The Music of Jani Christou

The Music of Jani Christou

“[Christou’s music is] more like psychodrama, unfolding in a theatrical spirit of ritual, a sort of laying bare of the human soul.” – Anna-Martine Lucciano

Los Angeles Premieres

The prodigious artistic legacy of Greek composer Jani Christou (1926–1970)—one of the most compelling, if lesser-known, figures in postwar European arts—is the subject of this portrait concert. Christou drew on philosophy (Wittgenstein, Russell) and psychology (Jung) to infuse avant-garde forms with the elemental power of ritual and myth, aiming to shape, even dramatize, the personal experience of music.

The CalArts orchestra conducted by Andreas Levisianos, plays some of Christou’s most important compositions—including Six T.S. Eliot Songs (1955), Praxis for 12 (1966), Anaparastasis I (The Baritone) and Anaparastasis III (The Pianist) (both 1968).

Sun Feb. 8, Concert 7pm

2pm Film + Post-Film Discussion has been cancelled.

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SUN 2/8
7:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff