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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-JULY 9
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.

WARNING: This production contains brief nudity, sexual content, strong language, violence and uses atmospheric haze, herbal cigarettes and strobe effects. Recommended for mature audiences only.

"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



An Evening with Alan Alda
An Evening with Alan Alda
The Wallis and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles | ALOUD Present An Evening with Alan Alda In conversation with Lisa Wolpe

Alan Alda, the award-winning actor and bestselling author, takes the ALOUD stage to discuss his decades-long quest to learn the fundamental ingredients of human communication. With his trademark humor and candor, Alda’s new book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?, chronicles communication breakdowns in his own life from a life – from a life-changing misunderstanding with a dentist to learning how to make science relatable to the masses as host of PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers. Drawing on improvisation training, theater, and storytelling techniques from a life of acting, and with insights from recent scientific studies, Alda equips himself with a range of tools to relate to others more effectively. Sharing with audiences his strategies to build empathy and improve the way we communicate, Alda will demonstrate the art of conversation as he talks with Lisa Wolpe—a master communicator in her own right as an actress, director, teacher, and the Artistic Director and Founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company.


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


Jonathan Biss
Jonathan Biss
October 8, 2017

JONATHAN BISS, PIANO

In his Wallis debut, world-renowned pianist and intellectual giant Jonathan Biss tackles both Beethoven’s fiery “Tempest” and Schumann’s unparalleled Fantasie in C, arguably Schumann’s greatest work for solo piano.

Mr. Biss is a Steinway Artist.

MOZART Sonata in a minor, K. 310
LEON KIRCHNER Interlude II
BEETHOVEN Sonata in d minor, Op. 31, No. 2 “Tempest”
SCHUMANN Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17

“One of the most striking North American pianists of the new generation.” Toronto Globe and Mail



Dorrance Dance
Dorrance Dance
October 12-14, 2017
DORRANCE DANCE

Dorrance Dance honors tap dance’s unique and powerful history in a new and dynamic context by upholding its tradition while simultaneously pushing it rhythmically, technically and conceptually. Artistic Director and 2015 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Michelle Dorrance’s “Myelination” premiered at New York City Center’s 2015 Fall for Dance Festival. Gia Kourlas of The New York Times responded: “Ms Dorrance has choreographed a glittering closer that needs to have a second life… please, someone, make that happen.” Join Dorrance Dance for the new, fully extended version of “Myelination” with original live music. In addition to this new work, the rarely-seen, Bessie Award-winning Three to One, and revival of the whimsical Jungle Blues complete the program, illustrating the great range for which the company is known.

“Ms. Dorrance, a brilliant conductor, pushes the boundaries of tap while exposing its true nature: that it is music.” - The New York Times


PROGRAM
Jungle Blues
Three to One
Myelination



Turn Me Loose
Turn Me Loose
October 13-29, 2017
The Wallis in association with John Legend,
Get Lifted Film Company, Mike Jackson, Jackie Judd, The Private Theatre, Eric Falkenstein,
Ron Simons & Beth Hubbard present
Joe Morton in
TURN ME LOOSE
A Play About Comic Genius Dick Gregory
By Gretchen Law
Directed by John Gould Rubin


Turn Me Loose is a new comedic drama about the extraordinary and explosive life of Dick Gregory - starring Tony Winner and Scandal star Joe Morton - that shines a light on the first black comedian to expose white audiences to racial comedy. Gregory confronted bigotry with shockingly disarming humor, marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and deeply influenced comics from Richard Pryor to Chris Rock. He’s been a prolific writer, muckraker, provocateur, candidate for mayor of Chicago and for president of the United States. He was singled out by President Obama as one of his all-time favorite comedians. Experience the comic genius of Dick Gregory and the poetic final words of his mentor, slain civil rights activist, Medgar Evers: "Turn Me Loose."

Warning: Strong Language

“Best Theater of 2016. Scorchingly funny. Brilliant. Takes your breath away.” - The New York Times



Harlem Quartet: Game-Changers
Harlem Quartet: Game-Changers
October 15, 2017

HARLEM QUARTET: Game-Changers


Harlem Quartet - comprised of violinists Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky - returns to the Bram Goldsmith Theater after an extraordinary debut in 2016. The Quartet’s 2017 program explores game-changing works from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries - including a work by Ilmar Gavilan’s father Guido Gavilan.

