HEAR NOW… is a festival that features the very personal and impossible to categorize chamber music of contemporary LA composers.
A Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers
HEAR NOW is raising funds to finance two concerts featuring chamber music works by contemporary Los Angeles composers, including Thomas Ades, William Kraft, Donald Crockett, Don Davis, and others.
Concert 1 will take place on Saturday, August 25th, at 8 pm at The First Lutheran Church of Venice, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. Concert 2 will take place on Sunday, August 26th, at 4 pm at The First Lutheran Church of Venice.
WHAT IS 'HEAR NOW'?
Los Angeles is known as a center of film music, but Los Angeles is also a place where composers are hearing and writing very personal, idiosyncratic, impossible to categorize forms of concert music. HEAR NOW… is a festival that will feature these composers and their chamber music.
HOW DID IT START?
The concept when it was initially conceived was ‘here now gone tomorrow’. Tim Loo and Hugh Levick had been talking about it for a couple years. Let’s hear what’s here now before it’s gone tomorrow. And they knew there was a lot here. Many Los Angeles composers were writing wonderful music and much of it was rarely being heard.
WHERE DOES IT HAPPEN?
The First Lutheran Church, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA
HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?
Artistic director, Hugh Levick, and a panel made up of The Lyris Quartet, Bill Kraft, and Gernot Wolfgang invite composers’ submissions and create the programs for the concerts.
WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN?
Saturday, August 25th, Sunday, August 26th, 2012
WHO ARE THE PERFORMERS?
The musicians for HEAR NOW 2012 will be drawn from LA's world-class talent: for instance: The Lyris String Quartet, The Calder Quartet, The Eclipse Quartet, cellist John Walz, violinist Tereza Stanislav; pianists Vicki Ray, Gloria Cheng, Aron Kallay, Mark Robson, Joanne Pearce Martin; wind players Eric Jacobs, Stuart Clark, Leslie Reed, Sara Andon, Pamela Vliek-Martchev, Judith Farmer; harpist, Marcia Dickstein; percussionist, Ted Atkatz; soprano Rebecca Tomlinson; conductor, Elizabeth Wright; and others.
We are excited to announce that Thomas Ades' piano solo, CONCERT ON A PARAPHRASE FROM POWDER HER FACE will be performed by pianist extrordinaire Mark Robson, and that one of the greatest Los Angeles pianists, Gloria Cheng, will perform Gernot Wolfgang's STILL WATERS!
HOW DID IT GO IN 2011?
From Russell Steinberg’s blog: “The assembly of forces was impressive: 45 of the best players in LA presented the works of 14 composers on two separate concerts, afternoon and evening. For another thing, the performances glowed with technical and musical command of the highest order. These concerts were not the typical rush job just getting through the music respectably. These were true interpretations, labors of love that clearly were the result of many rehearsals— the way we expect musicians to perform Chopin or Brahms. It made a difference. There was an electricity and intentionality in each piece often missing in contemporary music concerts, even by the top groups in town.”
“Thank you for assembling such a remarkable and varied group of compositions and fine musicians to perform the works....It was an extraordinary experience to be gathered in that beautiful church for a second time and go on another musical adventure. May HEAR NOW continue to be an annual event.”
“a wonderful night of sharing your deep commitment to the art of new music”
“This is the start of something big. Congrats on all counts!”
Give to HEAR NOW and you are donating to this year's 15 composers , 50 instrumentalists, and the concert-going, music-loving thousands of Los Angeles.
The composers and instrumentalists involved in the HEAR NOW Festival are the artists keeping music moving beyond the known frontiers. They are giving us beauty where we never expected to find it.
Please signal your solidarity with the values that innovative art brings to our world.
Your donation will allow us to give HEAR NOW its second manifestation.
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(AND Check out the videos from HEAR NOW 2011!!!)
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pledged of $5,000 goal
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Apr 23, 2012 - Jun 22, 2012 (60 days)
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Thank you acknowledgment in the HEAR NOW Festival printed program.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Previous benefit plus the stunning HEAR NOW Festival poster created by renowned LA Artist, Edith Beaucage, and signed to you personally by the HEAR NOW 2012 composers.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Previous benefits plus a signed CD by one of the 2011 or 2012 HEAR NOW composers.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Previous benefits plus a second signed CD by one of the 2011 or 2012 HEAR NOW composers.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Previous benefits plus attendance at one 2012 festival rehearsal of your choice.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Previous benefits plus two tickets to whichever one of the HEAR NOW 2012 concerts you choose.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Previous benefits plus two tickets to each of the HEAR NOW 2012 concerts.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Previous benefits plus a discussion over coffee and desserts with several HEAR NOW 2011 & 2012 composers and the HEAR NOW programming panel.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Previous benefits plus a private concert by the renowned Lyris Quartet.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012