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The Wild Beast Concert Series

The Wild Beast Concert Series: CalArts World Music & Dance Festival 2016

Friday, April 29-Sunday, May 1, 2016

Eight free outdoor concerts in one weekend! Please join us under both the sun and moon as this year’s star-studded line-up of CalArts’ renowned Herb Alpert School of Music faculty, students, and guest artists from around the world, presents music and dance from India, Persia, Indonesia, Japan, Latvia and Africa. Visiting artists include Ghanaian master of the gyil, SK Kakraba and distinguished sarangi artist Ramesh Misra.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 29

  • 8 pm: Javanese Music and Dance, Directed by Ki Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo
  • More details

Saturday, April 30

  • 1 pm: Student World Music Ensembles: SKAN (Baltic Folk); The CalArts Japanese Ensemble; Ramaya (World Music Fusion); Mirbagheri World Music Ensemble (World Music Fusion)
  • 4 pm: Balinese Gamelan, Directed by I Nyoman Wenten and Nanik Wenten
  • 7 pm: A Mystical Journey
  • 8 pm: Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, solo tabla, Accompanied on sarangi by Pandit Ramesh Misra
  • More details

Sunday, May 1

  • 2 pm: Tabla Ensemble, Directed by Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and Randy Gloss
    Student Persian Ensemble, Directed by Houman Pourmehdi and Pirayeh Pourafar
  • 5 pm: World Percussion Ensemble, Directed by Randy Gloss, Houman Pourmehdi and Andrew Grueschow
  • 8 pm: African Music and Dance, Nani Agbeli and Andrew Grueschow lead the Aza Ensemble with guest artist SK Kakraba
  • More details

Apparel and craft vendors are on campus throughout the festival.

What You Should Know

  • Free concerts and free parking: The concerts and the parking are free, but we do encourage you to register with Eventbrite and to carpool if possible.
  • Open lawn seating in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard: Bench-seating is limited and available on a first-come, first- served basis. We encourage you to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.
  • Picnics welcome: The lawn outside of The Wild Beast Music Pavilion is a perfect place for a picnic. Come an hour early and grab that prime spot on the lawn. Please leave the alcohol at home, however; open containers are not allowed on the CalArts campus.
  • Family-friendly: The environment for and content of The Wild Beast Concert Series is safe and appropriate for family enjoyment.
  • Dress warmly: Each concert lasts approximately 90 minutes and the evening air may get chilly.


The Wild Beast Music Pavilion and the S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard

California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355


This outdoor music series—free to the community—offers afternoon/evening concerts on the lawn, spotlighting several genres within The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.

In May 2010, The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts officially dedicated its new indoor/outdoor music venue, The Wild Beast and The S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard. The pavilion opened with a festive evening under the stars that celebrated CalArts' 40th anniversary, and brought more than 500 people from across the Santa Clarita Valley together for dynamic performances by the CalArts World Percussion Ensemble and CalArts Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Building on the momentum created on that magical evening, CalArts has established The Wild Beast Concert Series.

Sponsors of The Wild Beast Concert Series

Official Piano of The Wild Beast

For more information about sponsorship of The Wild Beast Concert Series, please call Claudia Bloom at 661.253.7705 or cbloom@calarts.edu.

Last edited by rsdavid on Apr 26, 2016
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