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CalArts Announces Spring Season of The Wild Beast Concert Series

The Wild Beast music pavilion. Photo: Scott Groller

February 15, Valencia, CA—California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is pleased to announce the upcoming events of The Wild Beast Concert Series hosted by the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. Levitt Pavilions is the Spring Season Partner of the Wild Beast Concert Series.

For CalArts Brass Signals Day into Night on April 14, faculty, students and guests perform contemporary brass music from around the world as the sun sets over the open-air concert. On May 5, World Rhythms with Pete Lockett ignite an incendiary evening of culture-spanning percussion performances. Admission is free. Advance registration is suggested.

Designed by Hodgetts + Fung, The Wild Beast music pavilion on the CalArts campus has been dubbed a “mini Hollywood Bowl” for its delightful outdoor amphitheater setting. With open lawn seating, families are welcome and picnics encouraged at Santa Clarita’s most intimate concert setting. With its capacity to accommodate more than 750 guests on the S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard grounds, The Wild Beast Concert Series allows CalArts to share the talents of its students, faculty, alumni and visiting artists with the broader Santa Clarita Valley community and beyond.

“We are thrilled to be the Spring Season partner of the Wild Beast Concert Series, which expands our program beyond the performances presented in Levitt Pavilions around the country," noted Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director of Levitt Pavilions. “This season builds on our support of the 2010-2011 concert series—and reflects our commitment to providing high quality live music experiences in community settings and making the arts accessible to all.  We are extremely excited to continue our efforts in the Santa Clarita Valley.”

Saturday, April 14, 6:00 pm

CalArts Brass Signals Day into Night is a global tour of contemporary music for brass ensemble, with stops in Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and Sweden. Some works use the spatial possibilities of the Wild Beast courtyard; brass sounding around the space will herald the approaching dusk.

Saturday, May 5, 7:00 pm

World Rhythms with Pete Lockett offers an evening with the CalArts World Percussion Ensemble. Visiting artist Pete Lockett is featured along with world percussion group Hands On’Semble, plus special guests. CalArts is one of the first schools in the country to offer World Music for performance—and this event is a special part of the Herb Alpert School of Music’s annual World Music Festival.

Levitt Pavilions, the Spring Season Partner of The Wild Beast Concert Series, is a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities across America through the revitalization of public spaces and to increasing public access to free live music and the performing arts. Through an innovative venture philanthropy model, Levitt Pavilions partners with cities to develop local pavilions that become coveted anchors of community life. Each pavilion provides a minimum of 50 free live concerts every year by acclaimed and emerging musical artists, offering a rich spectrum of music that celebrates all genres and cultures. There are currently six Levitt pavilions across the U.S., collectively providing free music to over 500,000 people each year by offering 300 concerts in Los Angeles and Pasadena, Calif.; Westport, Conn.; Memphis, Tenn.; Arlington, Texas and Bethlehem, Pa. In the coming years, Levitt Pavilions will develop additional pavilions nationwide, transforming America’s public spaces into beacons of community pride.

CalArts was recently ranked America’s number one college for students in the arts by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. With its six related schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater, CalArts is unique in its multidisciplinary approach to studying the arts. CalArts encourages students to recognize and explore the complexity of the aesthetic, social and political aspects of the arts.  It is supported by its distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its BFA, MFA and DMA students with both the hands-on training and the engagement with the cultural community necessary for artists’ growth. CalArts was founded in 1961—and opened in 1969—as the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. specifically for students interested in pursuing degrees in the visual and performing arts.  

More Information

The Wild Beast Concert Series at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Levitt Pavilions is the Spring Season Partner of the Wild Beast Concert Series.

California Institute of the Arts  (CalArts)
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355-2340
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Admission is free
Advance registration is suggested.
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Last edited by dthatt on Apr 11, 2012
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