HEAR NOW … A Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers
Incredibly talented Los Angeles composers are writing very personal, idiosyncratic, impossible to categorize forms of concert music. HEAR NOW brings this music, the concert music of Los Angeles composers, into the spotlight.
For its 6th annual festival, which will take place on April 21st, 23rd, and 24th, 2016 HEAR NOW will present an orchestral, an electroacoustic, and two chamber music concerts by contemporary Los Angeles composers. Through our collaboration with the UCLA Philharmonia and its conductor, Neal Stulberg, we will present for the first time ORCHESTRAL works by Los Angeles composers.
And our second first: a work COMMISSIONED specifically for the HEAR NOW festival through a collaboration with Mark Carlson and Pacific Serenades.
Of course, it goes without saying that HEAR NOW is also thrilled to be continuing our partnerships with two outstanding Los Angeles institutions, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and People Inside Electronics.
WHERE AND WHEN DOES IT HAPPEN?
The 2016 festival takes place in three locations in the Los Angeles area: through our UCLA Philharmonia collaboration, we will present the orchestra concert featuring the UCLA Philharmonia at Schoenberg Hall, UCLA on April 21 at 8:00pm.
The PIE electoacoustic concert takes place at Miles Memorial Playhouse, Santa Monica on Saturday afternoon, April 23 at 3:00 pm.
We return to the beauty of the First Lutheran Church of Venice for our two chamber concerts on Saturday evening, April 23 at 8:00pm and Sunday afternoon, April 24 at 5:00 pm.
HOW DOES THE FESTIVAL SELECTION WORK, AND WHO DECIDES?
Artistic Director, Hugh Levick, together with a panel made up of The Lyris Quartet, composers Bill Kraft and Gernot Wolfgang, and pianist Gloria Cheng, invite composers’ submissions. This year 90 works were submitted. The submissions are submitted anonymously, and the panel creates the programs on the basis of what they hear and how the pieces can fit together to make coherent and exciting concerts.
WHO ARE THE COMPOSERS?
Orchestral: Ben Phelps, William Kraft, Ceiri Torjussen, and Daniel Kessner
Electroacoustic: Joshua Carro, Liviu Marinescu, Jason Heath, Joseph Pereira, and Jeff Beal
Chamber music: Jefferson Friedman, Elliott Goldkind, Jeremy Cavaterra, Andrew Tholl, Gernot Wolfgang, Hugh Levick, Caroline Louise Miller, Kathryn Bostic, Reena Esmail, Yalil Guerra, Isaac Schankler, Vera Ivanova, and Dante de Silva.
WHO ARE THE PERFORMERS?
HEAR NOW 2016 will be drawn from LA's world-class talent, including The Lyris Quartet (founding quartet-in-residence of HEAR NOW), Brightwork newmusic, Joshua Roman (visiting artist-in-residence with LACO), members of LACO, and many other superb musicians. Contracting the musicians is just now beginning.
HOW HAS HEAR NOW BEEN RECEIVED?
Mark Swed, LA Times: ‘…rapturous chamber music…’
Russell Steinberg: “The level of composition and performance was equal to any fine contemporary music concert in the world today.”
Richard Ginell: “A diverse display of new music it was, spanning nearly four generations of living Los Angeles composers and a cross-section of idioms…. the performances were technically top-notch, often reaching deep into the music for that something extra…”
Rodney Punt: “…a host of L.A.’s finest composers and musicians … a very successful Hear Now Music Festival …”
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 support the values that innovative art brings to our world. We cannot do it without you.
Your support is vital to the festival.
All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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Risks and challenges
The experience, knowledge, and professionalism of the composers, musicians, artistic and administrative personnel together with the financial and enthusiastic support of the community have led HEAR NOW to five successful festivals without serious mishap. But, yes, of course things do happen! Last year a solo pianist cracked his head in a fall the day of the performance! (He was fine in a couple of days.) We postponed the performance to 2016. One year, on the last day of the festival, the piano broke!! Our great piano technician propped it up, retuned it, and the show went on--perfectly!! That one was a corker!
Producing a 4-concert festival with over 100 musicians and 22 composers in three different locations is a rewarding challenge and requires the dedication of a large group of people who are determined to make an exciting, rapturous experience for audience, composer, and performer alike!
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