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October 28, 29, 30, 2011

REDCAT in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex

An epic journey played over the course of three concerts, the world premiere of this major new opus by creative music luminary Wadada Leo Smith draws upon, and interprets, key events in the history of the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 through 1964. Performing this landmark multi-movement work are the riveting Golden Quartet and Southwest Chamber Music under the direction of Grammy Award-winning conductor Jeff von der Schmidt.


CAGE 2012

March 3-24, 2012

Japanese American National Museum, Art Center College of Design, Pacific Asia Museum and The Colburn School

The compositions of Los Angeles-born composer John Cage swirl with controversy, but few composers have been as influential in the dance, visual arts and musical worlds. His collaborations with Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, Yoko Ono, and many others, are legendary. Hear for yourself a range of his works celebrating his centennial year.

Oneand One10 are a collaboration with artist Mineko Grimmer, who worked directly with Cage in designing two audio kinetic sculptures to accompany his music. Experience the first performance of a cycle of three works Cage intended to be heard together: Atlas Eclipticalis, Variations IV and 0'00", representing the Hindu states of Nirvana, Samsara, and Individual Action. Cage was influenced greatly by Henry David Thoreau who will be represented by two works: Score and Lecture on the Weather, which consists of readings from Thoreau's works by 12 speakers accompanied by the sounds of a gathering storm.

Draw your own conclusions and hear these important works, alongside many others, at this national celebration of America's groundbreaking composer, John Cage.


May 9-24, 2012 at The Colburn School

East, West, New York, California, Berlin, Paris, Mexico City, and Vietnam-between May 9 and May 24, Southwest will present a dazzling series of commissions celebrating the ensemble's 25th anniversary!

Highlights include It Happens Like This by Charles Wuorinen, whose next major work is the highly anticipated opera Brokeback Mountain. Unsuk Chin's Homage to Gyorgy Ligeti captures her reflections on her imposing mentor and his lasting musical influence. Vu Nhat Tan will return to Los Angeles following his successful appearances during Southwest's Ascending Dragon Music Festival of 2010. Working with American poet Bruce Weigl, Tan's The Song of Napalm is a break-out piece for the up and coming Vietnamese composer.


Lei Liang contributes his new Falling Blossoms to the festival and San Francisco-via-Seoul composer Hyo-shin Na offers her ravishing Morning Study, inspired by the time of day many creators find most conducive to thoughts and ideas. Gabriela Ortiz will join us from Mexico City for her De animos y quebrantos, while Anne LeBaron is planning a ruminative Viennese-haunted monodrama. Paris-based Vietnamese master Tôn Thât Tiêt has composed a new work for string quartet, and Kurt Rohde has planned a new work still under construction. Dates and programs will be announced in January 2012.



Southwest Chamber Music 2011-2012

25th Anniversary Season




REDCAT in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex

Friday, October 28 at 8:30 p.m.

Wadada Leo Smith      Ten Freedom Summers, Part One

Saturday, October 29 at 8:30 p.m.

Wadada Leo Smith      Ten Freedom Summers, Part Two

Sunday, October 30 at 7 p.m.

Wadada Leo Smith      Ten Freedom Summers, Part Three



CAGE 2012


John Cage

Japanese American National Museum,

Los Angeles

Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m.

John Cage                   One6

John Cage                   One10

(Both works feature audio-kinetic sound sculptures by Mineko Grimmer)


Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m.

John Cage                   Atlas Eclipticalis

                                  Variations IV



Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena

Sunday, March 11 at 5 p.m.

John Cage                   Program to include Score


The Colburn School, Los Angeles

Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m.

John Cage                   Program to include Lecture on the Weather




The Colburn School, Los Angeles

May 9-24, 2012         Dates and programs will be announced in                                             January, 2012


Programs will include world premieres of commissioned works:

Charles Wuorinen (It Happens Like This), Unsuk Chin (Homage to Gyorgy Ligeti), Anne LeBaron, Vu Nhat Tan (The Song of Napalm), Hyo-shin Na (Morning Study), Gabriela Ortiz (De animos y quebrantos) and others to be announced.


Commissions for the 25th Anniversary of Southwest Chamber Music are supported by the James Irvine Foundation, Meet the Composer, Sue Bienkowski and Wang Chung Lee, and the Schoenberg Family Charitable Foundation.


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Top L to R: Vu Nhat Tan, Unsuk Chin, Charles Wuorinen, Anne LeBaron. Bottom L to R: Hyo-shin Na, Ton That Tiet, Gabriela Ortiz, Lei Liang


Venues, Parking and Tickets



Concerts will take place at the following venues:


REDCAT in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex

631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Colburn School

200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Art Center College of Design

1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

Pacific Asia Museum

46 N. Los Robles Avenues, Pasadena, CA 91101


Parking is available adjacent to each of the above locations.



$38 General Admission, $28 Seniors over 65 (March and May only).

Student Rush tickets (with full-time ID) are available on the day

of the concert for only $10.




Performers for the 2011-2012 25th Anniversary Season include: Wadada Leo Smith and the Golden Quartet; Cedric Berry, bass; Alison Bjorkedal, harp; Jim Foschia, clarinet; Lorenz Gamma, violin; Elissa Johnston, soprano; Peter Jacobson, cello; Larry Kaplan, flute, Jan Karlin, viola; Tom Peters, double bass; Kathleen Roland, soprano; Ming Tsu, piano; Lynn Vartan, percussion; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Jeff von der Schmidt, conductor.


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