Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:


LOVE ALWAYS WINS: Daniel Beaty in Concert with Special Guests Ledisi & Esperanza Spalding
LOVE ALWAYS WINS: Daniel Beaty in Concert with Special Guests Ledisi & Esperanza Spalding
Following a sold-out performance of his solo show Emergency, the award-winning actor, singer, and composer returns to The Wallis to make his Sorting Room debut with special guests Esperanza Spalding and Ledisi. This intimate evening of song will explore the journey to conquer fear and pain through the power of love and authentic joy.


The John Holiday Experience: Love and Happiness
The John Holiday Experience: Love and Happiness
The John Holiday Experience: Love & Happiness is the culmination of a myriad of the award-winning operatic countertenor’s experiences. Holiday’s goal is to have the audience rediscover the ways in which they fell in love, how they perceive love, and what is it that makes us all feel love. The happiness comes from his joy in performing these beautiful works by African-American composers whom he loves and admires. Holiday endeavors to bridge the gap between classical and contemporary, jazz, and soul music - trying to get everyone to lean in and be immersed in the beauty of an experience.


Perla Batalla: In the House of Cohen
Perla Batalla: In the House of Cohen
As a Grammy-nominated singer and touring band member with the legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen, Perla Batalla knew there was much of Cohen’s body of work she still wanted to perform and record. Cohen's passing in November 2016 reaffirmed Batalla’s mission of sharing the lesser-known songs of Canada's poet laureate to a younger public mostly familiar with the well-covered, “Hallelujah.” Perla Batalla in the House of Cohen features selected songs and rare personal anecdotes that serve to reveal the timelessness of Cohen's art through Perla Batalla’s signature cross-cultural style.


Inon Barnatan, Piano
Inon Barnatan, Piano
INON BARNATAN, PIANO
VARIATIONS ON A SUITE
June 22, 2019 - Bram Goldsmith Theater

Inon Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence, and consummate artistry. Recently named the music director of the La Jolla Music Society’s 32-year-old SummerFest, Barnatan will make his Wallis debut with one of his typically adventurous concert programs.

“One of the most admired pianists of his generation.” - The New York Times

HANDEL Chaconne in G Major, HWV. 442
BACH Allemande from Partita in D Major, BWV. 828
RAMEAU Courante from Suite in A minor, RCT. 5
COUPERIN L’Atalante
RAVEL Rigaudon from Le Tombeau de Couperin
ADES Blanca Variations
LIGETI Musica Ricercata Nos. 11 & 10
BARBER Fugue from Sonata for Piano, Op. 26
BRAHMS Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24


Impro Theater: L.A. Noir UnScripted
Impro Theater: L.A. Noir UnScripted
The dark and seedy underbelly of Los Angeles in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s is the setting for L.A. Noir UnScripted. Starting with audience suggestions, Impro Theatre uses authors like Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain as inspiration to embody private dicks, femme fatales and a cadre of colorful characters. From the back alleys of Downtown to the manicured lawns of Beverly Hills, L.A. Noir UnScripted delivers hard hitting, completely improvised tales of seduction and murder.

Runtime: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission


Chrysta Bell
Chrysta Bell
After returning stateside from an international headlining tour to support her new album, Feels Like Love, Chrysta Bell makes her Wallis debut in The Sorting Room's intimate environment to share up close and personal performances of songs from her new album as well as selections from her album We Dissolve, produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey) and albums Somewhere In The Nowhere and This Train, both produced and co-written by auteur David Lynch. An Intimate Evening with Chrysta Bell promises glamour and mystery brought by a soulful performer whose enigmatic presence has captured the attention of audiences and media across the world.

“Sensual, ethereal … like a nightclub act from a shadow dimension, one that’s glamorous and sexy but also on the cusp of cosmic chaos.” – The Wall Street Journal


B. Slade
B. Slade
Three-time Grammy nominee and two-time Emmy winner B.Slade brings you The B.Slade Experience, a sprawling, live multimedia journey through his remarkable career. A true veteran with rookie hunger who has worked with legends such as Snoop Dogg, Sheila E., Shanice, and Patti Labelle, B.Slade has astonishingly racked up almost 20 albums in less than ten years. With fan favorites and hits from his albums DeLorean, B.Slade, his new album BLEU, as well as a few surprises, this experience will combine peerless vocals, sharp musicianship, masterful choreography, and stunning visuals to create an experience that is sure to excite fans (lovingly dubbed "Slayerz") and music lovers alike, and create new Slayerz along the way.


