The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
REDCAT: “A 21st-century masterpiece. Remarkable and essential. It does what great art should: It pushes you to think and feel about the world in new ways.” – The New York Times
Presented with LA Opera
Tickets available at LAOpera.org.
In a penetrating new music-theater work, composer Ted Hearne and director Daniel Fish dive into the world of Chelsea Manning, who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. Private Manning’s conviction and sentence provoked a maelstrom of media coverage, ranging from portraits of Manning’s personal life to new dialogues about military abuses. Neither a linear depiction of the events leading to Manning’s eventual arrest nor a retreading of the media hysteria surrounding her story, The Source approaches Manning's identity by engaging with the content of the leaks themselves: that is, the day-to-day accounts of the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Four singers are housed alongside the audience in a visceral installation. Singing with (at times) electronically-processed voices, and accompanied by a live ensemble of seven instrumentalists, they inhabit an assemblage of Twitter feeds, cable news reports, chat transcripts and classified military video. The Source asks how we, as individuals and a nation, confront the massive information which Manning brought to light.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: The Reader's Chorus presents an evening of spoken sound featuring the hallucinogenic Black and White Oratorio by poet Robert Lax, and "certain clarifications regarding Batman" a piece for an angry mob, by Parches.
REDCAT: “Her self-deprecating humor is not just funny, its excesses contain jaw-dropping revelations on the intersections of passion and fear.” – LA Weekly
“A theatrical whirling dervish… painfully, hilariously funny. –The Seattle Times
With live music and a wicked wit, incisive and hilarious writer/performer Lauren Weedman shares secrets of her alternate identity: a colorful personality born in her past and controlling her future. Before becoming an acclaimed author, a popular star of HBO’s Looking, and a noted correspondent for TheDaily Show, Lauren was given the birth name(s) Tammy Lisa. Her adopted family gave her a new name and a life that led to near-stardom and gobs of critical praise, but as early-ish midlife approaches, Tammy Lisa is re-emerging as a musical and multi-faceted character who often embodies Loretta Lynn, Helen Reddy, or Lucinda Williams — depending on her mood swings. Tammy Lisa re-invents the cabaret form with funny and dark songs of heartbreak, gay boys, straight boys, volatile love, side-splitting comedy, and bliss.
Direction: Erica Beeney
Music: Tim Sonnefeld
REDCAT: Aron Kallay explores the tension and uncertainty of the presidential election with classical music for piano, synthesizer, and retuned-keyboard. Composers Ian Dicke and Grammy® winner Laura Karpman further comment on the lunacy of our time with two newly commissioned works: Counterpundit (Dicke) and Shrill (Karpman). Grammy® nominated pianist Aron Kallay has performed throughout the United States and abroad and is a fixture on the Los Angeles new-music scene.
CalArts, Wild Beast
MUSIC: Unaccompanied violin and viola works by Nicholas Peyoe, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Jurg Frey, and Xenakis, plus sonatas by Heinrich Biber from 1675 with Arthur Omara, harpisochord, and Hether Vorwerck, baroque cello.