WEBERN Langsamer Satz
GABRIELA LENA FRANK Milagros
GUIDO GAVILAN Cuarteto en Guaguancó
DIZZY GILLESPIE, CHANO POZO & GIL FULLER Manteca
DEBUSSY String Quartet in g minor

“They took my breath away” - The Boston Musical Intelligencer



Feathers of Fire
Feathers of Fire
October 20 - 29, 2017
The Wallis in collaboration with
Mark Amin present
FEATHERS OF FIRE: A PERSIAN EPIC
Conceived, designed and directed by Hamid Rahmanian
In collaboration with Larry Reed and Shadowlight Productions
Produced by Fictionville Studio and Banu Productions


Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages. Inspired by the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (‘The Book of Kings’), the action-packed tale follows star-crossed lovers Zaul and Rudabeh who triumph at the end against all odds. Hamid Rahmanian’s graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the region, are rendered by Larry Reed as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, all of which come to life in a “live animation” on a cinema-size screen.

Suitable for ages 5+
Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.
Performed in English.

“Seeing cross-cultural and cross-generational audiences at performances of Feathers of Fire fulfills Rahmanian’s deepest dream: to share his homeland’s rich visual and literary culture with the West.” - Los Angeles Times



L.A. Dance Project
L.A. Dance Project
COMPANY-IN-RESIDENCE: L.A. DANCE PROJECT

The Wallis is thrilled to announce L.A. Dance Project as its first Company-in-Residence! Collaborating with the company’s Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied, The Wallis welcomes L.A. Dance Project in a series of programs in both the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018, as well as other education and outreach activities.

November 2-4, 2017
FALL PROGRAM
MinEvent - Cunningham
Closer - B. Millepied L.A. Dance Project Los Angeles Premiere
Orpheus Highway - B. Millepied WEST COAST PREMIERE
In Silence We Speak - B. Millepied WEST COAST PREMIERE

April 5-7, 2018
SPRING PROGRAM
Yag - Ohad Naharin
+ More to be announced!

“I am thrilled to find a new home in Los Angeles at The Wallis, one of the most exciting new performing arts centers. This is a wonderful opportunity for L.A. Dance Project to extend its reach to a larger community and continue its path towards becoming a major dance company in America.” -Benjamin Millepied

“L.A. Dance Project delivers mesmerizing debut at The Wallis.” - Los Angeles Times

“Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project has thrown down the slipper in declaring the city’s standing in the ballet world.” - Hollywood Reporter



Kyle Riabko: Richard Rodgers Reimagined
Kyle Riabko: Richard Rodgers Reimagined
November 10-11, 2017

Kyle Riabko: Richard Rodgers Reimagined

After bringing his groundbreaking arrangements of the Bacharach catalogue to The Wallis last season, Kyle Riabko returns with the Los Angeles debut of his Richard Rodgers Reimagined concert. Riabko was inspired to take on the Rodgers songbook after seeing a fan letter Rodgers had written to Bacharach. Backed by his band, Riabko will bring his unique pop/rock sensibility to the classics Rodgers wrote with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II, performing them as they’ve never been heard before. Riabko turns his attention to such Rodgers compositions as “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning”; “The Lady is a Tramp”; “My Favorite Things”; “Where Or When”; “Some Enchanted Evening”; and “My Funny Valentine”, among others.

“Heartthrob handsome Kyle Riabko searches out the emotional layers of the songs with impressive precision. Sheer musical talent.” – The New York Times



The Heart of Robin Hood
The Heart of Robin Hood
November 28 - December 17, 2017
The Wallis and Vesturport present
The Heart of Robin Hood
Written by David Farr
Directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson and Selma Björnsdóttir


A classic tale goes rogue in Vesturport’s bold new twist on the world’s most infamous outlaw. Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. In writer David Farr (“The Night Manager”) and acclaimed directors Gisli Örn Gardarsson and Selma Björnsdóttir’s reimagining, Robin and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich, but it’s never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone. But when wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good.

“It’s a romance, a comedy and a drama. It has swashbuckling, cross-dressing and acrobatics. By the time of its final glorious romantic tableau, it will be a rare theatergoer who’s not won over.” - The Boston Globe,

“A great, feel-good night out at the theatre - with a fun twist on the story you probably already know and love.” Broadway World

Run Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes including a 15-minute intermission
Suitable for ages 10+.



