Monday Evening Concerts 2015 Schedule

Colburn School, Los Angeles
Colburn School, Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Los Angeles’ Monday Evening Concerts:

Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
Laboratory of Chalks: Music from Spain
We open the season with an exploration of the rich music of contemporary Spain. Ramon Lazkano’s captivating chamber cycle “The Laboratory of Chalks” was inspired by artist Jorge Oteiza‘s thousands of chalk sculptures. A theatrical solo percussion work of the doyen of contemporary Spanish music, Luis de Pablo, accompanies the visionary work of Francisco Guerrero, a composer inspired by fractals whose life was cut short at the age of 46.
PROGRAM
Francisco Guerrero Delta cephei
Luis de Pablo Le Prie-Dieu sur la terrasse
Ramon Lazkano Laboratorio de tizas (Igeltsoen Laborategia, The Laboratory of Chalks) U.S. PREMIERE
PERFORMERS
MEC Ensemble
Richard Valitutto PIANO
Séverine Ballon CELLO
Mark Menzies VIOLIN
Andrew Mcintosh VIOLA
Brian Walsh CLARINET
Jonathan Hepfer PERCUSSION
Alice Teyssier FLUTE
Samuel Dunscombe CLARINET

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
Disappearing Musics
“…you cannot compete with the noise of the world. Impossible. The less loud music is, the better I can hear it.” The astonishingly quiet music of composer Jakob Ullmann lures listeners in with an entirely novel universe of musical shape and sound. “Disappearing Musics”, an early opus by Ullmann, is contrasted with Horatiu Radulescu’s cosmic Piano Sonata No. 3; a sonorously extravagant combination of Byzantine chant and late 20th century spectral tonality.
PROGRAM
Luigi Nono Post-Prae-Ludium No. 1 “Per Donau”
Horatiu Radulescu Piano Sonata No. 3, “You will endure forever”
Jakob Ullmann Disappearing Musics U.S. PREMIERE
PERFORMERS
Golden Fur Ensemble
Max Murray TUBA
Yegor Shevtsov PIANO

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
Song After Song
Legendary French critic Andre Hodeir wrote that “in the works of Barraqué, music may well have attained the world of utter strangeness which was partly glimpsed by Beethoven in his late quartets, by Debussy in La Mer, and by Berg in Wozzeck.” In this special concert curated by Paul Griffiths, Barraqué is placed in the context of his student Bill Hopkins and spiritual descendants, Paul Keenan and Patrick Ozzard-Low. Their works all share the same total integrity, focus and communicative power.
PROGRAM
Bill Hopkins En Attendant U.S. PREMIERE
Paul Keenan Cloudscapes U.S. PREMIERE
Patrick Ozzard-Low Sonata: In Opposition WORLD PREMIERE
Jean Barraqué Chant après Chant
PERFORMERS
MEC Ensemble
red fish blue fish
Steven Schick CONDUCTOR
Aleck Karis PIANO
Susan Narucki SOPRANO

Monday, March 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
Argento Chamber Ensemble
The Argento Chamber Ensemble returns to Monday Evening Concerts. Praised by critics and audiences for its previous performances of music by Lachenmann, Grisey and Romitelli, the New York-based group’s current program highlights its individual members in landmark 20th century concertos.
PROGRAM
Robert Schumann Konzertsatz fragment in D minor, arranged for piano and chamber ensemble
Aldo Clementi Concerto for piano and 14 instruments
Giacinto Scelsi Kya
György Ligeti Cello Concerto
Mathias Spahlinger Furioso
PERFORMERS
Argento Chamber Ensemble
Michel Galante CONDUCTOR

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
Lewis Nielson Portrait
Perhaps more often recognized for his efforts as a teacher at Oberlin Conservatory than for his own work, Lewis Nielson has dedicated much of his life to helping cultivate a new generation of American composers – ones whose names now regularly appear as recipients of the highest honors in the field of contemporary music. Nielson’s work draws upon notions of memory and ethics, such as in his new string quartet Verge, dedicated to his close friend Helmut Lachenmann, as well as respect and virtuosity, as his percussion concerto Axis/Sandman, written for his lifelong collaborator Steven Schick. Love, loss and overcoming are the themes of his staggering duo Herzplatten, a work meditating upon, and ultimately celebrating the manifold functions of the heart through the texts of Dante Alighieri, Paul Celan and the Jewish-Polish social activist and cardiologist Marek Edelman.
PROGRAM
Lewis Nielson Verge
Lewis Nielson Axis/Sandman
Lewis Nielson Herzplatten
PERFORMERS
Formalist Quartet
Jonathan Hepfer PERCUSSION
Alice Teyssier SOPRANO