5th Annual HEAR NOW Festival: May 1, 2 and 3 2015

HEAR NOW is delighted to partner for the 2015 festival with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), considered one of the nation’s premier chamber orchestras as we51ll as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions.  In the first-ever LACO/HEAR NOW collaboration, Dutch-Russian pianist Daria van den Bercken, a Cultural Engagement International Fellow with LACO in spring 2015, performs a piano work.  In the second LACO/HEAR NOW segment, LACO musicians join van den Bercken to play a chamber work by a composer to be chosen by HEAR NOW.  When? Saturday, May 2nd.  Where?  The beautiful First Lutheran Church of Venice.  Daria van den Bercken’s appearance is made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and by Dutch Culture USA, the division of the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ government that supports and promotes Dutch arts and culture in the US, in partnership with DutchCulture Centre for International Cooperation and the Dutch Fund for the Performing Arts.

Hear Now continues its collaboration with People Inside Electronics. The vitality and success of last festival’s partnership with PIE have led to a second collaboration this year. PIE 37showcases ambitious and innovative uses of electronics in concert music, as well as classic works by electronic music’s early pioneers. In the 2015 festival, LA composers will once again showcase their gifts in the electroacoustic realm–luscious, strange, quirky, funny, beautiful. When? Friday evening, May 1st.  Where? At the magnificent Pasadena Neighborhood Church.

That’s not all!

Hear Now repeats its popular Marathon Concert on Saturday, May 2. Food trucks, picnics, and strolling Venice during the breaks AND the Sunday Candlelight Concert on May 3.

As always, Hear Now features the incomparable Lyris Quartet (Alyssa Park, violin; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Luke Maurer, viola; Timothy Loo, cello) and new for this year, PIE and Hear Now are partnering with Brightwork newmusic (Sara Andon, Aron Kallay, Roger Lebow, Tereza Stanislav, Nick Terry, and Brian Walsh) performing together with the best musicians in LA.

May 1: Pasadena Neighborhood Church
May 2 and 3: First Lutheran Church of Venice

Tickets available after March 1, 2015

Esa-Pekka Salonen now our Honorary Artistic Advisor

We are extremely pleased to announce that LA Philharmonic Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen has become the Honorary Artistic Advisor of the HEAR NOW Festival. Learn more about Esa-Pekka at his website and find out more about our recent benefit evening, featuring him and his music, on our Past Events page.

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Hear Now 2012 Group Photo Credit (Header): Bonnie Perkinson