Urban Birds
Urban Birds
6/26/21, 9:00 PM
Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 Griffin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031, USA

Are you longing to hear live music without going inside? Could your endless outdoor meet-ups use a little more pizazz? If so, glide and hop over to Urban Birds, an afternoon of musical performances for kids and adults. Urban Birds takes place at the Children’s Garden in Northeast LA’s Ernest Debs Park. It is co-presented by the Audubon Society and Synchromy, a Los Angeles-based composer’s collective dedicated to making new music accessible. For this event, Synchromy commissioned 10 local composers to create works inspired by birds common to Southern California. The day’s 10 world premieres include Dante De Silva’s Heat Thrasher and Jen Wang’s Monster, an homage to the mourning dove.

Urban Birds offers many ways to engage. The performances are nestled throughout the trees of the Children’s Garden at the Audubon Visitors Center, and you’re welcome to wander through the musical oasis the way you’d wander through the park looking for birds, stopping to listen for a spell and moving along as you please. For adventurous listeners, Deb’s Park offers trails, gardens, and a turtle pond to explore. Our field guide to the featured birds is available as a free booklet in both English and Spanish for birders and the bird-curious alike. Posters throughout the site offer context for the music, and composers will hold a question-and-answer session at the close of the event. For kids inspired by the sounds and sights, we offer take-home activities, such as instructions for DIY binoculars and bird calls made from common household objects.

The event also celebrates the renovation and re-opening of the Audubon Center, a hub of habitat restoration and environmental justice whose primary goal is renewing the connection between people and the land in Los Angeles. Synchromy supports this mission with music, bringing free live performances to Deb’s Park with following wide-winged local line-up:

Heat Thrasher - Dante De Silva

Monster - Jen Wang

Ash Throated Flycatcher - Christopher Adler

Crow Language - Jason Barabba

Mockingbird Hopscotch - Vera Ivanova

California Towhee - Veronika Krausas

Owl’s Breath - Pamela Madsen

Red Shouldered Hawk - Kenji Oh

Call and Echo - Brandon Rolle

Synchopomp - Diana Wade

Performers include Sean Barela (Bassoon), Rachel Beetz (Flute), Luc Kleiner (Voice), Christopher Adler (Khaen), Xenia Deviatkina-Loh (Violin), Brian Walsh (Clarinet), Scott Worthington (Contrabass), Theodosia Roussos (Oboe), Cassia Streb (Viola), and Jennifer Bewerse (Cello). Concert Design by Cassia Streb and Jennifer Bewerse.

This performance was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Arts Council.

Fluxus: Fluxconcert

Registration is Closed
Fluxus: Fluxconcert

Time & Location

Nov 17, 2018, 4:00 PM
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071, USA


Conducted by festival curator Christopher Rountree and directed by R. B. Schlather, this evening-long exploration of the Fluxus movement, staged throughout Walt Disney Concert Hall by the LA Phil, is one of the most ambitious undertakings of the orchestra’s 100-year career, and one of the largest Fluxus events ever to be put on by a major symphony orchestra. Designed to dissolve the perceived boundaries between audience, musician, and work, the entire campus will be activated, with sound, light, and action emanating from throughout the building. It will be an evening of chance encounters, unexpected delights, and historic performances.   


4:00pm - 8:00pm Walt Disney Concert Hall Interior and Exterior Spaces 

Christopher ROUNTREE : Commitment Booth (LA Phil commission) 

Ken FRIEDMAN : Sonata for Melons and Gravity 

Chris KALLMYER : Sonatas and Interludes (LA Phil commission)   


5:00pm - 7:00pm Walt Disney Concert Hall Auditorium 

La Monte YOUNG and Marian ZAZEELA : The Melodic Version (1984) of The Second Dream of The High-Tension Line Stepdown Transformer from The Four Dreams of China (1962) in Dream Light  


7:00pm - 8:00pm Walt Disney Concert Hall Interior and Exterior Spaces 



8:00pm Walt Disney Concert Hall Auditorium 


La Monte YOUNG : Composition 1960 #13 to Richard Huelsenbeck 

PAIK : One, for solo violin 

Yoko ONO : Wall Piece for Orchestra to Yoko Ono 

Steven TAKASUGI : Howl (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from the Esa-Pekka Salonen Commissions Fund) 

HIGGINS : The Thousand Symphonies 

CAGE : Apartment House 1776 

BERIO : Sinfonia  


Tickets: from $20 

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