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Hershey Felder
Hershey Felder
Leonard Bernstein was a conductor, pianist, author, educator, librettist, television star and the composer of three symphonies, iconic film scores and the American musical classics West Side Story, Candide, On the Town and Wonderful Town, among others. He pushed boundaries to become the world’s first serious musical media superstar and changed the face of music. In his inimitable style, Hershey Felder brings Bernstein to life through first-person narratives combined with his compositions, as well as music by Beethoven, Mahler and more, drawing audiences deeply into the maestro’s fascinating life.


For the Record
For the Record

September 21 - October 16, 2016
The Wallis and the For The Record production of
FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE
American Crime Requiem

For The Record returns to Los Angeles to celebrate legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. The acclaimed For The Record series is a unique, genre-bending form of live entertainment turning the soundtracks of iconic filmmakers into thrilling immersive theatrical concerts. American Crime Requiem explores over 40 years of Scorsese's storytelling, his passion for music and the people who make it. The show stars an eclectic mix of artists from the worlds of music, stage and screen performing an epic setlist from GoodFellas, Casino, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street and more. Part rock concert, part drama, part nightclub. All LEGENDARY!

This production is made possible by generous support from David C. Bohnett.

"A unique post-modern cabaret that is taking the city by storm." - Vanity Fair


The American Revolution
The American Revolution
October 1-9, 2016
Theater Unspeakable presents
The American Revolution

History in 50 minutes: seven actors, two feet off the ground, share 21 square feet of space to recreate the entire American fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. Using only the actors’ bodies, voices and (pantomimed) cannons, the show evokes an epic time period in American history. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do, The American Revolution displays the Chicago theater company’s rowdy brand of bare-boned and imaginative physical theater.

"The mime-based choreography is revelatory, defamiliarizing the American Revolution largely through bodily movement and stunning lighting design." - Chicago Reader

Running Time: 50 minutes with no intermission
Recommended Age: Recommended for ages 6+


Harlem Quartet
Harlem Quartet
October 23, 2016
HARLEM QUARTET with ALDO LÓPEZ-GAVILÁN

Harlem Quartet, praised for its “panache” by The New York Times, is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent,” says the Cincinnati Enquirer. The quartet, comprised of violinists Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky, will be joined by the acclaimed Cuban pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán in a collaboration that bridges jazz, classical and traditional Cuban music through the works of Dizzy Gillespie, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Abelardito Valdés. The program also features several original works by López-Gavilán arranged specifically for this collaboration.

PROGRAM:

ALMENDRA
Abelardo Valdes(1911-1958)
Arr. Nicky Aponte, Harlem Quartet, and Aldo López-Gavilán
A NIGHT IN TUNISIA
John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie(1917-1993)
Arr. Dave Glenn, Harlem Quartet, and Aldo López-Gavilán
THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA
Antônio Carlos Jobim(1927-1994)
Arr. Dave Glenn, Harlem Quartet, and Aldo López-Gavilán
TAKE THE A TRAIN
Billy Strayhorn(1915-1967)
Arr. Paul Chihara, Harlem Quartet, and Aldo López-Gavilán

-intermission-

EPÍLOGO
Aldo López-Gavilán(b. 1979)
TALKING TO THE UNIVERSE
Aldo López-Gavilán
ECLIPSE
Aldo López-Gavilán
PAN CON TIMBA
Aldo López-Gavilán


THE HARLEM QUARTET: “Top-notch chops, sensitive ears and surprising guts.” - DownBeat Magazine

ALDO LÓPEZ-GAVILÁN: “Aldo López-Gavilán is not only a formidable virtuoso, but also exceeds in works that require extraordinary color and fascinating sounds. His natural talent never suffers and his original thinking as an artist assures a performance of amazing playing and individuality” - The London Times

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


Carmen de Lavallade's <i>As I Remember It</i>
Carmen de Lavallade's As I Remember It
October 28, 2016
AS I REMEMBER IT: CELEBRATING CARMEN DE LAVALLADE’s 85th BIRTHDAY
directed by Joe Grifasi
co-written by Carmen de Lavallade and Talvin Wilks

Dance icon Carmen de Lavallade returns home to Los Angeles for her 85th Birthday Celebration. As I Remember It is an intimate portrait of the legendary artist told through dance, film and her personal writings. From her childhood days playing in the empty lots of 1930’s Los Angeles to performing on the world’s grand stages, this very special evening will be inspiring for dancers and dance lovers of all ages.


