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Opening reception: Saturday, January 24, 6-9pm
For his first solo show in Los Angeles, Pablo Bronstein produces an installation and a series of performances in the gallery space and theater. Based in London, Bronstein explores public spaces and architectural styles through the study of the social protocols and lifestyles of their time. His work often combines references to the history of architecture—from Roman antiquity and the Baroque to Neo-classicism and Post-modernism—with hints to art history—from the Renaissance to the Modern period. Examining choreographic and architectural elements within a critical framework, Bronstein's projects transform the exhibition space into a semblance of a stage, in the manner of a tableau vivant, wherehe explores links between classical architecture and contemporary urbanism, between settings and decors, and between art and dance.
Pablo Bronstein lives and works in London. His works have been presented at The Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève (2013), the Institute of Contemporary Art in London (2011), The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2009), and Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich (2007). His work was also featured in numerous group exhibitions includingTate Live: Performance Room at the Tate Modern, London (2012); MOVE: Choreographing You Hayward Gallery, London; Haus der Kunst, Munich and K20, Dusseldorf (2010-2011); The Garden of Forking Paths at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. Pablo Bronstein participated in Manifesta 8 (2010-2011), Performa 07, The Second Biennial of Visual Arts, New York (2007) and the Tate Triennale, Tate Britain, London (2006). His booksPostmodern Architecture in London (2007) and Ornamental Designs (2008) are published by König Books.
As one of Hawaii’s most popular artists, Reichel’s intoxicating music, hypnotic chant and mesmerizing hula represent the very best of traditional Hawaiian music and dance today. Be transported by his soothing vocals and enthralling dancers. Mahalo!
Set in 21st century Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with hints of 19th century Russia, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is a riotous comedy with the Chekhovian set-up of a middle-aged Vanya and his stepsister, Sonia, who live together in their ancestral farmhouse, complete with a pond and a cherry orchard.
Their normally quiet existence is thrown into upheaval by the surprise visit from their glamorous, movie-star sister, Masha, and her 20-something boyfriend, Spike, the unlikely prophecies of their cleaning lady and an all too important costume party.
A powerful tale of innocence and betrayal on the high seas. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American novella, Billy Budd tells the story of a young sailor whose unwitting actions compel his captain to make a fateful decision.
Leading the all-male cast, baritone Liam Bonner returns as Billy Budd, with tenor Richard Croft as Captain Vere. Bass Greer Grimsley makes his LA Opera debut as Claggart, the master-at-arms maddened by Billy’s goodness and beauty. Continuing his ongoing celebration of the Britten centenary, James Conlon conducts an unforgettable production staged by Francesca Zambello, one of the most dynamic directors on the international opera scene.
Production from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London). Parental discretion advised.
A darkly romantic tale of family honor, betrayal and madness returns to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade. As Lucia, Russian coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova is “a phenomenon that must be heard to be believed”(Opera News). Tenor Saimir Pirgu returns as Lucia’s tempestuous secret lover.
Forced by her family to marry against her will, Lucia descends into madness. Her chilling, blood-spattered reappearance at the wedding reception has become one of the most iconic scenes in all opera. A tour-de-force of Italian Romantic opera at its most powerful and dramatic, Lucia di Lammermoor is the gleaming jewel in opera’s bel canto crown.
MUSIC BY MORTEN LAURIDSENMid-Winter SongsAve Dulcissima MariaCanticle / O Vos OmnesNocturnesMadrigaliLes Chansons des RosesO Magnum Mysterium
When the Master Chorale premiered a new work by Morten Lauridsen in 1994, few could have anticipated this composer’s meteoric rise to stardom with the exception of Paul Salamunovich, who famously turned to the audience and proclaimed, “Until now, Vittoria’s O Magnum Mysterium has been the most beautiful and well recognized setting of this text composed to date. I predict that will change after tonight.” And he was right! Lauridsen, a recipient of the National Medal of Arts awarded by the President at a 2007 White House ceremony, soon took the choral world by storm. The Master Chorale was gifted with a six-year Composer in Residence, culminating in several premieres and a Grammy®
Award-nominated CD: Lux Aeterna. To honor this legacy, you’ll hear many of Lauridsen’s favorite works with one or two accompanied by the composer himself.
