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The West Coast, particularly California, has a musical culture unlike any other. The vast number of genres and styles that flourish here is just the beginning. How did this come about? What does it all mean? The LA Phil attempts to answer these questions and many more with its unprecedented festival West Coast, Left Coast.

This three-week series of concerts and special events – curated by Creative Chair John Adams – focuses on California as a land of possibility, a place where creative renegades have enjoyed a wide open and welcoming environment. Join the exploration and immerse yourself in music from many sources, as well as in symposia and other special events, all focusing on the West Coast ethos.

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Sat NOV 21 9:30pm
Eureka! Festival Opening Night Event

Fearless iconoclasts Kronos Quartet, performing a piece from award-winning film composer Thomas Newman. Visionary master of minimalism, Terry Riley. Brainy electronica assemblagists Matmos. Incubus' psycho-musicologist, Mike Einziger.

These cutting-edge California artists come together for one incredible evening of solo performances and exclusive collaborations, drawing inspiration from each other, as well as their own West Coast roots. Expect a unique tapestry of combined influences and extraordinary talents.

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Sun NOV 22 7pm
Los Angeles Master Chorale: Composers from the Left Coast

The Master Chorale spotlights music by four Left Coast composers, including the L.A. premiere of Savage Altars by Ingram Marshall, the New Yorker who “found his voice” when he came to the West Coast in the 1970s

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Los Angeles Master Chorale
Grant Gershon, conductor
Sergio “Checo” Alonso
Lisa Edwards, piano

Lauridsen Mid-Winter Songs
Marshall Savage Altars (L.A. Premiere)
David O A Map of Los Angeles (Reprise)
Whitacre Cloudburst

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Fri/Sat NOV 27/28 8pm
Sun NOV 29 2pm

Dudamel Conducts Salonen and Adams

Two major works about L.A. – Salonen’s breakthrough, composed specifically for the Philharmonic, and Adams’ brand new work, all about L.A. and commissioned by the LA Phil – share the program with music by Lou Harrison, the quintessential California composer.

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Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Marino Formenti, piano

Salonen LA Variations
Harrison Piano Concerto
Adams City Noir (LAPA commission)

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Sun NOV 29 7:30pm
Piano Spheres: California Keyboard

Displaying powerhouse technique while bringing contemporary works to life, the innovative Los Angelesbased Piano Spheres explores the sounds and styles of notable California composers.

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Gloria Cheng,
Vicki Ray,
Mark Robson,
Susan Svrcek, pianos

Program: Cage Music for Amplified Toy Pianos
Cowell various works
Jarvinen Queen of Spain
Powell Settings
Kraft Requiescat
Lesemann Nataraja
Naidoo Bad Times Coming
Lentz Nightbreaker

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Tue DEC 1 8pm
Green Umbrella

The Yellow Shark, a collection of his avant-garde music played by Ensemble Modern, was the last recording Frank Zappa released before he died.

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Los Angeles Philharmonic New
Music Group
John Adams, conductor
Kronos Quartet
David Barron, singer

Marshall Fog Tropes (for brass ensemble)
Partch US Highball
Zappa Selections from The Yellow Shark

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Thu DEC 3 8pm
Fri DEC 4 11am

Adams and Kronos Quartet

Please note that conductor Leonard Slatkin has had to withdraw from the December 3 and 4, 2009 orchestral subscription concerts due to his ongoing recovery from a recent heart attack. He will be replaced by conductors John Adams and Jayce Ogren, who will split the program as follows: John Adams conducts Tom Newman’s It Got Dark and Mason Bates’ Liquid Interface and Jayce Ogren leads Goldsmith’s Music for Orchestra and Waxman’s Tristan and Isolde Fantasy. The program remains the same.

The trend-setting and fearlessly iconoclastic Kronos Quartet gives the world premiere of a piece written specifically for the renowned ensemble on this Hollywood-related program. Along with the LA Phil, Kronos performs the orchestral version of It Got Dark by award-winning film and TV composer – and member of the Newman dynasty – Thomas Newman (WALL•E, Angels in America, Road to Perdition, Six Feet Under, Boston Public, Finding Nemo, American Beauty, The Green Mile and many more).

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John Adams, conductor
Jayce Ogren. conductor
Kronos Quartet, guest ensemble
Joanne Pearce Martin, piano
Bing Wang, violin

Goldsmith: Music for Orchestra
Bates: Liquid Interface
Waxman: Tristan und Isolde Fantasie
Thomas Newman: It Got Dark (LAPA commission; world premiere)

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Fri DEC 4 8pm
The Airborne Toxic Event featuring the Calder Quartet

Hometown heroes, the timeless and romantic rock quintet is joined by strings and special guests for a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating California’s anthemic indie-rock sound.

