreshing programs of contemporary music with a focus on the creativity of composers from the new world. Based in New York City, Momenta has performed at some of New York’s alternative venues such as The Stone and Roulette, and at more mainstream venues such as Bargemusic and Symphony Space. In residence at Temple University for six years, Momenta has also performed and lectured at numerous American Colleges and in England, Singapore and Indonesia.

Soprano Katharine Dain has been praised by The New York Times for her “rich tone,” “deep emotion,” and “lovely, passionate” performances. Her opera credits include Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), the title role of Cavalli’s La Calisto, and various premieres of contemporary operas. She also has extensive experience in oratorio and concert music from all periods. She has performed with the Alexandria Symphony, Ravinia Festival (where she was a 2009 Steans Fellow), Amherst Early Music Festival, Collegiate Chorale, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York City Ballet, Joy in Singing, and the New York Festival of Song in venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She has co-founded two critically acclaimed chamber groups in New York: Callisto Ascending, a period-instrument ensemble, and Lunatics at Large, a contemporary chamber group lauded as “young, energetic and highly polished” by senior Times critic Allan Kozinn. She holds degrees from Harvard University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mannes College of Music.

The Momenta Quartet’s 2011 New York season is made possible through the generous support of the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties.

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