SEASON : 2015 / 2016
What constitutes “old” music, and what constitutes “new” music?
In our eyes, this is not a question of historical epoch, but rather one of artistic attitude. Monday Evening Concerts presents its 77th season of celebrating composers and performers whose only common bond is their commitment to being true to themselves and their visions. Our programs invite compositions from five centuries to converse with one another; more recent works entice us to hear chronologically older ones with new ears. We present recitals featuring eminent soloists Alexei Lubimov and Séverine Ballon. New York’s internationally acclaimed Talea Ensemble joins us for its Los Angeles debut. We will listen to Salvatore Sciarrino’s re-imaginings of exquisite works of Carlo Gesualdo side-by-side with pistol shots and broken glass. We will hear meditations on the inscriptions on Egyptian sarcophagi in the work of Gérard Grisey. We will experience surreal visions of the Coney Island freak show through the lens of Karl Kraus’ Vienna in the West Coast premiere of Steven Takasugi’s Sideshow. The past will not be forgotten, but rather refracted in every direction and made new again.
~ Jonathan Hepfer, Artistic Director