Sisters in Law
Sisters in Law
West Coast Premiere
The Wallis production of

Sisters in Law

in Association with Don Frazen and Elizabeth Weber
Written by Jonathan Shapiro
Based on the book by Linda Hirshman

Sept 17 – Oct 6 / Lovelace Studio Theater

Featuring the relationship between two polar opposites and modern day legends, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor, Sisters in Law celebrates a friendship transcending party, religion and culture. Explore the inexplicable bond between the U.S. Supreme Court’s first two female justices as they grapple with matters of national law and personal belief.


Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
The Wallis presents

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
Sep 21 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Herb Alpert, iconic trumpeter, composer, and his wife, the Grammy award-winning vocalist Lani Hall, will perform an eclectic mix of Alpert’s greatest hits. The evening will feature everything from Cole Porter to the Beatles, and from classic Tijuana Brass to Brasil ’66, and improvisational jazz.


Bodytraffic 2019
Bodytraffic 2019
The Wallis presents

2019/2020 Company-In-Residence
BODYTRAFFIC

Sept 26-28 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

L.A.’s own critically acclaimed BODYTRAFFIC returns to The Wallis as the 2019/2020 Company-In-Residence. BODYTRAFFIC is a world-class contemporary dance company, performing master works by international choreographic superstars, and representing the strength of the Los Angeles dance scene. BODYTRAFFIC's emotionally charged and technically virtuosic dancers aim to touch, inspire, and entertain audiences throughout the world. BODYTRAFFIC's fall concert spans the best of what is happening locally in dance, as well as abroad, featuring a world premiere work by L.A.-based Michaela Taylor.


Joshua Roman & Conor Hanick
Joshua Roman & Conor Hanick
The Wallis presents

Joshua Roman, cello and Conor Hanick, piano

Oct 5 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Cellist Joshua Roman has earned an international reputation for his wide-ranging repertoire, and his commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways. On this evening, Roman will be joined by the “effortlessly elegant” (New York Times) pianist Conor Hannick.


Brooklyn Rider & Magos Herrera
Brooklyn Rider & Magos Herrera
The Wallis presents

Brooklyn Rider & Magos Herrera
Dreamers

Oct 10 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Nicholas Cords, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello


Mexican-born songstress Magos Herrera and the omnivorous string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, join forces for an unforgettable musical journey reinterpreting classics of the era from Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Spain, celebrating such luminaries as Octavio Paz, Federico García Lorca and Rubén Darío.


David Orlowsky & Quartetto di Cremona
David Orlowsky & Quartetto di Cremona
The Wallis presents

David Orlowski and Quartetto di Cremona

Oct. 12 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Quartetto di Cremona is admired as a preeminent quartet of its generation, noted for its lustrous sound, refined musicianship, and stylistic versatility. Clarinetist David Orlowsky is widely recognized as a musician of tremendous expressiveness and depth, and is acknowledged worldwide as one of today's leading interpreters of the clarinet repertoire ranging from Mozart to Golijov to klezmer. This very special evening at The Wallis will feature works by Golijov and Mozart.


Circa
Circa
The Wallis presents

Circa
Humans

Nov 1-2 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa comes all the way from Australia to make its debut as The Wallis’ first foray into contemporary circus with Humans. In a thrilling and heart-stopping performance, Circa pushes the boundaries of circus to take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human and of how our bodies, our connections, and our aspirations all form part of who we are.


Watership Down
Watership Down
The Wallis Studio Ensemble production of

Watership Down
Based on the book by Richard Adams

Directed by Madeleine Dahm

Nov 6-10 / Lovelace Studio Theater

This stirring tale of courage, survival and friendship has become one of the best-loved adventures of all time – and is as timely as ever. In this gripping adaptation produced by The Wallis’ own Studio Ensemble, the long and perilous journey of a small band of wild rabbits, to find sanctuary and freedom on Watership Down, is lovingly brought to the stage with stunning visuals, masks, movement, puppetry and innovative ensemble storytelling.


Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
The Wallis presents

Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Nov 8 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Join us for a remarkable evening of Brahms and Chopin.