“Radically lyric.” —Poetry Society of America
Presented in association with the Master’s Program in Aesthetics & Politics at CalArts
Known as a compelling and brilliant speaker and performer, Fred Moten works at the intersection of performance, poetry and critical theory. In his lecture “The Sustain: Blackness and Poetry,” Moten discusses instances of black poetic inscription in visual, plastic and performance art. These inscriptions are by black artists, implying that there is such a thing as blackpoetic inscription and that many non-black artists engage in it. Through this talk, he seeks to shed light on some recent debates in the poetry world regarding race, politics, conceptualism and the form/purpose of the anthology. Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, Moten is Theorist in Residence this spring in the CalArts Program in Aesthetics and Politics.
Poet Douglas Kearney is on hand to lead a post-lecture Q&A.
Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.
“Van Houdt pulls off any number of technical highwire acts and his technique highlights a remarkable evenness of tone and touch.” —Toronto Star
A pianist of astonishing technique, the Dutch musical daredevil has focused on questions that often elude traditional notation: sound, timing, physicality, space, memory, noise, environment—and the points at which interpretation touches improvisation. Having premiered works by experimental composers such as Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Maria de Alvear, Francisco López, John Oswald and Charlemagne Palestine, van Houdt brings a terrifically absorbing program of piano solos to Los Angeles. It includes the newly completed Concerto per la mano sinistra, for piano and umbrella, by Fluxus-affiliated legend Walter Marchetti; Luc Ferrari’s sound journal 36 Enfilades for piano and tape; and a piano variation of Chimanzziby the eccentric Texas genius Jerry Hunt.
World-renowned trumpeter ‘bra’ Hugh Masekela is the essence of South African music. A phenomenal grace and power imbue his music, which ranges from funky township grooves to cooking jazz, soul and beyond. Special guests and friends join him for this birthday concert, a celebration of joyous and life-affirming proportions.
Six of L.A.’s most inventive next-generation performing and media artists play to audiences seeking out-of-the-box creative adventure in REDCAT’s interdisciplinary program of original new works and works-in-progress for the stage. Since 2003, the quarterly Studio series
has introduced the city’s theatergoers to nearly 200 never-before-seen works by the likes of Ana Maria Alvarez, Nao Bustamante, Brian Getnick, Sheetal Gandhi, Lux Aeterna Dance Company, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Emily Mast, Miwa Matreyek, Peres Owino, Poor Dog Group, Waewdao Sirisook and Wu Tsang.
Funded in part by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Superstar pianist Evgeny Kissin, who gave the first recital in Walt Disney Concert Hall in October 2003, returns with a program of Romantic works, the repertory for which he is justifiably famous.
“A punk-operatic spectacle.” —Los Angeles Times
The vocal stylings of mesmeric frontman Timur Bekbosunov join with haunting experimental chamber music and the stagecraft of post-punk cabaret in the world premiere of Collapse, an operatic song cycle composed as a requiem mass by Daniel Corral, who is also the ensemble’s music director. Backed by a five-piece band (accordion/keys, guitar, bass and drums), classically trained Kazakh-born tenor Bekbosunov brings urgent dramatic figuration to Corral’s laments of environmental degradation past, present and impending. Timur and the Dime Museum are accompanied by video projections created and live-mixed by artist Jesse Gilbert, with costumes designed by Victor Wilde of the Bohemian Society.
Part of the Radar L.A. Artist in Action program, with generous support from ArtPlace America.
Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
A night of cerebral explorations and improvisations that burst with color and angularity: Mehldau opens with inventive re-workings of pop songs in his volatile rhythmic style. Tenor saxophonist Redman and his quartet are ambitious, technically brilliant and adventurous.
This brand new exploration of musical Minimalism will delve into the art of rhythm, repetition, looping, phasing, and more, as well as the way these concepts play out in the orchestral music of today.