Levitt Pavilions presents The Wild Beast Concert Series at CalArts: 'Oresteia'
West Coast Premiere of Iannis Xenakis' Oresteia
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: West Coast premiere of the final version of Iannis Xenakis' only opera, Oresteia, including Kassandra (1987) and La Déesse Athéna (1992). Baritone Paul Berkolds, Conductor, Mark Menzies, large mixed chorus, children's chorus, and orchestra.
The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts presents a unique, open-air performance of Oresteia (The Orestes Story) by the pioneering modernist-futurist of music and architecture, Iannis Xenakis, in The Wild Beast music pavilion and The S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard on CalArts' Valencia campus. Drawing directly from ancient Greek texts to create the shape of his composition, Xenakis crafted an arresting and electrifying sonic experience, including percussion instruments distributed among choruses and audience, suitable to meet the tragic power of Aeschylus' intense explorations of the farthest corners of human nature. Twelve winds, brass and percussion, amplified solo cello, and mixed choruses with men, women and children are joined by baritone soloist Paul Berkolds and conductor Mark Menzies in a performance aptly transiting sundown, creating a stunning setting for a work of such ancient potency.
This is a free event with open lawn seating in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard. Families and picnics encouraged.
For more information, go to www.calarts.edu/wild-beast.