Zukerman Trio
Zukerman Trio
October 30, 2016
ZUKERMAN TRIO

A prodigious talent recognized worldwide for his artistry, violinist Pinchas Zukerman has long been an inspiration to audiences and young musicians. Since 2013, Zukerman, cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng have performed as the Zukerman Trio at prominent festivals and major venues around the globe. The Trio embraces the works of Glière, Schubert and Shostakovich for its debut at The Wallis.

PROGRAM
GLIERE 7 pieces for violin and cello, Op. 39
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
SCHUBERT Piano Trio in B-flat Major, D. 898

“Consummate and charismatic musicians, the trio made for a tight-knit chamber ensemble.” - The Scotsman


Kyle Riabko: <i>Burt Bacharach Reimagined</i>
Kyle Riabko: Burt Bacharach Reimagined
November 4-5, 2016
KYLE RIABKO: BACHARACH REIMAGINED
A Solo Concert

Kyle Riabko, star and creator of the hit West End and Off Broadway show Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined brings his highly acclaimed arrangements of the many hits of Burt Bacharach – most of which Bacharach wrote with longtime lyricist Hal David - to The Wallis for an intimate solo concert. Riabko, accompanying himself on guitar, will perform his unique versions of such classics as “Alfie,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Walk on By,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and many, many more.

“It’s a love letter to me. Kyle has done something truly unique with my music, and he’s a beautiful singer and one hell of a guitar player. I loved it. It’s brilliant. I can’t say enough about it!” - Burt Bacharach

“Heartthrob handsome Kyle Riabko searches out the emotional layers of the songs with impressive precision. [He’s] terrific…Sheer musical talent.” - New York Times



Merrily We Roll Along
Merrily We Roll Along
November 22 - December 18, 2016
The Wallis and Cody Lassen production of
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim book by George Furth
directed by Michael Arden


Michael Arden, who brilliantly re-imagined The Wallis’ production of Spring Awakening with Deaf West Theatre that received rave reviews on Broadway, directs this rarely staged Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story) musical. Merrily We Roll Along travels backwards in time to navigate the bumpy history among three friends - Franklin, Charlie and Mary - who begin their in careers in show business together. The powerful and moving story, based on the Kaufman and Hart play, features some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs including “Good Thing Going,” “Our Time, ” “Old Friends” and “Not a Day Goes By.”

“An exceptional score… haunting melodies and dramatic ingenuity.” The New York Times


Jacob Jonas
Jacob Jonas
January 13, 2017
JACOB JONAS THE COMPANY

Los Angeles-based Jacob Jonas The Company is gaining a national profile for its honest storytelling and visceral performances. The company has toured North America since its birth in 2014, bringing its mix of contemporary ballet and acrobatic movement to stops including New York, Vancouver and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Dance Festival. Also known for its film and photography work and its robust social media presence, the company has hosted #camerasanddancers photography meet-ups with social influencers and cultural institutions including The Getty, LACMA, Los Angeles Tourism Board,, Dance Camera West and countless others.

"When Jacob Jonas The Company performs, energy doesn’t just seem to bounce off the walls, it reverberates off of bodies.” - Los Angeles Times


JACK Quartet
JACK Quartet

JACK Quartet

JACK Quartet will take you to the cutting edge of string performance. Comprising of violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, who met while attending the Eastman School of Music, JACK is focused on new work, leading them to collaborate with composers such as John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw and Steve Reich.

"Superheroes of the new music world." - Boston Globe
“Mind-blowingly good.” - Los Angeles Times



The Brubeck Brothers Quartet
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet
January 20, 2017
THE BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, Dan Brubeck (drums) and Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone). Guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb complete this dynamic quartet. They have performed at concert series, colleges and jazz festivals across North America and Europe.

"The Brubeck Brothers Quartet brings a new spirit to straight-ahead jazz." The Boston Globe


Morgan's Journey
Morgan's Journey
January 21 - 22, 2017
MORGAN’S JOURNEY
Created and Performed by Robert Morgan
Directed by David Craig

Morgan’s Journey has been delighting children and their families around the world for nearly three decades. The play is a captivating exploration of joyous yet challenging childhood experiences and offers audiences a unique opportunity for active participation. From the moment of his birth, we follow Morgan the Clown on a journey of discovery. We delight in the presents he receives, especially his last one, a wise sock puppet who becomes his companion. Encountering inevitable growing pains, Morgan learns a valuable and moving lesson about love and the true meaning of friendship.

“A perfect gift of a show.” The Scotsman

Venue: LOVELACE STUDIO THEATER
Running Time: 60 Minutes, no intermission
Recommended Age: Recommended for ages 4-8


Joyce Yang
Joyce Yang
January 24, 2017
JOYCE YANG

The youngest ever medalist of the Van Cliburn International Competition, Joyce Yang showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians. Yang will dazzle audiences with a varied program featuring both classic and contemporary works - from Schumann and Debussy to Granados, Ginastera and Carl Vine.