PROGRAM
BRAHMS Rhapsodies, Op. 79
BRAHMS Fantasien, Op. 116
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 (Book II)
CHOPIN Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1
CHOPIN Sonata in B minor, Op. 58



Sonia de los Santos
Sonia de los Santos
The Wallis presents

Sonia De Los Santos
La Golondrina: A Musical Journey

Nov 10 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

A native of Monterey, Mexico, Sonia has been hailed by Billboard as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know.” This debut concert reflects her experiences growing up in Mexico and moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage.


Love Actually Live
Love Actually Live

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
The Wallis presents

Charles Dickens’
A Christmas Carol

Directed by Simon Harvey
Performed by David Mynne
Adapted by Andrew McPherson
Additional script by Simon Harvey and David Mynne

Dec 4-8 / Lovelace Studio Theater
Recommended for ages 8+

Joy to all mankind? Bah! Humbug! Spend an evening in the company of a mean, tight-fisted, squeezing, grasping, clutching old miser. Watch horrified as Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by four creepy ghosts - each one more terrifying than the last. In their inimitable style, the team that brought you Great Expectations will now celebrate the holiday season with a mesmerizing one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ timeless, transformative story.


Nina & Me
Nina & Me
The Wallis presents

Nina & Me

Starring Twelve-Time Grammy Nominee Ledisi

Dec 13-22 / Lovelace Studio Theater

Nina and Me is a beautifully orchestrated mixture of classical, jazz and rhythm & blues sounds with riveting storytelling of the musical bond between an artist from one era influenced by a Legend from the past. Ledisi returns to her roots in jazz while performing her classics reimagined with strings and big band horns while honoring one of her greatest inspirations, the great Nina Simone.


Simone Dinnerstein & Matt Haimovitz
Simone Dinnerstein & Matt Haimovitz
The Wallis presents

Dinnerstein/Haimovitz: Beethoven/Glass

Jan 9 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

As the world approaches the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth (2020), two extraordinary artists pair this giant with one of contemporary music’s most influential composers – Philip Glass. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and cellist Matt Haimovitz collaborate on a dynamic program that includes a Beethoven Cello Sonata alongside a Glass Partita, and solo piano and cello repertoire by both composers.

Program
BEETHOVAN Sonata Op. 102 No. 1
GLASS Partita 2 for Solo Cello
GLASS Mad Rush for Solo Piano
BEETHOVAN Op. 102 No. 2



Contra-Tiempo
Contra-Tiempo
The Wallis presents

Contra-Tiempo
joyUS justUS

Jan 17-18 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Contra-Tiempo takes Afro-Latin dance to new heights infusing elements of Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and urban dance styles. joyUS justUS reclaims the dominant deficit-based narrative of people of color in this country and flips it on its head by embodying stories of joy and justice.


Megan Hilty & Cheyenne Jackson
Megan Hilty & Cheyenne Jackson
The Wallis presents

Megan Hilty & Cheyenne Jackson

Jan 25 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Broadway and TV stars Megan Hilty (Wicked, “Smash”) and Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu, “American Horror Story”) join forces for a thrilling and personal evening highlighted by powerhouse Broadway showstoppers, American songbook classics, and rare musical gems.


Lula Washington Dance THTR
Lula Washington Dance THTR
The Wallis presents

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Jan 30-Feb 1 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre focuses on using dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history, culture, and life. This in-demand ensemble, celebrating its 40th anniversary, has built an international reputation for the earthiness, vitality, energy, and humanism of its repertory, bringing charisma and interpretive power to every dance. The company returns to The Wallis following their debut performance which celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Frankenstein
Frankenstein
World Premiere
The Wallis production of

Frankenstein

Created by Four Larks
After Mary Shelley

Feb 12-Mar 1 / Lovelace Studio Theater

Mary Shelley's modern myth awakens new questions of scientific enquiry and moral responsibility for each generation. L.A.’s own Four Larks' exuberant amalgamation of physical theatre, live music, and immersive design brings Shelley's monster to life, in their Wallis debut.


Vijay Gupta
Vijay Gupta
The Wallis presents

Vijay Gupta, violin, Suzana Bartal, piano & Reena Esmail, composer
India & The West: Compositions & Conversations

Feb 15 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Join us for an evening of chamber music and cross-culture dialogue centered on the great musical traditions of India and the West. Featuring original works by Indian American composer, Reena Esmail, performed by violinist Vijay Gupta and pianist Suzana Bartal.

