Party for Betty!

Party for Betty!

“I cannot think of many individuals whose actions would have had a more profound effect on our art form or culture in general.” Esa-Pekka Salonen

This special concert celebrates the legacy of the late philanthropist, photographer and writer Betty Freeman, without question the most significant American advocate for contemporary classical music in the second half of the 20th century. Beginning in the early 1960s and continuing for more than four decades, she gave some 450 grants and commissions to composers such as John Cage, Lou Harrison, La Monte Young, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams and Pierre Boulez. A singular connoisseur, she was especially famous for her Beverly Hills salons—attended by the who’s who of avant-garde music—and for once housing a destitute Harry Partch. The repertoire this evening features landmark works by Cage, Feldman, Harrison, Partch, Reich, Earle Brown, György Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Conlon Nancarrow, and James Tenney—many commissioned by or dedicated to Freeman—while the performers include Paul Berkolds, Jacqueline Bobak, Clay Chaplin, Stuart Fox, Danny Holt, Ulrich Krieger, Andrew McIntosh, John Schneider’s ensemble Partch, Mark Trayle and others.

Party for Betty Program

Conlon Nancarrow: 3 Two-Part Studies (1940); Danny Holt, piano
Harry Partch: Three Intrusions (1950); John Schneider, guitar; Erin Barnes, Diamond Marimba
Earle Brown: Four Systems (1954); Ulrich Krieger, saxophone; Stuart Fox, guitar; Clay Chaplin, Mark Trayle, laptops    
Lou Harrison: Serenade for Guitar and Percussion (1978); John Schneider, guitar; T.J. Troy, percussion
James Tenney: Song 'n' Dance for Harry Partch, Movement 2: “Mallets in the Air” (1999); Erin Barnes, Diamond Marimba; Cassia Streb, Orin Hildestad, Eric km Clark, April Guthrie, string quartet


John Cage: Selected Freeman Etudes (1977–1990); Andrew Tholl, Andrew McIntosh, violin solo
Morton Feldman: King of Denmark (1964); Lydia Martin, percussion
György Kurtág: Six Pieces for Trombone and Piano (1999); Matt Barbier, trombone; Josh Foy, piano
Helmut Lachenmann: Guero (1970/88); Emi Tamura, piano
Steve Reich: Vermont Counterpoint (1982) Christine Tavolacci, flute

Selections from John Cage’s Song Books (1972) will be performed by vocalists led by Jacqueline Bobak during set changes and intermission.

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WED 5/5
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff