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Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

Sun Day Star

FREE


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Join us in Memorial Park for the closing celebration of AxS Festival: City as Wunderkammer as we view Sunstar together. Artist Liliane Lijn has programmed a special sequence of colors, or “Sun Songs” that will only be viewable that day from the park.

https://www.axsfestival.org

We will also be joined from 1:00-2:30pm for a free concert by the acclaimed Los Angeles chamber music group wasteLAnd! Bring a blanket, bring your friends and family, and enjoy this very unique artwork shining brightly from the top of the solar observatory at Mt. Wilson!

Memorial Park
85 E. Holly St.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Sun Day Star is presented in partnership with Fulcrum Arts, the Armory Center for the Arts, and Mt. Wilson Institute. Our thanks to Rochelle Branch, the City of Pasadena, and Old Pasadena for their support and guidance.

Memorial Park is just steps away from the Gold Line station, and there are several affordable paid parking lots within walking distance.

Schedule
1:00pm
Lament of Isis on the Death of Osiris by Elizabeth Lutyens 
Stephanie Aston, soprano

1:05pm
Having Never Written a Note for Percussion by James Tenney 
Dustin Donahue, percussion

1:20pm 
Air by Toru Takemitsu 
Rachel Beetz, flute

1:30pm
Earth Ears by Pauline Oliveros 
Stephanie Aston, voice 
Rachel Beetz, flute 
Dustin Donahue, percussion

1:45pm—2:30pm
La perfezione di uno spirito sottile by Salvatore Sciarrino 
Stephanie Aston, voice 
Rachel Beetz, flute 
Dustin Donahue, percussion

About Sunstar
Sunstar is an art/science work by Liliane Lijn, artist, and John Vallerga, astrophysicist at UC Berkeley Space Science Lab. Sunstar is a large-scale and far reaching daytime installation sited on the historic 150’ Solar Tower on Mount Wilson. Using engineered glass prisms and specially designed code, a spray of diffracted sunlight is projected to specific locations, making the solar spectrum visible just at the meeting point of earth and sky in the form of a sparkling star.

About wasteLAnd
wasteLAnd is a Los Angeles-based concert series featuring avant-garde and experimental music, focusing on local performers and living composers. With an emphasis on recent and under-performed compositions, wasteLAnd is committed to expanding cultural offerings of the LA community and strives to build long-term relationships with contemporary music enthusiasts and newcomers alike. wasteLAnd concerts are an experience of unique curation, dedication, and quality—a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere in which listeners encounter engaging programs and tenacious performances.

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Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

wasteLAnd Season Launch Party

Hope you can join us for this FREE event to celebrate Katherine Youngas our Featured Composer. Matt Barbier will play Katherine's "Puddles and Crumbs," Rachel Beetz will play pieces by Brian Griffeath-LoebNicholas Deyoe, and Carolyn Chen. This evening we will also announce the happenings of SEASON SIX. Come listen to some music, have some snacks, and be a part of our community!

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Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

Frames

Program:

Carolyn Chen – Clothing

Celeste Oram – Sanz cuer/Amis, dolens/Dame, par vous

Cathering Lamb – Frame/Frames

This concert musically explores the idea of a frame. Throughout the performance, different forms of the frame emerge: the body as a structural frame, frames as thresholds for perceptual and physical transformation, and sonic frameworks that use pitch to create a lattice work of justly tuned harmonies.

Co-presented with Dogstar 14.

 

 

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May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Jacaranda – Regional Accents

  • First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica (map)
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The season will climax with a survey of three generations of Spanish/Catalan music, with works by Tomas Peire-SerrateRoberto Gerhard, and Manuel de Falla. The program notes will explore the deep roots and tensions leading to the Spanish Civil War and subsequent era of Francisco Franco. The spirit of Catalonia will resonate.

https://www.jacarandamusic.org/

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Apr
29
5:00 PM17:00

Hear Now Festival

Rachel will be performing William Roper's "Und Heute, Fünf Schwäne" with soprano, Holly Sedillos on this festival of LA composers and performers. 

GERNOT WOLFGANG: Route 33
WILLIAM ROPER: Und Heute, Fünf Schwäne
TOMÀS PEIRE SERRATE: Hourglass
ANNE LE BARON: Is Money Money
WILLIAM KRAFT: Encounters XII
SHARON FARBER: Bridges of Love, Mvts 1 & 3
ANDREW MOSES: See Everything The Sun Glow

Tickets Available Here

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Apr
22
2:00 PM14:00

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESENTS | ICE AT CONTEMPO

Rachel joins the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in Chicago!

