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Final concerts in 
2013 LA International New Music Festival 
Karlheinz Stockhausen US Premiere
John Cage West coast premiere
World premieres by Anne LeBaron and Roger Reynolds


Los Angeles--The February 23 program in the LA International New Music Festival brings two remarkable premieres: Karlheinz Stockhausen's Nebadon aus KLANG, a US premiere, and John Cage's Muoyce II: Writing Through Ulysses, a west coast premiere. The two works make up the entire concert which takes place in Zipper Hall at The Colburn School at 8:00 p.m.  At 7:00 p.m radio personality Martin Perlich and artistic director Jeff von der Schmidt conduct a pre-concert talk.

"He was the Rock Star of my youth," said Esa-Pekka Salonen about Karlheinz Stockhausen in an article by Mark Swed, LA Times; and Bjork 
(via Alex Ross in The New Yorker) recounts how listening to Stockhausen opened her young musical mind.  Nebadon aus KLANG, composed in 2007, was premiered in 2010 in the Christuskirche in Cologne. It was written for horn and electronic music and is the 17th Hour of KLANG/SOUND - the 24 Hours of the Day. Hornist Andrew Pelletier, called "a soloist capable of anything on his instrument" by the L.A. Times and "Phenomenal ...undeniably in tune with what he plays" by Fanfare Magazine, will perform the horn solo and plays against multiple layers and/or melodic loops broadcast in a new kind of spatialization.  The loops and synchronization were realized by Antonio Pérez Abellán.

John Cage color With the works of James Joyce always a constant in his life, it's not surprising that John Cage would devote his final work to the author, in particular to Ulysses. Cage, whom Alex Ross called "a cooler cat than Stockhausen," composed Muoyce II: Writing Through Ulysses as a tour-de-force for himself to perform -- though he did not live long enough for the premiere, and condensed the 18 episodes of Ulysses into one hour. He then recorded traffic sounds from locations of tours by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, of which there are still four remaining. To make up the lost 2 recordings and in cooperation with the Cage Trust and Cage's publisher, C.F. Peters, it was agreed that this performance would be a performing edition of the piece, and Southwest has created the two additional recordings needed for the performance. The performance features artistic director Jeff von der Schmidt as the speaker, and sound design by Francesco Perlangeli, Nicolas Tipp, and Matthew Snyder. 

Anne Le Baron March 2 brings the west coast back into the festival with world premieres by Anne LeBaron of Los Angeles ("one of America's most intriguing postmodern composers" - LA Times) and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds of San Diego. Both works were commissioned for the 25th anniversary of Southwest Chamber Music by The James Irvine Foundation and the Reynolds additionally funded by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation.

LeBaron's Some Things Should Not Move is a response to her residency in Vienna, and is an autobiographical aria that "...touches upon the Composer's initial thrill at finding herself in this city of deep musical history, while soon becoming rattled by the uncanny events going on in the dead of night in her new abode." Some Things Should Not Move is a sneak preview of an autobiographical monodrama-in-progress for soprano and chamber ensemble.

Roger Reynolds Reynolds' Positings, from the word, "posit", is a work philosophically on the other end of the spectrum from Some Things. As composer Reynolds writes, "one places it in a position, assumes it as a fact, as a basis for argument, or as a way of affirming an existence." Possibly immovable? Composed for flute, horn, violin, cello and piano with a computer musician part of the ensemble, Positings "posits" musical spaces, and a computer musician sonically muses on the material posited by the instrumentalists.

Nodding again to our Latin neighbors, Mexico and Argentina, Southwest has programmed two works composed in the last half of the twentieth century by two master composers, Carlos Chávez and Alberto Ginastera
Chavez's Invencion III for harp solo opens the concert and is followed by Ginastera's Serenata, a work for baritone (performed by Abdiel Gonzalez) and chamber ensemble, conducted by Jeff von der Schmidt. 

Tickets and information about the LA International New Music Festival are available online at http://www.swmusic.org or by phone at (800)726-7147.


The full festival program follows below.  


Photos-top to bottom: Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Anne LeBaron, and Roger Reynolds.

Concert Information and Listing  


2013 LA International New Music Festival 

Presented by Southwest Chamber Music


Saturday, February 23

Saturday, March 2


The Colburn School.
All concerts begin at 8 p.m. 
Pre-concert talk: 7 p.m. prior to each concert


Single Tickets: $38 general admission, $28 seniors over 65, and 

$10 student admission (student I.D. required at the door)


For tickets or information: 1.800.726.7147 or www.swmusic.org  


Saturday, February 23

Karlheinz Stockhausen           Nebadon aus KLANG (U.S. Premiere)

John Cage                              Muoyce II: Writing Through "Ulysses" (West Coast Premiere)


Saturday, March 2

Carlos Chávez                        Invención III

Alberto Ginastera                   Serenata on Poems of Pablo Neruda

Anne LeBaron                        Some Things Should Not Move (World Premiere)*

Roger Reynolds                      Positings (World Premiere)*


*Commission or co-commission of Southwest Chamber Music

Programs and artists are subject to change.

Location, Parking and Tickets
The Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Parking is available on the street and at Disney Hall parking garage.


For more information, www.swmusic.org

or call 1-800-726-7147 
(please use this number in all published materials).
LA International New Music Festival - Performers 
Huntington Group Photo compressed
Guest artists include Andrew Pelletier, horn; vocalists Elissa Johnston, soprano and Abdiel Gonzalez, baritone. 
The Southwest Players include Alison Bjorkedahl, harp; Peter Jacobson, cello, Larry Kaplan, flute, Lara Wickes, oboe, Helen Goode, clarinet, Rose Corrigan, bassoon, Ken McGrath and David Johnson, percussion, Tom Peters, double bass, and Jeff von der Schmidt, conductor. For biographies on Southwest Chamber Music, please visit www.swmusic.org/about_us/musicians.
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