Sarah Chang
Sarah Chang
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Sarah Chang, violin & Julio Elizalde, piano

Sarah Chang has long been recognized as one of the world’s premier violinists. Pianist Julio Elizalde is one of the most sought-after and multifaceted artists of his generation. Join both for a memorable evening of soul-stirring works by Bartok, Brahms and Franck.

PROGRAM
BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56
BRAHMS Sonata No. 3 in d minor, Op. 108
FRANCK Sonata in A Major, FWV 8


“Ms. Chang was a wonder.” —The New York Times



Last Thougts: Schubert's Final Trilogy
Last Thougts: Schubert's Final Trilogy
Last Thoughts: Schubert’s Final Trilogy

Ory Shihor, piano
Text by Hershey Felder


In the last few months of his short life, Franz Schubert composed some of the most miraculous music ever created. Join critically acclaimed Israeli-American pianist Ory Shihor as he tells the story behind Schubert’s last three piano sonatas through music and words across a two-part evening of concerts.

4PM SCHUBERT
Sonata in D Major, D. 958
+ More to be announced!

7:30PM SCHUBERT
Sonata in A Major, D. 959
Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960

Made possible in part by Camille and Arnon Adar.

Join us for a special, three-course $50 meal at Porta Via restaurant between the concerts! Contact Tickets@TheWallis.org for more information.

“Boldly individualistic” - The New York Times



Sandoval Jazz Weekend: Master Class
Sandoval Jazz Weekend: Master Class
SANDOVAL JAZZ WEEKEND

Among the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, Arturo Sandoval is a winner of 6 Billboard Awards, 10 GRAMMY Awards and the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. For his Jazz Weekend at The Wallis, Sandoval curates a series of inspired programs featuring a Master Class, two extraordinary nights spotlighting up-and-coming jazz artists - whom Sandoval is proudly calling the “Young Lions” - as well as an unforgettable evening of his own!

Thursday, Jan 25: Master Class, sponsored by the Arturo Sandoval Institute
Friday, Jan 26: May Haymer (Piano); Linda Brinceño (Trumpet & Vocalist); Edmar Castañeda (Harp)
Saturday, Jan 27: Arturo Sandoval
Sunday, Jan 28: Sarpay Ozcagatay (Flute); Aubrey Logan (Trombone & Vocalist); Cyrille Aimée (Vocalist)


“Exquisite musicality” - Los Angeles Times



Sandoval Jazz Weekend
Sandoval Jazz Weekend
SANDOVAL JAZZ WEEKEND

Among the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, Arturo Sandoval is a winner of 6 Billboard Awards, 10 GRAMMY Awards and the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. For his Jazz Weekend at The Wallis, Sandoval curates a series of inspired programs featuring a Master Class, two extraordinary nights spotlighting up-and-coming jazz artists - whom Sandoval is proudly calling the “Young Lions” - as well as an unforgettable evening of his own!

Thursday, Jan 25: Master Class, sponsored by the Arturo Sandoval Institute
Friday, Jan 26: May Haymer (Piano); Linda Brinceño (Trumpet & Vocalist); Edmar Castañeda (Harp)
Saturday, Jan 27: Arturo Sandoval
Sunday, Jan 28: Sarpay Ozcagatay (Flute); Aubrey Logan (Trombone & Vocalist); Cyrille Aimée (Vocalist)


“Exquisite musicality” - Los Angeles Times



Great Expectations
Great Expectations
February 8-10, 2017
GREAT EXPECTATIONS
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Andrew McPherson
Additional text by Simon Harvey and David Mynne
Directed by Simon Harvey
Performed by David Mynne


Seven-year-old orphan Pip’s encounter with an escaped convict begins a series of events that will change his life forever. Some of Charles Dickens’ most memorable characters are vividly brought to life in this anarchic and joyful one-man-adaptation of the classic tale.

Suitable for ages 10+.

“Mesmerizing theatre!” - The West Briton



Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet with Stephen Hough
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet with Stephen Hough
February 10, 2018
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet with Stephen Hough, piano

Over the course of his impressive career, Stephen Hough has distinguished himself as a true polymath, not only securing a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist, but also as a writer and composer. Join Hough, MacArthur “Genius,” and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet for this very special evening of Mozart, Barber and more - including an original work by Hough.