Major composers' inspirations by and reflections on nature form the theme for this Contempo program.  ICE plays some of its favorites by Crumb and Oliveros, plus some pieces new to the group.

George Crumb: Eleven Echoes of Autumn
Harrison Birtwistle: Some Petals from my Twickenham Herbarium
Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 3
Pauline Oliveros: Earth Ears
Krzysztof Pendercki: Sextet

 

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Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Nadia Shpachenko @ People Inside Electronics

Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko presents a varied and adventurous program of music for piano and electronics by Tom FlahertyAnnie GosfieldVera IvanovaIsaac SchanklerAlex TempleJack Van Zandt, and Julia Wolfe, with special guest Rachel Beetz on flute.

Featuring select compositions from Shpachenko’s upcoming April release “Quotations and Homages.”

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Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

Jacaranda – Extrasensory

  • The First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica (map)
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Andre Jolivet – Chant de Linos (1944)
Eric Tanguy – Sonata for Two Violins (1999)
Olivier Messiaen – Oiseaux Exotiques (1956)
Messiaen – La Mort du Nombre (1930)
Betsy Jolas – Quatour II (1964)
Claude Debussy – Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894, arr. 1920)

Rachel will be featured on Chant de Linos and Oiseaux Exotiques

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Jan
6
7:30 PM19:30

soundON Festival of Modern Music: Voyages

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...to serenade even the unfortunate path

Liza Lim, The Turning Dance of the Bee ** U.S. premiere
Juan Campoverde Q., Exótica **world premiere, commissioned by the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
Juan Pablo Contreras, Four Nocturnes
Samuel Holloway, Austerity Measures ** U.S. premiere
Anne LeBaron, Noh Reflections
Adam Greene, Orpheus Dies ** world premiere

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Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Autoduplicity at wasteLAnd

Autoduplicity is featured on the wasteLAnd concert series performing the premiere of Celeste Oram's Sanz cuer/Amis, dolens/Dame, par vous

Program: 

Michiko Saikia…i…u…e…o… 
Mayke NasDigit No. 2
Natacha Diels2.5 Nightmares for Jessie
Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh: The thin air between skins
Celeste OramSanz cuer/Amis, dolens/Dame, par vous (World Premiere)
Pauline OliverosBye Bye Butterfly

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Sep
14
12:30 PM12:30

Palomar College Concert Hour

Rachel presents works by Yvonne Wu, Carolyn Chen, and John Fonville with a premiere by Bonnie Lander. 

Concert Hour is a music enrichment series presented for our students and the community by the Palomar College Performing Arts Department. Doors open at 12:20, with seating on a first-come first-served basis. The program begins at 12:30 and ends at 1:20. At the discretion of the house manager, late arrivals will be admitted during the first performance pause. There is no charge for admission.

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Aug
12
8:00 PM20:00

Newport Contemporary Music Series

UPDATE: This concert was cancelled due to the non-payment of musicians from the previous concerts. See this Boston Globe Article.

 

The inaugural season of the Newport Contemporary Music Festival will take place July – August of 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island and will offer a diverse repertoire. All concerts and performances will have been chosen carefully to reflect the nature of contemporary style, including mixed genres and elements of interest for all ages.

The premiere concert is set to open with an orchestral piece entitled “Almost and Overture,” especially composed for the occasion by Sir André Previn to celebrate the commencement of the first edition of the festival. From there the festival will go on to feature musical arts ranging from ballets, to films, to concertos and special events.We have commissioned two concertos: a tuba concerto for legendary Norwegian tubist, Øystein Baadsvik, composed by Japanese composer Dai Fujikura, as well as a violin concerto by our composer in residence, Edith Lejet, for virtuosic violinist, Solenne Païdassi. In addition, French composer Gerard Pesson will compose a piano solo for pianist Melaine Dalibert, and Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen will compose a ballet based on a traditional Thai folk tale. The festival will bring Grammy winning pianist Gloria Cheng to Newport to present her newest album and documentary “MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano” and Philip Glass will be joining us to celebrate his 80th birthday with an intimate retrospective evening and concert with the Philip Glass Ensemble. Furthermore, our partnership with The 2nd Singapore International Festival of Music will see the finalists from their young musicians competition travel to Rhode Island to share their success by performances in Newport. The Festival will conclude with a special celebration of the music of film composer John Williams.

