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.
MicroFest: Aeneas in the Underworld
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MicroFest presents Aeneas in the Underworld, a chamber oratorio by San Diego composer Christopher Adler.
Begun as a collaboration between former San Diego New Music Executive Director Colin McAllister and composer Christopher Adler in 2006, Aeneas in the Underworld is an ambitious and unique project combining oratory and music for a solo performer who recites the sixth book of Virgil's epic story, Aeneid, in the original Latin, while playing a guitar (which is subject to drastic retuning, preparations and playing implements). The soloist, embodying the extraordinary mastery of Aeneas, the hero, is accompanied by a second guitarist, string quartet and electronics. The story recounts the hero's descent into the underworld and fateful meeting with the shade of his father, which reveals to the hero the future glories of Rome. Projected subtitles will feature a brand new English translation by classicist Khang Le, commissioned specifically for this production.
Act I of the oratorio was performed at the soundON Festival of Modern Music in 2011, and Act II was performed with San Diego New Music in 2015. Now, we are pleased to present the complete oratorio as part of the premiere tour along with performances at the Through a Glass Darkly: UCCS Symposium on Apocalyptic in Colorado Springs, and at MicroFest in Los Angeles. These performances are sponsored in part by a grant from the University of San Diego
featuring Colin McAllister, guitar and Latin orator
Pablo Gómez Cano, guitar
Batya MacAdam-Somer and Emily Call, violins
Annabelle Terbetski, viola
Jennifer Bewerse, cello