Classical Music News for March/April 2005:



In conjunction with its VISUAL MUSIC: SEE HEAR NOW! exhibition (which runs through May 22), the Museum of Contemporary Art, is co-sponsoring two weekends of experimental music at Disney Hall's Cal Arts Theatre (REDCAT) this April.

BELL SOLARIS, TWELVE METAMORPHOSIS IN PIANO THEATRE will be performed April 7-9. Originally conceived as a concert-length composition for solo piano by David Rosenbloom, the piece has been turned into a theatrical extravaganza by director Travis Preston, who combines choreography and a large ensemble of performers with on-stage music. Multiple video cameras and moving projectors are also used to capture and display performance images.

On April 14-16 SYNAESTHIA will bring together the Cal Arts School of Film/Video and School of Music to present milestone collaborations between composers and filmmakers from different arts and genres accompanied by live performances of their original soundtracks. Click on


Following on its recent Creative Musical Festival, which featured challenging cutting-edge chamber music by Yusef Lateef, George Crumb and John Zorn, CalArts will offer more contemporary, music this winter. Such artists as Crumb, Frank Bretschneider and Ensemble Inauthentica will be presented at Redcat (Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater) in rare personal appearances.
Also scheduled are readings by Junot Diaz and Andre Gregory, plus a screening of Who Killed Vincent Chin? (followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Renee Tajima-Pena), appearances by the Donna Uchizono dance company and Iranian santur virtuoso Ostad Manoochehr (joined by other musicians and musicologists).

Redcat opened in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in 2003 and has become a hub of artistic experimentation and discovery, and highly charged civic discourse. The theater is located at the corner of Hope & Second St. in downtown Los Angeles (across the street from the Music Center).

For Redcat information and tickets, go to For more information about CalArts, visit


MOCA (Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium) will offer A COLOR ORGAN PEROFRMANCE by Randy Sprout on Sun. March 13, Sprout has restored Stanton Macdonald-Wright's Synchrome Kneidoscope, a one-of-a-kind color light machine which has not been activated in thirty years. Utilizing multiple film reels and a range of colored lights, the machine creates unique light and color projections. Call (213) 626-6222 or visit

MOCA will also sponsor a one-day course (Sat. March 19) in Visual Music. Emphasizing U.S. and European art, the class focuses on issues surrounding modernism, the emergence of made art and contemporary art. Call (310) 825-9971 or visit
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