"We live in a time I think not of mainstream, but of many streams, or even, if you insist upon a river of time, that we have come to a delta, maybe even beyond delta to an ocean which is going back to the skies."
- John Cage
Monday Evening Concerts is thrilled to welcome you to its 2018/19 concert season. This season, on April 23, 2019, we celebrate our 80th anniversary of bringing important new voices, works and thought-provoking programs to Los Angeles.
We open our season by pairing an iconic work of the 1970s - Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians - with works of the Notre Dame school of polyphony in Paris from the 12th and 13th century. The historical scope of this pairing is meant to give new meaning to the phrase "music as a gradual process."
We then switch gears to present Sarah Hennies' Contralto, a work for video and live ensemble which features a cast of transgender women in a speech pathology class.
In February, we will host a weeklong residency of the Italian "keyboard phenom" Marino Formenti, which will feature two of his projects which investigate and reimagine the idea of the piano recital.
Following this residency, the JACK Quartet returns to MEC to present the West Coast premiere of Chaya Czernowin's HIDDEN for string quartet and live electronics. As a nod to the transcendental nature of Czernowin's work, we will pair it with Robert Schumann's Piano Quintet.
SAVE THE DATE: On April 23, 2019, MEC celebrates its 80th birthday with a gala event that will take place at the Rudolf Schindler home where the series was born in 1939. This event takes inventory of MEC's astonishing history, and puts forth a vision for the next eighty years (!)
To close our season, we will pay homage to one of MEC's longest standing allies and collaborators, the late great Pierre Boulez (1925-2016). This program pairs the works of two of Japan's greatest composers, Toshio Hosokawa and Toru Takemitsu, with the work of Claude Debussy (a work completed by Boulez) and Boulez' own titanic masterwork Sur incises for three pianos, three harps and three percussionists.
Also on this season will be MEC's third appearance on the LA Philharmonic's annual "Noon to Midnight" event, to be held on June 1, 2019 at Disney Concert Hall. Please make sure you are on our mailing list to receive notifications - there will be a few more surprises to come this season...
We look forward to seeing you at the concerts!
- Jonathan Hepfer, Artistic Director