Hear Now Music Festival

Hear Now 2016

2016 Festival April 21, 23, and 24
Hugh Levick, Artistic Director of HEAR NOW, is pleased to announce the program for the Sixth Annual 2016 Hear Now Music Festival.
“Through our collaboration with the UCLA Philharmonia and its conductor, Neal Stulberg, we will present for the first time ORCHESTRAL works by Los Angeles composers,” Levick says. “And our second first: a work COMMISSIONED specifically for the HEAR NOW festival through a collaboration with Mark Carlson and Pacific Serenades. HEAR NOW is also thrilled to be continuing our partnerships with two outstanding Los Angeles institutions, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and People Inside Electronics (PIE).”
The festival opens April 21 with the UCLA Philharmonia conducted by Neal Stulberg at Schoenberg Hall, UCLA. After a lengthy selection process where 29 works were submitted by Los Angeles orchestral composers, we are pleased to announce that the concert will consist of works by Ben Phelps, Ceiri Torjussen, William Kraft, and Daniel Kessner.
On April 23 PIE/HEAR NOW in our continuing collaboration, present an afternoon of electroacoustic music, a combination of electronic media and live acoustic instruments, at Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica where works by Joshua Carro, Liviu Marinescu, Jason Heath, Joseph Pereira and a world premiere by Jeff Beal will be performed.
The evening of April 23, HEAR NOW returns to the beautiful First Lutheran Church of Venice for the first of two chamber programs performed by LACO visiting artist, the cellist Joshua Roman and members of LACO. Works by Jefferson Friedman, Elliott Goldkind, Jeremy Cavaterra, Andrew Tholl, Gernot Wolfgang, and Hugh Levick.

Sunday afternoon April 24 at the First Lutheran Church of Venice, the second chamber music program takes place with works by Caroline Louise Miller, Kathryn Bostic, Reena Esmail, Isaac Schankler, Vera Ivanova, and Dante de Silva. For the first time, a new work by composer Yalil Guerra has been commissioned for the festival by Pacific Serenades.

Altogether, ninety outstanding works by Los Angeles composers in the orchestral, electroacoustic and chamber music genres were submitted for consideration. Among the performers will be the Lyris Quartet – founding ensemble of HEAR NOW, soprano Justine Aronson, Brightwork newmusic – resident ensemble of PIE, and LACO visiting artist Joshua Roman.
Save the dates and join us April 21, 23 and 24 for HEAR NOW 2016!
SUPPORT — The HEAR NOW Festival 2016 relies on the generous support of individual donors. Please make a contribution before the end of the year to receive a tax-deduction for 2015!!
The HEAR NOW Music Festival is supported by the Colburn Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The AFM and SAG-AFTRA Fund, Berklee College of Music, the Austrian Consulate-General of Los Angeles, and by contributions from wonderful people like you! Every donation – large or small – makes a difference.  Please support our programs!
(All programs subject to change.)

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