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Sat DEC 5 8pm
Sun DEC 6 2pm

Adams and Josefowicz

Festival Director Adams originally composed Dharma (for 6-string electric violin and orchestra) for the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Josefowicz’ astonishingly virtuosic “improvisations” are all written out in detail, which is hard to believe when you hear the performance.

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Los Angeles Philharmonic
John Adams, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin
Joseph Pereira, timpani

Dresher: "Glimpsed from Afar" for Quadrachord and Marimba Lumina
Kraft: Timpani Concerto No. 1
Rosenman: Suite from Rebel Without a Cause
Adams: The Dharma at Big Sur

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Sun DEC 6 8pm
Songs of the Sun with Brian Wilson, Dave Alvin, The Living Sisters, and Harper Simon

One of California’s most iconic singer/songwriters, Brian Wilson performs a rare acoustic set including "Surfin' U. S. A.", "God Only Knows" and "California Girls," plus others. Downey’s roots-rock hero, Dave Alvin, shares his down-to-earth blues and modern Americana. L.A.'s The Living Sisters (Inara George, Becky Stark, and Eleni Mandell) and singer-songwriter-guitarist Harper Simon (son of Paul Simon) round out the Left Coast celebration.

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Tue DEC 8 8pm
A Night of the Beats

The poetry of The Beat Generation and the bebop of jazz were indelibly linked by their hip non-conformity and spontaneous creativity. Relive those heady days with seminal Beat poems and jazz with a fresh twist.

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Charles Lloyd New Quartet
Exene Cervenka, poet performer
Michael McClure, poet performer
David Meltzer, poet performer
Alan Broadbent, piano
Kurt Elling, poet performer
Peter Erskine, drums
Christian McBride, bass
Joshua Redman, saxophone



631 W. 2Nd Street, Los Angeles

Parades & Changes, Replays (2008)
Wed Nov 11 – Sat Nov 14 at 8:30pm
A re-interpretation of the celebrated collaboration between Anna Halprin and Morton Subotnick Anne Collod, conception and artistic direction Morton Subotnick, music This pinnacle work came out of the '60s, when Morton Subotnick – one of the pioneers of electronic music – was developing one of the most important technological breakthroughs in the genre. Tickets: $25 - 30, students $20 - 25, CalArts students, faculty and staff $12 - 18; call 213.237.2800 or visit


1220 2nd Street, Santa Monica

Los Angeles Children's Chorus:
A California Christmas

Highlighting historic influences and developments, a program of Christmas-related music from Spain, France, China and Mexico, plus works by contemporary California composers Conte, Holmes, Adams, La Roccha and Gibson.
PRE-CONCERT DISCUSSION – 1PM Christopher Hawthorne, L.A. Times Architecture Critic, will lead a discussion on historical influences in California, relating to the festival's theme of California as a sympathetic refuge for creative renegades. Tickets: adults $32, children (under 18) $16; call 626.793.4231.


ADAMS Road Movies
MARSHALL Soe-Pa, for amplified guitar and loops
ADAMS Shaker Loops
Santa Monica-based Jacaranda presents a concert of California composers, including two works by Festival Director John Adams. Tickets: $35, students $15; call 800.595.4TIX or visit

The Getty Center Los Angeles

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles

Pauline Oliveros and Stuart Dempster: Deep Listening

Experimental artists Pauline Oliveros (accordion) and Stuart Dempster (trombone) present the transformative experience of Deep Listening, a philosophy and practice developed by Oliveros in San Francisco. Co-presented by The J. Paul Getty Museum and the LA Phil.
Tickets: free, reservations required; call 310.440.7300 or visit

The Colburn School – Zipper Hall

200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

Amy X Neuburg and the Cello ChiXtet: The Secret Language of Subways

San Francisco-based singer, composer and electronic instrument performer Amy X Neuburg bridges the boundaries between classical, experimental and popular music in her California take on New York City. Co-pre- sented by The Colburn School and the LA Phil. Tickets: $15; available at Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office; call 323.850.2000.

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Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Grand Hall

135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

Symposium – "The Art of the State"

John Adams, Phil Lesh and Kevin Starr Engage more deeply with the festival's themes and enjoy a first-hand curatorial perspective at this lively public discussion of "West Coast, Left Coast" and its implications for the future of music in California. Tickets: $10; available at Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office; call 323.850.2000.

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