Program
ESMAIL Saans
ESMAIL Piano Trio
ESMAIL Jhula Jhule
ESMAIL Take What You Need



Blue 13
Blue 13
The Wallis presents

Blue13 Dance Company
Terpsichore - World Premiere
And Contemporary Bollywood Works

Feb 21-22 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Blue13 Dance Company’s energetic and theatrical contemporary dance style draws inspiration from the classical and cultural art forms of the Indian subcontinent. Using dance as a vehicle for storytelling, Blue13’s moody, rhythmic, and charged work presents an intelligent American experience of performance that turns the cultural stereotype of Indian dance on its head.


Angela Hewitt, piano
Angela Hewitt, piano
The Wallis presents

Angela Hewitt, piano
Bach Odyssey

Feb 23 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

An award-winning pianist, Hewitt is best known for her Bach interpretations. In September 2016, she began her Bach Odyssey, performing the complete keyboard works of Bach in a series of twelve recitals. Hewitt’s recitals and award-winning recordings have garnered praise from around the world. BBC Music Magazine stated “I know of no musician whose Bach playing on any instrument is of greater subtlety, beauty of tone, persuasiveness of judgement or instrumental command than Hewitt’s is here”.

Program
Recital XI
Four Duets, BWV 802-805
Eighteen Little Preludes, BWV 924-928,
930, 933-938, 939-943, 999
Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 944
Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971
French Overture in B minor, BWV 831



Romantics Anonymous
Romantics Anonymous
U.S. Premiere
The Wallis presents

Romantics Anonymous

Book by Emma Rice
Music & Lyrics by Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman
Directed by Emma Rice

Mar 17-29 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Adapted by Emma Rice (Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter and The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk) from the French-Belgian film Les Émotifs Anonymes, this new musical is a treat for all the senses. Angélique makes beautiful chocolates, carefully infused with all the emotion that seems to overwhelm her in daily life. Jean-René runs a chocolate factory that is running out of steam. Both seek help from the usual sources: Jean-René favors self-help tapes and Angélique joins a support group. Filled with all the joy and pain it takes to survive and love in the modern world, Romantics Anonymous is a tale that will lift any heart.
“????? You really will leave the theatre dancing on air and beaming from ear to ear” - Broadway World
“It melts your heart and tickles your fancy, leaving you giddy with laughter, tearful and elated.” – The Stage


Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
A Music @ The Wallis Event

Johnny Gandlesman, violin
Complete Bach Cello Suites

Mar 21 / Lovelace Studio Theater

Following up on his celebrated debut recording of JS Bach's Sonatas and Partitas, Grammy award-winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman (Brooklyn Rider, Silkroad Ensemble) brings his new project to the Wallis, presenting Bach's complete cello suites on the violin.


Emil and the Detectives
Emil and the Detectives
The Wallis presents

Slingsby Theatre Company’s
Emil and the Detectives

By Erich Kastner
Adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom

Mar 27-29 / Lovelace Studio Theater
Recommended for ages 8+

Never underestimate the determination of a child! Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen. But the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal? In Slingsby’s signature intimate theatrical style, Emil and The Detectives is told by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score.
“If more theatre were like this, the world would be a magical place indeed!” – Australian Stage


Violins of Hope
Violins of Hope
The Wallis presents

Violins of Hope

Apr 2 / Bram Goldsmith Theater
Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Each violin has its own unique and inspiring story that educates both young and old about the Holocaust in a deeply personal and emotional way. Today these instruments serve not only as powerful reminders of an unimaginable experience but also reinforce key lessons of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity that are essential for today and for future generations. Through concerts, exhibition and education our community will have a variety of ways to experience Violins of Hope during their Los Angeles visit March-April, 2020. Violins of Hope will be one of the largest programs in Los Angeles County, reaching thousands of people in our community and bringing non-profit arts groups and other agencies together to collaborate on this project. The Wallis is honored to participate in this important program with a unique program which will be announced at a later date.


Ory Shihor 2020
Ory Shihor 2020
The Wallis presents

Ory Shihor, piano
Beethoven’s Workshop: The Most Beloved Sonatas
with text written by Hershey Felder

Apr 4 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

In eternal piano sonatas such as the Pathetique, the Moonlight, the Waldstein and the Appassionata, Ludwig Van Beethoven experimented with form and musical storytelling in ways that changed music forever. Step into Beethoven’s Workshop with internationally renowned pianist Ory Shihor as he returns to The Wallis to perform these beloved sonatas and tell their stories.

