Monday Evening Concerts 2016/17 Season

Source: Monday Evening Concerts.

DECEMBER 10, 2016
MORTON FELDMAN : CRIPPLED SYMMETRY
Monday Evening Concerts opens its 78th concert season with Morton Feldman’s late-career masterwork for flute, piano and percussion soloists, Crippled Symmetry. Inspired by the intricate patterning of Anatolian rugs, Proust’s transfiguring fog of memory, and the perpetually evolving mobile-form sculptures of Alexander Calder, Feldman creates a hushed sound world in which lines function simultaneously interactively and independently. Subtly unfolding over the course of ninety minutes, Crippled Symmetry is Feldman’s meditative, existential response to the urgencies and anxieties of modern life.

JANUARY 23, 2017
JULIUS EASTMAN : GAY GUERRILLA
MEC Ensemble
Jonathan Hepfer, conductor
Richard Valitutto, piano
Brendan Nguyen, piano
Todd Moellenberg, piano
Joseph Kubera, piano

MARCH 6, 2017
SACRED / PROFANE :
MICHAEL PISARO and GUILLAUME de MACHAUT
Ever since its earliest days in the 1930s, Monday Evening Concerts has striven to find kindred musical spirits from diverse historical epochs. In the third concert of our season, we pair the works of two composers: Michael Pisaro and Guillame de Machaut. Pisaro, who lives in Los Angeles, is one of the foremost representatives of the Wandelweiser Group. Writing pieces that feature microtonal electric guitar, bowed percussion, field recordings, rustling pine cones and choir, Pisaro has garnered wide critical acclaim. His counterpart on this concert, Guillaume de Machaut, was one of the great poets and musicians of 14th Century France. While the surfaces of these respective composers’ works differ greatly, by placing them side by side, we examine the deeper connections that exist between these sublime artists separated by seven centuries.

MARCH 27, 2017
NEW VOICES III
MEC presents its third installation of its “New Voices” series, this time featuring two of the established giants of the avant-garde – Chaya Czernowin and Helmut Lachenmann – alongside the rising stars Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri and Trevor Bača. In this concert, we hear three generations of living visionaries and observe the way each composer sought to (or seeks to) express themselves at the dawns of their respective maturities, as interpreted by Los Angeles’ own Formalist Quartet and the brilliant French cellist Séverine Ballon.

APRIL 24, 2017
GEORGES APERGHIS : HAPPY END
For our season finale, Monday Evening Concerts presents the return of the Talea Ensemble in the West Coast premiere of Georges Aperghis‘ Happy End for chamber orchestra, electronics, animated video and prerecorded voices. Widely celebrated in Europe, but virtually unknown in California, Aperghis is one of the most original and masterful voices in music today. Extroverted, theatrical, virtuosic, playful and profound, the musical language of Aperghis is vivid and unforgettable. Happy End is Aperghis’ musical re-telling of Charles Perrault’s classic children’s tale, Little Thumb, from 1697.

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