2015 HEAR NOW Music Festival w/ LACO announcement

Fifth Annual Hear Now Festival, May 1st, 2nd and 3rd


HEAR NOW is delighted to partner for the 2015 festival with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), considered one of the nation’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions.  In the first-ever LACO/HEAR NOW collaboration, Dutch-Russian pianist Daria van den Bercken, a Cultural Engagement International Fellow with LACO in spring 2015, performs a piano work.  In the second LACO/HEAR NOW segment, LACO musicians join van den Bercken to play a chamber work by a composer to be chosen by HEAR NOW.  When? Saturday, May 2nd.  Where?  The beautiful First Lutheran Church of Venice.  Daria van den Bercken’s appearance is made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and by Dutch Culture USA, the division of the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ government that supports and promotes Dutch arts and culture in the US, in partnership with DutchCulture Centre for International Cooperation and the Dutch Fund for the Performing Arts.


Hear Now continues its collaboration with People Inside Electronics. The vitality and success of last festival’s partnership with PIE have led to a second collaboration this year. PIE showcases ambitious and innovative uses of electronics in concert music, as well as classic works by electronic music’s early pioneers. In the 2015 festival, LA composers will once again showcase their gifts in the electroacoustic realm–luscious, strange, quirky, funny, beautiful. When? Friday evening, May 1st.  Where? At the magnificent Pasadena Neighborhood Church.

That’s not all!

Hear Now repeats its popular Marathon Concert on Saturday, May 2. Food trucks, picnics, and strolling Venice during the breaks AND the Sunday Candlelight Concert on May 3.

As always, Hear Now features the incomparable Lyris Quartet (Alyssa Park, violin; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Luke Maurer, viola; Timothy Loo, cello) and new for this year, PIE and Hear Now are partnering with Brightwork newmusic (Sara Andon, Aron Kallay, Roger Lebow, Tereza Stanislav, Nick Terry, and Brian Walsh) performing together with the best musicians in LA.

For full program details, please see below the ticket purchasing links.


May 1st Concert (DAY 1)

May 2nd Marathon Concert (DAY 2)

May 3rd Concert (DAY 3)


FRIDAY, MAY 1 – 8:00 pm – Pasadena Neighborhood Church

In Collaboration with People Inside Electronics (PIE)

Adam Borecki: Study for Clarinet and Imaginary Pianos (2013)

Tom Flaherty: Looking for Answers (2011)

Daniel Rothman: Fool Wind (1997) (US Premiere)

Nicholas Deyoe: Grey Oval Smoke (2013) (US Premiere)

Scott Worthington: A Different Infiniteness (2013)

Bill Alves: The Question Mark’s Black Ink (1986)

SATURDAY, MAY 2 – 4:00 pm – PART I – First Lutheran Church of Venice

Burton Goldstein: Two Pieces for Piano Quintet (2014, West Coast Premiere)

Drew Schnurr: Hyperventilations of a Fire Dragon (2014, World Premiere)

Bryan Curt Kostors: Imaginary Dances (2013)

Andrew Moses: Distemper and Chalk on Canvas (2014, World Premiere)

Tristan Xavier Koester: Die Badende (“The Bathers”) (2014)

Joan Huang: Madrigals of Li Bai (2004)

Jonathan Beard: Ioso (2012)

William Kraft: Kaleidoscope (2014, West Coast Premiere)


8:00 pm – PART II – First Lutheran Church of Venice

in collaboration with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Andrew Norman: Lullaby (2007)

Ted Hearne: from Parlor Diplomacy (2011)

Phillip Golub: Fireflies (2014, West Coast Premiere)

Hugh Levick: Tierra del Fuego (2014-15, World Premiere)

Jack Van Zandt: Stoicheia: Five Etudes for Solo Viola (2014, World Premiere)

Jeffrey Parola: Three Divertimenti (2014)

Tomas Peire Serrate: Awake (2013, US Premiere)

SUNDAY, MAY 3 – 5:00 pm, First Lutheran Church of Venice

Walter Arlen: from Five Songs of Love and Yearning

Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum: Ouija (2009, US Premiere)

Isaac Schankler: Oscillations (2005)

Gernot Wolfgang: from String Theory (2013)

Daniel Kessner: Undercurrent/Current (2008, World Premiere)

Daniel Alcheh: Septet (2012, US Premiere)