PROGRAM

SCHUMANN: Romances, Op. 28
CARL VINE: Anne Landa Preludes

Intermission

DEBUSSY: Estampes
GRANADOS: from Goyescas
Quejas, o La Maja y el ruiseñor (Complaint, or the Girl and the Nightingale)
Los requiebros (The Compliments)
GINASTERA Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2

“Poetic and sensitive pianism” - Washington Post


The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
January 26, 2017
THE KALICHSTEIN-LAREDO-ROBINSON TRIO

Nearly 40 years after its debut at the White House, The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to bring technical mastery, expressive depth and magnetism to the concert stage. Join the Trio — pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson — on their special 40th Anniversary Tour for an exhilarating evening of Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

PROGRAM
BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No 2 in C minor, Op 66
BRAHMS Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8

“…foremost trio with the greatest longevity…bring(ing) to worldwide audiences their expressive and exhilarating interpretations.” - Musical America


Dan Zanes & Friends
Dan Zanes & Friends
Family Concerts @ The Wallis
January 29, 2017
DAN ZANES & FRIENDS

Dan Zanes & Friends return to The Wallis after wildly popular engagements the previous two seasons. Once again, the Grammy Award-winner will bring his friend Sonia de los Santos for a bi-lingual English and Spanish concert for kids and kids-at-heart.

“Zanes’ kids music works because it is not kids music; it’s just music—music that’s unsanitized, unpasteurized, that’s organic even.” New York Times Magazine

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


Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz
February 3, 2017
Arts & Ideas: Conversations @ The Wallis
The Wallis and ASCAP present
AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN SCHWARTZ: MUSIC & BROADWAY MEMORIES
With Special Broadway Guest Stars

Spend an evening of music and Broadway memories from Stephen Schwartz, the Tony, Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer/lyricist whose credits include the classic musicals Wicked, Godspell and Pippin, as well as the Walt Disney films Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted, and the DreamWorks’ film The Prince of Egypt.

ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop in Partnership with DreamWorks Animation and The Wallis on February 1 & 2, 2017.


946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
February 8 - March 5, 2017
Kneehigh in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre present
946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice

Imagine being twelve and having soldiers occupying your house and land, with only your cat to tell your secrets.

Kneehigh Theatre, who wowed audiences at The Wallis with Brief Encounter, return with 946, which was originally produced by our new Artistic Director Paul Crewes. Kneehigh’s signature sorcery of music, puppetry and foolishness will transport us to Slapton Sands, England in 1944. Based on the beloved book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, 946 explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings in this tender tale of love and war.

"A wonderfully life-affirming piece of theatre... touchingly and gloriously imaginative" - The Times


Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo
Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo
March 7-26, 2017
The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre production of
Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo
Directed by Coy Middlebrook

The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre, the companies behind the hit revival of Spring Awakening in Los Angeles and New York, bring their sign language take to Albee’s classic short play The Zoo Story (1959) and its acclaimed prequel, Homelife (2004). Together these short plays form At Home at the Zoo, the complete story of publishing executive Peter, his wife Ann and Jerry, the volatile stranger Peter meets in the park. The Wallis’ Coy Middlebrook directs this new production featuring both deaf and hearing actors.

"An essential and heartening experience. Mr. Albee is, among other things, a chronicler of life as erosion. Yet in seeing these works side by side you discover that growing older does not have to mean creative atrophy. 'The Zoo Story' is infused with a young man’s frustration and hormonal energy, while 'Homelife' is the product of an older, more contemplative mind." - The New York Times

“Under Coy Middlebrook's direction, Albee's lacerating insights retain their delicious sting.” Los Angeles Times



Ralph Kirshbaum & Shai Wosner
Ralph Kirshbaum & Shai Wosner
March 9-10, 2017 RALPH KIRSHBAUM & SHAI WOSNER: BEETHOVEN

Famed cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, whose live recording in London's Wigmore Hall of the all-Beethoven Sonatas and Variations will be released this fall on Onyx Classics, will be joined by pianist Shai Wosner, who returns to The Wallis after his acclaimed Bridge to Beethoven concert with Jennifer Koh in March 2016. Over two nights in the Bram Goldsmith Theater, Kirshbaum and Wosner will tackle the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano. Join us at The Wallis for this unique Beethoven immersion.

These concerts are made possible at The Wallis by generous support from Susan and Peter Strauss.

