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Andsnes & Hamelin: <i>A Music World Friendship</i>
Andsnes & Hamelin: A Music World Friendship
April 26, 2017
ANDSNES & HAMELIN: A MUSIC WORLD FRIENDSHIP

Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin are two of the greatest pianists in the world. They’re also good friends and have enjoyed each other’s company on many stages, including Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in New York. The Wallis is thrilled to present this extraordinary two-piano concert featuring Mozart, Debussy and Stravinsky - including the composer’s own arrangement of his Le Sacre du Printemp – The Rite of Spring.

PROGRAM
MOZART Larghetto and Allegro for Two Pianos (completed by Paul Badura-Skoda)
STRAVINSKY Concerto for Two Pianos
DEBUSSY En blanc et noir
STRAVINSKY Le sacre du printemps for Two Pianos

“Leif Ove Andsnes is one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.” The Wall Street Journal

“Marc André-Hamelin is emperor of the keyboard.” The New York Times



Diane Schuur
Diane Schuur
April 28, 2017
DIANE SCHUUR

Long regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz’s leading vocalists, Diane Schuur (nicknamed “Deedles”) is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Schuur was blind from birth; but she was gifted with perfect pitch and initially taught herself piano by ear. Schuur will play from her album I Remember You (With Love to Stan and Frank), an homage to two of her very important mentors, Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz.

“To put it mildly, Schuur blew the place away. The room shook. The evening came alive. - New York Post


Santa Cecilia Orchestra Trio
Santa Cecilia Orchestra Trio
April 29, 2017
Family Concerts @ The Wallis
SANTA CECILIA ORCHESTRA TRIO

Under the baton of the legendary Maestra Sonia Marie De León de Vega, the Los Angeles-based Santa Cecilia Orchestra breaks down barriers so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of classical music. After its sold-out concert last season, Santa Cecilia Orchestra returns with a trio performing family-friendly classics, including works by Latino composers, in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater.

Lovelace Studio Theater
Recommended for all ages.
Running time: 60 minutes, no intermission.



Work in Progress

Benjamin Grosvenor
Benjamin Grosvenor
April 30, 2017
BENJAMIN GROSVENOR

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. His virtuosic command over the most strenuous technical complexities underpins the remarkable depth and understanding of his musicianship. Benjamin is renowned for his distinctive sound, described as ‘poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humour, all translated through a beautifully clear and singing touch’ (The Independent) making him one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world.

The Wallis is honored to host the Los Angeles debut of Grosvenor in a vast program of sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Scriabin.

PROGRAM
SCHUMANN Arabesque, Op. 18
MOZART Sonata No. 13 in B-flat Major, K. 333
BEETHOVEN Sonata in c-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”

Intermission

SCRIABIN Sonata No. 2 in g-sharp minor, Op. 19 “Fantasy”
GRANADOS from Goyescas, Op. 11 Los Requiebros El fandango
LISZT Rhapsodie espagnole

“The darling of British pianophiles since his victory in the keyboard finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004, Mr. Grosvenor, in his Carnegie Hall recital debut, proved a boy lord of the piano.” - The New York Times

‘Benjamin Grosvenor may well be the most remarkable young pianist of our time.’- Gramophone Magazine


Running Time: 90 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission


Paul Taylor Dance Company
Paul Taylor Dance Company
May 5-7, 2017
PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY

Since its founding in 1954, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has been one of the world's most sought after ensembles, performing in well over 500 cities in 64 countries, bringing Paul Taylor's repertoire -- now numbering 144 dances -- to every part of the globe. Mr. Taylor continues to make two new dances a year - and will bring a program of classic works to The Wallis.

"Paul Taylor is the world's greatest living artist, irrespective of medium." - Terry Teachout

"The American spirit soars whenever Taylor's dancers dance." - San Francisco Chronicle



Brooklyn Rider
Brooklyn Rider
May 13, 2017
BROOKLYN RIDER

Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), the game-changing string quartet Brooklyn Rider presents eclectic repertoire and gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. NPR credits violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords and cellist Michael Nicolas with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble,” the Los Angeles Times dubs the group “one of the wonders of contemporary music,” and Vice likens its members to “motocross daredevils who never screw up a stunt.” Equally at home in clubs and concert halls, Brooklyn Rider’s “down-to-earth demeanor … demystifies contemporary classical music and invites everyone into the tent.” (Time Out New York)

“They are four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


<i>Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures</i>
Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures
May 18 - 21, 2017
New Adventures
Matthew Bourne’s EARLY ADVENTURES

Matthew Bourne is hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful Choreographer/ Director. He is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.