Mr. Hough is a Steinway Artist.

PROGRAM
STEPHEN HOUGH Was mit den Tränen geschieht
MOZART Quintet in E-Flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452
JACQUES IBERT Trois pièces brèves
SAMUEL BARBER Summer Music, Op. 31
POULENC Sextet for Piano and Winds, FP 100


“Arguably the best ensemble of its kind in the world” - Manchester Evening News

“[Hough] is known as a rare kind of visionary virtuoso [and] what I cherish in Hough’s playing is the sense that he is making up the music as he goes, even as he realizes the written score with uncommon precision.” - The New York Times

Run time: 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission



Broadway with Seth Rudetsky
Broadway with Seth Rudetsky
February 14 & March 29, 2018
The Wallis & Mark Cortale Present
Broadway @ The Wallis
with Seth Rudetsky & Special Guests to be Announced!

After last season’s sold-out engagement with Audra McDonald, Sirius XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky returns to the Bram Goldsmith Theater with other musical theater luminaries to host more intoxicating concerts for Broadway @ The Wallis.

“The combination of emotionally rich singing and perceptive personal stories resulted in a thrilling evening.” Talkin’ Broadway



Jackie Unveiled
Jackie Unveiled
February 22 - March 11, 2018
The Wallis production of
JACKIE UNVEILED
Written by Tom Dugan
Directed by Jenny Sullivan


Hailed as an icon of style, grace and strength, famous for her allure and piercing sensuality, much has been written and said about America’s most popular First Lady - although the one detail usually omitted is that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was human. From the creative team of Wiesenthal, award winning playwright Tom Dugan’s newest one-woman drama Jackie Unveiled explores the life of America’s most private public figure.

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

Run Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission.



The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk
February 23 - March 11, 2018
Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic production of
THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK
By Daniel Jamieson
Directed by Emma Rice


Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall are immortalized as having one of the most romantic marriages of the 20th Century. The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces the young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution and each other. Following the artistic heights of Brief Encounter, and 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Kneehigh and director Emma Rice return to The Wallis with a production that combines the visuals of Chagall’s paintings with the music and dance of the Russian Jewish tradition.

“****A soaring, swooping crowd-pleaser” - Time Out London



Nathan & Julie Gunn
Nathan & Julie Gunn
March 15, 2018

NATHAN & JULIE GUNN

Nathan Gunn, among the most in-demand baritones of his day, along with his wife, pianist Julie Gunn, perform an evening of cabaret by iconic composers ranging from Leonard Bernstein and Cole Porter to Billy Joel and Tom Waits. The concert joins Leonard Bernstein at 100, the worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.

“Nathan Gunn commands an operatic baritone whose mighty heft and richness confer an outsize authority on everything it touches” - The New York Times



wild UP: Future Folk
wild UP: Future Folk
MARCH 17, 2018

wild Up: Future Folk wild Up, under the direction of conductor Christopher Rountree, is an adventurous Los Angeles-based chamber orchestra committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking musical happenings. For its Wallis debut, wild Up will explore the music from Ancient India, modern California, post-war New York, as well as American works that reflect on a future form of music rooted in folk ethos.

“A raucous, grungy, irresistibly exuberant… fun-loving, exceptionally virtuosic family!” - The New York Times



Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope, Violin
Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope, Violin
March 22, 2018

Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope, violin

British violinist Daniel Hope is the first instrumentalist to be named Music Director of the acclaimed Zurich Chamber Orchestra, one of the leading ensembles of its kind. Hope and the Orchestra takes us through Vivaldi’s classic The Four Seasons, followed by Max Richter’s minimalist recomposition of the Baroque masterpiece. This one-of-a-kind musical experience is not to be missed.