PROGRAM
BEETHOVEN 7 Variations in E-flat Major on Mozart's "Bei Männern" from The Magic Flute, WoO 46

BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata in G minor Op. 5, No. 2
Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo
Allegro molto più tosto presto
Rondo. Allegro

BEETHOVEN 12 Variations in F Major on Mozart’s “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” from Die Zauberflöte, Op. 66

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69
Allegro, ma non tanto
Scherzo
Adagio cantabile – Allegro vivace

"Ralph Kirshbaum has wonderful tone, utter technical reliability and the imagination to make the music feel both spontaneous and well planned." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
March 14 - 19, 2017
Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company present
Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
Created by Filter Theatre
Directed by Sean Holmes

Filter’s explosive and irreverent new take on this beloved romantic comedy of mistaken identity combines dynamic narrative drive with a torrent of sound and music creating one of the most accessible Shakespeare productions of recent years.

"The most hard-hearted purists would melt at Filter's 90-minute reworking of this play, directed with passion, panache and precision. For newcomers to Shakespeare I can't think of a better introduction. The music is ferocious, fiery and funny: at times, it makes the Stones look like a group of genteel clergymen. This is not a send-up: it's a celebration – mad, wild, loving and hilarious." - The Sunday Times


Limon Dance Company
Limon Dance Company
March 24-25, 2017
Limón Dance Company

Program
Concerto Grosso
Chaconne
Corvidae
The Exiles
The Moor’s Pavane


Hailed as one of the world’s greatest dance companies, the Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American Modern dance since its inception in 1946. The Company is the living legacy of dance theater developed by José Limón and his mentors, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, whose innovative works revolutionized American dance. After Limón’s death in 1972, the Company pioneered the idea that it was possible to survive the death of its founder, setting an example for the entire dance field. Now in its 70th year, the Company is renowned for its technical mastery and dramatic expression, and demonstrates both the timelessness of José Limón’s works and the humanistic vision that guides the repertory choices.

“For drama, virtuosity, and grace, there’s no finer company.” - The Village Voice

Running time: 85 minutes, with one intermission.


Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet
March 30, 2017
EDDIE PALMIERI LATIN JAZZ SEPTET

Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. With a discography that includes 36 titles, Mr. Palmieri is a NEA Jazz Master and has been awarded nine Grammy Awards. A true powerhouse of brilliance known for his astute arranging skills and historic compositions, Mr. Palmieri has shown that time is infinite with respect to his repertoire as he continues to thrill audiences with his legendary style.

“Palmieri looms , in the current landscape of tropical music, as the last of the larger than life giants.” - Los Angeles Times


The Encounter
The Encounter
April 6-16, 2017
Complicite / Simon McBurney
THE ENCOUNTER

In 1969, Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer, found himself lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil. It was an encounter that was to change his life: bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus. In this solo performance Simon McBurney traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using binaural technology (3D audio) to build an intimate and shifting world of sound.

“This production from the genre-bending Complicite company is one of the most fully immersive theater pieces ever created.” The New York Times

Running Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes with no intermission. Headphones will be provided and must be worn throughout the performance.
Recommended Age: Recommended for ages 12+

Credits And Artist Information

Directed and performed by Simon McBurney
Co-Director Kirsty Housley
Design Michael Levine
Sound Gareth Fry with Pete Malkin
Lighting Paul Anderson
Projection Will Duke
Associate Director Jemima James

A Complicite co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, the Barbican, London, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre. Supported by Sennheiser and the Wellcome Trust.

complicite.org

HEARING IMPAIRED CUSTOMERS
The Encounter is a sound heavy show. We have a number of ways of supporting hearing-impaired audiences. If you are a hearing aid user please bring along your direct input cable for use during the performance and make yourself known at Box Office upon arrival so that our technicians can talk you through how best to experience the show. If you don’t have a direct input cable make yourself known at Box Office and we will adapt the equipment and headphones accordingly.


Elephant & Piggie's "We Are In A Play!"
Elephant & Piggie's "We Are In A Play!"
April 22-23, 2017
The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences presents
ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S
"WE ARE IN A PLAY!"
Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books for Children
Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by Jerry Whiddon

Get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of Mo Willems's beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books that will leave audiences doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long! In this vaudevillian romp, Elephant and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense.

“A great way to introduce your child to theater." - Broadway World

Venue: BRAM GOLDSMITH THEATER
Running Time: 60 Minutes, no intermission
Recommended Age: Recommended for ages 4+

CREDITS AND ARTIST INFORMATION

The 2:30 PM performance on Sunday, April 23 is Sensory-Friendly.

Sensory-Friendly Performances are designed to create a theater experience that is welcoming to all families with children on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.


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.


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 new and classic work 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 6-30
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