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Jul
28
8:00 PM20:00

Newport Contemporary Music Series

UPDATE: This concert was cancelled due to the non-payment of musicians from the previous concerts. See the following Boston Globe Article.

 

The inaugural season of the Newport Contemporary Music Festival will take place July – August of 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island and will offer a diverse repertoire. All concerts and performances will have been chosen carefully to reflect the nature of contemporary style, including mixed genres and elements of interest for all ages.

The premiere concert is set to open with an orchestral piece entitled “Almost and Overture,” especially composed for the occasion by Sir André Previn to celebrate the commencement of the first edition of the festival. From there the festival will go on to feature musical arts ranging from ballets, to films, to concertos and special events.We have commissioned two concertos: a tuba concerto for legendary Norwegian tubist, Øystein Baadsvik, composed by Japanese composer Dai Fujikura, as well as a violin concerto by our composer in residence, Edith Lejet, for virtuosic violinist, Solenne Païdassi. In addition, French composer Gerard Pesson will compose a piano solo for pianist Melaine Dalibert, and Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen will compose a ballet based on a traditional Thai folk tale. The festival will bring Grammy winning pianist Gloria Cheng to Newport to present her newest album and documentary “MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano” and Philip Glass will be joining us to celebrate his 80th birthday with an intimate retrospective evening and concert with the Philip Glass Ensemble. Furthermore, our partnership with The 2nd Singapore International Festival of Music will see the finalists from their young musicians competition travel to Rhode Island to share their success by performances in Newport. The Festival will conclude with a special celebration of the music of film composer John Williams.

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Jul
15
8:00 PM20:00

Newport Contemporary Music Series

The inaugural season of the Newport Contemporary Music Festival will take place July – August of 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island and will offer a diverse repertoire. All concerts and performances will have been chosen carefully to reflect the nature of contemporary style, including mixed genres and elements of interest for all ages.

The premiere concert is set to open with an orchestral piece entitled “Almost and Overture,” especially composed for the occasion by Sir André Previn to celebrate the commencement of the first edition of the festival. From there the festival will go on to feature musical arts ranging from ballets, to films, to concertos and special events.We have commissioned two concertos: a tuba concerto for legendary Norwegian tubist, Øystein Baadsvik, composed by Japanese composer Dai Fujikura, as well as a violin concerto by our composer in residence, Edith Lejet, for virtuosic violinist, Solenne Païdassi. In addition, French composer Gerard Pesson will compose a piano solo for pianist Melaine Dalibert, and Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen will compose a ballet based on a traditional Thai folk tale. The festival will bring Grammy winning pianist Gloria Cheng to Newport to present her newest album and documentary “MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano” and Philip Glass will be joining us to celebrate his 80th birthday with an intimate retrospective evening and concert with the Philip Glass Ensemble. Furthermore, our partnership with The 2nd Singapore International Festival of Music will see the finalists from their young musicians competition travel to Rhode Island to share their success by performances in Newport. The Festival will conclude with a special celebration of the music of film composer John Williams.

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Jul
1
8:00 PM20:00

Newport Contemporary Music Series

The inaugural season of the Newport Contemporary Music Festival will take place July – August of 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island and will offer a diverse repertoire. All concerts and performances will have been chosen carefully to reflect the nature of contemporary style, including mixed genres and elements of interest for all ages.

The premiere concert is set to open with an orchestral piece entitled “Almost and Overture,” especially composed for the occasion by Sir André Previn to celebrate the commencement of the first edition of the festival. From there the festival will go on to feature musical arts ranging from ballets, to films, to concertos and special events.We have commissioned two concertos: a tuba concerto for legendary Norwegian tubist, Øystein Baadsvik, composed by Japanese composer Dai Fujikura, as well as a violin concerto by our composer in residence, Edith Lejet, for virtuosic violinist, Solenne Païdassi. In addition, French composer Gerard Pesson will compose a piano solo for pianist Melaine Dalibert, and Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen will compose a ballet based on a traditional Thai folk tale. The festival will bring Grammy winning pianist Gloria Cheng to Newport to present her newest album and documentary “MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano” and Philip Glass will be joining us to celebrate his 80th birthday with an intimate retrospective evening and concert with the Philip Glass Ensemble. Furthermore, our partnership with The 2nd Singapore International Festival of Music will see the finalists from their young musicians competition travel to Rhode Island to share their success by performances in Newport. The Festival will conclude with a special celebration of the music of film composer John Williams.

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