State of the Art: HEAR NOW at the California Festival

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HEAR NOW  is honored to be part of the CA Festival’s celebration of contemporary classical music being written and performed in our state. Our concert, “State of the Art: HEAR NOW at the CA Festival”, will take place Friday, November 17, 2023 at 8pm, at the Colburn School’s Thayer Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets run $15-25.

The program will include two HEAR NOW Krummel Commission pieces: Nina Shekhar’s rockabye-bye and Arash Majd’s Continuum: Cause and Effect. These pieces will be performed by two of HEAR NOW’s resident ensembles: Lyris Quartet and the Brightwork Ensemble. The third of our resident ensembles, HEX, will sing Michael Roth’s KYRIE – MERCY – ANA M

The HEAR NOW / People Inside Electronics collaboration, which dates back to 2014, is represented by HEAR NOW Asssociate Artistic Director Isaac Schankler’s Artifacts

Moni Jasmine Guo’s Fallen Skin, Flying Wings dates back to our 10th Anniversary Festival in 2021. This was an all-virtual festival, with seven video concerts made possible by our friend and board member, Dennis Dreith, who donated his studio in Woodland Hills for the recordings.

Peter Knell, an Associate Artistic Director of HEAR NOW, is the composer of the extraordinary opera ARKHIPOV from which we will hear several excerpts on tonight’s program. Hugh Levick’s piece, Inspired by Doubt, spotlights the explosive and mesmerizing talent of pianist, Yevgeniy Milyavskiy.

The program wraps up with Kay Rhie’s Threshold. In 2019, we invited the French ensemble TM+ under the direction of Laurent Cuniot to participate in the festival with a concert of music by LA composers, and Threshold was one of the pieces TM+ magnificently performed.

We are so proud to present these intriguing works to help celebrate what Californians have to offer. Please join us, and bring a friend.