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Ten Freedom Summers Premiere
"Ten Freedom Summers," which had its three-night world premiere at REDCAT last weekend, is a landmark cultural event this season, on whatever coast.
 - Joe Woodard
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Coast to Coast Coverage!


MetalJazz.com "Don't be scared off by the epic scope of the three-night civil-rights music opus "Ten Freedom Summers," or by the abstractionist reputation of its author, trumpeter-composer Wadada Leo Smith. The collaboration [of the Golden Quartet] with Jeff von der Schmidt's nine-piece Southwest Chamber Music ensemble has a quiet integrity that embraces you like a friend." read more...


Los Angeles Times "Southwest Chamber, known for braving contemporary musical challenges (including past work by Smith), proved an ideal ensemble for the job... Hope, anger, abstraction and grand aesthetic ambition come to bear in Smith's inspirational work, bolstered by the charge of the new." read more...


The Jazzcat "Wadada paints in a stream of emotions and colors; fear, strength, love and uncertain destiny..." read more...


Wall St. Journal "... this was communal music, with interlocking parts, contrasting timbres and harmonic convergences that lent weight and meaning.... music director Jeff von der Schmidt's longstanding embrace of adventurous repertoire afforded both common purpose and shared literacy." read more...



More about Ten Freedom Summers 





CAGE 2012


Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday March 4 at 5 p.m.

Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles

John Cage      One-6


(Both works feature violinist Shalini Vijayan and audio-kinetic sculptures by Mineko Grimmer)

Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m.
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

John Cage      Atlas Eclipticalis

              Variations IV



Sunday, March 11 at 5 p.m.

Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena

John Cage      Program to include Score


Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m.

The Colburn School, Los Angeles

John Cage      Program to include Lecture on the Weather



$38 general admission

$28 seniors over 65

$10 students with full-time ID  


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Photos: Steve Gunther 

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