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Hear Now: LA composers featuring the Lyris Quartet - WAITLIST OPEN

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

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Hear Now presents Festival highlights, curated by the Hear Now Festival of Los Angeles Composers; Hugh Levick, Artistic Director. Featuring The Lyris Quartet: Alyssa Park, violin; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Luke Maurer, viola; Timothy Loo, cello.


Billy Childs: Awakening (2012) for string quartet 

Wake Up Call 
The White Room
Song of Healing

Don Davis: Wandering (2002) for string quartet

With subdued intensity -- placid -- freely -- surreal -- with diluted enthusiasm -- flowing -- wistful

Russell Steinberg String Quartet No 1 (1987)

in one movement

This special presentation of works from past Hear Now Festivals focuses on string quartets by outstanding composers who live, work, and create in Los Angeles. Steinberg's String Quartet No. 1 was presented in the first festival in 2011; Davis' Wandering was presented in 2012, and Childs' Awakening in 2013. The composers will introduce their works and field questions from the audience.  

Childs, Russell and Davis all have active careers in music, working in varied musical genres. Childs is a Grammy-winning, internationally-recognized master of the jazz idiom; Davis is recognized for his film compositions, particularly for The Matrix Trilogy; and Steinberg as a composer-conductor, writer and lecturer.

The Hear Now Festival of Los Angeles Composers was founded by composer Hugh Levick and Timothy Loo, cellist of the Lyris Quartet. Hear Now Festival seeks out composers of all ages, in all stages of their musical careers, and presents recent works and premieres to the public in a weekend of concerts every spring.

Based in Los Angeles, The Lyris String Quartet is the founding ensemble of HEAR NOW, partnering to curate and produce the festival since its launch in 2011. Comprised of violinists Alyssa Park and Shalini Vijayan, violist Luke Maurer and cellist Timothy Loo, the group was established in 2008 to perform both standard repertoire and commission new work. Regularly appearing at prestigious Los Angeles venues including Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Bing Theatre at LACMA, The Broad Stage and UCLA's Royce Hall, and frequently performs at Jacaranda Concert Series. Lyris is the quartet-in-residence of the Beverly Hills International Music Festival and has been heard on multiple live radio broadcasts on KUSC 91.5 and KPFK 90.7. The group has premiered works by David Lang, Deddy Tzur and Peter Golub, among others, and collaborated with Long Beach Opera. The Lyris Quartet spent a week in residency at UC Davis in 2012, performing at Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

Born in Los Angeles in 1957, Billy Childs demonstrated an aptitude for piano by age six and at 16, began studying theory and piano at USC-sponsored Community School of the Performing Arts. He earned a BM from USC's composition program in 1979 as a student of Robert Linn. His education continued with a jazz apprenticeship to Freddie Hubbard and JJ Johnson. Childs' remarkable career has encompassed commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Brass Quintet and Kronos Quartet, as well as a 25-year solo recording career with releases on the Windham Hill, Stretch/Concord and Shanachie labels, garnering him ten GRAMMY nominations and three awards. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Chamber Music America composer’s grant, his collaborations range from performances with Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, the American Brass Quintet and Chris Botti, among many others, to a violin concerto for Regina Carter and the Detroit Symphony. Upcoming commissions include new works for the Ying and Kronos quartets.

Don Davis has enjoyed a widely varied musical career not only as a composer of orchestral and chamber works for the concert stage, but also as a versatile dramatic composers and conductor of film music. He is best known for his film scores for The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions. His compositions have been performed at Monday Evening concerts and at numerous contemporary music concerts and festivals by ensembles such as the California E.A.R. Unit, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, XTET, the Arditti Quartet, and New Hollywood String Quartet, the Debussy Trio, the Fundfunk Kammer Orchester of Amsterdam, and in recitals by individual instrumental and vocal artists. His opera Rio de Sangre was premiered with the Florintine Opera Company of Milwaukee and it's world premiere recording released by Albany Records.

Composer, conductor, performer, and lecturer Russell Steinberg received a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University, an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and a B.A. from UCLA. He studied composition most notably with Leon Kirchner, Arthur Berger, Elaine Barkin, and Kenneth Klauss. His works range from solo to chamber and orchestral and have been performed worldwide. Fall 2010 included a West Coast tour featuring his Daniel Pearl Foundation commission STORIES FROM MY FAVORITE PLANET performed with LA Philharmonic violinist Mitchell Newman in Santa Barbara, Encino, La Jolla, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and downtown Los Angeles. Recent awards and commissions include an ASCAPLUS Award, Orbit E for the Sonora Chamber Ensemble, a Gold Medal Juryʼs Choice at the Park City Film Music Festival for SOMETHING TRUE, Net of Indra performed by over 400 young musicians for Youth Orchestra Day in Los Angeles, and Heart of the World for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT). The Westchester Symphony in New York and the Hopkins Symphony in Baltimore jointly commissioned Steinbergʼs first symphony CityStrains. Steinberg is Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, a group that includes students from over 60 schools in the LA area and performs at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills and the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles

Hear Now Festival of Los Angeles Composers, Hugh Levick, Artistic Director

Los Angeles is a center of contemporary music. The Hear Now Festival composers are local, but their talent is global, and their music will astonish and move music-lovers all over the world. Next festival: May 2, 3, 4, 2014 in Santa Monica and Venice. Visit and Like on Facebook.

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Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

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