“Boldly individualistic.” - The New York Times

“Shihor powered through Beethoven's ‘Appassionata’ sonata with a sure sense of line and structure, but was not afraid to take risks--his arm-weighted sforzandos rang out like gunshots, his articulation of Beethoven's inner voices snapped compellingly through the violent roar of the concluding movement, and his acceleration in the coda was exhilaratingly crisp and clean without sacrificing weight.” - The Washington Post


Heidi Duckler Dance Company
Heidi Duckler Dance Company
The Wallis presents

Heidi Duckler Dance
The Chandelier

Apr 15-18 / Lovelace Studio Theater & Promenade Terrace

Directed and choreographed by Heidi Duckler, The Chandelier is based on novel of the same title by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. Duckler will collaborate with fabric artist, Mimi Haddon, to create a moving portrait of a family living amongst the ruins of a colonial society. Through layers of imagery, acts of repetition and audience engagement, the work explores the contrasting ideas of impermanence and the irrevocable.


Minghella Project
Minghella Project
World Premiere
The Wallis production of

The Minghella Project
in Association with BODYTRAFFIC

Apr 18-25 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

The Wallis’ first commissioned dance production will be The Minghella Project. The late Oscar-winning writer/director Anthony Minghella was commissioned by choreographer Jonathan Lunn to write a series of texts for dance. The four works they created spanning twenty years will be presented together for the first time as The Minghella Project in collaboration with The Wallis’ 2019/2020 Company-In-Residence, BODYTRAFFIC, along with actors and creative artists held close to Minghella and Lunn.


Snow White
Snow White
The Wallis presents

New International Encounter Theatre’s
Snow White

May 8-17 / Lovelace Studio Theater
Recommended for ages 5+

In a wild and windswept land ... far, far away... snow falls on a lonely castle in the forest and a woman sits at her spinning wheel and dreams of the child she always wanted, the child she never had. A little girl who will make her dreams come true, who will be the most beautiful in the whole land. She makes a wish... and pricks her finger... New International Encounter Theatre presents an original take on the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale. Filled with live music, magic and festive fun it's a tale of adventure, danger and a very shiny red apple.
“Warm, family-friendly fairytale with a smart twist" - The Stage


Emerson String Quartet
Emerson String Quartet
The Wallis presents

Emerson String Quartet
May 8 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

The Emerson String Quartet has maintained its stature as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles for more than four decades. The quartet has made more than 30 acclaimed recordings, and has been honored with nine Grammys.

PROGRAM
BEETHOVAN Op. 59 Quartets No. 2 & 3


Diavolo
Diavolo
The Wallis presents

Diavolo

Jun 25-27 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Combining contemporary dance with martial arts, acrobatics, gymnastics, and hip-hop, Diavolo explores the relation and interaction between the human body and its architectural environment to understand overarching social, physical, and emotional impacts. Their international notoriety is highlighted by a Top 10 placing in the 12th season of “America’s Got Talent,” attracting over 90 million television viewers.


National Sawdust
National Sawdust
The Wallis presents

National Sawdust @ The Wallis
folds

Miranda Cuckson, violin
Katharina Rosenberger, composer
John Burnett, media artist

folds presents a sensory journey from the present to the past, engaging with the voices of other artists and bringing the ephemeral nature of sound and thought into dialogue with the tangible world. An array of paper objects — sculptures, manuscripts, scraps woven between the strings of the violin — highlights the importance of capturing the art and thought of past centuries. These traces of our physical world further serve as an impulse to reflect on our current dependency on the digital and virtual realms.


Hershey Felder: Rachmaninoff
Hershey Felder: Rachmaninoff
Los Angeles Premiere
The Wallis presents

The Samantha F. Voxakis and Karen Racanelli production of

Hershey Felder in
Anna & Sergei
A new play featuring the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff

Jul 16-Aug 2 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

In this World Premiere by Hershey Felder, Hershey will take on a little known story about the great Russian pianist and composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff. Set at the Garden City Hotel in Long Island, New York, this is the story of the great composer crossing paths with someone he believed to be a descendent of Czar Nicholas II. Living in America and longing for his familiar Russian roots and home, Sergei Rachmaninoff allowed himself to be taken on a journey that few would ever believe. Join us for a trip back in time to 1928 New York, for something shockingly different and new, as we explore the worlds of Anna and Sergei.