Matthew Bourne returns to his roots in Early Adventures, a program of hit pieces that launched the career of ‘Britain’s favourite choreographer’ and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that his company New Adventures brought to Swan Lake, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty. With designs by long-time collaborator, Lez Brotherston, Early Adventures is a US premiere and forms part of the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.

PROGRAM
The Infernal Galop: This is France as seen by the uptight English imagination, with all the traditional clichés joyously paraded for our entertainment and climaxing in Offenbach's inevitable Can-Can!

Town and Country: Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others.

“Bourne is a masterly storyteller.” - The New York Times

“A rare treat! Bourne's wit and flair are in full play.” - The Sunday Times


Supported using public funds from Arts Council England.
Selected performances made possible by generous support from the Selwyn Family.


Battlefield
Battlefield
May 24-28, 2016
Battlefield
Based on Mahabharata and the play written by Jean-Claude Carrière
Adapted and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

The internationally renowned team of Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière together revisit the great Indian epic Mahabharata thirty years after Brook’s legendary production took world theater by storm.

The devastation of war is tearing the Bharata family apart. The new king must unravel a mystery: how can he live with himself in the face of the devastation and massacres that he has caused. An immense canvas in miniature, this central section of the ancient text is timeless and contemporary, asking how we can find inner peace in a world riven with conflict.

“Peter Brook's return to the Mahabharata is breathtaking - a dazzling piece of theatre." - The Guardian

Running Time: 70 minutes with no intermission

CREDITS AND ARTIST INFORMATION
A C.I.C.T. - Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord production Co-produced by The Grotowski Institute ; PARCO Co. Ltd / Tokyo ; Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg ; Young Vic Theatre ; Singapore Repertory Theater ; Le Théâtre de Liège ; C.I.R.T. ; Attiki Cultural Society and Cercle des Partenaires des Bouffes du Nord.


Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles: <i>Pride @ The Wallis,</i>
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles: Pride @ The Wallis,
June 3, 2017
GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF LOS ANGELES
PRIDE @ THE WALLIS

For over 37 years, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has been bringing people together and serving as a voice for equality. The Wallis welcomes back GMCLA to the Bram Goldsmith Theater for a spirited concert in celebration of June Pride Month.


The Pride
The Pride
JUNE 8-30
The Wallis production of
THE PRIDE
By Alexi Kaye Campbell
Directed by Michael Arden
The Pride is a gorgeously-drawn drama alternating between two very distinct time periods and sets of characters whose fate is written by their eras. In 1958, Philip is married to Sylvia, but is secretly attracted to her colleague Oliver. In 2008, Philip lives with his boyfriend Oliver, who continually destroys their relationship with his addiction to casual sex and turns to their friend Sylvia for guidance and support. As the past and present worlds collide, The Pride’s complex love triangle provides a provocative, humorous and insightful look at fidelity and forgiveness.

"A work of subtlety and sophistication. The Pride grabs you with its considerable intelligence and heart." - Entertainment Weekly

“****Marvelous, sad and blisteringly funny. A brave and rewarding drama that speaks to us all.” - The Guardian



Ezralow Dance
Ezralow Dance
July 13-14, 2017
EZRALOW DANCE
PRIMO PASSO
Directed & Choreographed by Daniel Ezralow

Los Angeles native Daniel Ezralow returns to The Wallis to premiere Primo Passo – Italian for “first step” – a deeply personal work that, as the title suggests, is both a career retrospective and an investigation of what’s next. Inspired by observing his children learning to walk, Ezralow will revisit and reimagine his works to explore their initial artistic impulse. Whether he’s creating modern dances or choreographing for Broadway, the Oscars or the Olympics, it all begins with the first step – and this extraordinary evening will provide a glimpse inside the process.

“[Ezralow’s] work is a persuasive blend of intelligence, humor, and a fine-scaled, gusty energy.” - The New York Times


"OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY"
"OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY"
July 19 - August 6, 2017

Hershey Felder
"Our Great Tchaikovsky"
A Play with Music
Written and Performed by Hershey Felder
Directed by Trevor Hay

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is Russia’s most famous composer and one of the greatest composers of all time, known for his beautiful lilting melodies from the ballets Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and the ferocious brilliance of his symphonic works. At the age of 53, Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere of his enigmatic Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” of which he said, “Let them guess what it means…” Nine days later he was dead. To this day, how and why he died is still a mystery. The extraordinary Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis for the Los Angeles Premiere of his newest work, Tchaikovsky, which unveils the life of one of the most beloved and tormented composers of all time.

“Hershey Felder, the actor, pianist, writer and phenomenal serial portraitrist of great musicians from Beethoven to Gershwin, is a genius.” Chicago Sun-Times