VIVALDI The Four Seasons
MAX RICHTER Recomposed


“The violinist, now among the best in the world as well as the most thoughtful, is as brilliant at Bach as Birtwistle.” - The Observer



Dada Masilo's Giselle
Dada Masilo's Giselle
April 12-14, 2018
The Wallis presents
Dada Masilo’s GISELLE

Co-commissioned by The Joyce Theater’s Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work; the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College; la Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2018; Sadler’s Wells with music composed by Philip Miller A young girl dies after having been betrayed by a man. She cannot rest in peace and is transformed into a wili, a ghost with a desire for dance - and revenge. Acclaimed South African choreographer Dada Masilo, who stunned audiences around the world with her feminist revisions of Carmen, Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake, takes on another classic in her distinctive style of African dance and classical ballet performed at astonishing speed.

“The rising star is only getting started.” - CNN

Run Time: 1 hour with no intermission.
Mature content, language and nudity. Recommended for ages 14+



Gene Kelly: The Legacy
Gene Kelly: The Legacy
April 18, 2018
The Wallis presents
GENE KELLY: THE LEGACY
An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly

Legendary actor, dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly brought astonishing grace and athleticism to the big screen – yet we know little about him. Patricia Ward Kelly – his wife and biographer – returns to The Wallis to present an intimate portrait of this dynamic and innovative artist who created some of the most memorable and iconic scenes in film history. This unique one-woman performance, which enjoyed two sold-out performances in our 2014/2015 season, combines rare and familiar film clips, previously unreleased recordings, personal memorabilia, and insights culled from Kelly’s hours of interviews and conversations with her husband.

“Endearingly entertaining” - The Hollywood Reporter



Jeremy Denk
Jeremy Denk
April 25, 2018

JEREMY DENK, PIANO

Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists, the winner of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year award. Join us for a scintillating evening of classics from Beethoven, Mozart and more!

MOZART Rondo in a minor
PROKOFIEV Visions Fugitives
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
LISZT An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
+ More to be announced!
(program subject to change)


“Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination – both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.“ – The New York Times



Blues in the Night
Blues in the Night
April 27 - May 20, 2018
The Wallis production of
BLUES IN THE NIGHT
Conceived & Directed by Sheldon Epps


The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in Blues in the Night, the scorching, Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical! The 26 hot and torchy numbers - by icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and more - tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences that three women have with the lying, cheating, snake of a man, who represents the men who do them wrong. The Wallis is honored to have Los Angeles theater luminary Sheldon Epps return to his breakout hit. Staged in our intimate Lovelace Studio Theater, Blues in the Night will you leave you energized, inspired and ready to wail.

“Absolutely show-stopping” - The Stage



Crossing in Concert
Crossing in Concert
May 26, 2018

Matthew Aucoin’s
CROSSING in Concert
A co-production of LA Opera Off Grand and The Wallis
Featuring Rod Gilfry


Inspired by poet Walt Whitman’s experiences tending to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, this haunting, compassionate work by Matthew Aucoin, LA Opera's Artist in Residence, explores the connections that come between us and pull us apart. As Whitman listens to wounded veterans share their memories and messages, he forges a bond with an enigmatic young soldier. Their encounter forces him to examine his own role as writer and poet. Intricately scored for chamber orchestra, with beautifully detailed choruses, Crossing shines in a special concert performance, featuring Rod Gilfry as Whitman and conducted by Aucoin himself.

“Crossing is a taut, teeming and inspired work.” - The New York Times

Run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

Performed in English with projected English translations.



BODYTRAFFIC
BODYTRAFFIC
May 31-June 2
BODYTRAFFIC

For the past 10 years BODYTRAFFIC has traveled the globe as LA’s most invigorating dance ambassadors. To celebrate its 10th Anniversary Season, BODYTRAFFIC comes home for its debut at The Wallis.

“Invention, attitude and urban edge.” - The Boston Globe



Hershey Felder: Beethoven
Hershey Felder: Beethoven
July 27 - August 12, 2018
Hershey Felder: BEETHOVEN
Written and Performed by Hershey Felder
Directed by Joel Zwick


Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis, bringing Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the Maestro’s side. Featuring some of the composer's most famous works including the Moonlight Sonata, Pathetique Sonata, selections from the 5th and 9th Symphonies, Hershey Felder: Beethoven is a journey through time that will bring you closer to the essence of a genius.

Mr. Felder is a Steinway Artist.

“A chamber music piece of exquisite beauty.” – C S-T

“It is heartfelt, intelligent, proficient, insightful and, at times, strangely moving. Beethoven is a piece that lingers in your head.” – Chicago Tribune