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FRANCES STARK AND YUVAL SHARON IN CONVERSATION

Following a reprise screening at LACMA of her new film THE MAGIC FLUTE, join Frances Stark for a conversation with opera company director and L.A. Philharmonic artist-in-residence Yuval Sharon, and LACMA curator Stephanie Barron.

This event is in conjunction with the LACMA exhibition CHAGALL—FANTASIES FOR THE STAGE.

 

FRANCES STARK—THE MAGIC FLUTE, Tuesday, October 3, at 7 pm.

BING THEATER, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

CHAGALL—FANTASIES FOR THE STAGE , through January 7, 2018.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

lacma.org/event/magic-flute-screening-and-discussion

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FRANCES STARK’S MAGIC FLUTE

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YOUNG CAESAR AT DISNEY HALL

The 100th-birthday celebrations of the late avant-garde composer, painter, essayist, pacifist, and early civil- and gay-rights activist Lou Harrison continue. This week, the LA Phil presents a rare, one-night-only performance of Harrison’s 1971 opera YOUNG CAESAR—directed by Yuval Sharon and conducted by Marc Lowenstein—at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

1967, the Summer of Love, was a turning point in Harrison’s life. San Jose State invited him to join their faculty—providing a level of financial security Harrison had not previously enjoyed—and he met Bill Colvig, a musician and brilliant instrument-maker. Lover, best friend, collaborator, it was Colvig who suggested a same-sex theme for Harrison’s opera project, and the composer chose young Gaius Julius Caesar’s love affair with Nicomedes, the Orientalist king of Bithynia. The LA Phil production, part of their Green Umbrella series, stars Adam Fisher in the title role, Hadleigh Adams as Nicomedes, and Bruce Vilanch as the narrator.

Harrison had studied and absorbed his close friend Harry Partch’s theories about Just Intonation—a tuning system of corrected intervals and precise pitch. Since YOUNG CAESAR would incorporate world music from the East as well as the West, for its creation Harrison and Colvig built a gamelan of tuned metal slabs, dubbed “Old Granddad.”

YOUNG CAESAR (libretto by Robert Gordon) will be performed by the LA Phil New Music Group and experimental opera company The Industry. The choreography for this production is by Danny Dolan.

YOUNG CAESAR, Tuesday, June 13. Sold out.

WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, Music Center, downtown Los Angeles

See: laphil.com/lou-harrisons-capital-cs

(From top): Bust of Lou Harrison by Bruce Kueffler, Adam FisherHadleigh Adams, bust of Julius Caesar, bust of Nicomedes.

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MARC LOWENSTEIN PREMIERES

This week at REDCAT, by Kyle Rosen—

The debut of two pieces (this and T’filat haDerech) and excerpts from an opera (Little Bear) by Marc Lowenstein will bring together a cast of musicians from a rapidly growing, increasingly compelling, experimental music scene. Lowenstein is a composer, conductor, singer, and director of the budding LA-based opera company The Industry, and his work traverses and collapses musical, textual, and even mediatic boundaries.

By turns playful and lyrical, Lowenstein’s compositional language reflects not only his groundness in the avant-garde tradition, but perhaps more importantly illuminates one of the positive directions in which that tradition—though undoubtedly splintered—might be headed. Replete with Buddhist, Sufi, and Hebrew texts, a cello concerto, and a foray into the world of children’s stories, Thursday night’s program will reflect the composer’s eclectic interest in a variety of musical forms and expand upon an already engaging body of work.

 

MARC LOWENSTEIN, Thursday, April 6 at 8:30 pm.

REDCAT, Disney Hall, downtown Los Angeles

redcat.org/event/marc-lowenstein

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Marc Lowenstein Photo courtesy of the artist.

Marc Lowenstein
Photo courtesy of the artist.

BECKETT AND SCHUBERT

An evening which alternates the work of Samuel Beckett and the music of his favorite composer Franz Schubert sounds interesting enough. The news that the words of the avant-garde playwright would be performed by two of his greatest interpreters—Alan Mandell and Barry McGovern—suggests that attendance is mandatory. Schubert’s music will be performed by Julia Bullock (soprano) and Ryan McKinny (bass-baritone), accompanied on piano by Wenwen Du and Richard Valitutto.

NIGHT AND DREAMS: A SCHUBERT & BECKETT RECITAL is directed by Yuval Sharon, the founder and artistic director of The Industry, an experimental opera company based in Los Angeles. The Industry is currently working with LA Dance Project and the Actor’s Gang on a production based on Brecht’s Galileo, set for September 2017. Last fall, Sharon began a three-year residency as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Artist-Collaborator.

“The aim is to unleash the music’s drama and the drama’s music, and to explore how the austere theatricality of a single Schubert song can illuminate the sonorous beauty of Beckett’s taut prose.” — Yuval Sharon*

 

NIGHT AND DREAMS: A SCHUBERT & BECKETT RECITAL, Tuesday, March 21 at 8 pm.

WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, Music Center, downtown Los Angeles

*laphil.com/tickets/night-and-dreams-schubert-beckett-recital/2017-03-21

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Samuel Beckett Image: Midnight East

Samuel Beckett
Image: Midnight East